AgDay Daily Recap - June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 19, 2018

HEADLINES

TRADE TENSIONS COME HOME: " THEY ARE READY TO TACKLE WHATEVER COMES FROM THE US." THE HOUSE PREPARES TO VOTE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM. WILL AGRICULTURE'S  NEEDS BE INCLUDED? IN AGRIBUSINESS..AND A SLIMY SCIENCE PROJECT WITH POTENTIAL FOR TEACHING KIDS IN  TENNESSEE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

U.S. TRADE RELATIONS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID TRADE WARS  ARE EASY TO WIN. WE'LL SEE IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS IF THAT'S  TRUE....AND AT WHAT EXPENSE TO THE U-S AND CHINESE ECONOMIES. NEW ANALYSIS FROM CITIGROUP'S TOP CHINA ECONOMIST SAYS THE 50-BILLION DOLLAR U-S TARIFF COULD COST THE ASIAN NATION ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION  JOBS AND SHAVE NEARLY A HALF POINT OFF THEIR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCTION.  THE G-D-P IS A MEASUREMENT OF THE MARKET VALUE OF GOODS AND SERVICES PRODUCED IN A PERIOD OF TIME.  ON FRIDAY THE U-S ANNOUNCED A 25-PERCENT TARIFF ON 800 CHINESE IMPORTS  BEGINNING IN JULY. THE FOLLOWING DAY, CHINA RETALIATED WITH IMPORT DUTIES OF ABOUT 50  BILLION U-S DOLLARS, INCLUDING MANY AG PRODUCTS. A  TRADE ANALYST SAID BEIJING WAS WELL-PREPARED FOR U-S TARIFFS AND BELIEVES THE TARIFFS WERE NOT A MAJOR THREAT TO THE CHINESE ECONOMY  SO LONG AS THE U-S WAS ACTING ALONE. "SO AS LONG AS THE US IS ACTING MORE OR LESS ALONE AND AS LONG AS THE US IS ATTACKING OTHER  DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, CHINA DOESN'T SEE A BIG PROBLEM. IF THE EU, JAPAN, AND SOME OTHER  COUNTRIES WERE TO TEAM UP WITH THE U.S. IN A MORE SOPHISTICATED STRATEGY, THEN I THINK THERE WOULD BE MORE ALARM."THE U-S AND CHINA HAVE THE WORLD'S BIGGEST TRADING RELATIONSHIP, BUT  OFFICIAL TIES ARE STRAINED OVER COMPLAINTS BEIJING'S INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT TACTICS VIOLATE ITS FREE-TRADE PLEDGES AND HURT U-S  COMPANIES. ACCORDING TO ECK, EUROPE, JAPAN AND OTHER TRADING PARTNERS RAISED SIMILAR COMPLAINTS, BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN THE MOST DIRECT  ABOUT CHALLENGING BEIJING . MEANWHILE THE U.S. CONTINUES TO WORK ON BUILDING CLOSER TIES TO JAPAN.  USDA'S TOP TRADE OFFICIAL, TED MCKINNEY, OTHER AG LEADERS WERE IN JAPAN A FEW DAYS AGO.  THE GROUP FOCUSING ON GROWING THE BILATERAL TRADE RELATIONSHIP.  ITS A GOAL FOR TRADE OFFICIALS ACROSS THE ADMINISTRATION. "WITH JAPAN, THEY'VE SAID WELL, WE ARE RELUCTANT TO DO A BILATERAL DEAL WITH THE UNITED STATES.  09 MY REACTION IS FRUSTRATING BECAUSE THEY JUST DID ONE WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION AND YOU'LL DO  THAT WITH THEM AND NOT WITH US? WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO PRESS JAPAN ON THIS 20 (START AT)23  NEXT YEAR JAPAN HAS A DEAL WITH EUROPE, CANADA, AUSTRALIA. THOSE TARIFFS WILL BEGIN TO TILT  AGAINST US AND WE NEED TO ADDRESS THAT AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT."DOUD SAYS HE BELIEVES THE U.S. WILL VIRTUALLY HAVE IT'S OWN TRANS PACIFIC  PARTNERSHIP DEAL IF BILATERAL DEALS CAN BE REACHED WITH BOTH VIETNAM  AND JAPAN. 

