AgDay Daily Recap - January 30, 2018

January 30, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 30, 2018

HEADLINES

PREVIEWING THE PRESIDENT'S STATE OF THE UNION...AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR  AGRICULTURE. PLUS, ANOTHER ROUND OF NAFTA COMES TO A CLOSE. IN AGRIBUSINESS ...A CLOSER LOOK AT OIL MARKETS. AND LEARN ABOUT A 4-H PROJECT COMBINING MATH AND CHOCOLATE. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

STATE OF THE UNION PREVIEW
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL SPEAK TO THE NATION TONIGHT FOR HIS FIRST OFFICIAL  STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS.  THE PRESIDENT IS SCHEDULED TO ADDRESS THE NATION TONIGHT DURING A  TIME WHEN LAWMAKERS ARE NEGOTIATING A FUNDING BILL.  THE PRESIDENT SAYS HIS SPEECH BEFORE CONGRESS IS "A BIG SPEECH, AN  IMPORTANT SPEECH." AND WILL COVERS TOPICS LIKE IMMIGRATION AND TRADE.  JANUARY HAS BEEN A PIVOTAL MONTH FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, ESPECIALLY  WHEN IT COMES TO THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY.  BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US NOW WITH MORE.  CLINTON,  IT'S BEEN A BUSY MONTH FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. THE ADMINISTATION UNVEILING ITS IMMIGRATION PLAN ON THE HEELS OF A  GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.  AND SEVERAL TRADE DEALS ARE CURRENTLY BEING RENEGOTIATED - INCLUDING  NAFTA.  SOME FARMERS AND POLICY ANALYSTS SAY THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO  CONTINUE TALKING TRADE DURING HIS FRIST OFFICIAL STATE OF THE UNION.  "KNOWING TRUMP, HIS AGRESSIVENESS ON TRADE, HE'S GOING TO COME OUT SWINGING AGAINST  CHINA, AND SOME OTHER COUNTRIES ON TRADE. SO THERE COULD BE HIGH ANXIETY RELATIVE TO TRADE  POLICY IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS,"THAT ANXIETY IS WHY FARMERS WANT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BE VOCAL ABOUTT  HE TOPIC DURING THE ADDRESS.  WE ASKED FARMERS TO GIVE THE PRESIDENT A LETTER GRADE FOR HIS FIRST  YEAR IN OFFICE.  "THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD THINGS HE'S DONE WITH THE EPA AND SOME TAX REFORM. I'M NOT SURE  HOW THAT ALL COMES OUT IN THE END BUT AT LEAST THERE'S AN ATTMEPT TO MAKE SOMETHING BETTER  ON THE TAX SIDE. BUT IT REALLY SCARES ME ON THE NAFTA SIDE AND OUR TRADE. THAT'S WHY I HAVE TO  GO WITH A LOWER B-.THERE IS STILL UNCERTANITY WITH THIS  PRESIDENCY. "SOME FARMERS EVEN READING HIS BOOKS HOPING TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE  PRESIDENT MAKES DEALS.  "I'D PROBABLY GIVE HIM A STRONG B. WHY IS MORE DIFFICULT. (TAKE OUT MIDDLE)INTERESTINGLY  ENOUGH, I READ, "THE ART OF THE DEAL." THAT'S A BOOK HE WROTE 30 YEARS AGO. I THOUGHT IT WAS  INTERESTING TO READ THAT AND UNDERSTAND IN THE WAY HE TALKS AND ACTS NOW. I GUESS AFTER  READING THAT BOOK, MAYBE KNOWING THE WAY HE DOES BUSINESS DEALS, I MAY BE GRADING HIM  HIGHER THAN I MIGHT HAVE OTHERWISE,"OTHERS GRADING HIM LOWER.  "PROBABLY A B OR C. I THINK THERE'S A PUBLIC PERCEPTION ISSUE WE HAVE WITH HIM WHEN IT  COMES TO THE LEVEL OF RESPECT THAT I DON'T ALWAYS THINK IS THERE. SOME OF THAT IS BROUGHT UPON  HIMSELF. IT WILL BE INTERSTING TO SEE WHAT HTE NEXT THREE YEARS WILL BRING,"WIESEMEYER SAYS HE ANTICIPATES THE PRESIDENT WILL SPEAK ON  INFRASTRUCTURE REFORM.  THE ADMINISTRATION RELEASING ITS PLAN FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO  INFRASTRUCTURE LAST WEEK. HE SAYS ITS LIKELY TO BE A PLUS SIDE OF THE  STATE OF THE UNION.  CLINTON.  THANKS BETSY.

