AgDay Daily Recap - January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 10, 2018

HEADLINES

AS THE FARM BUREAU CONVENTION COMES TO A CLOSE - MEMBERS WONDER  WHAT LIES AHEAD. WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISE FOR BETTER INTERNET  SERVICE IN FARM COUNTRY. ARE FARMERS LIKELY TO MAKE A LARGE INVESTMENT THIS YEAR? WE'LL SEE  WHAT THE AG BAROMETER IS SHOWING. IN AGRIBUSINESS - DISSECTING THE HOG MARKETS. AND A HISTORY LESSON ABOUT A POPULAR ROOTBEER...AND THE LINK TO A  POPULAR CHEESE-SNACK. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

TRUMP REACTION AT AFBF
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN. CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS ON ASSIGNMENT. THE 2018 AMERICAN FARM BUREAU CONVENTION IS NOW IN THE BOOKS.  DELEGATES HAVE THEIR MARCHING ORDERS ON ISSUES FACING AG PRODUCERS  IN THE NEW YEAR. BUT THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF UN-ANSWERED QUESTIONS - WILL THE AG  ECONOMY SPRING TO LIFE LIKE THE STOCK MARKET? AND WHAT WILL BE THE FINAL OUTCOME FOR TRADE DEALS AS THE TRUMP  ADMINISTRATION ENTERS ITS SECOND FULL YEAR? THE CONVENTION IN NASHVILLE CAME TO A CLOSE WEDNESDAY. ATTENDEES  WERE WARNED THAT THE AG ECONOMY WE'VE SEEN THE LAST THREE YEARS  WILL LIKELY CONTINUE WITH FLAT GRAIN PRICES.. THERE WAS A HINT OF OPTIMISM FOLLOWING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SPEECH ON  MONDAY. HE TOUCHED ON SEVERAL ISSUES IMPORTANT TO FARMERS, BUT SHORT ON  DETAILS. "I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK THAT HE PUT FORWARD T O GET OUR TAX REFORM. HE AND  CONGRESS WORKED TOGETHER TO GET THAT DONE AND WE THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE A POSITIVE THING  FOR AGRICULTURE. AND THEN I'M GOING TO THANK HIM FOR THE PEOPLE HE'S PUT IN PLACE. THE SONNY  PERDUE'S OF THE WORLD, THE MR. PRUITTS AND MR. ZIENKE ARE DOING SOME THINGS WE THINK ARE VERY  POSITIVE. 27 THEIR DOORS ARE OPEN AND THEY ALLOW US TO HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND ALLOW US  TO HAVE INPUT OF HOW THEY MOVE FORWARD WITH THOSE THINGS."PRESIDENT TRUMP PRAISING RURAL AMERICA DURING HIS SPEECH AT THE  CONVENTION EARLIER IN THE WEEK - SPEAKING ON REGULATIONS, TAX REFORM  AND THE FARM BILL, BUT LITTLE ATTENTION ON TRADE.  "WHEN MEXICO IS MAKING ALL OF THAT MONEY, WHEN CANADA IS MAKING ALL OF THAT MONEY, IT'S  NOT THE EASIEST NEGOTIATION. BUT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT FAIR FOR YOU PEOPLE AGAIN, NOW WE  WANT TO SEE EVEN MORE VICTORIES FOR THE AMERICAN FARMER AND FOR THE AMERICAN RANCHER." ROUGHLY ONE MINUTE OF THE PRESIDENT'S 35 MINUTE SPEECH WAS FOCUSED  ON TRADE.  MANY AG INDUSTRY LEADERS ANTICPATED PRESIDENT TRUMP TO EXPAND ON HIS  TRADE AGENDA - ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE  TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE U.S., MEXICO AND CANADA WHICH IS UNDER  RENEGOTIATION.  