AgDay Daily Recap - January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 16, 2017

HEADLINES

COULD THE THREAT OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN BRING IMMIGRATION  REFORM TO AGRICULTURE. PLUS, THE GLITZ AND GLAMMOR OF TRUCKS AT THE DETROIT AUTO SHOW. IN AGRIBUSINESS..WATCHING FOR WHEAT PRICES TO THAW. WE'LL LOOK AT USDA FORECAST FOR DAIRY PRICES... AND A WARNING ABOUT DETERGENT PODS AND THREAT OF POISONING FOR  KIDS--AN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH REPORT. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

GOV’T SHUT DOWN, DACA DISCUSSION
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. MONDAY WAS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY SO  CAPITOL HILL WAS SHUT-DOWN TO CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING. BUT EVEN WITH A DAY-OFF, LAWMAKERS ARE STILL FOCUSED ON AN UPCOMING  DEADLINE TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT AFLOAT. . .AND TO DETERMINE IF  IMMIGRATION REFORM IS PART OF THAT PLAN. CONGRESSIONAL LAWMAKERS ARE TRYING TO WRITE LEGISLATION TO GIVE THE  SO-CALLED 'DREAMERS' LEGAL STATUS AS PART OF THE "DEFERRED ACTION FOR  CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS", OTHERWISE KNOWN AS DACA. THE OBAMA-ERA PROGRAM PROTECTS ABOUT 800-THOUSAND YOUNG PEOPLE  FROM DEPORTATION. SOME LAWMAKERS ARE TRYING TO CRAFT A NEW BILL THAT WOULD LINK 'DACA'  WITH A FEDERAL SPENDING BILL TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONAL. TEMPORARY GOVERNMENT FUNDING EXPIRES AT MIDNIGHT FRIDAY, AND SOME  GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS WILL BEGIN SHUTTING DOWN UNLESS LAWMAKERS  REACH AGREEMENT ON FUTURE FUNDING. BETSY JIBBEN HAS MORE ON THIS GOVERNMENT HOLD-UP. SOME DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS INDICATE THEY WILL SHUT THE THE  GOVERNMENT DOWN UNLESS SOMETHING IS DONE TO DACA - DEFERRED ACTION  FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS - WHICH PROVIDES TEMPORARY LEGAL STATUS AND  WORK AUTHORIZTION TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO WERE MINORS WHEN  BROUGHT HERE BY THEIR PARENTS.  MEANWHILE, REPUBLICANS WRITING THEIR OWN DACA BILL THEY HOPE WILL  ADVANCE THROUGH CONGRESS.  GROWERS IN THE WEST LIVE THE LABOR SHORTAGE CHALLENGES EVERY DAY - FOR AL STEHLY, FINDING ENOUGH HELP IS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR DECADES.  "IN THE 35 OR 40 YEARS OF BEING IN BUSINESS, I'VE HAD LESS THAN 5 U.S. CITIZENS APPLY,"UNCERTANITY ON THE FARM AND UNCERTANITY ON THE HILL.  REPUBLICANS NOW INTRODUCING THEIR VERSION OF A DACA BILL CALLED,  "SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE ACT" THEY HOPE WILL BE A GOOD COMPROMISE.  THE BILL WILL REDUCE IMMIGRATION LEVELS BY ABOUT 260-THOUSAND A YEAR, A  DECREASE OF 25 PERCENT AND COULD ELIMINATE THE VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM.  YET, THE BILL ALSO PROMISES A WORKABLE AG. GUEST WORKER PROGRAM AND  WILL INCREASE VISAS FOR SKILLED WORKERS, SUCH AS AG LABOR. ALL EMPLOYEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO USE HTE FEDERAL E-VERIFY SYSTEM.  FOR DACA RECIPIENTS, THE MEASURE WOULD PROVIDE TEMPORARY LEGAL  STATUS WITH A RENEWAL EVERY THREE YEARS.  PAUL RYAN ASSURING LATE LAST WEEK THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A  GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.  