SOY TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES
WITH THE PRESIDENT EXPECTING TO UNVEIL HIS PLAN FOR INFRASTRUCTURE  TONIGHT, AG-RELATED GROUPS ARE WEIGHING-IN. THE SOY TRANSPORTATION COALITION IS OUT WITH ITS TOP TEN WANTED LIST. TOPPING THE LIST IS MAINTENANCE AND REHABILITATION OF LOCKS AND DAMS. THE GROUP WILL ALSO PUSH FOR FUNDING FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION OF LOCKS  ESPECIALLY ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS. IT ALSO WANTS DREDGING AT THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND ALONG THE  COLUMBIA RIVER IN OREGON... THE S-T-C ALSO SUPPORTS AN AN INCREASE TO THE FEDERAL TAX ON GASOLINE  AND DIESEL FUEL BY TEN CENTS A GALLON....WITH THE CAVEAT THAT RURAL  AREAS GET A PROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF TAX REVENUE. THE S-T-C SAYS MORE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IS ESSENTIAL. HOWEVER IT ALSO  BELIEVES BETTER STEWARDSHIP OF CURRENT TAXPAYER DOLLARS COULD  ADDRESS MANY OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEMANDS. ANOTHER ROUND OF NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS ARE IN THE BOOKS. AND ALL SIDES SAY THEY'RE LEAVING MONTREAL HOPEFUL A DEAL CAN BE  REACHED. 

NAFTA ROUND 6
LEAD TRADE REPRESENTATIVES FROM MEXICO, CANADA AND THE U.S. MAKING  CLOSING COMMENTS MONDAY. ALL THREE ENDING THE 6TH ROUND OF TALKS ON A POSITIVE NOTE. WHILE THE DEAL ISN'T COMPLETE THE TRIO INDICATING TALKS ARE ON THE RIGHT  TRACK..AND MOVING FORWARD. WE STILL HAVE SUBSTANTIAL CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME. YET THE  PROGRESS MADE PUTS US ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO CREATE LANDING ZONES TO  CONCLUDE THIS PROCESS. SOME REAL HEADWAY WAS MADE HERE TODAY. THE U.S. VIEWS NAFTA A  VERY IMPORTANT AGREEMENT. WE'RE COMMITTED TO MOVING FORWARD. I'M  HOPEFUL PROGRESS WILL ACCELERATE SOON. WE'LL WORK VERY HARD  BETWEEN NOW THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT ROUND AND WE HOPE FOR MAJOR  BREAKTHROUGHS IN THAT PERIOD. THE NEXT ROUND OF NAFTA TALKS ARE SCHEDULED FOR MEXICO CITY IN LATE  FEBRUARY. AND ACCORDING TO BLOOMBERG NEWS, NAFTA TALKS COULD RUN  FOR MONTHS OR EVEN INTO NEXT YEAR.

TYSON’S FOOD START UP
TYSON FOODS HAS INVESTED IN A FOOD-TECH STARTUP THAT'S DEVELOPING  METHODS TO PRODUCE MEAT DIRECTLY FROM ANIMAL CELLS. THE MEAT PRODUCER ANNOUNCING MONDAY THAT ITS VENTURE CAPITAL ARM,  TYSON VENTURES, NOW HAS A MINORITY STAKE IN MEMPHIS MEATS.  TYSON SAYS THE INVESTMENT REFLECTS THE COMPANY'S COMMITMENT TO FIND  NEW, INNOVATIVE WAYS OF MEETING A GROWING GLOBAL DEMAND FOR PROTEIN. TERMS OF THE DEAL WERE NOT DISCLOSED.

