AgDay Daily Recap - February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
FEBRUARY 8, 2018


HEADLINES
USDA OFFERS UP IT'S NET FARM INCOME FORECAST FOR 2018. PLUS, A RECORD YEAR FOR RED MEAT EXPORTS. IN AGRIBUSINESS...BUILDING A MARKETING PLAN. PROTEIN POWER-- THE BENEFITS OF USING BEEF IN A HEART HEALTHY DIET. AND CATCH A FLIGHT AND A BUSHEL OF VEGGIES...FROM THIS UNIQUE AIRPORT  FARM.   AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD..

NET FARM INCOME
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. USDA AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE CALLS THE AG ECONOMY 'FRAGILE' AND  THE AGENCY'S LATEST NET FARM INCOME FORECAST SAYS 2018 COULD BE THE  INDUSTRY'S WORST IN MORE THAN A DECADE. USDA ROLLING OUT ITS EXPECTATIONS FOR 2018 WEDNESDAY. IT ANTICIPATES NET FARM INCOME, A BROAD MEASURE OF PROFITS, TO  DECREASE NEARLY 7 PERCENT (6.7 PERCENT) FROM 2017 TO $59.5 BILLION. THAT WOULD BE THE LOWEST NET FARM INCOME NUMBER SINCE 2006.  NET CASH FARM INCOME IS ALSO FORECAST TO DECREASE DOWN ABOUT 5  PERCENT (5.1 PERCENT) TO $91.9 BILLION...OR THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 2009.  NOW IF YOU ADJUST THE NUMBER FOR INFLATION TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD  OVER TIME....2018 FORECASTS WOULD STACK UP AS THE WORST YEAR SINCE  2002. NET FARM INCOME HAS DECLINED ROUGHLY 50 PERCENT OVER THE PAST FOUR  YEARS. "BY IN LARGE, A SAFETYNET IS REALLY THE GOAL OF THE FARM BILL AS WELL AS PROVIDING FOR  THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES FOR ENOUGH FOOD. THERE ARE A LOT OF CHALLANGES OUT THERE. WE HAVE LOWER COMMODITY PRICES AS WE WELL KNOW..."USDA'S ERS ARM, RELEASES FARM INCOME ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS THREE  TIMES A YEAR... IN FEBRUARY, AUGUST AND NOVEMBER. 

U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION
ONE OF THE BRIGHT SPOTS IN THE FARM ECONOMY HAS BEEN IN THE CATTLE  SECTOR. AND EXPORTS ARE A BIG REASON. THE U-S MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION JUST RELEASING ITS YEAR-END FIGURES OF  BEEF AND PORK SHIPMENTS. US-MEF SAYS 2017 WAS A RECORD-BREAKING YEAR.  BEEF EXPORT VALUE SURPASSED THE SEVEN BILLION ($7.27B) DOLLAR MARK. LAST YEARS' TOTALS  WERE TWO PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS HIGH SET IN 2014. AND PORK EXPORTS SURPASSED THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S VOLUME RECORD. PORK EXPORTS TOTALED TWO-POINT FOUR MILLION METRIC TONS IN 2017,  BREAKING THE 2016 RECORD BY 6 PERCENT. "WHAT'S MORE EXCITING IS OUR ECONOMISTS ARE FORECASTING GOING INTO NEXT YEAR THAT WE'RE  LOOKING AT  6 TO 8 PERCENT ADDITIONAL GROWTH ON TOP OF THIS RECORD THIS YEAR. SO WE'RE EXCITED.  THERE'S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY OUT THERE. WE JUST HAVE TO HARVEST IT."US-MEF SAYS JAPAN WAS THE LEADING MARKET FOR U-S BEEF AND DEMAND IS  NOT WANING. VOLUME CLIMBED 19-PERCENT YEAR OVER YEAR. STRONG TRADE HAS HELPED EASE SOME OF THE PRESSURE ON FALLING  COMMODITY MARKETS.