AND HE HOPES FOR A DACA COMPROMISE. "WE WANT TO FIX DACA. WE DO WANT TO FIX DACA. WE WANT TO FIX IT WHILE ADDRESSING THE ROOT  CAUSE PROBLEMS SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE A DACA PROBLEM AGAIN. THAT'S COMMON SENSE. THAT  MEANS THE SECURITY MEASURES THAT NEED TO ACCOMPANY ANY DACA SOLUTIONS ARE NECESSARY SO  WE CAN HAVE A FINAL FIX AND NOT A TEMPORARY FIX,"SOME IN THE PRODUCE INDUSTRY SAY THAT'S JUST THE THING STANDING IN  THEIR WAY AS THEY'RE STRIVING FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM BE IT A PATHWAY TO  LEGALIZATION OR CITIZENSHIP OR JUST LEGAL STATUS.  "THE TRUTH IS, THEY'RE RIGHT. WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE WORKING FOR US WHO ARE ILLEGAL. WE WANT A  LEGAL STABLE WORKFORCE. IT DOESN'T SEEM SOMETHING TOO DIFFICULT TO ACCOMPLISH.""A LOT HAS TO DO WITH LEGAL STATUS - WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T HAVE A FEAR THEY'RE  GOING TO BE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES,"ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS,  UNEMPLOYMENT  IS DOWN  TO 4.1 PERCENT, THE LOWEST IN 17 YEARS, THE LABOR SHORTAGE IS  BECOMMING TIGHER.  "THE ECONOMY IS TURNING AROUND, JOBLESS NUMBERS ARE GOING DOWN, CONSTRUCTION IS  RETURNING, SO A LOT OF YOUR UNSKILLED LABORERS WE ARE USED TO ARE RETURNING TO CONSTRUCTION  JOBS WHICH ARE PAYING DOUBLE OR TRIPPLE ON A PER HOUR BASIS."  DAIRIES ARE CONSIDERED FULL-TIME WORK AND CANNOT ACCESS THE H2A  PROGRAM.  "EVERYONE HEADS TO GREENER PASTURES AND RIGHT NOW, THAT'S CONSTRUCTION JOBS. SO IT'S HARD TO  FIND ANYBODY THAT WILL SHOW UP TO EVEN TO INTERVIEW FOR A JOB, LET ALONE, WANT TO TAKE IT."PRODUCERS SAY THEY RUN INTO THAT PROBLEM BEFORE THEY CAN EVEN LOOK  AT FOREIGN DOCUMENTS TO SEE THE LEGAL STATUS OF FOREIGN WORKERS. "SO MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME TO US OTHER THAN THE H2A PROGRAM AND UNDER FEDERAL LAW  WILL HAVE TO PRESENT DOCUMENTS THAT APPEAR LEGAL ON THEIR FACE. WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO QUESTION  45 THEM PERTAINING TO THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE DOCUMENT IF IT APPEARS LEGAL,"THE BILL ALSO AUTHORIZES PRESIDENT TRUMP'S WALL - AND HIRES 5 THOUSAND  BORDER PATROL AGENTS AND 5 THOUSAND CBP OFFICERS.

NAFTA EXTENSION, MEXICO PORK
AS NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS GET SET TO RESUME-- PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS  NOW SUGGESTING THE DEADLINE FOR ALTERING THAT TRADE AGREEMENT  MIGHT NEED TO BE EXTENDED.  TRUMP TOLD THE WALL STREET JOURNAL LAST WEEK THAT "A LOT OF THINGS  ARE HARD TO NEGOTIATE" AS THE MEXICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS COMING  UP IN JULY. A REUTERS REPORT SAYS CANADA IS AGREEABLE TO THE IDEA.  CANADIAN FOREIGN MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND, SAYING, "I THINK THAT WAS A  SENSIBLE SUGGESTION FROM THE PRESIDENT. I THINK ALL OF US ARE MINDFUL  OF THE MEXICAN ELECTION."  TALKS ARE SCHEDULED TO CONCLUDE BY THE END OF MARCH.  SPEAKING OF TRADE, THE USDA HAS FINALIZED A RULE THAT ALLOWS ALL  MEXICAN STATES TO EXPORT PORK INTO THE UNITED STATES. APHIS SAYS IT'S ASSESSMENT FINDS THAT THE RISK OF CLASSICAL SWINE FEVER  IN IMPORTS IS NEGLIGIBLE.  A REVIEW BY THE WORLD ORGANIZATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH ALSO DETERMINED  THAT MEXICO WAS FREE OF THE DISEASE.   THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAYS IT SUPPORTS THE DECISION. MEXICO IS THE NUMBER 2 EXPORT MARKET FOR U.S. PORK, WHICH THROUGH  NOVEMBER LAST YEAR SHIPPED $1.4 BILLION POUNDS TO THAT COUNTRY.