CROP COMMENTS
CINDI CLAWSON IS IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN AGAIN TODAY. SHE HAS OUR CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  IT WAS SUCH A NICE WEEKEND IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS THAT JON BRICKEY OF  MURRAYVILLE, ILLINOIS DECIDED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE 50-DEGREE  WEATHER ON SUNDAY. HE ROLLED OUT WHAT HE BELIEVES IS A 1969 CASE ELEVEN-60 COMBINE TO  BRING-IN A CORN CROP  THAT STOOD ALL WINTER. I THOUGHT WELL THE WEATHER IS ABOUT RIPE FOR PICKING CORN. SO I JUST THOUGHT I WOULD GET SOME  CORN OUT WHILE THE WEATHER WAS GOOD. CAN'T BEAT THESE 50 DEGREES FOR JANUARY. JON SAYS THE COMBINE'S BEEN SITTING IN A BARN FOR ABOUT 30 YEARS AND IS  IN REAL GOOD SHAPE. OUR THANKS TO UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION FARM BROADCASTER TODD  GLEASON FOR SHARING THAT FOOTAGE WITH US. MEANWHILE ANOTHER JOHN - THIS ONE FROM CENTRAL, INDIANA - SENT US THIS  PICTURE.  HE SAYS THE AREA IS WARMING UP, SO SOME PARTS ARE A WET AND SHUSHY  MESS.  THE TWO TRACTORS ARE  IN FRONT OF JOHN'S PLACE HONORING HIS  GRANDFATHER WHO PASSED AWAY EARLIER IN THE MONTH.  LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE WINDS. THESE ARE WINDSPEED FORECAST AND YOU COULD SEE  THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE GOING TO BE UP THERE IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS INTO MONTANA INTO THE  ROCKIES STATES THERE ALSO A LITTLE WINDY IN THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES. BUT NOTICE AS WE SEE A  FRONTAL SYSTEM MOVING ACROSS THE CENTRAL PART OF THE COUNTRY WE'RE GOING TO SEE THOSE WINDS  HIGHER WINDS MOVING INTO THE UPPER MIDWEST AS WELL AS WE HEAD INTO TUESDAY AND EVEN INTO  WEDNESDAY AS WELL AS WE GET INTO THE GREAT LAKES. I'LL HAVE YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST COMING  UP BUT FOR NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL LOOK AT THE OIL INDUSTRY AND THE CHANGES  FACING THE ENERGY SECTOR IN 2018. AND LATER, LOOKING AT THE LATEST DAIRY COW NUMBERS ON OUR DAIRY  REPORT. PLUS. I'M CHARLES DENNEY. TENNESSEE 4H AGENTS ARE NOW INCLUDING MATH IN  THEIR CLUB MEETINGS. HOW TEACING THESE SKILLS BOOSTS THE CHILD'S  OVERALL SCHOOLING.  THAT STORY FROM RHEA COUNTY TENNESSEE COMING  UP ON AGDAY.AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS  DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS - WE SEE A LOT OF GREEN ON THE GRAIN BOARDS. LET'S HEAD  TO THE CME IN CHICAGO FOR A LOOK AT MONDAY'S CLOSE. TODAY IN SOYBEANS THE MARKET WAS UP THE CASH BIDS FOR THE NEW CROP FINALLY BROKE THROUGH THAT TEN DOLLAR MARK. SO THOSE BACK MONTHS FUTURES HAVE REALLY GOTTEN THROUGH YOU KNOW PRETTY FIRMLY DRYNESS AND ARGENTINA REALLY IS UNDERPINNING THE MARKET AND KIND OF HOLDING IT UP FIRST. THIS IS WHY CORN WAS ALSO FIRM THE SHORT TERM TREND REALLY REMAINS TO THE UPSIDE AND THAT'S GOT TRADERS THERE OF FEELING A LITTLE MORE RELIEF ANYWAY. THE FUTURES ARE SHOWING SIGNS THAT THEY WANT TO POSSIBLY TEST THE UPPER TARGETS. WE START TO TEST THOSE TARGETS AND BREAK THROUGH. WE COULD SEE A LITTLE MORE FOLLOW THROUGH BUYING AND THEN MAYBE THE MARKETS REALLY GOING TO START TO BUILD SOME MOMENTUM. THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR AT THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO. I'M VIRGINIA MAGATHEY. ​

