AgDay Daily Recap- January 9, 2018

November 2, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 9, 2018

HEADLINES

THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS TO FARM COUNTRY COVERAGE FROM THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU CONVENTION IN NASHVILLE. PLUS, CAN COTTON PRICES CONTINUE TO CLIMB? OUR DAIRY REPORT LOOKS AT MILK PRICE EXPECTATIONS. AND A PRESCRIPTION FOR IMPROVING RURAL HEALTHCARE. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

TRUMP AT AFBF
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. BEFORE A PACKED AUDIENCE AT THE  FARM BUREAU'S NATIONAL CONVENTION, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID FARMERS AND  RANCHERS ARE A KEEP COMPONENT TO THE ECONOMIC HEALTH OF RURAL  AMERICA. MISTER TRUMP IS THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS THE CONVENTION IN  NEARLY THREE DECADES. HE SPOKE TO A CROWD OF 45-HUNDRED ATTENDEES AT THE ANNUAL MEETING   BEING HELD IN NASHVILLE. THE PRESIDENT SPOKE ABOUT THE RECENT PASSAGE AND SIGNING OF THE TAX  REFORM LAW. HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT HIS ADMINISTRATION'S CURRENT FOCUS ON IMPROVING  INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE COUNTRY.THE PRESIDENT ALSO ADDRESSED HIS ADMINISTRATION'S PUSH TO REDUCE  GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS. "IF THE DEMOCRATS GOT THEIR WAY. THEY WOULD REINSTATE EVERY SINGLE REGULATION THAT WE'RE  CUTTING AND ADD MANY MORE BURDENSOME RULES THAT DON'T DO ANYTHING BUT HAMSTRING OUR  ECONOMY AND BURDEN OUR PEOPLE AND OUR FARMERS" MANY OF THE PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE HOPED TO HEAR THE PRESIDENT SPEAK  ABOUT TRADE POLICY. BUT HE MADE ONLY A SMALL MENTION ABOUT NAFTA. AND  HE REITERATED HIS PAST POSITION THAT ALL TRADE AGREEMENTS WILL BE  REVIEWED TO INSURE THEY'RE FAIR AND RECIPROCAL. BETSY JIBBEN CONTINUES OUR CONVENTION COVERAGE, BETSY. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF AG LEADERS AND LAWMAKERS AT THE CONFERENCE - MANY SAY THEY WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR GETTING TAX REFORM  DONE.  HOWEVER, THE NEXT ITEM ON THE LIST IS TO FIGURE OUT TRADE AND MAKE THE  GOAL FOR RENEGOTIATIONS CLEAR FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS.  "IF WE DON'T HAVE THE INCOME, THOSE TAX RATES ARE IRRELEVANT AND WE GET OUR INCOME BY  SELLING AG COMMODITIES AROUND THE WORLD, BUT ESPECIALLY IN MEXICO AND CANADA,"> TRADE IS A KEY TOPIC AT THE ANNUAL AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION  CONFERENCE AS FARMERS, RANCHERS AND LAWMAKERS SEEK CLARITY.  "UNCERTANITY IN THAT SITUATION IS WHAT MAKES US SO NERVOUS,"DUVALL'S MESSAGE IS THE SAME - DO NO HARM TO AG. - HE'S HOLDING THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE WITH TAKING CARE OF  AGRICULTURE. ESPECIALLY WITH THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE  AGREEEMENT - WHICH IMPACTS TRADE BETWEEN THE U.S., CANADA AND MEXICO. "WE'RE HERE AS AN ORGANIZAITON TO MAKE SURE HE CAN FILFILL HIS PROMISE HE MADE TO ME AND  FARMERS WHO MET WITH HIM IN THE ROOSEVELT ROOM IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN HE SAID THE  RENEGOTIATION OF NAFTA WOULD BE EVVEN BETTER FOR NAFTA AFTER THEY WERE THROUGH WITH IT,""A REAL EXPRESSION OF CONCERN SHOULD THE ADMINISTRATION DECIDE TO NEGOTIATE AND WITHDRAW,  THE RISKS ARE HUGE. AND FARM INCOME IS SO LOW THAT IT'S A RISK THAT I HOPE THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T  TAKE."IT'S A MESSAGE CANADIAN AG MINISTER LAWRENCE MA-CALL-E MACAULAY ECHOING  STATING THAT  IF THE COUNTRIES GROW THE TRADE RELATIONSHIP, WE WILL GROW OUR  ECONOMIES TOGETHER TOO.  "THE U.S. TRADE TO CANADA AND MEXICO HAS QUADRUPLED AND WITH THE TREE COUNTRIES  COMBINED, IT'S TRIPLED. WE KNOW THAT. THE WORD IS NOT ONLY FROM POLITICANS AND INDIVIDUALS AND  BUSINESS PEPOLE ACROSS NORTH AMERICA IS - TO BE CAREFUL TO NOT BREAK SOMETHING THAT IS NOT  BROKEN."TED MCKINNEY, U.S. UNDER SECRETARY OF AG FOR TRADE AND FOREIGN AG.  AFFAIRS SAYS THE PRESIDENT IS RIGHTFULLY SAYING THE DEAL HAS AGED AND  THE U.S. NEEDS TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK.  HOWEVER, HE HAS A DIFFERENT MESSAGE REGARDING CANADA.  "I CONTINUE TO BE BULLISH THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BLOW THIS UP. I HOPE THAT'S NOT THE CASE. BUT  YOU ASKED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. I WOULD LOOK NORTH TO OUR FRIENDS TO THE NORTH TO SAY HOW ARE  THEY DOING WITH NAFTA? WE'VE SURFACED OUR PROPOSALS. HAVEN'T HEARD BACK. AND THE DAIRY  POLICIES AS IMPLEMENTED BY CANADA CONTINUE TO BE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. SO, JUST AS I VISIT  BI-LATERALLY WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND GOOD FRIENDS WITH CANADA TODAY, COME ON, LET'S GET A  REPLY.""ALL I CAN SAY ON THE DAIRY SIDE AS I'VE INDICATED PUBLICALLY MANY TIMES AND I'M SURE YOU  KNOW THIS, IS THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE CONSIDER A VERY STABLE, DAIRY INDUSTRY, POULTRY AND EGG  INDUSTRY IN OUR COUNTRY AND WE SUPPORT IT,"A CLEAR MESSAGE FROM FARM COUNTRY AS THE FUTURE OF MAJOR TRADE  PCTS REMAINS UNCERTAIN TO START 2018.  MCCAULEY SAID THE ELEVEN REMAINING NATIONS IN THE TRANS PACIFIC  PARTNERSHIP ARE STILL NEGOTIATING THAT TRADE PACT EVEN WITHOUT THE  UNITED STATES.  THE U-S WITHDREW ITSELF FROM THE T-P-P SHORTLY AFTER  PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED, CLINTON. THANK YOU BETSY.

TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON RURAL BROADBAND
ALSO AT THE CONVENTION, USDA SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE PRESENTED THE  FINDINGS OF THE "INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL  PROSPERITY" TO THE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER LAST SPRING TO ESTABLISH THE  TASK FORCE. PERDUE IS CHAIRMAN OF THAT COMMITTEE. THE PANEL IDENTIFIED MORE THAN 100 OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE LIFE IN  RURAL AMERICA. THEY FOCUS ON RURAL BROADBAND, RURAL WORKFORCE,  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CONTROLLING BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT ZIPPY DUVALL ECHOES THE NEED TO CONTAIN  GOVERNMENT OVER-REACH. "I'VE SERVED AS YOUR PRESIDENT FOR TWO YEARS NOW ONE UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION AND  ONE UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION. AND FOLKS I'LL LET YOU IN. YES A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. TO BE ABLE TO  ADVOCATE FOR GETTING THINGS DONE INSTEAD OF HAVING TO CONSTANTLY FIGHT AND DEFEND AGRICULTURE  AGAINST A STEADY STREAM OF CHALLENGES FROM OUR OWN GOVERNMENT."AT THE END OF THE SPEECH, PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED TWO PRESIDENTIAL  ORDERS THAT WOULD BE THE INITIAL STEPS TOWARDS EXPANSION OF  BROADBAND INTERNET IN FARM COUNTRY. THE ORDER CALLS FOR EXPEDITING THE FEDERAL PERMITTING PROCESS.  THE  SECOND ORDER MAKES IT EASIER TO PLACE CELL TOWERS ON FEDERAL LANDS. THE WILDFIRES THAT HIT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE IN 2017 HAS ALTERED  NOAA'S ANNUAL LIST OF "BILLION DOLLAR DISASTERS.

