AgDay Daily Recap - June 26, 2018

June 26, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 26, 2018

HEADLINES

THE AG SECRETARY TAKES A PUBLIC STAND FOR FARMERS HURT BY TRADE  TENSIONS. MARKETS DIVE ON MONDAY... "WHEN THEY'RE TANKING LIKE THAT, I DON'T EVEN CARE TO LOOK AT THEM. IT MAKES ME UPSET."IN AGRIBUSINESS...WORLD WHEAT POTENTIAL. MILK PRODUCTION CONTINUES TO CLIMB. AND KEEPING YOUR COOL ISN'T ALWAYS ABOUT THE WEATHER. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

PERDUE OP-ED IN USA TODAY
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION WILL MAKE GOOD ON  THEIR PROMISE TO STAND WITH FARMERS...AMID TRADE TENSIONS AND  RETALIATORY TARIFFS TARGETING THE U.S. AG SECTOR. WRITING AN OP-ED IN USA-TODAY MONDAY, SECRETARY PERDUE HOPING TO  EASE FARMER CONCERNS REGARDING  CHINA'S RESPONSE TO THE  ADMINISTRATION'S HARD LINE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT AND TARIFFS. PERDUE STARTING WITH THE CASE INVOLVING CHINESE NATIONALS DIGGING UP  GM SEEDS IN CORN FIELDS ACROSS THE MIDWEST. HE SAYS QUOTE,"CHINA, WHICH WRONGLY BELIEVES IT CAN BULLY OUR FARMERS TO GET AMERICA TO  BACK AWAY FROM DEFENDING OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS..."  ADDING THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS INSTRUCTED HIM TO CRAFT A STRATEGY TO  SUPPORT OUR FARMERS IN THE FACE OF RETALIATORY TARIFFS.  "WE HAVE NOT UNVEILED OUR STRATEGY, AS IT IS NOT GOOD PRACTICE TO OPEN OUR PLAYBOOK WHILE THE  OPPOSING TEAM IS WATCHING," ENDING BY SAYING TO FARMERS, "THEY HAVE STOOD WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS  POLICIES, AND WE WILL MAKE GOOD ON OUR PROMISE TO STAND WITH THEM AS WELL. IF CHINA DOES  NOT SOON MEND ITS WAYS, WE WILL QUICKLY BEGIN FULFILLING OUR PROMISE TO SUPPORT PRODUCERS, WHO HAVE BECOME CASUALTIES OF THESE DISPUTES." WHATEVER THEY WOULD POSSIBLY ANNOUNCE, PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE ENOUGH, PLUS HOW MANY  OF THE CROPS AND LIVESTOCK SECTORS WILL THEY HAVE TO DO? I'LL TELL YOU THIS, THEY DO NOT WANT TO IMPLEMENT IT. THEY HOPE THAT THESE VERY HAIRY TRADE ISSUES WILL BE RESOLVED IN TIME SO THEY  DON'T HAVE TO DO WHAT THEY REALLY DON'T WANT TO DO. THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS USDA HAS BEEN MEETING ON THIS TOPIC ALMOST  DAILY. ACCORDING TO WIEISMEYER THERE ARE REALLY 2 PRIMARY OPTIONS FOR A  STOP GAP PAYMENT. ONE IS USING THE COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION. THE OTHER FALLS UNDER 'SECTION 32 FUNDS' - A PERMANENT APPROPRIATION IN  USDA'S BUDGET - WHICH GIVES THE AG SECRETARY BROAD DISCRETION TO  SPEND THE MONEY, USUALLY ON AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES. 