CHINA AND SOYBEANS
BUT TODAY THERE ARE FRESH THREATS FROM SOME OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST  BUYERS. NEW REPORTS OUT OF CHINA THAT IT'S LEADERSHIP IS STUDYING SOYBEAN  TRADE WITH THE U.S. INCLUDING STARTING ANTI-DUMPING AND ANTI-SUBSIDY  PROBES. ACCORDING TO BLOOMBERG IT'S MINISTRY OF COMMERCE HAS BEEN LOOKING  AT THE POSSIBILITY OF TAKING MEASURES SINCE JANUARY. THIS FOLLOWS REVELATIONS EARLIER THIS WEEK, THAT CHINESE LEADERS ARE  DOING THE SAME IN THE SORGHUM MARKET. CHINA IMPORTED NEARLY 14 BILLION DOLLARS OF U.S. SOYBEANS LAST YEAR. THE CHINESE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE IS YET TO COMMENT ON A SOYBEAN  INQUIRY.

WOTUS
BACK IN WASHINGTON, FRESH CHALLENGES TO EPA'S LATEST WOTUS DECISION.  DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEYS GENERAL FOR 10 STATES PLUS THE DISTRICT OF  COLUMBIA ARE SUING THE ADMINISTRATION FOR DELAYING THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE WOTUS RULE FOR TWO YEARS. AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION PRESIDENT ZIPPY DUVALL SPOKE TO THE  SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS WEDNESDAY.  HE CALLED FOR BIPARTISAN COOPERATION IN REDUCING OVERREGULATION  INCLUDING THE CLEAN WATER ACT, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND THE  ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT. HE CITES THOSE THREE LAWS AS EXAMPLES THAT NEED REFORM. DUVALL SAYS ITS IMPACTING THE FUTURE OF THE BUSINESS. "TWO ISSUES WHICH HAVE COME UP IN ALMOST EVERY FARM I'VE VISITED WERE THE LACK OF  ADEQUATE LEGAL SUPPLY OF LABOR AND THE BURDEN OF OVER REGULATION ON THEIR FARMS. 37 THE  REGULATORY PROCESS TODAY IS A PRODUCT OF DECADES OF ADMINISTRATIVE AND JUDICIAL DECISIONS  WITHOUT MUCH EFFORT TO INTEGRATE THESE RULES INTO A SYSTEM THAT MAKES SENSE TO ALL OF US."

USDA DELAYS CALIFORNIA FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDER
ALSO FROM WASHINGTON, THE USDA ANNOUNCING IT'S DELAYING A FEDERAL  MILK MARKETING ORDER IN CALIFORNIA.  USDA STOPPING ANY FURTHER RULE-MAKING AS IT EVALUATES WHETHER THE  ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE WHO OVERSAW THE 40 DAY HEARING WAS LEGALLY  APPOINTED. THE SUPREME COURT IS EXPECTED TO RULE ON A SIMILAR UNRELATED CASE  THIS TERM, WHICH ENDS JUNE 30.

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN TAKING US OUT TO FARM COUNTRY WITH A LOOK AT WEATHER  AND TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  DENNY VITTETOE OF WASHINGTON, IOWA IS SHOWING US HE'S FILLING UP  ANOTHER LOAD TODAY TO HAUL TO THE FEED MILL A MILE DOWN THE ROAD.  WELL, DENNY LOOKS LIKE SNOW WON'T LEAVE YOU ANYTIME TOO SOON. THERE'S  A POSSIBILITY FOR MORE IN THE FORECAST FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK.  AND JEREMY ROW OVER IN SHICKLEY, NEBRASKA IS GIVING US A GLIMPSE OF  CHORES. THE FEEDLOT OPERATOR SAYS IT'S JUST PLAIN COLD OUTSIDE. JEREMY  SAYS HIS AREA RECEIVED 5 INCHES OF SNOW AS OF WEDNESDAY MORNING.  THAT'S 10  INCHES FOR THE YEAR.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST. YOU CAN SEE IT'S GOING TO BE WINDY AS THIS  STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE NORTHERN ROCKIES MOVES THROUGH A LITTLE BIT OF WIND  OCCASIONALLY FARTHER EAST BUT MOST OF IT'S GOING TO BE WITH THAT STORM TOMORROW THEN THAT  SPREADS INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS STATES WITH A FAIR AMOUNT OF WIND AND AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE  DAY TOMORROW THOUGH THAT WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD SOUTHWARD JUST A LITTLE BIT. WE'LL HAVE YOUR  FORECAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE REST OF THIS WEEK COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME  HOMETOWN TEMPS. YOUR NEXT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS ON MACHINERY PETE DOT COM. SEARCH EQUIPMENT FROM  DEALERSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. ONLY ON MACHINERY PETE DOT  COM. 