SOME PRAISE THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS TRADE COMMENT WHILE OTHERS STILL  WANT MORE DETAILS.  "I WAS EXCITED TO HEAR HIM SAY THAT HE REALIZED HOW IMPORTANT NAFTA WAS TO FARMERS  BECAUSE IN MISSOURI, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR MISSOURI FARMERS. BUT HE ALSO SAID HE WANTS  TO GET THE BEST DEAL POSSIBLE FOR OUR FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THE UNITED STATES. YOU KNOW,  WHO WOULDN'T WANT THAT?""WE JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO NOT DO ANY HARM TO THE AG PIECE. IF THE PRESIDENT LIVES  UP TO WHAT HE PROMISED US, HE SAYS HE'S GOING TO DO BETTER THAN WHAT WE HAD IN THE PAST."BEFORE LEAVING THE STAGE MONDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED TWO  PRESIDENTIAL ORDERS THAT HE SAYS WILL HELP GIVE FARM COUNTRY BETTER  INTERNET SERVICE....AND HELP FARMERS COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL  MARKETPLACE. THE PRESIDENTIAL ORDERS ARE INITIAL STEPS TOWARDS EXPANSION OF  BROADBAND INTERNET IN RURAL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THE 'RURAL PROSPERITY TASK FORCE" IDENTIFIED POOR INTERNET AS A MAJOR  ROADBLOCK FOR PRODUCERS. THE ORDER CALLS FOR EXPEDITING THE FEDERAL PERMITTING PROCESS.  THE  SECOND ORDER MAKES IT EASIER TO PLACE CELL TOWERS ON FEDERAL LANDS. "THIS MAY BE AS SIMPLE AS PUTTING AN ANTENNA ON A BUILDING. THIS MAY BE AS SIMPLE AS  PUTTING A TRANSMITTER ON TOP OF A TOWER THAT ALREADY EXISTS :20 BUT THIS IS A RELATIVELY EASY STEP  TO TAKE A GOVERNMENT ASSET THAT'S ALREADY IN A RURAL PLACE, THAT DOESN'T PUT US IN ANY SORT OF  RISK TO OFFER TO THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR TO SAY – HEY, IF YOU'RE GOING TO USE RURAL  BROADBAND IN THIS AREA, WE ARE WILLING TO GIVE YOU SPACE TO DO THAT IN THE DEPARTMENT OF  INTERIOR FACILITIES."THE RURAL PROSPERITY TASK FORCE SAYS ONLY 39-PERCENT OF THE RURAL  POPULATION HAS ACCESS TO ADEQUATE BROADBAND. 

PURDUE AG BAROMETER
THE AG ECONOMY BAROMETER SHOWS FARMER SENTIMENT DRIFTED LOWER AS  WE CLOSED OUT THE YEAR.  THE MONTHLY SURVEY FROM PURDUE UNIVERSITY  HAD A READING OF ONE-26 IN DECEMBER, THE SECOND MONTH IN A ROW THAT  THE BAROMETER WENT DOWN.. PURDUE ECONOMISTS SAY THE SURVEY REVEALS A PARADOX OF FARMER  SENTIMENT. ON ONE HAND AG PRODUCERS HAVE BECOME MORE OPTIMISTIC REGARDING  CURRENT ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN AGRICULTURE. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND,  THEY ALSO HAVE BECOME MORE PESSIMISTIC ABOUT FUTURE PROSPECTS FOR  THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY.  THE BAROMETER SEEMS TO INDICATE DESPITE THE EROSION IN OPTIMISM ABOUT FUTURE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, PRODUCERS SEEM TO BE SOMEWHAT MORE  WILLING TO MAKE LARGE INVESTMENTS IN FARM MACHINERY AND BUILDINGS  THAN A YEAR EARLIER.