AGRIBUSINESS
CRUDE OIL INVESTORS ARE BENEFITTING FROM A WEAKENED U-S DOLLAR. ANALYSTS SAY IT'S ONE OF THE BEST JANUARYS FOR OIL IN 12 YEARS. WHEN THE DOLLAR WEAKS, AS IT HAS THIS MONTH, INVESTORS FLOCK TO  COMMODITIES LIKE CRUDE OIL. TYNE MORGAN HAS MORE IN ANALYSIS. HERE NOW IS PETE MEYER. PETE WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE OIL PRICES I MEAN WE'VE SEEN A NICE  RUN UP IN PRICES DO YOU THINK THERE'S STILL SOME MORE ROOM TO GO. WELL THE OIL MARKET STRENGTH  IS REALLY BASED ON TWO FACTORS. THE FIRST THING IS THAT THE FUNDS ARE IN THERE ARE BUY IT AND THEY  ARE LONG AND THAT'S BECAUSE THE MARKETS IN BACK ARE DATED BY BACKWARDATION I MEAN THEY  CAN ROLL THE CONTRACT FORWARD IN CRUDE TRADES EVERY MONTH AND NOT LOSE MONEY IF THEY'RE LONG  RIGHT THERE. THEY BUY IT A LITTLE BIT CHEAPER. IT'S NOT A HUGE NUMBER BUT IT'S A IT'S A THESE  NUMBERS SO THAT'S WHY THAT'S WHY THE FUNDS HAVE KEPT THEIR LENGTH IN IT UNLIKE IN CORN WHERE  IT'S VERY VERY DIFFERENT. THE OTHER THING TOO IS THAT YOU KNOW WE HAD A GLOBAL GLUT FOR FIRST IN  THE MIDDLE OF LAST SUMMER. I MEAN IT WAS PLENTY. WE'VE WORKED THROUGH IT WHETHER OR NOT YOU  LIKE OLD PERKEL WHATEVER THEM CUTTING BACK HAS HELPED MUCH NOW. YOU KNOW TRUMP IS TALKING  ABOUT OPENING UP OFFSHORE AGAIN. WE'RE GOING TO GET THESE PRICES ARE VERY VERY NICE TO THE  SHALE GUYS. SO WE'LL SEE. WE EXPECT PRODUCTION TO RAMP UP IN OTHER WORDS. IT'S BEEN A NICE  RALLY BUT WE THINK IT KIND OF HOLES IN HERE AND THAT'S THE OPINION OF THE FIRM. SO SUPPLIES HAVE  CHANGED WHEN WE LOOK AT OIL MEAN IT IS RIGHT NOW PART OF IT IS A SUPPLY DRIVEN RALLY. NO  QUESTION IT WAS IT WAS IT WAS A GLUT THAT KEPT US DOWN BELOW 50 DOLLARS AND NOW THE GLUT  WE'VE WORKED THROUGH THE GLUT DEMAND IS GOOD. SO WE'LL KIND OF SEE. BUT YES WE'VE WE'VE  WORKED OUR WAY THROUGH THIS GLOBAL GLUT THAT WE HAD JUST NINE MONTHS AGO. BUT LAST YEAR  WHEN YOU LOOK AT OIL PRICES IT REALLY WAS KIND OF PERCEPTION THAT DROVE A LITTLE BIT OF A RALLY IN  THE OIL MARKET. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT CAN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENED IN CORN  WHERE MAYBE SUPPLIES DON'T CHANGE THAT MUCH. BUT THE PERCEPTION OF A POSSIBLE ISSUE DRIVES  PRICES UP. IT COULD. BUT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A 15 TO 20 DOLLAR RALLY IN CRUDE VERSUS WHAT I THINK  COULD BE A 10 TO 15 CENT RALLY IN BEANS. SO IT'S VERY DIFFERENT. WE DO HAVE A WE DO HAVE A  GLUT OF BEANS AND WE ESPECIALLY HAVE A GLUT HERE IN THE U.S. A 2.5 BILLION BUSHELS. SO IT'S I  UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING BUT ALSO THE OTHER POINT IS MARKET STRUCTURE CORN IS IN A STEEP  CONTANGO 13 PERCENT IS THE RETURN ON ON A YEAR SPREAD FUNDS AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE. THEY  ROLL THAT A 17 CENT PREMIUM FROM DEC TO MARCH. NOW THEY PROBABLY GO TO JULY. I WOULDN'T BE  SURPRISED THE JULY TRADE BACK DOWN TO THIS 350 LEVEL. DEC IS ALL ALL BETS OFF AT THIS POINT. ALL  RIGHT. PETE THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. STAY WITH US. WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND  THEN WE'LL HAVE A CHECK OF WEATHER HERE ON AGDAY.  ONE DREAM. TWO PRIZES. THREE FIELDS.  SHOW US YOUR FARM AND YOU COULD WIN A $10,000  DONATION FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, PLUS A DREAM SPORTS TRIP FOR YOU.  TO ENTER, VISIT  POWERTODOMORE-DOT-COM.  