TEASE
LOW PRICES, GLOBAL TRADE UNCERTAINTY, WINTER DRYNESS...ALL OF THIS  MAKES FOR CHALLENGING MARKETING DECISIONS. WE HAVE SOME HELPFUL  IDEAS NEXT IN ANALYSIS. AND LATER, SOLAR FARMS ARE ALL THE RAGE, BUT THIS AIRPORT HAS FOUND A  WAY TO KEEP FARMING BETWEEN THE ARRAYS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY PROSARO FUNGICIDE FROM BAYER.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS DID A GRAIN RALLY CONTINUE ON WEDNESDAY? WE GET  DETAILS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. THE WHEAT MARKET WAS SHARPLY HIGHER HERE ON WEDNESDAY. WE'VE HAD A STRING OF HIGHER  CAUSES IN THE WHEAT MARKET AND WE POSTED SOME FRESH MULTI MONTH HIGHS IN THESE CONTRACTS.  AS A MATTER OF FACT INTRADAY THE CHICAGO WHEAT MARKET I BELIEVE IN SPOT MONTH CONTRACTS  POSTED ITS HIGHEST TRADE SINCE SEPTEMBER. KANSAS CITY THE HIGHEST TRADE SINCE JULY AND  SOME OF THOSE FUTURES CONTRACTS. SO A VERY STRONG TRADE HERE. WE'VE SEEN VOLATILITY RETURN TO  FINANCIAL MARKETS REALLY ACROSS THE BOARD EVERYTHING FROM THE STOCK MARKET TO THE TREASURIES  TO A LOT OF THE COMMODITIES AND I THINK WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THAT A LITTLE BIT IN THE GRAIN  MARKETS HERE. I THINK FUNDS ARE COVERING SHORTS IN THIS WHEAT MARKET. I THINK THAT WE'RE SEEING  AN INCREASE IN VOLATILITY AND MAYBE EVEN SOME SPECULATIVE BUYING SO THERE'S A LOT OF MONEY  CHANGING HANDS HERE THIS WEEK IN PARTICULAR. AGAIN JOE VACLAVIK FROM THE CME GROUP HERE IN  CHICAGO. 