SMITHFIELD GROUP SOW HOUSING
SMITHFIELD FOODS ANNOUNCING IT HAS FULFILLED A COMMITMENT - NEARLY 10  YEARS IN THE MAKING -      OF PROVIDING GROUP HOUSING SYSTEMS FOR  PREGNANT SOWS ON ALL U.S. COMPANY-OWNED FARMS.  THE CHINESE MEAT-PROCESSING COMPANY HAS INVESTED MORE THAN 360  MILLION DOLLARS TO COMPLETE THE TRANSITION WITH A GOAL TO CONVERT ALL COMPANY SOW FARMS BY 2022.  SMITHFIELD IS WORKING CONVERSIONS IN POLAND, ROMANIA AND MEXICO FOR  THE 2022 GOAL AS WELL. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH A LOOK AT CROP COMMENTS AROUND THE  COUNTRY. GOOD MORNING, MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, BETSY.  LET'S HEAD TO CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO!! MATT LANSFORD IS GRAIZING HIS CATTLE THIS WEEK.  TEMPERATURES ARE AROUND THE  40 AND 50 DEGREE MARK BUT HE SAYS THE  AREA IS IN NEED OF A RAIN.  ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR, NEARLY 93 PERCENT OF THE STATE  IS DRY.  CLOSE TO HALF IS CONSIDERED A MODERATE DROUGHT.  NOW OFF TO FORT MORGAN, COLORADO!  JACOB WILGENBURG IS CLEANING HEIFER PENS THIS WEEK.  HE SAYS THIS IS NOT NORMAL JANUARY WEATHER BUT HE'LL TAKE IT! HE SAYS LOWS ARE IN THE 40S AND 50S WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN TOO.  AND NOW HERE'S A LOOK AT SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
AHEAD IN AGRIBUSINESS, TYNE MORGAN ANALYZES THE CURRENT HOG  MARKETS. LATER IN PACKER T-V, YOU MIGHT NOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH SHIPPING COSTS  HAVE SKYROCKTED. AND IF YOU'VE NEVER HAD A CHEESE CURD FROM WISCONSIN, WE'LL SHOW YOU  WHAT YOU'VE BEEN MISSING.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IT WAS A MIXED TRADING SESSION FOR THE MOST PART ON TUESDAY. WE'LL FIND  OUT WHY AT THE FLOOR OF THE CME.  AS WE START TO TRACK SOYBEANS HERE WHAT ARE WE SEEING HERE. WE'RE SEEING SOYBEANS OUT OF  THE ENTIRE COMPLEX ARE BY FAR THE WEAKEST. YOU KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF REASONS THAT WE CAN TALK  ABOUT WHY THEY'RE THE WEAKEST. YOU CAN TALK ABOUT ARGENTINA YOU CAN TALK ABOUT BRAZIL BUT  HOW ABOUT TECHNICALLY THEY'RE ALSO THE WEAKEST WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE OVERALL PICTURE. THE  FAILURE OF NOW WATCHING MARCH MEANS TO GET ABOVE 95 85 TO 90 AND HOLD THAT LEVEL JUST  SHOWS HOW WEAK THEY ARE. I THINK WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR HERE NOW IS MOST LIKELY A PULL BACK  TO AT LEAST 940 POSSIBLY 920 NOW. WE'VE GOT A REPORT COMING OUT ON FRIDAY THAT WILL THAT MAY  CHANGE THE COURSE OF THIS BUT I'M PRETTY MUCH CONVINCED THAT THE REPORTS ARE ALREADY PRICED  IN. THAT'S THE WAY I SEE IT. THIS IS TODD HORWITZ COMING FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP IN  CHICAGO.