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH SOME UPDATES FROM AROUND THE  COUNTRY. MIKE?  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  OUR FIRST CROP COMMENT COMES FROM MATT NELSON. HE SAYS THE COWS  ARE ENJOYING A SNOWY DAY ON THE CORNSTALKS IN BURT COUNTY, NEBRASKA.  THE WINTER WEATHER HAS DISAPPOINT WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE  DIGITS.  MOVING OVER TO EAST CENTRAL, ILLINOIS  RON HAASE SAYS HIS DOG, DUKE IS NOW KING OF THE MOUNTAIN AFTER AN  AVALANCHE OF SNOW FELL OFF THE ROOF. HE HOPES HTE SNOW WILL CONTINUE  TO MELT.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WINDSPEED FORECAST YOU CAN SEE VERY WINDY  TO START THE DAY IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN TEXAS THAT KIND OF MOVES  SOUTHWARD NOT ALOT OF WIND ACROSS MOST OF THE LOWER 48 LATER ON  TODAY AND THEN AS WE HEAD INTO THE DAY TOMORROW WE'LL SEE A LITTLE  MORE WIND STARTING TO DEVELOP UP ACROSS THE CANADIAN BORDER A LITTLE  BIT IN THE SOUTHEAST AS WELL AND THAT INTENSIFIES IN NORTHERN SECTIONS  ESPCIALLY IN THE GREAT LAKES TO NORTH DAKOTA AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE  AFTERNOON WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST  HERE ARE SOMEHOMETOWN TEMPS AND NOW 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
WHEN WE  COME BACK WE'LL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT WHEAT MARKETS AND THE  OUTLOOK FOR THE INDUSTRY. AND LATER, A LOOK AT THE 2018 PRICES PROJECTIONS FOR MILK FROM USDA. THOSE LAUNDRY PACKETS - THEY MAY BE CONVENIENT FOR ADULTS, BUT ARE  STILL  A GROWING THREAT TO CHILDREN. THE RESULTS OF A TROUBLING NEW STUDY ON LAUNDRY DETERGENT PACKETS, LATER ON AG IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY NEW DELARO FUNGICIDE FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS. ACHIEVE  PERSONAL BEST YIELDS. 

NORTH AMERICAN AUTO SHOW
IN BUSINESS NEWS - THE 2018 NORTH AMERICAN  AUTO SHOW HAS OPENED IN  DETROIT - AND FULL-SIZE PICK-UP TRUCKS ARE TAKING CENTER STAGE. AUTOMAKERS ARE TRYING TO SHOW WHOSE PICK-UP CAN HAUL MORE STUFF,  BUT STILL DO IT WITH LIGHTER, MORE EFFICIENT TRUCKS. FIAT CHRYSLER ROLLED-OUT A NEW RAM TRUCK. MEANWHILE G-M UNVILED ITS 2019 SILVERADO, WHICH WEIGHS 450 POUNDS LESS  THAN THE CURRENT MODELS. IT WAS A GLITZY UN-VEILING IN THE MOTOR CITY. "CUSTOMERS DEPEND ON THEIR TRUCK FOR MORE THAN JUST TRANSPORTATION. THEY TRULY NEED THEIR  TRUCK, THEY RELY ON IT TO MAKE A LIVING, AND DO WHAT THEY ENJOY MOST WHEN THEY'RE NOT WORKING.  THAT'S WHY THE CHEVROLET SILVERADO IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST LASTING,  FULL-SIZED PICK UP ON THE ROAD." THE NEW SILVERADO, WHICH GOES ON SALE THIS FALL, SLIMS DOWN BY  MELDING DIFFERENT METALS. PARTS THAT SWING, INCLUDING DOORS, THE HOOD  AND THE TAILGATE, ARE LIGHTER ALUMINUM, BUT STATIONERY PARTS SUCH AS  THE BED, ARE STILL STEEL..THE SILVERADO IS THE SECOND-BEST SELLING VEHICLE IN THE U-S.  OUTSOLD BY  FORD'S F-SERIES PICKUPS.  BIG PICKUP TRUCK SALES ROSE NEARLY 6 PERCENT LAST YEAR WHILE U-S AUTO  SALES DROPPED 2 PERCENT.