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS WE HAVE JOHN PAYNE. HE WRITES A NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK IN GRAIN  AND OILSEEDS. JOHN LET'S TALK ABOUT BUILDING A MARKETING PLAN FOR 2018 BECAUSE I THINK AS WE  JUST SAW OVER THE LAST WEEK WE HAD YOU KNOW THIS LITTLE MINI RALLY WEATHER RALLY OR WHATEVER IN  SOYBEANS OR CORN AND THEN IT'S OVER IN A COUPLE OF DAYS OR PULLS BACK IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. I  MEAN WE'RE THESE LITTLE TINY POCKETS OF TIME TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING RIGHT. AND I THINK THAT'S  THAT'S REALLY WHAT YOU HAVE TO SIT DOWN AND DECIDE IS WHAT ROAD ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE. ARE  YOU GOING TO TAKE WHAT WORKED REALLY BETWEEN 20 15 AND 20 17 THESE LAST THREE YEARS WERE  ANY RALLY SHOULD BE SOLD AND YOU WAIT FOR THAT SUMMER MOVE AND YOU MOVE IT ALL AND THEN  YOU KNOW RALLY TRY TO BUY BACK IF YOU'RE TRYING TO PLAY BOTH SIDES COME THE FALL. YOU KNOW THIS  IS A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT YEAR WE'RE FINDING WITH THE DOLLAR BEING AS WEAK AS IT IS. YOU HAVE  DOMESTIC DEMAND IN THE U.S. FANTASTIC. YOU HAVE EXPORT DEMAND IS IMPROVING WEEKLY AND  CORN SOYBEANS ARE A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT STORY. BUT AGAIN WE STILL HAVE TO GROW IT. AND GIVEN  THAT THE PRICE ACTION I THINK IS THERE THE POTENTIAL FOR RALLIES MUCH LIKE WE'VE SEEN IN COTTON THE  STOCK MARKET CRUDE OIL I MEAN THESE THESE COMMODITIES THAT HAVE HAD BEARISH FUNDAMENTALS  ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY DON'T HAVE AS BEARISH FUNDAMENTALS AND WE FIND OURSELVES 20 30  PERCENT HIGHER. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF SELLING ON THESE SMALL LITTLE RALLIES YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO  TO SELL ONTO THE BIG ONES. SO MY POINT BEING IS IF YOU'RE USING A YOU KNOW SOMETHING LIKE THE  FUTURES MARKET ARE USING MARGIN POSITIONS WHERE YOU NEED TO HAVE MONEY REPRESENT THOSE  POSITIONS YOU NEED TO FIND YOURSELF BEING ABLE TO HANDLE THAT AND THAT'S GETTING WITH  PROFESSIONALS AND GETTING WITH PEOPLE WHO CAN SET EXPECTATIONS. BECAUSE WHAT WE SAW A  YEAR AGO IT HAPPENED IN CORN WAS WHEN THOSE RALLIES COME. THOSE FOLKS TEND TO WANT TO GET  OUT BECAUSE THEY'RE TAKING HEAT IN THOSE POSITIONS ON THE HEDGES. SO IT'S AGAIN SET  EXPECTATIONS. BE READY FOR THE RALLIES AND WHEN THEY COME. YOU GOT TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE  BULLET TO FIRE AT THE MARKET. YEAH. ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT PERCENTAGES. I KNOW YOU LIKE TO LOOK  AT THIS IS LIKE A PERCENTAGE GAME. I'M GOING TO BE SO MUCH BEFORE PLANNING AND DURING AND  AFTER HOW FAR OUT ARE WE LOOKING AHEAD AND HOW BIG. WELL I THINK MUCH OF IT DEPENDS ON IF THE  CASH FLOWS OR NOT. SO YOU KNOW THE SALMON MARKET 20 20 PERCENT OF MY CROP IN A WASP  BEFORE I PUT IT IN THE GROUND IS PROBABLY SOMETHING I WOULDN'T ADVISE YOU TO DO. BUT IF IT'S  PROFITABLE I THINK YOU NEED TO LOOK TO MOVE IN AND USE THE TOOLS THAT ARE THERE ESPECIALLY IN  MARKET LIKE CORN VOLATILITY IS SO LOW. I MEAN IT'S CHEAP CHEAPNESS ACALL OPTIONS WHETHER YOU  LIKE THE POPULAR POPULARITY OF THEM OR NOT ARE VERY ATTRACTIVE FOR US BECAUSE YOU CAN BUY  THEM NOW ESSENTIALLY HAVE INSURANCE ON THE TOP SIDE SO THAT WHEN THAT RALLY DOES COME YOU  CAN SELL INTO IT. ALL RIGHT WELL IT'S GOOD PERSPECTIVE. GOOD INSIGHT. THANK YOU JOHN. WE'LL BE  BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MINUTE. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY. METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE LOOKING AT THE WEATHER MAP AND  IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE'S ANOTHER WEATHER MAKER ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS THAT'S GOING TO BE A  NARROW BAND BUT IT'S GOING TO BE SOME HEAVY SNOW BECAUSE IT COULD LAST 24 HOURS IN SOME  AREAS. SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE'LL BE WATCHING OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AND THAT'S A STORM  SYSTEM RIGHT NOW OVER MONTANA MOVING INTO THE WESTERN DAKOTAS. THIS IS THE ONE THAT'S  GOING INTO A A STRIP OF HEAVY SNOW ACROSS PARTS OF THE NORTH CENTRAL PLAINS INTO THE LOWER  GREAT LAKES THE WAY IT LOOKS RIGHT NOW THIS MORNING THOUGH STILL A COLD FRONT MOVING INTO  NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA A FEW SHOWERS THUNDERSHOWERS WITH THAT JUST POPPING UP. PERHAPS  SOUTH OF THAT FRONT BUT THAT SHOULDN'T BE ANY BIG DEAL ACROSS FLORIDA. HIGH PRESSURE CHILLY HIGH  PRESSURE MOVING THROUGH THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES AND THERE'S A SNOW BY LATER TODAY AND IN  NORTHERN IOWA SOUTHERN MINNESOTA ACROSS SOUTH DAKOTA'S SOUTHERN NORTH DAKOTA STILL BACK  INTO MONTANA. NOW WATCH HOW THIS GETS STRETCHED OUT ALL THE WAY FROM THE NORTHERN ROCKIES  INTO THE SOUTHEASTERN GREAT LAKES BY TOMORROW MORNING. SO A LARGE AREA OF SNOW WITH THIS  WHOLE SYSTEM. AND AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW THAT JUST CONTINUES TO BE A YOU  KNOW FOUR OR FIVE STATE WIDE STRIP OF SNOW KIND OF MOVING THROUGH BUT IT'S GOING TO REALLY BE  RIGHT THROUGH THAT I 80 CORRIDOR OR THE WAY IT LOOKS THAT WILL BE GETTING THE HEAVIEST SNOW AS  WE HEAD THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. THAT'S BY LATE IN THE DAY TOMORROW THE SNOW WILL  BE MOVING INTO PARTS OF NEW ENGLAND BY THEM SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE SOUTHEAST WHERE  THEY STALLED OUT FRONT ACROSS NORTHERN FLORIDA. TAKE A LOOK AT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES PAST 24  HOURS. MOST OF IT'S BEEN IN THE SOUTHEAST AND UP INTO NEW ENGLAND WITH THE SYSTEM COMING  INTO MONTANA ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS AND WE DON'T ADD TOO MUCH MORE IN THE SOUTHEAST  A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THE NORTHEAST BUT IT'S REALLY JUST THAT ONE STORM SYSTEM MOVING ACROSS THE  PLAINS INTO THE LOWER GREAT LAKES. AND MOST OF THAT IS GOING TO BE IN THE FORM OF SNOW.  ALREADY HAD A FAIR AMOUNT OF SNOW IN OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS FROM PENNSYLVANIA INTO NEW  ENGLAND AND ALSO IN THE NORTHERN ROCKIES. ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS. ONCE AGAIN IT'S  MAINLY GOING TO BE WITH THAT ONE STORM SYSTEM AND OUR COMPUTER MODEL IS SHOWING EIGHT TO  12 INCHES PERHAPS IN PARTS OF THAT AREA THROUGH THE LOWER GREAT LAKES. WE'LL BE WATCHING  THAT ONE. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON. SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS IN THE FAR NORTHERN STATES  50S AND 60S. BY THE TIME YOU GET INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND THE SOUTHEAST LOWS TOMORROW  MORNING BELOW ZERO AGAIN BEHIND THAT NEXT COLD FRONT IN THE FAR NORTHERN PLAINS 30S ALL THE  WAY DOWN INTO NORTHERN GEORGIA AND RATHER MILD IN THE SOUTHEAST TOMORROW AFTERNOON BUT  VERY COLD AIR ONCE AGAIN COMING INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS ALL BECAUSE OF THE TROUGH IN THE  EAST. YOU CAN SEE HOW THOUGH THE SOUTHEAST YOU GET A SOUTHWEST FLOW AT TIMES OVER THE  NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. THE COLD AIR WILL KIND OF LINGER THROUGH THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES BUT WITH A  SPLIT FLOW LIKE THIS THE SOUTHEAST YOU END UP ON THE WARM SIDE NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK  ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS HEADING TO SALEM OREGON.  FIRST OF ALL CLOUDY AND RATHER COOL HIGH OF 57 DEGREES. NEWTON KANSAS SUNNY AND MILDER  DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS. HIGH UP TO 56. AND FINALLY FLORENCE SOUTH CAROLINA PARTLY SUNNY  AND CHILLIER HIGH 56 DEGREES. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US WITH A  SPECIAL REPORT ON THE NUTRITION PROFILE OF BEEF. AND IF YOU ENJOY VEGETABLES AT THIS AIRPORT, THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE  THEY'RE LOCAL--VERY LOCAL.