AGRIBUSINESS
THERE'S STILL PLENTY OF EXPORT MOMENTUM IN THE U.S. BEEF AND PORK  MARKET.  ACCORDING TO THE U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION'S NOVEMBER REPORT, BEEF EXPORT VOLUME AND VALUE RANKING THE SECOND HIGHEST MONTHLY  BEEF EXPORTS REACHING JUST SHY OF 112-THOUSAND METRIC TONS, DOWN 3  PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO.  EXPORT VALUE IS UP 8 PERCENT YEAR OVER YEAR.  MEANWHILE - PORK EXPORTS RECORDING THE HIGHEST EVER MONTLY VALUE IN NOVEMBER. EXPORTS TOTALLYING 615 MILLION DOLLARS, UP 5 PERCENT YEAR OVER YEAR. SPEAKING OF PORK,  WHAT COULD THE UPCOMING WINTER OLYMPICS HAVE TO DO WITH PORK  DEMAND?  TYNE MORGAN FINDS OUT MORE.  HERE NOW IS STEVE GEORGY OF ALLENDALE. STEVE LET'S LOOK AT THIS HOG MARKET. I MEAN LATELY  WE'VE SEEN SOME GOOD ACTION AND IF WE LOOK AT THE REST OF THE YEAR WHAT IS PLAYING INTO  PORK'S FAVOR. YOU KNOW RIGHT NOW WE HAVE GOT TO BE CAREFUL WITH THE HOG MARKET. YES WE  BROUGHT SOME VERY GOOD VALUE FOR THESE HOGS ALL THE WAY OUT THROUGH SUMMER. BUT ONE THING  THAT WE HAVE TO REMEMBER IS WHAT'S COMING UP HERE WE DO HAVE THE OLYMPICS COMING UP IN  SOUTH KOREA. OUR DEMAND TO SOUTH KOREA'S 21 PERCENT OVER WHERE IT WAS A YEAR AGO. BUT  THAT I DON'T THINK HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE OLYMPICS ARE GOING TO HEAR STORIES LIKE THAT. IT MAY  HAVE MORE TO DO WITH BIRD FLU ISSUES THAT THEY'RE NOW SAYING. THEY HAVE CALLED OVER EIGHT  HUNDRED THOUSAND BIRDS IN THE LAST WEEK. RUSSIA HAVING AN ISSUE THE SAME THING. AND SO  THIS IS MAY HAVE MORE OF A BIGGER IMPACT THAN WE KNOW RIGHT NOW. AS FAR AS THE HOG MARKET  SO BE CAREFUL OF THAT RIGHT NOW WITH THESE PRINCIPLES. SO YOU THINK MAYBE YOU WERE INFLATED A  LITTLE BIT AND MAYBE WE CAN'T SUSTAIN THOSE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR. IT'S GOING TO BE IT WILL  BE A SELLING OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE GUYS THAT HAD DONE THIS BACK WHEN WE HAD THE SOCHI  OLYMPICS AND WE SAW DEMAND AND THIS IS A VERY DEMAND DRIVEN THING. WELL. THOSE GUYS WE  STARTED SEEING SOME HEDGERS MADE WAY TOO SOON. FIND A WAY TO GET PROTECTED ON THIS.  LEAVING YOUR UPSIDE OPEN MAYBE USING SOME OPTIONS OR SOMETHING BECAUSE WE ARE SITTING  AT GOOD VALUE RIGHT NOW FOR HOGS BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE'RE DONE YET. JUST BECAUSE  THE FUNDAMENTALS SAY WE SHOULD BE BEARISH. WE DO NEED TO BE CAREFUL RIGHT. WELL YOU KNOW  YOU MENTIONED KOREA SOUTH KOREA AND WE HAVE THAT FREE TRADE AGREEMENT THAT NOW WE'RE  STARTING TO RENEGOTIATE. NOT SURE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THAT BUT WHEN WE LOOK AT  RENEGOTIATING SOME OF THESE THESE TRADE DEALS IS THAT HAVING AN IMPACT ON PRICES TODAY  WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE UNCERTAINTY OF WHAT THAT OUTCOME WILL BE. YOU KNOW I DON'T KNOW HOW  MUCH IT IS IN THE HOG MARKET. YOU KNOW I DON'T SEE A LOT IN THE GRAINS. I THINK WE'RE SEEING  MORE OF THAT IN CATTLE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. BUT AS FAR AS HOGS RIGHT NOW I THINK IT IS. YOU'VE GOT  A DEMAND ISSUE RIGHT NOW WITH SOUTH KOREA. THAT'S REALLY WHAT'S DRIVING THEM. AND YOU'RE  TELLING PRODUCERS YOU NEEDED TO LOOK AT THESE PRICES TODAY. YES THEY ARE PROFITABLE TODAY FIND  A WAY TO PROTECT THESE PRICE LEVELS BUT LEAVE YOURSELF SOME ROOM TO THE UPSIDE JUST IN CASE  WE SEE THIS DEMAND BUILD. ALL RIGHT. THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK  BREAK AND THEN WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AG DAY.