INTELLECTUAL THEFT
SECRETARY PERDUE SAYS ENDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT NOT  RETALIATION IS THE RIGHT RESPONSE FROM CHINA. THE ADMINISTRATION NOW CONSIDERING RESTRICTIONS ON CHINESE  INVESTMENTS IN THE U.S. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT SANCTIONS COULD BLOCK FIRMS WITH AT LEAST  25% CHINESE OWNERSHIP FROM BUYING COMPANIES INVOLVED IN QUOTE  "INDUSTRIALLY SIGNIFICANT TECHNOLOGY."  BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US WITH MORE. THE INVESTMENT SANCTIONS FOCUSING ON BEIJING'S "MADE IN CHINA 2025"  SECTORS INCLUDING AEROSPACE, ROBOTICS AND NEW ENERGY VEHICLES AND OTHERS.  A DECISION WHICH COULD MAKE ITS WAY INTO THE U.S. AGRICULTURAL SECTOR WHERE COMPANIES LIKE SYNGENTA AND SMITHFIELD HAVE RECENTLY BEEN  PURCHASED BY CHINESE INVESTORS. MEANWHILE, CHINA IS ACCUSING THE U-S OF USING BULLYING TACTICS AND  BLACKMAIL IN THREATENING TO IMPOSE TARIFFS ON HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF  US DOLLARS OF CHINESE IMPORTS. ACCORDING TO A COMMERCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, THE U-S IS DAMAGING   GLOBAL TRADE AND ITS METHODS WOULD HARM U.S. BUSINESS INTERESTS, AS WELL AS THOSE OF TRADING PARTNERS. EXPERTS SAY IT MAY BE TIME CHINA RETHINK ITS BUSINESS STRATEGY. "MY RECOMMENDATION TO CHINA WOULD BE: TODAY YOUR INSTITUTIONS ARE A LOT STRONGER, YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE THIS REGULATION REQUIRING FOREIGN COMPANIES TO FORM A JOINT VENTURE -- REMOVE IT.  IF YOU DID, THEY CAN'T COMPLAIN ANYMORE THAT THEY'RE BEING FORCED TO GIVE UP TECHNOLOGY IN  ORDER TO GET MARKET ACCESS. IF THEY WANT A CHINESE PARTNER THEY'RE DOING IT BECAUSE THEY THINK IT COULD ACTUALLY BE HELPFUL."TRUMP HAS ORDERED 25 PERCENT TARIFFS ON 50 BILLION US DOLLARS IN CHINESE GOODS IN RESPONSE TO BEIJING'S FORCED TRANSFER OF US  TECHNOLOGY AND ALLEGED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT. HE'S ALSO THREATENING TO IMPOSE DUTIES ON UP TO ANOTHER 400 BILLION  DOLLARS ON CHINESE PRODUCTS. AS FOR CHINA, THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST REPORTING THE GOVERNMENT THERE HAS NO  PLAN TO RETALIATE AGAINST U.S. COMPANIES OPERATING IN CHINA. THEY SAY IT RUNS COUNTER TO BEIJING'S GOAL OF ATTRACTING FOREIGN INVESTMENT.  

FARM BILL
THE SENATE WORKING ON IT'S VERSION OF THE FARM BILL THIS WEEK.  SENATORS STARTING DEBATE AND ROLLING OUT AMENDMENTS AHEAD OF A FINAL VOTE ON THE FLOOR. THE BILL LEAVING COMMITTEE WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. ALSO IN WASHINGTON, DEMOCRATIC SENATORS ROLLING OUT A BILL THAT  EXTENDS OVERTIME RIGHTS TO ALL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS. THE NEW OVERTIME PROTECTIONS WOULD REQUIRE FARMERS TO PAY WORKERS  TIME AND A HALF FOR EVERY HOUR THEY WORK BEYOND 40 IN A WEEK. AG WORKERS HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THOSE REQUIREMENTS IN THE FAIR  LABOR STANDARDS ACT DUE TO THE PERISHABLE AND SEASONAL NATURE OF  FARM GOODS. ANALYSTS SAY THE BILL IS UNLIKELY TO MAKE IT THROUGH CONGRESS.  THE USDA PREPARING TO RELEASE IT'S ACREAGE REPORT AT THE END OF THE  WEEK. 