DROVERS TV
WHILE YOU ARE FOCUSED ON RAISING THE WORLD'S MOST NUTRITIOUS BEEF, YOUR CHECKOFF IS OPENING  DOORS AND TELLING CONSUMERS WHY BEEF IS ALWAYS A GREAT CHOICE.  VISIT MYBEEFCHECKOFF.COM  TO LEARN HOW ELSE YOUR CHECKOFF IS OPENING DOORSFEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN HEART  ASSOCIATION. IT SAYS HEART DISEASE IS THE NUMBER ONE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR  BOTH MEN AND WOMEN IN THE U.S. YET, EVEN AS MORE PEOPLE FOCUS ON A HEART-HEALTHY DIET THERE IS  UNCERTAINTY ABOUT PROTEINS INCLUDING BEEF. BETSY JIBBEN REPORTS.  KATY WRIGHT SITQUIETLY AMONG PRODUCERS, WATCHING THE SHOW ARENA AT THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S CONVENTION AND NCBA TRADE SHOW. THE YOUNG MOM, NO STRANGER TO THE RANCH.... "I GREW UP IN THIS SO TALKING ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF BEEF OR WHY WE THINK IT'S THE BEST PROTEIN  IN THE WROLD WAS A COMMON DINNERTIME CONVERSATION,"BUT SHE'S STILL EAGER TO LEARN MORE.  "I THINK THE LIVE HANDLING DEMONSTRATIONS ARE INTERESTING BECAUSE YOU CAN ALWAYS LEARN  SOMETHING."NOT EVERYONE HAS HER SEAT WITH A VIEW OF HTE BEEF INDUSTRY.  DIETICIANS SAY THE U.S. IS BECOMMING A MORE HEALTH CONSCIOUS SOCIETY - SEEKING NUTRITION BUT NOT SACRIFICING GREAT-TASTING FOOD.  "IN GENERAL WITH NUTRITION, BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A HOT TOPIC, YOU SEE A LOT OF MISINFORMATION OUT  THERE. (TAKE OUT MIDDLE) WE SEE SOME MYTHS REOCCURING ABOUT BEEF,"MCNEILL SAYS SOME MAY NOT KNOW BEEF HAS IRON, ZINC AND B VITAMINS. HOWEVER, THE NUMBER ONE QUSTION THE SCIENTIST AND REGISTERED  DIETICIAN GETS ASKED: CAN BEEF BE PART OF A HEART-HEALTHY DIET?  "THAT ALWAYS SURPRISES ME BECAUSE IT'S THE AREA OF RESEARCH WE HAVE THE MOST SCIENTIFIC  EVIDENCE FOR. 06 RESEARCH STUDY AFTER RESEARCH STUDY SHOWS YOU CAN EAT BEEF EVEN EVERY  DAY AND IT CAN LOWER YOUR CHOLESTROL,"THIS IS WHY - MCNEILL SAYS 25 GRAMS OF PROTEIN IS THE AMOUNT RECOMMENDED BY  RESEARCHERS TO KEEP YOU FULL MEAL TO MEAL.  THAT'S ABOUT THE SIZE OF 3 OUNCES OF BEEF - COMPARED TO OTHER PROTEIN  SOURCES IT'S A LOT OF NUTRTION / PROTEIN IN FEWER CALORIES.  "A LOT OF MOMS I KNOW THINK I WANT TO PUT PEANUT BUTTER ON TOAST IN THE MORNING FOR MY KIDS.  BUT YOU HAVE TO EAT TWO TO THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT OF CALORIES OF FPEANUT BUTTER TO GET THE  SAME PROTEIN YOU'RE GETTING FROM BEEF AND BEEF IS A HIGHER QUALITY PROTEIN."THERE ARE MORE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT LEAN BEEF:  SOMETHING THE BEEF CHECKOFF IS TRYING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE WHETHER PLANT-BASED PROTEINS ARE BETTER FOR YOUR HEALTH?  "A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT MEAT PROTEINS LIKE BEEF, HAVE ABOUT HALF THE CALORIES TO GET  ALL THE SAME PROTEIN AND ALL THE SAME NUTRITION,"ANOTHER MISCONCEPTION? DO AMERICANS CONSUME TOO MUCH PROTEIN?  "WHEN IT COMES TO BEEF, WE ARE EATING RIGHT AT THE RECOMMENDED LEVELS THAT THE AMERICAN  HEART ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS. BEEF IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE GETTING RIGHT. IT'S T HE FRUITS  AND VEGETABLES THAT WE NEED TO BE EATING MORE OF TO GET A BALANCED PLATE,""FAT IS NOT WHAT WE THOUGTH IT ONCE WAS, IT'S GOOD TO HAVE SOME FAT IN YOUR DIET. HALF OF BEEF  FAT  IS MONO INSATURATED FAT WHICH IS THE SAME TYPE OF FAT FOUND IN OLIVE OIL,"THOUGH MOMS LIKE KATIE MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH THE BENEFITS OF BEEF.. "TO ACTUALLY READ THE RESEARCH, AND KNOW THAT IT'S PROVEN BY SCIENCE, IT'S NICE TO KNOW YOU  CAN SAY IT AND IT'S PROVEN BY RESEARCH THAT IT'S HEALTHY FOR YOU,""I LIKE TO NETWORK AND LEARN NEW THINGS. YOU CAN DO THAT NO MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE,"REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. 

TEASE
UP NEXT SEE HOW ONE AIRPORT IS SUSTAINBLE BY POWERING ITS OWN  FACILITY...AND ITS OWN PEOPLE. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY.YOU MIGHT NOT GET YOUR LUGGAGE IF YOU FLY INTO KOCHI INTERNATIONAL  AIRPORT IN INDIA.  BUT YOU CAN GET A BUCKET FULL OF VEGETABLES! THE AIRPORT IS NOW OFFERING PASSENGERS AND EMPLOYEES THE CHANCE TO  BUY ORGANIC VEGETABLES GROWN ON AIRPORT GROUNDS. THE AIRPORT BUILT ROWS, UPON ROWS, OF SOLAR PANELS TO MEET NATIONAL  ENERGY GUIDELINES. SO INSTEAD OF LETTING THE LAND UNDER THE SUN-GRABBERS GO TO WASTE,  THEY DECIDED TO GROW VEGETABLES UNDER AND NEAR THE PANELS. LAST YEAR THEY GREW 40 TONS OF VEGETABLES. "WE ANTICIPATE THE PRODUCTION SHOULD BE ABOUT 80 TONS OF VEGETABLES, AND THAT TOO ORGANIC.  WE NORMALLY SELL IT TO OUR EMPLOYEES. WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 8,000 PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING  IN THIS AIRPORT.THE FRESH VEGETABLES AND FRUITS ARE SOLD NEAR THE ARRIVALS AREA AT THE AIRPORT. ABOUT 30-THOUSAND PASSENGERS PASS THROUGH THE AIRPORT DAILY.  ANOTHER EIGHT THOUSAND WORK THERE. THE AIRPORT DIRECTOR SAYS THEY DO NOT USE HERBICIDES OR PESTICIDES ON  THE CROPS. I THINK I'LL PLANT SOME OKRA IN MIKE'S WEATHER-OFFICE.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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