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS ROOT  ZONE MOISTURE MAP WE'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT SNOWSTORMS OVER IN THE CENTRAL CORN BELT AND  ALSO IN THE EAST BUT IT LOOKS TO BE A LITTLE DRY MARY. YEAH THERE ARE SOME DRY SPOTS I THINK A LOT  OF THESE DRY AREAS ACTUALLY GET SOME HELP OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO AS WE HAVE SOME STORMS  COMING IN OUT WEST AND WE'LL HAVE SOME IN THE EAST AS WELL. SO AT LEAST FOR A FEW DAYS HERE  KIND OF A DIFFERENT PATTERN THAN WE'VE BEEN SEEING RECENTLY. WE'LL ALSO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF  MOISTURE FROM STORMS LIKE I SAID COMING IN OUT WEST AND THEN MULTIPLE WINDS KIND OF MOVING  THROUGH THE EAST ERIE BACK TO COLD THOUGH AS YOU'LL SEE IN THE JET STREAM. AFTER ABOUT A FOUR  OR FIVE DAY PERIOD HERE HERE'S THE WAY THINGS SHAPE UP THIS MORNING. LOW PRESSURE JUST NORTH  OF MINNESOTA. ANOTHER ONE IN THE CENTRAL ROCKIES ANOTHER SYSTEM LURKING OUT WEST THAT WILL  BE COMING EASTWARD AS WELL. NOT A LOT OF MOISTURE EAST OF THE ROCKIES TO START WITH BUT WE  ARE GOING TO SEE INCREASING MOISTURE OUT AHEAD OF THIS WARM FRONT. IT'LL BE LIGHT THOUGH  GENERALLY LIGHT SHOWERS IN SOME AREAS IT'S GOING TO BE SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN BEFORE IT SWITCHES  OVER THE WARMER AIR WILL OVERTAKE THINGS BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN IT WILL BE KIND OF ICY FOR A WHILE.  THEN YOU CAN SEE THE SNOW DEVELOPING NORTH OF THE COLD FRONT AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS  AFTERNOON HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT. THE SNOW PICKS UP THIS WILL BE A PRETTY DECENT SNOW.  PARTS OF THE DAKOTAS NEBRASKA WESTERN IOWA ALL THE WAY INTO MINNESOTA AND NORTHWESTERN  WISCONSIN THE SHOWERS START TO PICK UP AHEAD OF THIS SYSTEM AS WELL. MORE RAIN AND  MOUNTAIN SNOWS COMING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND THEN HEADING THROUGH THE DAY  TOMORROW IT REALLY BECOMES MOIST OUT AHEAD OF THIS SYSTEM WITH SHOWERS AND EVEN SOME  THUNDERSTORMS. SCUSE ME IN THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY OUT OF THIS SYSTEM. AND THE RAINS  WILL BE PICKING UP WITH THAT WIND. THIS SYSTEM HERE ALL DEPENDS ON WHERE WHERE IT EXACTLY  TRACKS BUT IT COULD BE A PRETTY BIG SNOWSTORM. PARTS OF THE OHIO VALLEY EASTERN GREAT LAKES.  