CROP PROGRESS
WHILE PLANTING IS ALL BUT DONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE LATEST CROP PROGRESS SHOWS FIVE-PERCENT OF THE NATIONS CORN CROP HAS STARTED TO SILK, JUST AHEAD OF AVERAGE. 77-PERCENT OF IT IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT DOWN A POINT FROM LAST WEEK. SOYBEANS - ALMOST ALL OF THE CROP HAS EMERGED. 12-PERCENT HAS  SOYBEANS BLOOMING - DOUBLE THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. 73-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT - UNCHANGED FROM LAST WEEK. WINTER WHEAT HARVEST REACHING 41-PERCENT, EIGHT POINTS AHEAD OF  AVERAGE. KANSAS FARMERS MADE BIG PROGRESS LAST WEEK WITH A NEARLY 30-POINT  JUMP IN HARVEST. THIS WEEK IT'S 52-PERCENT CUT. OKLAHOMA HAD A 20 POINT GAIN. BOTH OF THOSE STATES PUSHED WELL AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE PACE. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US AGAIN THIS MORNING FOR A LOOK AT CROP COMMENTS.  MIKE . GOOD MORNING CLINTON. OUR CROP COMMENT TODAY COMES FROM HAWKINSVILLE, GEORGIA. TREY DUNAWAY IS PUTTING NITROGEN ON SOME OF HIS COTTON ROWS.  HE SAYS THE COTTON LOOKS  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WINDSPEED FORECAST. YOU CAN SEE KIND OF WINDY FROM TEXAS INTO THE PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES ANYWAY THIS MORNING AS WE HEAD INTO THE AFTERNOON IT BECOMES  WINDY. SOME PARTS OF MONTANA PARTS OF WYOMING AS WELL AS WELL AS THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND  THEN HEADING INTO THE DAY TOMORROW. NOT A LOT OF WIND AT LEAST TO START TODAY BUT WE ARE GOING  TO SEE THAT PICKING UP FROM THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY IN MANY PARTS FROM THE CENTRAL PLAINS THROUGH THE WEST. WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP AT FIRST HERE  SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  

TEASE
WHEAT MARKETS DROPPING DURING MONDAY'S TRADE. WE'LL TALK WHEAT MARKET DYNAMICS NEXT AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK. A COMMON EMOTION FOR MANY OF US IS ANGER – WHICH CAN CAUSE  PROBLEMS IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES AND CAREERS, IF IT'S OUT-OF-CONTROL. FIND OUT HOW THE EXTENSION OFFICE IS TRYING TO HELP FOLKS KEEP THEIR  COOL. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS MARKETS TRYING TO DIGEST WEATHER AND TRADE ISSUES ON  MONDAY. LETS SEE WHERE THINGS ENDED UP FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN  CHICAGO. SOYBEANS FELL AGAIN. THOSE TRADE TENSIONS JUST ARE POUNDING THE FUTURE. CHINA IS PREPARED  TO PROCEED WITH THE TARIFFS NEXT WEEK. IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO STEP IN AND BUY ANY OF THE GRAINS  AT ALL. A LOT OF THE PARTICIPATION HAS MOVED TO THE SIDELINES AND IT MAKES THE MARKET VERY VERY  THIN. CORN ALSO WAS LOWER THAT WAS JUST ADDING TO EVERYTHING JUST FALLING THE BETTER WEATHER.  ALSO HOLDING THE FUTURES DOWN THE SLIDE CONTINUES FROM THE HIGHS ALSO FROM THE END OF THE  MONTH. AND TRADERS ARE JUST LOOKING AHEAD FOR THE USDA REPORT. COMING UP ON FRIDAY THAT'S GOING TO TELL THE TALE IF THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME OF THESE ACRES MOVED FROM CORN SOYBEANS OR  SOYBEANS BACK TO CORN. THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF NERVOUSNESS ABOUT EXACTLY WHERE THAT'S GOING  TO BE THE WHEAT REALLY GAFFED LOWER TODAY THAT BEARS SENTIMENT IS JUST TRIGGERING A LOT OF  SELLING. TRADERS ARE ALL BUT GIVING UP ON WHEAT FOR A WHILE THERE THE WORRIES ABOUT THE QUALITY  FROM THE WINTER WHEAT IS JUST COUNTERED BY THE SPRING WHEAT CROP IMPROVEMENT. THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR AT THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO AND VIRGINIA MCGATHEY.