AGRIBUSINESS
KEVIN DULING KD INVESTORS OUR GUESTS HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK. KEVIN LET'S TALK ABOUT  THE WHEAT MARKET BECAUSE YOU KNOW WE LOOKED AT LAST YEAR OBVIOUSLY WE HAD THAT KIND OF  WILD SPRING WITH SOME DRYNESS AND WE SAW PRETTY GOOD RUN UP IN AT LEAST THE NORTHERN PLAINS  WHEAT SPRING WHEAT SIDE OF THINGS. NOW IT'S DRY IN WINTER WHEAT COUNTRY AND ACRES ARE DOWN  LOWER AS WE GO LOWER. YEAH THE WHEAT MARKET IS DIFFERENT. I MEAN IT'S DIFFERENT THAN THE CROPS  BY BY MANY MANY DIFFERENT DEGREES. AND WHAT I. SOME THINGS THAT REALLY JUMP OFF THE PAGE IS  THE CASH WHEAT SITUATION IS TELLING A STORY WE'RE SEEING BASIS LEVELS WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN YEARS  BECAUSE YOU FOR THE HIGH PROTEIN WHEATS. OK. SECONDLY THE AMOUNT OF WHEAT IN FARMER  HANDS IS MINIMAL. SO THAT IS A BIG DEAL SO IF WE DO GET SOMETHING GOING YOU'RE NOT GOING TO  HAVE THAT PRESSURE. YOU KNOW WE STILL HAVE THE RUSSIAN PRESSURE. YOU KNOW SOME THINGS  THAT KIND OF SNUCK THROUGH LAST WEEK. YOU KNOW THEY DROP THE AUSTRALIAN CROP BY 5 MILLION  METRIC TONS FROM THAT AT INTEREST TO THE BUREAU OF STATISTICS AND IF YOU ROLL THAT FORWARD THERE'S  GOING TO BE THAT WE'D HAVE TO GET SOURCED TO FILL THE DEMAND THIS YEAR. AND I THINK WE'LL SEE  MUCH IMPROVED EXPORTS IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS MORE OF A BACK LOADED MARKETING HERE THAT  THIS MARKET HAS ALL THE SIGNS OF DOING SOMETHING GOOD. I KNOW THAT THE REPORT YOU KNOW LAST  WEEK WAS NOT EXCEPTIONAL. I MEAN IT WAS BEARISH PERCEIVED BUT AGAIN THE CASH MARKETS ARE  GOING TO TELL A STORY THAT DOWN THE ROAD. YEAH YEAH. SO YOU THINK THERE'S STILL OPPORTUNITY HERE  AS WE GO INTO 2018 THAT WE COULD SEE WE MAYBE CATCH A LITTLE BIT OF SPARK AND A LOT OF IT  BASED OFF EXPORT EXPORTS AND THEN ALSO JUST THE WAY USDA USES THAT INFORMATION WHEN THEY  COME OUT IN THE MAY WITH THEIR FIRST LOOK. THEY ALWAYS HAVE A HIGH END PRODUCTION AND LOW  END DEMAND AND THEN AS THE YEAR GOES THEY ADJUST AND YOU KNOW IN 2016 IT WAS 4 PERCENT  DEMAND GROWTH. FROM THEIR INITIAL ESTIMATE AND MADE TO THEIR ENDING ONE IN APRIL. SO IT'S VERY  IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT HAPPENED IS YOU KNOW WHAT WE SAW THAT BIG SPIKE IN  JUNE LAST YEAR. YOU'RE GOING TO SEE SOMETHING SIMILAR THIS YEAR AND WHETHER IT GETS SOLD OFF  AGAIN LIKE LAST YEAR OR IT CONTINUES IS GOING TO DEPEND ON YOU KNOW CROP CONDITIONS AROUND  THE WORLD. BUT THE EXPORTER STOCKS ARE TIGHTER AND YOU KNOW LIKE I SAY THIS ONE THIS MARKETS  CERTAINLY WANT TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON. ALL RIGHT WELL BE KEEPING AN EYE ON IT. THANK YOU FOR  HELPING US. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MINUTE.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN LOOKING AT THE MAP HERE.  