WEATHER
MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN CROP COMMENTS, MIKE. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  IN OCTOBER, NOAA RELEASED ITS LIST OF NATURAL DISASTERS THAT  SURPASSED A BILLION DOLLARS EACH IN DAMAGES. JUST YESTERDAY THE  AGENCY UPDATED THEIR TOTAL.  IT'S NOW 16 DISASTER EVENTS THAT HIT THE U- S IN 2017. THAT TIES 2011 WHEN HURRICANES KATRINA, RITA AND WILMA MADE  LANDFALL. THE AGENCY ADDED THE MASSIVE WILDFIRES THAT HIT NEAR LOS ANGELES IN  DECEMBER. THESE FIRES WERE ADDED TO THE NAPA VALLEY FIRES THAT HIT IN  OCTOBER. TOTAL LOSSES FROM THE 16 DISASTERS REACHED 306-BILLION DOLLARS. MOST  OF THE DOLLAR LOSSES WERE ATTRIBUTED TO THE THREE HURRICANES THAT  HIT THE U-S - HARVEY, IRMA AND MARIA. AND LET'S HOPE THAT LIST CAN SHRINK IN 2018. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
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. ALRIGHT WHEN WE COME BACK, COTTON HAS SEEN A DECENT PRICE RUN  LATELY. CAN IT HOLD? OUR ANALYSTS WEIGH IN. WHILE THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS OF RURAL PROSPERITY, LATER WE'LL LOOK  RURAL HEALTHCARE. AND SEE HOW ONE DOCTOR IN TRAINING PLANS TO MAKE A  DIFFERENCE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM BAYER. PROTECT YOUR SOYBEANS FROM  SDS AND NEMATODES THIS SEASON.