FARM BILL AND RURAL BROADBAND
WE SHOULD KNOW MORE ABOUT THE FATE OF A 2018 FARM BILL AS WELL.  HOUSE AG CHAIRMAN MIKE CONAWAY SAYS THEY EXPECT ANOTHER VOTE THIS  WEEK. THE SENATE EXPECTS TO TAKE UP THE MEASURE BEFORE THE JULY FOURTH  HOLIDAY. IF BOTH CHAMBERS APPROVE THE BILL, HOUSE AG CHAIRMAN MIKE CONAWAY SAYS A CONFERENCE BILL LIKELY IN SEPTEMBER.  ONE ISSUE GATHERING SPEED AND SUPPORT IN THE FARM BILL AND ACROSS THE  NATION'S CAPITOL -- RURAL BROADBAND. WITH MILLIONS OF AMERICAN'S STILL WITHOUT A RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE  HIGH SPEED CONNECTION, THE ISSUE HAS TAKEN ON NEW RELEVANCY. FARMER KRIS KAVAN IS A NATIVE OF RURAL NEBRASKA...WHAT'S NOT NATIVE...FAST AND RELIABLE INTERNET SERVICE. WE RUN A WIRELESS INTERNET SIGNAL THAT'S HIT AND MISS. PEAK TIMES OF THE DAY ITS REALLY  SLOW. WEATHER AFFECTS IT. A FRUSTRATING CONNECTION FOR A FARMER BUILDING HIS FUTURE WITH  TECHNOLOG.IT WOULD BE NICE THEY COULD SOMEHOW FIND A WAY TO GET FIBREOPTICS INTO OUR RURAL GRID.  A RURAL ISSUE WITH A LONG LEASH-- AND AN EVEN LONGER HORIZON. CURRENTLY ABOUT 34 MILLION AMERICANS  DON'T HAVE ADEQUATE ACCESS TO HIGH SPEED INTERNET. ABOUT 80 PERCENT  OF THOSE PEOPLE LIVE IN RURAL AREAS.  FROM USDA STANDPOINT, 29 PERCENT OF OF FARM HOUSEHOLDS HAVE NO ACCESS TO RURAL  BROADBAND. AND THIS HAS BEEN A UNFORTUNATELY A CONTINUATION FROM ONE ADMINISTRATION TO THE NEXT. BUT IN THE LAST YEAR, THE RURAL INTERNET CONVERSATION HAS GARNERED  STRONG SUPPORT...FROM THE HALLS OF USDA. FARMERS ARE CREATIVE PEOPLE THERE INNOVATORS AND THEY ARE THEY'RE MARKETERS IN A WAY  THAT IF WE GAVE THEM THE CONNECTIVITY TO THE WORLD. IT'S AMAZING WHAT I THINK YOU COULD SEE  BEING CREATED, NOT JUST IN THE GARAGES AND SILICON VALLEY, BUT IN THE FARM SHEDS AND BARNS ACROSS AMERICA.  AND ACROSS THE MALL TO THE WHITE HOUSE. "I THINK WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION IS HOW DO WE GET REGULATORY BARRIERS OUT OF THE WAY TO THAT DEPLOYMENT. HOW DO WE TAKE FEDERAL ASSETS THAT  ARE IN RURAL AREAS AND LEVERAGE THEM FOR THE FOLKS THAT CAN COME OUT AND PROVIDE THE  BROADBAND." AND RESOURCES ARE ALREADY POURING IN. INCLUDED IN THE 2018 BUDGET BILL IS $600 MILLION MARKED FOR RURAL BROADBAND. THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE AGREED TO A 2019 BUDGET FOR USDA AND FDA THAT INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL 425 MILLION FOR RURAL  BROADBAND EXPANSION. THERE IS ALSO MONEY EARMARKED IN THE PROPOSED  FARM BILL. "I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE BOTH FROM CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION ATTENTION  TO THE MONETARY NEEDS FOR DEPLOYING THAT RESOURCE.  I THINK THE ISSUE HERE IS HOW DO YOU GET YOUR PRIORITY ON THE TABLE AND THEN GET FOLKS AROUND  THE TABLE TO AGREE THAT THAT'S A SHARED PRIORITY. WE'RE PAST THAT POINT.  IT'S A FEEL GOOD ISSUE. IT'S SOMETHING THAT GETS ALIVE BY A LOT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S USUALLY NUMBER SIX ON THE LIST OF FIVE.  EVEN WITH MONEY AND DESIRE TO CONNECT THE UNCONNECTED--ACTUALLY  HOOKING UP RURAL AMERICA HAS BEEN AN ELUSIVE TASK. DO WE HAVE A TIMELINE OF WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE HOW BIG PUSH IS IT TO GET CONNECTIVITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING A SENSE AS OF NOW WE TYPICALLY A  WASHINGTONIAN WAY OF DOING BUSINESS. JUST THROW MONEY AT IT JUST KIND OF YOU KNOW SHOTGUN  APPROACH HERE. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS A VERY DATA DRIVEN FACTS BASED APPROACH TO WHERE WE ARE. PART OF THAT IS KNOWING EXACTLY WHERE THE COUNTRY STANDS.  THAT'S GOING TO INVOLVE REALLY MAPPING AND GETTING INTO THE MAPPING ISSUE OF WHERE'S RURAL BROADBAND NOT ACCESSIBLE, WHERE'S IT OVERLY ACCESSIBLE RIGHT NOW AND HOW CAN WE  TARGET FUNDS TO THE AREAS THAT HAVE NO ACCESS CURRENTLY? "THIS IS THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM IN THE 21ST CENTURY. IT'S DATA AND ITS CONNECTIVITY AND THE THINGS THAT IT INSPIRES OUT HERE IN THE FIELDS AND FARMS AND FARM SHEDS OF AMERICA COULD  BE MONUMENTAL IN OUR ECONOMY OVERALL  FARMERS LIKE KAVAN --THE ONE'S LIVING AND WORKING IN THOSE FARM SHEDS  AND RURAL FIELDS-- SAY NOW IS THE TIME. I THINK WE'RE PROBABLY LAST TO THE PLATE ON NEEDING IT. NOW WE NEED IT FARM BUREAU TELLS ME MORE RURAL ELECTRIC CO-OPS ARE NOW GETTING  INTO THE INTERNET BUSINESS. SIMILAR TO ELECTRIFICATION, THEY EXPECT THIS, COMBINE WITH NEWLY AVAILABLE FUNDS TO HELP IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY IN RURAL AREAS IN THE   COMING YEARS. 

CROP PROGRESS
NOW ON TO CROP PROGRESS...THE LATEST NUMBERS FROM USDA SHOW WHEAT  HARVEST GAINING STEAM IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. AS OF MONDAY 27-PERCENT IS HARVESTED, EIGHT POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE. BIG HARVEST GAINS IN KANSAS, OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS. AS FAR AS COTTON 22-PERCENT IS SQUARING, SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF AVERAGE. AND.38-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT, A FOUR POINT DECLINE FROM LAST  WEEK. JUST 19-PERCENT OF TEXAS COTTON RATES GOOD-TO-EXCELLENT. BETTER THAN  40-PERCENT IS JUST FAIR. A TROPICAL DISTURBANCE BRINGING SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN TO COTTON  COUNTRY IN WEST TEXAS.  ONE FARMER -- NEAR BROWNFIELD --SAYING WHILE THE SOAKING RAIN IS  WELCOME - IT'S TOO LATE FOR DRYLAND COTTON.  THE REPLANT DATES FOR FSA IS JUNE  1ST NORTH OF US AND JUNE  10TH FURTHER SOUTH. AS YOU CAN TELL,  WE'VE PASSED ALL OF THOSE DATES AND THE COTTON NEVER HAD COME UP.11 THE CORN CROP IN TEXAS IS STRUGGLING AS WELL. NATIONALLY CORN IMPROVING A POINT WITH 78 PERCENT RATED GOOD TO  EXCELLENT.BUT IN TEXAS AND MISSOURI LESS THAN HALF OF THE CROP IS RATED THAT WELL  DUE TO DROUGHT AND DRYNESS. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR SOYBEANS. NATIONALLY THE SOYBEAN CROP WITHERING A TICK TO 73 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. IN MISSOURI ITS JUST 44 PERCENT. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US ONCE AGAIN THIS MORNING WITH A LOOK AROUND  FARM COUNTRY AND TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. AS YOU MENTIONED HARVEST IS IN FULL SWING IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. WE FOUND THIS VIDEO OF HARVEST AT SUNSET IN KANSAS ON TWITTER FROM  BURGESS HILL FARM...NEAR STERLING KANSAS. JENNY BURGESS SAYS THEY'RE NEARING THE HALFWAY POINT. WEATHER IS COOPERATING SO FAR...IT'S HOT AND WINDY! THE CROP THIS YEAR IS FAIR, TEST WEIGHTS ARE BETTER THAN EXPECTED AT 59  TO 60 POUNDS BUT DROUGHT HURT THEIR OVERALL BUSHELS. THANK JENNY FOR SHARING THAT VIDEO. AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST. IT'S A LITTLE BIT BREEZY IN PARTS OF THE PLAINS STATES ESPECIALLY CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS AHEAD OF THAT COOL FRONT TRYING TO COME SOUTHWARD  HEADING INTO THE DAY TOMORROW THEN NOT A LOT OF WIND TO START THE DAY. BUT IT DOES LOOK LIKE IT  TURNS A BIT WINDY OR THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. CLOSE TO THAT FRONT OHIO VALLEY INTO THE NEBRASKA  AREA AND PARTS OF SOUTHERN TEXAS WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN. TEMPS. . HARVEST IS CLOSE TO BEING HALFWAY DONE FOR US.  WE'RE UP AND ROLLING AGAIN, TODAY. THERE IS A  CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE FORECAST THIS WEEK. CROSS FINGERS WE CAN GET MORE DONE, BUT WE NEED THE RAIN.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT COTTON AND THE COTTON  FUTURES MARKET'S RECENT RALLY. AND LATER, A MESSY LESSON IN CHEMISTRY FOR THESE TENNESSEE 4-HER'S.  

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY WE HAVE CRAIG VANDYKE TOP THIRD AG CRAIG. LET'S TALK  ABOUT A MARKET THAT WE DON'T DISCUSS A LOT BUT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE I THINK THE HOTTEST MARKET  OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO AND THAT'S CUT. COTTON HAS BEEN ON YOU KNOW THE DEC CONTRACT AND  REALLY A SPOT CONTRACT HAS BEEN ON EIGHT ALMOST NINE MONTHS STRAIGHT UP RALLY AT THIS POINT. WOW. YOU KNOW AND WE'RE SEEING OPEN INTEREST UP NEAR RECORD LEVELS AGAIN. SO WE'RE  SEEING A LOT OF PEOPLE PLAY IN THIS MARKET LAST YEAR WHEN WE SAW RECORD OPEN INTEREST IS  WHEN THE MARKET DIED. NOW WE'VE GOT MAJOR ISSUES IT'S VERY DRY IN WEST TEXAS AND MAJOR COTTON PRODUCING TERRITORY AND OTHERS FROM WHAT I GATHER AS WAS THE USDA GATHERERS. WE GOT  A LOT OF ACRES OUT THERE THIS YEAR. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PRICE DEMAND HAS BEEN FANTASTIC.  BUT WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT 90 CENT COTTON HERE YOU KNOW THAT'S THAT'S UP AT PAST EIGHT YEARS  HIGHS. TO ME THIS IS YOU KNOW IN A MARKET THAT SPECIALTY GOES PARABOLIC LIKE THAT IN A LOT OF  THE RALLY PUT ON IN THE RECENT TERM THAT'S A MARKET I WANT TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT TOPPING OUT AND YOU KNOW A LOT OF GUYS WILL BRING UP THE CONVERSATION OF YOU KNOW BACK IN 2010 11  WHEN COTTON WENT TO TWO BUCKS. YOU KNOW LOOK AT CRAZY. YOU CANNOT TRADE MARKETS WHEN YOU  PUT THE OUTLIERS IN. SO YOU NEED TO LOOK AT THE LONG TERM AVERAGE WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT HISTORICALLY. YOU'RE STILL GOING TO HAVE THOSE OUTLIERS. THEY WILL COME AGAIN. SURE. BUT AT THE  END OF THE DAY 90 CENTS COTTON IS A FANTASTIC PRICE FOR WHAT WE EXPECT TO PRODUCE. HOW FAR  OUT ARE YOU LOOKING AT THAT MARKET OR ARE YOU LOOKING INTO 2019 YET 2019 COTTON IS TRADING  AROUND 80 CENTS A LITTLE BIT OVER. TO ME THAT'S BEEN A VERY GOOD PRICE FOR GUYS TO MAKE MONEY SO ABSOLUTELY I'M LOOKING AT THAT YOU KNOW. AND YOU KNOW I DON'T MIND