AGRIBUSINESS
DUWAYNE BOSSE WITH BOLT MARKETING OUR GUEST HERE AGRIBUSINESSES TODAY AND DUWAYNE.  YOU SPENT A LOT OF YOUR TIME IN NORTHERN PLAINS LOOKING AT A WHEAT CROP OUT THERE. AS WE LOOK  SO FAR I PATCHY I'D SAY THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD AREAS BUT WE'VE GOT TO REMEMBER SPRING WHEAT IS A COOL SEASON GRASS. AND WE WERE VERY HOT EARLY ON. SO THERE ARE SOME LIGHT SOILS THAT  HEADED OUT WHEN THEY WERE ABOUT SIX INCHES TALL. SO WE'RE NOT EXPECTING MUCH THERE. WEST  OF ABERDEEN SOUTH TO GO TO GUSTON REAL TROUBLE SPOTS NOT WIDESPREAD SO I'M NOT SAYING IT'S A  CROP DISASTER BUT IT'S NOT PERFECT OUT THERE. YEAH I'VE HEARD FROM THE WINTER WHEAT COUNTRY THAT THAT CROP OBVIOUSLY NOT SUPER GREAT THROUGH THE HEART OF THE WHEATBELT. RIGHT. RIGHT. NO  OUR WHEAT STOCKS ARE GOING TO GO DOWN IN THE US FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME AND I THINK  MORE IMPORTANTLY AS THE WORLD STOCKS RUSSIA'S CROP IS DEFINITELY HOT AND DRY DOWN YOU KNOW  SOME PEOPLE ARE ESTIMATING 20 PERCENT OFF OF LAST YEAR'S YIELDS. THAT'S SOUNDS VERY BULLISH. YOU'VE GOT TO REMEMBER THEY'VE RAISED A COUPLE OF RECORD CROPS THEY'RE SORT OF COME OFF THE  RECORD ISN'T A SHOCK WHAT'LL PROBABLY HAPPEN IS WE COULD GET A BIT OF A WEATHER SCARE  WEATHER PUSH IN THE WHEAT MARKET SPIKE ARE PRICES HIGHER BUT WE SHOULD PROBABLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT AND SELL BECAUSE GLOBAL SUPPLIES ARE STILL THERE. WE'RE GOING TO SEE A SPIKE  HIGHER PRICE OURSELVES RIGHT OUT OF THE MARKET I'M AFRAID. AND THEN GO BACK DOWN. SO HOW DO  WE START TO MOVE THIS MARKET TO KIND OF ANOTHER PLATEAU. I MEAN ARE WE JUST PRODUCING  GLOBALLY JUST TOO MUCH WHEAT IS THERE ANY DISCOURAGEMENT FOR THOSE FOLKS IN OTHER PARTS OF  THE WORLD TO SAY YOU KNOW WE'RE DONE WITH WHEAT. NO NOT REALLY. OTHER THAN THE FACT HOPEFULLY THEY'RE BOTH LIKE US IT'S NOT A HUGE MONEYMAKER SOLE WHEAT ACRES HAVE BEEN  DECREASING ALL THE TIME SO THAT'S PROBABLY WHAT IT WHAT HAPPENS EVENTUALLY AND ACTUALLY  MOTHER NATURE HAS A VERY NIFTY WAY OF EQUALIZING EVERYTHING. JUST WHEN WE THINK WE'RE GOING  TO HAVE PLENTY OF WHEAT MAYBE THIS WEATHER STORY IN RUSSIA GETS A BIGGER DEAL OR WE'RE GOING TO GET PRETTY HOT AND DRY IN EUROPE COMING UP. MAYBE THERE'S A BIGGER STORY THAN I  THINK THAN ALL SUDDEN. WE DON'T HAVE A HUGE WHEAT SUPPLY SO YOU NEVER KNOW. YEAH YEAH IT'S  SOMETHING TO WATCH. REAL QUICK WOULD YOU BE DOING ANYTHING WITH WHEAT PLAN RIGHT NOW  MARKETING. NO I WOULD SIT ON MY HANDS HERE. WE'VE HAD A BIG PULLBACK LET'S WAIT AND SEE FOR THE NEXT WEATHER SCARE. OKAY WE'LL KEEP AN EYE ON IT. THANKS DUWAYNE. WE'LL BE BACK IN A  MINUTE. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN AND MIKE AS WE LOOK AT THE  MAP HERE. BOY THAT AREA AROUND IOWA MINNESOTA HAVE SEEN A LOT OF RAIN IN THE LAST WEEK OR  TWO. I KNOW AND THAT'S ANOTHER SLOW MOVING STORM NOT LIKE LAST WEEK THOUGH THIS IS MOVING A  LITTLE BIT QUICKER AND IT WILL BE GETTING OUT OF THERE BEFORE LONG. AND IT'S ALSO MOVING TOWARD THE  LOWER GREAT LAKES WHICH REALLY DON'T NEED A WHOLE LOT OF RAIN EITHER. YOU CAN SEE THIS MORNING WE'RE GOING TO