SPONSORED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH CINDY CLAWSON LOOKING AT THE WEATHER MAP IN CINDY IT  LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER SYSTEM KIND OF DEVELOPING AND WORKING ITS WAY ACROSS  COUNTRY WITH COLD WEATHER. ABSOLUTELY. WE'VE GOT A FEW THINGS TO WATCH. BUT THE MAIN IS GOING  TO BE MOVING RIGHT THROUGH THE NATION'S MIDSECTION. LET'S TAKE A LOOK. WE HAVE ONE SYSTEM  THAT'S GOING TO BE PULLING AWAY FROM THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES BUT WE'RE GOING TO REALLY  KEEP AN EYE ON THIS ONE RIGHT HERE AS THAT CONTINUES TO MOVE TO THE EAST AFFECTING PARTS OF  THE NORTHERN PLAINS. NOT A TON OF MOISTURE JUST YET. WE'LL START TO SEE THAT INTO THE UPPER  MIDWEST AND INTO THE GREAT LAKES. BUT AS WE CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY NIGHT AND INTO  WEDNESDAY WE'RE GOING TO START TO PICK UP JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE MOISTURE AS THAT MOVES  ACROSS THE AREA ESPECIALLY THE GREAT LAKES AREAS AND COURSE WILL HAVE SOME LAKE  ENHANCEMENT WITH THAT AS WELL. BUT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO SEE SOME WARMER TEMPERATURES  WEDNESDAY BUT THAT'S GOING TO BE FOLLOWED BY SOME MUCH COLDER AIR. SO WATCH AS WE START TO  SEE THAT MOISTURE PICK UP ESPECIALLY AS WE GET INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT. WE'LL START TO SEE A  LITTLE MORE ON THAT SECONDARY FRONT AS WELL. BUT OVERALL WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING SOME COLD  TEMPERATURES FOR THE MOST PART AS WE FINISH OFF THE WEEK ESPECIALLY FOR THE EASTERN HALF OF THE  COUNTRY. PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS HAS BEEN PRETTY LIGHT ACROSS MOST OF THE  COUNTRY. GET A LITTLE BIT IN THE PARTS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC AND INTO THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES AND  OF COURSE IT'S BEEN VERY UNSETTLED IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE  THAT. BUT THERE IS THAT FRONT THAT LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT'S MOVING ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST  AND INTO THE GREAT LAKES AND SO YOU'RE GOING TO START TO SEE MORE MOISTURE WITH THAT AS FAR  AS HOW MUCH OF THAT IS SNOW. OBVIOUSLY BEEN VERY COLD IN THE EAST SO WE'RE GOING TO BE  CONTINUING TO SEE CHANCES FOR SNOW IN THE GREAT LAKES. THERE COMES THAT SYSTEM YOU CAN  SEE THAT KIND OF HUGGING THE U.S. CANADA BORDER. BUT WE REALLY START TO SEE THAT AFFECTING  ESPECIALLY FOLKS IN THE GREAT LAKES AND THAT WILL BE MOVING INTO THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED  STATES AS WELL. TEMPERATURE WISE IT'S BEEN REALLY COLD. WE'VE BEEN HAVING TROUGH AFTER  TROUGH IN THE NORTHEAST AND WE'RE GOING TO BE CONTINUING TO SEE THAT. SO HIGHS ONLY OF 14 AND  SUE SAINTE-MARIE HIGHS ONLY 55 IN JACKSONVILLE. THE WARM AIR REMAINING OUT IN THE  SOUTHWEST HEADING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS WE GO AND LOOK AT THAT EVEN JACKSONVILLE  NORTHERN FLORIDA GETTING DOWN INTO THE MIDDLE 30S SINGLE DIGITS FOR THE NORTHEAST A LOT OF 30S  AND 40S ACROSS THE NATION'S MIDSECTION WITH 20 IN THE ALONG THE U.S. CANADA BORDER AND  THEN WE GET INTO TOMORROW FOR WEDNESDAY. IT DOES WARM UP A LITTLE BIT IN SPOTS BUT THAT'S  GOING TO BE BRIEF AS WE'LL SEE ANOTHER TROUGH COMING YOUR WAY IN FACT HERE IS THE JET STREAM.  WE START OFF WITH A BIG TROUGH ACROSS THE NORTH EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY THAT MOVES OFF AND  WE SEE THE WARM TEMPERATURES REMAIN OUT WEST BUT ANOTHER TROUGH COMING IN AS WE GET  TOWARDS THE LATTER PART OF THE WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND AND YET IT JUST KEEPS ON COMING SO  DON'T EXPECT ANY REAL WARM AIR ESPECIALLY HERE IN THE GREAT LAKES TO THE NORTHEAST ANY TIME  SOON. THAT'S YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST. NOW LET'S CHECK ON THE WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE.  BLOOMFIELD NEW MEXICO MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARMER FOR YOU TODAY WITH A HIGH OF 58 DEGREES.  CARTHAGE MISSISSIPPI LOTS OF SUNSHINE BUT COOLER WITH A HIGH OF 50. AND WATERVILLE NEW YORK  CLOUDY AND COLD THERE WITH SOME SNOW POSSIBLE. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT THE DAIRY INDUSTRY ON OUR  WEEKLY DAIRY REPORT.  PLUS, 4-H CLUB MEETINGS ARE PUTTING MORE ATTENTION TO "STEM" SUBJECTS,  LIKE MATH. WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW ITS PAYING OFF....IN CHOCOLATE! AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