AGRIBUSINESS
A COUPLE OF COTTON PRODUCING STATES GOING HEAD TO HEAD ON THE GRID- IRON MONDAY. SO WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE COTTON CROP AND RECENT MARKET MOVES? TYNE MORGAN HAS MORE FROM THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK. HERE NOW IS CRAIG VAN DYKE OF TOP THIRD. CRAIG WHEN WE LOOK AT 2017 COTTON WAS FUN TO  WATCH. I MEAN WE LOOK AT THE CLIMB HIGHER AND THAT WILL CONTINUE INTO IT 20 70. BUT HAVE WE  TURNED A CORNER I MEAN IN 2018 BUT HAVE WE TURNED ARE COTTON'S BEEN A FUN TRADE HERE YOU  KNOW WE'RE COMING INTO THE FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY. WE'VE BEEN ON TEN CONSECUTIVELY WEEK 10  CONSECUTIVE WEEKS HIGHER. WE'VE FAILED HERE ON THIS 11TH WEEK WITH NEW CONTRACT HIGHS ON  FRIDAY AND A CLOSE LOWER SO A BIT CONCERNING. YOU'VE GOT OPEN INTEREST HERE HANGING AT NINE  MONTH HIGHS. I'M SORRY NINE YEAR HIGHS AND YOU'VE GOT MARKETS SITTING AT CONTRACT HIGHS  ACROSS THE BOARD WITH SPREADS STILL HALFWAY FRIENDLY SO I EXPECT COTTON TO BE PRETTY FUN TRADE  MOVE INTO THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR SPECKED FUNDS ARE NEAR RECORD LONG AT THIS POINT. WE  SAW THAT YOU KNOW BACK TOWARDS EARLY SPRING WHEN WE SAW THE HIGHS IN COTTON WHEN THEY  GOT OUT. IT GOT DOWNRIGHT UGLY. WHY SO MUCH OPEN INTEREST. WELL YOU'RE SEEING I THINK YOU'RE  SEEING A LOT A SPECK MONEY COME IN. YOU KNOW IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST RISE AND REASONS FOR  THE OPEN INTEREST AND IT CORRELATES WELL WITH THE PRICE ACTION AS WELL AS WHAT WE SEE ON THE  COD REPORTS. BUT YOU KNOW WE'VE GOT PINK BOLLWORM IN INDIA A BIG CONCERN. YOU KNOW I THINK  YOU KNOW THE USDA IS FINALLY STARTING TO RECOGNIZE THAT SOME OF THE REPORTS SO I THINK WILL  RESPOND TO IT BY THE END OF THE YEAR. SO I THINK IT'S IT'S A MARKET TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON RIGHT  NOW FOR PRODUCERS TO BE LOOKING AT MANAGING. YOU KNOW WE KNOW THAT THIS COULD BUY SOME  SOME ACRES OUT THERE. WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS PLANTING SEASON SO YOU KIND OF MENTIONED IT BUT  WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR PRODUCERS. YOU KNOW A LOT OF COTTON PRODUCERS DON'T ALWAYS LOOK  FORWARD CONTRACTING SOME OF THAT CROP BUT IS THIS THE YEAR THAT MAY BE WISE TO DO THAT. WELL I  UNDERSTAND YOU KNOW THERE'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT BALLGAME AS FAR AS FORWARD CONTRACTS HAVEN'T  COTTON SPRINGS AND THEY HAVE MARKETS. THIS IS ONE THAT I THINK A GUY NEEDS TO UTILIZE THE  MARKET. YOU KNOW WE COULD HAVE A VERY EXCITING MARKET IF THERE IS MORE ISSUES IN INDIA. YOU  KNOW ONE OF THE BIGGEST PRODUCERS SO TO ME YOU KNOW YOU'RE LOOKING AT MAYBE YOU'RE  GETTING OUT OF WHEAT AND YOU'RE DOING MORE COTTON THIS YEAR. WE'RE A PROFITABLE LEVELS. I  WOULD NOT SIT BACK ON THAT MAKE A MOVE ON SOME OF IT LIKELY USE THE BOARD JUST BECAUSE OF  THE WAY. YOU KNOW AS FAR AS CONTRACTING THIS STUFF GOES RIGHT. MAKE A MOVE. WE APPRECIATE IT.  ALL RIGHT. STAY WITH US. WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND THEN WE'LL HAVE A LOOK AT WEATHER.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN CHECKING OUT THE WEATHER MAP  INCLUDING WHAT LOOKS LIKE SOME RAIN INTO CALIFORNIA. YEAH TOTAL CHANGE IN THE WEATHER PATTERN  THAT WE'VE SEEN OVER THE PAST MONTH THAT LOTS OF MOISTURE COMING INTO THE WEST COAST AND  THERE'S A COUPLE OF SYSTEMS COMING IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY YOU CAN SEE THE MAJOR ONE IS  ACTUALLY COMING INTO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. KIND OF UNUSUAL IN THIS PATTERN THAT WE'VE HAD BUT  LOTS OF RAIN SOME MOUNTAINS SNOW THEIR NORTHERN SYSTEM WILL BE PUTTING DOWN SOME MOISTURE  AS WELL IN THE EAST. IT'S REALLY ONLY FLORIDA GETTING ANY MOISTURE. A COUPLE AREAS OF LOW  PRESSURE KIND OF EAST AND WEST OF FLORIDA. WE'LL GIVE YOU SOME SHOWERS AND OCCASIONAL  THUNDERSTORMS IN PLACES BUT I THINK THERE'LL BE MORE SPOTTY THERE. HIGH PRESSURE BY LATER  TODAY ALONG THE MID-ATLANTIC WARM FRONT COME IN THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY THIS WON'T  BE A BIG WEATHER MAKER EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT WARM THINGS UP DRAMATICALLY IN PLACES THAT  HAVE A FAIR AMOUNT OF SNOW ESPECIALLY THE GREAT LAKES THAT'S GOING TO BE MELTING QUICKLY  OVER THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR DAYS. YOU CAN SEE BY TOMORROW MORNING THE SOUTHERN SYSTEM  THAT CAME IN IN CALIFORNIA MOVING THROUGH COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO WITH A LOT OF MOISTURE  THERE SNOW THAT BREAKS OUT THEN INTO COLDER AIR FROM MINNESOTA DOWN INTO NEBRASKA AS WE  HEAD THROUGH TOMORROW AFTERNOON. AND ANOTHER SYSTEM COMING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST  WITH SOME RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS AS WELL. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS.  YOU CAN SEE MOST OF IT'S BEEN OUT WEST BUT THERE STILL HAS BEEN SOME ESPECIALLY IN ALABAMA  AND SOME OF THE SURROUNDING STATES THEY'RE ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS. SO WE DON'T ADD A  WHOLE LOT TO THE EAST JUST A LITTLE BIT IN FLORIDA KIND OF HIT AND MISS CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY  BUT ESPECIALLY OUT WEST WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE FIRST REALLY GOOD SYSTEM THAT'S COME THROUGH  OVER THE PAST FOUR TO FIVE WEEKS OUT THERE IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS THAT'S GOING TO BE SNOW  NEXT 36 HOURS SHOWING YOU WHERE THAT'S GOING TO FALL. MOST OF WHAT FALLS IN THE EAST IS ALREADY  ON THE GROUND THERE WE DON'T SEE TOO MUCH OVER THE NEXT 36 BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THE HIGHER  ELEVATIONS OUT WEST AND THAT LITTLE STRIP COMING INTO NORTH AND SOUTH DAKOTA PUTTING DOWN  SOME ACCUMULATING SNOW AS WELL THIS AFTERNOON THEN LOOK AT THE HIGHS FOR A CHANGE. I MEAN  WE WERE LOOKING AT BELOW ZERO READINGS A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. NOW WE'RE LOOKING AT 30S  AND 40S FOR THE NORTHERN PLAINS 60S AND 70S IN PARTS OF TEXAS LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT  GOING TO DROP OFF A LITTLE BIT BUT NOT MUCH. YOU CAN SEE 20S AND 30S THROUGH THE NORTHERN  INTERIOR STATES 60S BY THE TIME YOU GET TO THE GULF COAST AND HIGH TEMPERATURES TOMORROW  AFTERNOON MORE OF THE SAME KIND OF MILDER TO THE SOUTH A LITTLE BIT COLDER IN THE FAR NORTHERN  ROCKIES AND THE PLAINS. NOW HERE'S THE JETSTREAM AND YOU CAN SEE WHY WE'RE GOING TO TURN  COLDER AGAIN. REALLY A QUICK SHOT OF VERY COLD AIR COMES IN AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS  WEEKEND. BUT THEN WE GO ZONAL AGAIN IT APPEARS AS WE HEAD INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.  THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL  SANDPOINT IDAHO CLOUDY WITH RAIN AND SNOW AT TIMES HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 37 DEGREES. JOPLIN  MISSOURI MOSTLY CLOUDY AND MILDER WITH A HIGH OF 51. AND FINALLY DOVER DELAWARE PARTLY SUNNY  AND RATHER MILD TODAY HIGHER AROUND 42. 