PERSONALLY PLAYING THE SPREADS A LITTLE BIT OF A GUY WANTS TO BE SELLING YOU KNOW THERE ARE 19 CROP WITH  THE JULY 19 CONTRACT. YOU KNOW AT THE END OF DAY WE SAW THIS CONTRACT BE VERY STEADY WHEN  THE FRONT MONTH CONTRACTS FOR 2018 HAVE BEEN THE MOVERS SO YOU KNOW WITH A 10 PERCENT SPREAD OUT THERE FROM JULY 19 TO 19. YOU KNOW I THINK A GUY CAN BE WILLING TO LOOK AT THAT  SPREAD AS AN ACTUAL RISK MANAGEMENT TOOL WHILE BEING VERY CAREFUL AS AS ALWAYS. BUT YOU KNOW AS FAR AS MARKETS GO YOU KNOW WE CAN'T ALL BE PERFECT FOR ALL OF THE TIME RIGHT. WELL IT  HAS BEEN INTERESTING. IT'S BEEN DYNAMIC IT'S BEEN FUN TO WATCH. I KNOW IT'S EXCITING FOR THE  FOLKS THAT HAVE A CROP IN THE GROUND AND THEY'RE JUST HOPING FOR THE WEATHER TO GET IT  HARVESTED APPRECIATED CRAIG. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE JUST A MINUTE.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE. I THINK EVERYBODY  WANTS TO KNOW WHAT ABOUT THE HEAT. WHAT ABOUT THE RAIN WAS GOING TO STAY HOT SOUTH OF THIS  FRONT. YEAH NO DOUBT ABOUT IT AND THERE'LL BE SOME RAIN ALONG THE FRONT BUT MOST OF THE RAIN IS  GOING TO BE WITH THAT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE COMING INTO TEXAS. NOW LATE LAST WEEK I WAS KIND  OF HOPING THAT THIS IT'S NOT REALLY A REMNANT OF A TROPICAL SYSTEM PER SE BUT IT IS TROPICAL LIKE IN ITS APPEARANCE AND WE WERE KIND OF HOPING THAT IT WOULD GET BACK INTO THE PANHANDLES OF  OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS. IT'S NOT LOOKING THAT WAY ON OUR COMPUTER MODEL AT THE MOMENT. YOU'LL GET A LITTLE BIT OF MOISTURE FROM IT BUT YOU'RE STILL GETTING SOME MOISTURE FROM THE SOUTHWEST AS  WELL WHICH WILL GIVE YOU SOME CHANCES FOR SHOWERS AND STORMS IN THOSE AREAS. BUT HEADING  THROUGH THE DAY TODAY AND SEE MOST OF THAT ACTIVITY IS GOING TO BE IN SOUTHERN AND SOUTH  CENTRAL TEXAS A LITTLE BIT OBVIOUSLY MOVING UP TO THE EAST. AND WITH THE FLOW OFF THE GULF OF  MEXICO PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BUT OTHER THAT IS MAINLY GOING TO BE FOCUSED  ALONG THIS COOL FRONT TRYING TO COME SOUTHWARD IN THAT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE NORTHERN  ROCKIES HEADING THROUGH THE NIGHT TONIGHT AND INTO TOMORROW MORNING YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF THIS MOISTURE IS NEAR AND WEST OF DALLAS AT THAT POINT. WITH THAT SOUTHERN SYSTEM AND A  COUPLE OF SYSTEMS THERE FROM THE LOWER GREAT LAKES ALL THE WAY BACK INTO THE BLACK HILLS  REGION IN SOME OF THOSE SURROUNDING AREAS SEEING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW MORNING HEADING THROUGH THE DAY. IT'S GOING TO BE AGAIN FOCUSED ALONG THIS FRONT. THE AREA OF  LOW PRESSURE COMING INTO NEBRASKA AND SOUTH DAKOTA AND THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IN  TEXAS THAT WILL BE HIT AND MISS IN THE SOUTHEAST AND A LITTLE BIT IN THE SOUTHWEST BUT REALLY IT'S  MOSTLY SOUTHEAST IN THIS SITUATION. SO HERE'S THE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS  ALREADY SOME HUGE AMOUNTS IN SOUTHERN IN SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS. YOU CAN SEE HOW OUR COMPUTER MODEL ACTUALLY PUTS ON MORE THAN A HALF FOOT OF RAIN IN SOME  OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF TEXAS. IT ALSO SHOWS SOME DECENT AMOUNTS  3 4 INCH AMOUNTS IN SPOTS ANYWAY CLOSE TO THIS FRONT FROM THE BLACK HILLS AREA ALL THE WAY  INTO THE EASTERN OHIO VALLEY. NOW NOT EVERYBODY IN THOSE AREAS IS GOING TO GET A LOT OF RAIN  BUT THERE WILL BE SOME HEAVIER SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THERE. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON. HOT AND MUGGY SOUTH OF THE FRONT. MUCH COOLER MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE NORTH OF  THE FRONT. SAME THING NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ROCKIES LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO STAY  MUGGY FROM BASICALLY CENTRAL INDIANA SOUTHWARD NORTH OF THERE DOES COOL OFF A LITTLE BIT AND  THE FRONT COMES A LITTLE FARTHER SOUTH DURING THE DAY TOMORROW. SO A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES. HERE'S WHAT THE JETSTREAM IS SHOWING IT'S SHOWING THAT LITTLE  CUTOFF IN THE NORTHERN ROCKIES JUST BARELY MOVING THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES OVER THE WEEKEND  STILL A TROUGH THERE BUT THAT DOES SHOW A LITTLE BIT OF A WARM UP AGAIN BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT  WEEK FOR THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT  SOME LOCAL FORECASTS RAPID CITY SOUTH DAKOTA. FIRST OF ALL CLOUDY WITH A SHOWER TOO HIGH OF 63 DEGREES THAT'S A LITTLE COOL PINE BLUFF ARKANSAS A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS HIGH OF 87 AND  SUNBURY PENNSYLVANIA WARM WITH CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE. HIGH 86.

TEASE
THE HEADS OF AGRICULTURE FOR THE U.S. AND CANADA MET LAST WEEK. WE'LL TELL YOU WHY DAIRY WAS LEADING TOPIC OF CONVERSATION NEXT IN  OUR DAIRY REPORT. AND LATER, LEARNING TO ENJOY SCIENCE THROUGH THE SLIMY EYES OF A 4H EXPERIMENT. 

DAIRY REPORT
IN OUR DAIRY REPORT, USDA SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE -- SPENDING TIME  WITH OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH. DURING A VISIT WITH HIS CANADIAN COUNTERPART, PERDUE TALKING TRADE  INCLUDING TARIFFS AND NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS. PERDUE SPEAKING DIRECTLY ABOUT CANADA'S SUPPLY MANAGMENT SYSTEM. SAYING QUOTE, "IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, YOU'VE GOT TO  MANAGE THE SUPPLY, AND NOT OVER-PRODUCE AND NOT OVER-QUOTA WHERE YOU DUMP MILK SOLIDS ON THE WORLD MARKET AND DEPRESS PRICES FOR OUR PRODUCERS SOUTH OF THE BORDER." CANADA'S SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM HAS BEEN A CONTENTIOUS TOPIC IN  RECENT WEEKS FOLLOWING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S COMMENTS AT THE G-7. LATER TODAY, THE PRESIDENT IS EXPECTED TO MEET WITH HOUSE REPUBLICANS  OVER IT'S LATEST PUSH ON IMMIGRATION REFORM. LAWMAKERS ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE ON TWO SEPARATE PROPOSALS LATER  THIS WEEK. ONE MEASURE FROM VIRGINA REPRESENTATIVE BOB GOODLATTE INCLUDES  CHANGES AND REFORMS TO THE AGRICULTURE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. THE OTHER--CONSIDERED A CONSENSUS BILL-- DOES NOT INCLUDE LANGUAGE  TO ADDRESS AGRICULTURE'S LABOR NEEDS.  AFTER THE BREAK--KIDS PLAY IN THE LAB. WE'RE GETTING SLIMED IN LEBANON TENNESSEE, COMING UP NEXT ON  AGDAY ."