WE'RE JUST GOING TO BE SOME SNOW ACROSS SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY YES SOUTH CENTRAL  TEXAS GETTING SOME SNOW SLEET FREEZING RAIN IN PLACES THIS MORNING THAT SNOW STRETCHES UP  INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY. OF COURSE FARTHER NORTH ARE PLACES THAT TYPICALLY GET SNOW LIKE THE  GREAT LAKES EASTERN SECTIONS GETTING HIT WITH THE SYSTEM WESTERN SECTIONS GETTING HIT WITH  LAKE EFFECT WHICH HAS BEEN PRETTY COMMON THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. VERY COLD AIR THAT ACROSS THE  CENTER OF THE COUNTRY FOR NOW. NEXT COLD FRONT COMING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WITH SOME  RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS OUT THAT WAY HEADING THROUGH THE NEXT 24 HOURS. YOU CAN SEE THAT  SYSTEM OUT WEST COMES IN ANOTHER ONE COMING IN AS WELL RIGHT BEHIND THAT THE EASTERN  SECTION NO THIS IS ACTUALLY ONCE AGAIN SHOWING SNOW ALL THE WAY TO THE GULF COAST IN  LOUISIANA BY LATER ON TODAY PRETTY IMPRESSIVE ESPECIALLY FOR LATE AFTERNOON AND THEN AS YOU  CAN SEE FARTHER NORTH JUST A STRIP OF SNOW FROM PARTS OF MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA ALL THE WAY  TO MAINE AND HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT THAT WILL ALL CONTINUE TO PUSH EASTWARD. THAT MEANS  THE PANHANDLE OF FLORIDA GETS INTO SOME OF THE WHITE STUFF. I'M SURE IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A BIG  ACCUMULATION OR ANYTHING BUT NONETHELESS JUST THE FACT THAT THE FLAKES FALLING THERE MOST OF  THE REST OF THE COUNTRY ON THE DRY SIDE. NEXT SYSTEM REALLY DRIES OUT COMING ACROSS THE  ROCKIES IMPRESSIVE SYSTEM BEHIND IT THOUGH COMING IN AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY  TOMORROW STARTING OFF IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WITH SOME RAIN. EASTERN SYSTEM AND MOVING  OFFSHORE STILL A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW LATER ON IN THE DAY IN EASTERN PORTIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA WHICH  IS KIND OF IMPRESSIVE AS WELL ALL THE WAY TO THE ATLANTIC SEABOARD AND STILL SOME PRETTY GOOD  SNOWS IN MAINE. TAKE A LOOK AT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST 24 HOURS FROM TEXAS ALL THE WAY  INTO THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES. ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS YOU CAN SEE NOTHING IS REAL HEAVY  HERE BUT NONETHELESS WE ARE GOING TO PUT DOWN SOME TENTH OF AN INCH MAYBE A QUARTER OF AN  INCH IN PLACES SOME SPOTS GET A LITTLE BIT MORE. IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST NORTHERN CALIFORNIA  AS WELL SNOWFALL THEN FROM NORTHEAST TEXAS ALL THE WAY TO THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES THROUGHOUT  THE GREAT LAKES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS AND EVEN THE NEXT 36 YOU CAN SEE HOW WILL PUT DOWN  SOME DECENT AMOUNTS BY THE TIME WE GET INTO THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS OF PENNSYLVANIA ALL THE  WAY UP INTO CENTRAL NEW ENGLAND. THESE ARE ALL LIGHT AMOUNTS DOWN SOUTH BUT STILL UNUSUAL  FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR ALL BECAUSE OF THE COLD. HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY 31 THIS AFTERNOON IN  SAN ANTONIO TEENS AND SINGLE DIGITS FARTHER NORTH ACROSS MOST OF THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN  PLAINS STATES. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO BE KIND OF THE SAME IDEA LOTS OF SINGLE  DIGITS THERE. AND THEN AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW WE'LL BEGIN TO TRY TO WARM THINGS  UP BUT IT'S STILL PRETTY CHILLY EVERYWHERE EAST OF THE ROCKIES. THE JET STREAM ALL BECAUSE OF THE  TROUGH THERE YOU CAN SEE THAT DOES MOVE AWAY ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF A TROUGH KIND OF MOVES  THROUGH FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY. THEN WE GO TO A RIDGE IN THE EAST A LITTLE TROUGH MOVING  THROUGH THE COUNTRY BUT THIS IS STILL A WARMER PATTERN WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW EVEN FOR THE EAST.  THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS FOR BUTTE  MONTANA DAY LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND CHILLY HIGH OF 33 DEGREES. WACO TEXAS. VERY COLD. BIT OF  SNOW IN THE MORNING HIGH OF 31 AND LAPORTE INDIANA COLD WITH SOME HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW  SHOWERS AROUND. HIGH TEMPERATURE IN THE AFTERNOON OF 23.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL LOOK AT THE LATEST PRICE PROJECTIONS FOR U.S.  DAIRY FARMERS. PLUS DANGER LURKING INSIDE YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM....AND THE RISK IT NOT  ONLY TO TODDLERS, , , BUT TEENS! HEAR ABOUT THE RISKS TO YOUR FAMILY LATER ON AGDAY.

DAIRY TV
IN NEWS FROM OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT FARM JOURNAL'S MILK.... THE LATEST USDA WASDE REPORT LOWERED PRODUCTION ESTIMATES FOR 2018.  THE DROP BASED ON SLOWER ANTICIPATED GROWTH IN THE DAIRY HERD  COUPLED WITH SLOW GROWTH IN MILK PER COW.  IN ADDITION, EXPORTS WERE INCREASED THANKS TO SOLID GLOBAL DEMAND  FOR U.S. BUTTER AND OTHER DAIRY PRODUCTS.  ON THE PRICE SIDE, USDA FORECASTING THE ALL MILK PRICE BETWEEN 15-80  AND 16-60 PER HUNDRED FOR THE YEAR PRICES WERE REDUCED DUE TO SLOWING DOMESTIC DEMAND AND MORE  GLOBAL COMPETITION.  ROUND ONE OF THE FARM BILL BATTLES COULD BE SETTLED AS SOON AS THIS  MONTH IF THE SENATE AGREES ON A FIX FOR COTTON AND DAIRY IN THE $81  BILLION DISASTER AID BILL ALREADY PASSED BY THE HOUSE.  NOT ONLY WOULD IT SETTLE ONE OF THE MOST CONTENTIOUS NEGOTIATIONS OF  A NEW FARM BILL, IT ALSO INCREASES BASELINE FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE  NEW FIVE-YEAR BILL.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO PROFARMER WASHINGTON POLICY ANALYST JIM  WIESEMEYER. HE SAYS THAT WOULD MAKE FINISHING THE FARM BILL "EASIER, BUT NOT EASY." THE AID PACKAGE CONTAINS A PROVISION THAT REMOVES THE $20 MILLION CAP  ON THE LIVESTOCK GROSS MARGIN PROGRAM FOR DAIRY. AND DID 2017 LIVE UP TO EXPECTATIONS? ACCORDING TO THE MILK INTELLIGENCE SURVEY THE ANSWER IS NO. THE SURVEY PROJECTED AVERAGE PRICES TO BE 17-81 PER HUNDRED IN 2017.  AND WHILE PRICES WERE LESS LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018, THE MAJORITY OF  PRODUCERS SURVEYED DO NOT ANTICIPATE GROWING THEIR HERDS. 46% SAY THEY WILL STAY THE SAME SIZE. IN ADDITION, VERY FEW ANTICIPATE INSTALLING NEW TECHNOLOGIES ON THE  FARM. 