TEASE
OUR DAIRY REPORT IS NEXT...PLUS SEE HOW THIS FORMER "FARM KID" IS HELPING TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE  SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS IN RURAL AMERICA. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

DAIRY REPORT
IN NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT DAIRY HERD MANAGEMENT, MILK PRICES  CONTINUE TO SOFTEN. CLASS 3 PRICES NOW AVERAGE BELOW 14 DOLLARS PER HUNDRED. ANALYSTS SAY A MASSIVE NATIONAL HERD, BURGEONING SUPPLIES, DECLINING  DOMESTIC DEMAND AND A RELATIVELY STRONG DOLLAR INDICATE PRICES MIGHT  DIP LOWER BEFORE THEY IMPROVE. THAT HAS DAIRIES WATCHING THE BOTTOM LINE...MANAGING INPUTS LIKE  FEED...TO HELP INCREASE FAT AND PROTEIN. "DAIRY PRODUCERS SHOULD TRACK POUNDS OF PROTEIN AND BUTTER FAT THAT THEY PRODUCE  PER COW BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY GET PAID ON. THEY DON'T GET PAID ON PERCENT FAT  OR PERCENT  PROTEIN. THEY GET PAID ON POUNDS OF FAT AND POUNDS OF PROTEIN THAT'S SHIPPED TO THE FARM.  RIGHT NOW, THE AVERAGE HOLSTEIN HERD IS SHIPPING ABOUT 5.8 POUNDS OF COMPONENTS PER COW.  IF THE DAIRY CAN TRACK THAT, THEY CAN TRY TO WORK ON SHIPPING 6 AND 6.5 POUNDS WHICH WILL  INCREASE THE VALUE OF THE MILK AND SIZE OF THEIR MILK CHECK." OUT WEST AN UPDATE TO CALIFORNIA'S QUOTA PROGRAM. DAIRY FARMERS IN THE GOLDEN STATE OPTING TO CONTINUE THEIR QUOTA  PROGRAM EVEN IF FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDER IS CREATED. 87 PERCENT OF VOTERS IN FAVOR OR THE CONTINUING THE QUOTA. USDA HAS YET TO ISSUE A FINAL RULE ON THE PROPOSED CALIFORNIA FEDERAL  ORDER. IDAHO'S SO-CALLED "AG-GAG" LAW-- AIMED AT PREVENTING ANIMAL ACTIVISTS FROM COMING ON TO FARMS TO SHOOT VIDEO-- HAS BEEN STRUCK DOWN BY  BY THE 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS. THE DECISION REVERSES A LOWER COURT RULING. HOWEVER, THE APPELLATE COURT DID UPHOLD A PORTION OF THE LAW THAT  CRIMINALIZES MAKING MISREPRESENTATIONS TO OBTAIN RECORDS OR OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT WITH THE INTENT TO CAUSE HARM. THERE ARE 10 OTHER STATES WITH SIMILAR "AG-GAG" LAWS.