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA. SEE THE HARDEST WORKING  TRACTORS IN AG AT KUBOTA.COM.  OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER  TODAY.  SCIENCE CAN BE A LOT OF FUN AS A KID...ESPECIALLY IF THE LESSON INVOLVES  SOMETHING AMAZING OR FUN. IN TENNESSEE-- 4-HERS ARE LEARNING THE BASICS OF CHEMISTRY BY MAKING  SLIME. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UT INSTITUTE OF AG, CHARLES DENNEY SHOWS US HOW MESSINESS OFTEN CREATES AMAZING SCIENCE. SLIMED IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE. THESE 4-HERS IN LEBANON HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL OF GOOEY COOLNESS. THEY GRAB A BUNCH OF GROCERY STORE ITEMS, MIX THEM UP IN A BOWL, AND THE RESULT IS DOWNRIGHT SLIMY. GAGE HARWELL SHARES HIS RECIPE FOR A NICE BATCH OF SLIME. "FIRST YOU WANT TO PUT YOUR ELMER'S GLUE IN, PUT CONTACT SOLUTION AND SHAVING CREAM, YOU CAN USE SHAVING CREAM OR YOU DON'T HAVE TO. I JUST USE SHAVING CREAM BECAUSE IT MAKES IT LIKE FLUFFY SLIME." THE SLIMIER THE SLIME, THE BETTER. GLITTER AND FOOD COLORING CAN ALSO BE ADDED. DON'T ASSUME ALL SLIME IS GREEN. THERE'S ALSO BLUE AND PINK, ALL COLORS.HERE THE 4-HERS GET A LESSON IN SEVERAL ACADEMIC AREAS - TEXTURES, MEASUREMENTS, COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND TEAMWORK. "THEY'RE GETTING TO ACTUALLY BRING SOMETHING THAT IS UNIQUE TO THEIR PASSIONS AND THEIR HOBBIES, AND SHOW EVERYBODY - IT'S KIND OF LIKE SHOW AND TELL, OLD-FASHIONED SHOW AND TELL, BUT TAILORED TO SOMETHING THEY'RE LEARNING THE PROCESS TO." 4-H AGENT MORGAN BEATY LEADS THE GROUP, AND LIKES DOING THIS PROJECT WITH KIDS. IT'S A FUN WAY TO LEARN, AND IT'S QUICK."THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO THIS WHOLE - IF YOU WERE AT HOME YOU WOULD STICK IT IN THE OVEN. YOU CAN MAKE IT. THEY HAVE THE FINISHED PRODUCT. SO I'VE GOT A NAME FOR IT. SO WE WOULD CALL THIS THE FAST FOOD OF SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS. PRETTY MUCH YES. THEY CAN USUALLY MAKE IT WITHIN A COUPLE OF MINUTES."MY GENERATION CONNECTS GETTING SLIMED WITH "GHOSTBUSTERS." AND I KNOW, THESE KIDS HAVE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF THAT MOVIE. REGARDLESS, THIS GOOEY EXERCISE IS ABOUT TEACHING SCIENCE - THE CHEMICAL REACTIONS THAT CREATE THIS STUFF."AND YOU MAY BE WONDERING, NOW THAT YOU'VE CREATED SLIME, WHAT'RE YOU GOING TO DO WITH IT? "YOU CAN POKE IT. YOU CAN STRETCH IT AND MAKE BUBBLES WITH IT."AND LEARN FROM IT TOO. SO THERE YOU HAVE IT, LOTS OF USES FOR THIS STUFF. FUN AND A LITTLE MESSY – A SCIENCE LESSON THAT KIDS ARE BOUND TO LIKE.THE RIGHT CHEMISTRY FOR GETTING SLIMED. THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING. THANKS CHARLES UT EXTENSION AGENTS IN WILSON COUNTY SAY THEY'VE MADE SLIME – AND LAVA  LAMPS – WITH HUNDREDS OF KIDS AT NINE SCHOOLS.

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

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