TEASE
UP NEXT - HEAR ABOUT A DANGEROUS FAD INVOLVING - OF ALL THINGS - LAUNDRY DETERGENT. DETAILS NEXT IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ARE WARNING PARENTS ABOUT A NEW DANGEROUS  CRAZE INVOLVING THOSE LAUNDRY PACKETS - OR PODS. TEENS ARE PURPOSELY EATING THEM AND POSTING THEIR ANTICS ON SOCIAL  MEDIA.IN THIS REPORT FROM NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, CLARK POWELL SAYS  IT'S A VERY DANGEROUS FAD THAT COULD LAND KIDS IN THE HOSPITAL. SOON AFTER BEING INTRODUCED IN THE U.S.MARKET, 1-THOUSANDS OF SERIOUS INCIDENTS INVOLVING CHILDREN AND LAUNDRY DETERGENT PACKETS FORCED MANUFACTURERS TO MAKE CHANGES.THEY REPLACED CLEAR CONTAINERS WITH OPAQUE ONES AND MADE THEM HARDER FOR CHILDREN TO OPEN.BUT A NEW STUDY SHOWS DURING 2013­14, THERE MORE THAN 22 THOUSAND INCIDENTS IN CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 6. AN INCREASE OF 17­PERCENT. THESE CHILDREN HAVE COME IN, IN COMA, THEY'VE STOPPED BREATHING, WE'VE EVEN HAD 2 DEATHS IN THE LAST 2 YEARS DUE TO EXPOSURE TO LAUNDRY DETERGENT PACKETS.”     DOCTOR GARY SMITH OF NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LED THE STUDY. HE LOOKED AT SEVERAL TYPES OF DETERGENTS ­ BOTH PACKETS AND TRADITIONAL FORMS. WHEN CHILDREN BITE DOWN ON PACKETS, THEY BURST, SHOOTING A TOXIC MIXINTO A CHILD’S THROAT. THEY WERE ASSOCIATED WITH MORE SERIOUS MEDICAL OUTCOMES, MORE HOSPITALIZATIONS AND MORE BREATHING FAILURE THAN OTHER TYPES OF DETERGENTS ­ AS WELL AS TWO CHILD DEATHS   “THOSE CONCENTRATED CHEMICALS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS BURNS, IF IT GETS DOWN IN THE LUNG IT CAN CAN CAUSE SEVERE DAMAGE, IT ALSO WHEN IT'S ABSORBED CAN CAUSE EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN." EXPERTS SAY PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN SHOULD AVOID USING LAUNDRY DETERGENT PACKETS ALL TOGETHER ­ BUT IF THEY DO USE THEM, STORE THEM HIGH, OUT OF SIGHT AND OUT OF REACH IN A LOCKED CABINET.  “SOME OF THE MANUFACTURERS HAVE ACTUALLY MOVED TO MAKE DETERGENT CONTAINERS LESS ACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN. BUT WHAT WE FOUNDWAS IN FACT THE NUMBER OF EXPOSURES HAVE CONTINUED TO INCREASE.”AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, THIS IS CLARK POWELL REPORTING. ON AVERAGE, THERE IS A CALL TO A POISON CONTROL CENTER ABOUT EVERY 45  MINUTES DUE TO CHILDREN GETTING INTO LAUNDRY DETERGENT PACKAGES - AND A CHILD A DAY IS HOSPITALIZED BECAUSE OF IT.

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. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

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