WE'LL HAVE TO WATCH THAT WIND. ALSO DECENT SNOWS LATER IN THE DAY TOMORROW FOR THE NORTHERN  ROCKIES. THE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST 24 HOURS SO NEEDED MOISTURE THERE IN PARTS OF  ARIZONA SOUTHERN UTAH ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 YOU CAN SEE HOW IT'S GENERALLY LIGHT BUT WE DO  MOISTEN THINGS UP EAST OF THE ROCKIES OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS SNOWFALL KIND OF THE SAME IDEA  IT'S BEEN LIMITED TO THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE ROCKIES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS ADDING IN THE  NEXT 36 YOU THE MULTIPLE PIECES OF ENERGY KIND OF RIDING UP THAT FRONT WITH SEVERAL INCHES OF  SNOW BEHIND THAT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE HERE ARE THE HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON. YOU  CAN SEE TEENS AND LOW 20S IN THE FAR NORTH PRETTY WARM IN THE SOUTH STILL 60S FOR LOWS ALONG  THE GULF COAST BELOW ZERO IN BISMARCK 54 TOMORROW MORNING IN CHICAGO IS WHAT OUR  COMPUTER MODELS GO AND IT STAYS THERE AND CHICAGO STAYS BELOW ZERO IN BISMARCK. SO THIS IS  A SHOT OF MORE VERY COLD AIR COMING SOUTH THROUGH D.C. MULTIPLE PIECES OF ENERGY THERE IN  THE JET STREAM AND THE JET STREAM OUR COMPUTER MODEL IS SHOWING THIS TROUGH KIND OF LINGERING  LONGER THAN IT THOUGHT YESTERDAY. SO THE COLD MAY STICK AROUND. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL CARSON CITY NEVADA MOSTLY  CLOUDY AND RATHER MILD TODAY. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 52 DEGREES. JACKSON MISSISSIPPI MORNING  FOG. OTHERWISE A CHANCE OF SHOWERS WITH A HIGH OF 67. AND IN FLINT MICHIGAN A CHANCE OF  FREEZING RAIN EARLY THEN CLOUDY WITH DRIZZLE HIGH OF 42. 

TEASE
SHIPPING FRESH PRODUCE THIS WINTER IS GOING TO COST  MORE...CONSIDERABLY MORE. DETAILS NEXT FROM PACKER T-V. AND SEE HOW A SMALL-TOWN ROOTBEER STAND HELPED CREATE DEMAND FOR A  VERY POPULAR WISCONSIN CHEESE SNACK.

PACKER TV
IN NEWS FROM OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT THE PACKER... IT'S COSTING MORE  RIGHT NOW TO SHIP FRESH PRODUCE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN SOME CASES A  LOT MORE. COAST-TO-COAST TRUCK RATES PEAKED AT OVER 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN  EARLY JANUARY. THAT'S ABOUT 30-PERCENT HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO. THE PACKER REPORTS THAT THE  SPIKE COULD CAUSE FRICTION WITHIN THE  FRESH PRODUCE SUPPLY CHAIN OVER WHO WILL ABSORB THE ADDED COSTS. THE PRICE HIKE HAS BEEN BLAMED ON SEVERAL FACTORS INCLUDING NEW  FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES IN TRUCKS. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THE RATE HIKE AT "THE PACKER DOT COM." A NEW PLANT-BASED MILK PRODUCT IS HITTING GROCERY STORE SHELVES THIS  MONTH - THIS TIME IT'S PEANUT MILK.  THE COMPANY ELMHURST MILKED RELEASING BOTH ORIGINAL AND CHOCOLATE  FLAVORED PEANUT MILK PRODUCTS.  IT'S EXPECTED TO SELL IN MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND RETAIL STORES - HELPING CREATE  A NEW CATEGORY FOR CONSUMPTION.  "OUR JOB IS TO TRY TO HELP SELL THESE PEANUTS SINCE WE MAY HAVE A RECORD AMOUNT OF  PEANUTS FOR 2017. THE WAY I LOOK AT IT, YOU CAN'T SELL THEM IF YOU DON'T HAVE THEM. SO I SEE IT  AS AN OPPORTUNITY AND A CHALLENGE SO NEW PRODUCTS LIKE THIS WHICH WON'T CERTAINLY HAVE HUGE  INCREASES IN PEANUT CONSUMPTION OR USE, BUT IF WE CAN INCREASE THE CONSUMPTION RATE BY  ONE OR TWO PERCENTAGE POINTS, WE THINK THAT'S DOING WELL."PARKER SAYS THE MILK PRODUCT WILL HAVE 6 TO 8 GRAMS OF PROTEIN PER 9  OUNCE SERVING.