DAIRY REPORT
ON THE DAIRY REPORT, LEAD NAFTA NEGOTIATORS MAKING NO MENTION OF  DAIRY POLICY DISCUSSIONS DURING CLOSING REMARKS. TALKS ON CANADA'S SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM APPEAR STALLED. DURING THE 6TH ROUND OF DISCUSSIONS LAST WEEK IN MONTREAL INDUSTRY  LEADERS HOPED TO SEE A SOFTER OUT OF CANADA AND A WILLINGNESS TO  NEGOTIATE. ANALYSTS SAY IT APPEARS DAIRY POLICY WILL TAKE A BACKSEAT TO OTHER  CONTENTIOUS TOPICS LIKE AUTOMOBILES, GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT, AND  DISPUTE SETTLEMENT.  THE LATEST USDA NUMBERS SHOW THE NATION'S DAIRY COW HERD IS FACING  INCREASED CULLING. LOOKING AT DECEMBER NUMBERS COW CULLING--ON A PER DAY BASIS ROSE 7  AND HALF PERCENT OVER A YEAR AGO. IN 2017 AS A WHOLE, CULLING ROSE MORE THAN 3 AND HALF PERCENT. DAIRY COW NUMBERS ARE UP 64-THOUSAND HEAD OVER 2016, OR A LITTLE  LESS THAN 1 PERCENT.  INDICATING DAIRY FARMERS ARE CULLING MORE COWS, THEY'RE ALSO KEEPING  AND MILKING EVEN MORE. IN THE DAIRY STATE OF WISCONSIN, CHOOSING TO LIMIT MANURE SPREADING IN  15 EASTERN COUNTIES.  THE WISCONSIN NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD VOTING 7 TO ZERO TO LIMIT  MANURE SPREADING IN COUNTIES WITH SHALLOW TOP SOIL AND ARE PRONE TO  AQUIFER CONTAMINATION FROM MANURE APPLICATIONS. THE RULING MUST NOW GO TO GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER AND THEN TO THE  STATE LEGISLATURE. ROBOTS CONTINUE TO FIND THEIR WAY TO THE FARM. AN EXECUTIVE AT A LEADING DAIRY ROBOT MANUFACTURER SAYING THEY  EXPECTED 40 TO 50 PERCENT OF U.S. COWS TO BE ROBOT-MILKED BY ABOUT  2025. THAT WOULD BE A MASSIVE INCREASE FROM ONLY ABOUT 2 PERCENT IN 2017.