TEASE
NEXT MEET A MISSOURI FARM "KID" WHO'S TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, BY  TAKING HER MEDICAL TRAINING BACK HOME. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
LIVING IN A SMALL TOWN COMES WITH MANY BENEFITS…. LITTLE TRAFFIC, LOW  CRIME AND SMALL TOWN HOSPITALITY. BUT ONE SERIOUS CONCERN IS THE LACK OF DOCTORS IN SOME RURAL  COMMUNITIES. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HEALTH,  KENT FADDIS  TAKES A LOOK AT HOW MIZZOU'S SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IS WORKING TOWARD A  SOLUTION.  MICHELLE KENNEY IS NO STRANGER TO LIFE ON THE FARM. "CLASSIC AMERICAN KID WE DID 4-H AS  CHILDREN."  MICHELLE GREW UP ON THIS FARM IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI AND THAT DRIVES HER PERSONAL  MISSION TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH CARE OF PEOPLE IN SMALLER COMMUNITIES.  "I FEEL LIKE EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE GOOD CARE AND IT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AND NOT SOMETHING  THAT IS GRANTED ONLY TO PEOPLE IN URBAN AREAS." BUT FEW OF HER PEERS ARE FOLLOWING THE SAME FOOTSTEPS. IN MISSOURI, ONLY 18 PERCENT OF  DOCTORS PRACTICE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES WHILE NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION LIVES THERE.  THIS MAP SHOWS HOW WIDESPREAD THE PROBLEM IS. ACCORDING TO A 2017 REPORT, BY THE  MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES, 99 OF THE 115 COUNTIES IN MISSOURI HAVE  A SHORTAGE OF PHYSICIANS. TO HELP SOLVE THIS PROBLEM, THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE HAS STARTED A RURAL  RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY…A NEW ARM OF ITS INNOVATIVE RURAL-HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM. YOUNG RESIDENT PHYSICIANS LIKE MICHELLE CAN GET HANDS ON EXPERIENCE WITH THE CLINICAL AND  BUSINESS SIDES OF RURAL MEDICINE. "IT IS A GOOD WIN FOR PHYSICIANS BECAUSE PHYSICIANS UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR LIFE IS GOING TO BE  LIKE." "IT'S NOT SO SCARY AND SEEING THAT IS SOMETHING THAT COULD FIT FOR ME." IN ADDITION TO SPENDING TIME IN THE CLINIC, RESIDENT PHYSICIANS TAKE PART IN A LECTURE SERIES….  HEARING FROM OTHERS WHO CHOSE THE SAME PATH. "THEY HAVE TO BE MUCH MORE INDEPENDENT BECAUSE THERE ARE LESS SPECIALISTS AROUND. WE  JUST WANT THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT SO WHEN THEY GO THERE THEY STAY THERE TO PRACTICE."   MICHELLE IS NOW MORE COMFORTABLE WITH HER DECISION TO COME BACK TO HER ROOTS IN KIRKSVILLE,  MO TO PRACTICE MEDICINE. "THAT'S MY BIGGEST GOAL IS TO PROVIDE GREAT CARE FOR KIDS IN RURAL  SETTINGS AND MAKE THEM REALIZE THEY DON'T HAVE TO TRAVEL."  FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI,  KENT FADDIS REPORTING. AFTER SHE FINISHES HER THIRD YEAR OF RESIDENCY IN MAY, MICHELLE HAS A  JOB WAITING FOR HER AT THE PEDIATRIC CLINIC IN KIRKSVILLE.

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

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