TEASE
STILL TO COME - THE HISTORICAL LINK BETWEEN A-AND-W ROOTBEER AND  CHEESE CURDS. IT'S A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN.  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. 

IN THE COUNTRY
YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH A CHEESEY-SIDE ORDER CALLED CHEESE  CURDS. THEY'RE ESPECIALLY POPULAR IN THE UPPER MIDWEST. WE GET A LITTLE HISTORY FROM THE FOLKS AT WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING  BOARD. IT ALL STARTED IN BALDWIN, WISCONSIN IN 2004 WHEN A FAVORITE LOCAL MENU ITEM BECAME A  NATIONAL A&W SUCCESS STORY. SARAH BLASI, V. P. MARKETING A & W RESTAURANTS "THE POPULARITY REALLY IN SOME RESTAURANTS IS  RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE ROOT BEER FLOAT IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER THAT ARE ORDERED. AND OVER THE  LAST FIVE YEARS WE'VE GROWN OUR CHEESE CURD VOLUME OVER 50%!" THAT HOMETOWN FAVORITE WAS DEEP FRIED WISCONSIN CHEESE CURDS. THE WHITE CHEDDAR CURDS  ARE MADE FRESH AT ELLSWORTH CREAMERY AND SENT TO RIVERSIDE FOODS TO BE BREADED WITH A  SPECIAL INGREDIENT ADDED FOR EXTRA FLAVOR! "THEY BREAD THEM FRESH AND THEY ACTUALLY, DUST IT WITH JUST A LITTLE BIT OF GARLIC. YOU WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO POINT THAT OUT WHEN YOU EAT THEM, BUT THAT'S WHAT  MAKES THEM SO SAVORY AND SO DELICIOUS." EMERSON GUIST HAPPENED TO BE PASSING THROUGH AND NEVER EXPERIENCED A&W'S CHEESE  CURDS SO HE THOUGHT HE'D GIVE THEM A TRY. EMERSON GUIST, PATRON INDIANAPOLIS, IN "IT HAS MORE OF THE CHEESE IN IT. YOU CAN TASTE MORE  OF WHAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY PAYING FOR. SO, I MEAN, I LIKE THEM! I'M A FAN!" AND CURDS AREN'T THE  ONLY WISCONSIN CHEESE OFFERING ON THE MENU… "WE ARE REALLY EXCITED FOR PROBABLY OUR FIRST CHEESE CURD MENU EXTENSION…EVER! AND IT JUST  LAUNCHED, IT'S POUTINE, SO RIGHT NOW YOU CAN GET CHEESE CURDS; LIMITED TIME ONLY, IT'S FRIES,  CHEESE CURDS, AND THEN TOPPED WITH GRAVY, AND PEOPLE LOVE IT!"  WHETHER OR NOT POUTINE BECOMES A MENU STAPLE, DEEP-FRIED WISCONSIN WHITE CHEDDAR  CHEESE CURDS ARE HERE TO STAY! "I AM EMERSON GUIST AND I APPROVE THESE CHEESE CURDS!" AND THAT'S WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY I'M BETSY JIBBEN. ENJOY YOUR DAY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

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