TEASE
STILL TO COME -   FIND OUT HOW TENNESSEE 4-H IS HOPING TO SEE  "SWEET  SUCCESS" ON MATH TESTS, THANKS TO THE GOOD OLE' AMERICAN CHOCOLATE  BAR!

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY.MATH IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT -- AND CHALLENGING -- ACADEMIC  SUBJECTS FOR CHILDREN. THE U-T EXTENSION DEVELOPED A LESSON PLAN THAT JOINS TENNESSEE  SCHOOLS WITH 4-H PROGRAMS. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY U-T, CHARLES DENNEY REPORTS ON THE SWEET  LESSONS OF MATH. FUN WITH FRACTIONS AND CHOCOLATE BARS. IT ALL ADDS UP TO LEARNING. FOURTH GRADERS AT RHEA  CENTRAL ELEMENTARY ARE ABOUT TO PARTAKE IN A TASTY TREAT, BUT NO EATING UNTIL ALL THE PIECES ARE  COUNTED. THE KIDS ARE BREAKING UP THEIR CANDY IN THIS 4-H LESSON CALLED 'MATH IS  SWEET.' (NAT) 4-H AGENT AARON SPURLING ENGAGES KIDS WITH BRAIN TEASERS WHERE THEY HAVE TO PROBLEM  SOLVE. AND THE CHOCOLATE HELPS TOO. (AARON SPURLING)  "ANY TIME YOU CAN INTRODUCE A MANIPULATIVE, ESPECIALLY ONE THEY CAN EAT IN  THIS CASE, BUT ANY SORT OF MANIPULATIVE I THINK PUTS SOMETHING IN THEIR HANDS THAT THEY CAN  WORK WITH." ANOTHER CLASS LEARNS A SONG ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF VOLUME. THIS LESSON IS CALLED 'SUGAR-CUBED' -- USING ANOTHER SWEET FOOD AS A TEACHING TOOL. "IT MAKES OUR TIME IN THE CLASSROOM A WHOLE LOT MORE BENEFICIAL. TRYING TO ADD TO THE  TEACHERS' CURRICULUM, TRYING TO BACK IT UP MORE OR LESS. I THINK THAT'S BENEFICIAL BOTH TO THE  TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM AND GIVING THAT SENSE OF VALUE TO OUR 4-H LESSONS." "HERE'S A NUMBER FOR YOU – 4. MANY OF OUR YOUNGEST 4-HERS ARE IN THE FOURTH GRADE. THAT'S  WHEN KIDS LEARN DIFFICULT CONCEPTS LIKE MULTIPLICATION, LONG DIVISION AND ABSTRACT THINKING." SO THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION ABOUT MATH – HOW WILL I EVER USE THIS STUFF? WELL, THESE STUDENTS SAY MATH HAS LOTS OF PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS. (LUKAS BROWN) "SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO DO ENGINEERING, BILLS, MONEY, CHECKS, STUFF LIKE THAT,  EVERYDAY THINGS. YOU HAVE TO KNOW THAT STUFF. UH HUH."  WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND MATH CONCEPTS, YOU GET PRECISION. AND IN THAT WAY, 4-H CAN HELP KIDS. COUNT THE WAYS. THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING.

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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