START WITH SOME POCKETS OR AREAS OF THUNDERSTORMS FROM THE MID- ATLANTIC BACK THROUGH THE TENNESSEE OHIO VALLEY INTO THE AREAS AROUND THE AREA OF LOW  PRESSURE. NOW THAT'S THE MAJORITY OF WHERE THE RAIN IS AND YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH  THE REST OF THE DAY PRETTY GOOD THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP. NOW THESE CAN DEVELOP IN TIME OVER NORTHERN MISSOURI AND SOUTHERN IOWA THAT COULD HELP SOME FOLKS IT MIGHT  DEVELOP EAST OF THERE THOUGH IT'S GOING TO BE A CLOSE CALL. YOU CAN SEE BY THE SEASON YOU  KNOW PRETTY HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS IN PARTS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CENTRAL INDIANA IN THOSE AREAS  AS THAT WHOLE SYSTEM CONTINUES TO MOVE EAST HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT. THEN THOSE THUNDERSTORMS DIVE TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST AND KIND OF FALL APART. NOT A LOT BY MORNING THERE  BUT AREAS OF SHOWERS NEAR THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE GREAT  LAKES MIDDLE PORTIONS OF MICHIGAN ON DOWN INTO PORTIONS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC IN A COUPLE OF  THUNDERSTORMS SHOWING UP ON OUR MODEL ALONG THAT NEXT COLD FRONT HEADING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND WE GET MORE STORMS BUBBLING UP AS THEY TYPICALLY DO IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY  AND HIGH HUMIDITY OF THE SOUTHEAST. THOSE WILL BE HIT AND MISS OF COURSE MORE SIGNIFICANT  THUNDERSTORMS FARTHER NORTH IN JUST A FEW HIT AND MISS ACTIVITY AREAS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSHOWERS ACROSS THAT SECONDARY COLD FRONT. SO PAST 24 HOURS PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE  FROM NEBRASKA WESTERN IOWA ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO NORTH CAROLINA PARTS OF THE TENNESSEE  AND OHIO VALLEYS AND THEN WE ADD IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME POCKETS ONCE AGAIN AND A LOT OF THIS AREA DOESN'T NECESSARILY NEED THE RAIN. LOOKING AT TWO TO THREE  INCHES. NOW LIKE I SAID IF WE CAN GET A LITTLE BIT OF THAT INTO THOSE REAL DRY AREAS NORTHERN AND  CENTRAL MISSOURI I THINK SOME OF THOSE AREAS GET IT JUST NOT MAYBE NOT EVERYBODY AND THAT'S  THE UNFORTUNATE THING. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON VERY HOT FROM OKLAHOMA TEXAS BACK INTO THE DESERT SOUTHWEST MORE COMFORTABLE. NORTHERN GREAT LAKES NORTHERN PLAINS I SHOULD  SAY INTO THE NORTHEAST LOWS TONIGHT 50S AND 60S IN THOSE SAME AREAS BUT MUGGY FROM THE  OHIO RIVER SOUTHWARD. AND TOMORROW THE HEAT EVEN BUILDS A LITTLE BIT FARTHER INTO THE CENTRAL  MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WESTERN GREAT LAKES AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. TAKE A LOOK AT THE JETSTREAM YOU CAN SEE THAT CUT OFF FLOW KIND OF MOVING EASTWARDS QUICKER THAN LAST  WEEK'S THANK GOODNESS AND A BIG RIDGE COMES IN FROM THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY EASTWARD THAT  STARTS TO GET EATEN AWAY THOUGH BY NEXT WEEKEND IN THE EARLY PARTS OF THE NEXT WEEK IS ANOTHER TROUGH DIGS INTO THE WESTERN PLAINS ABSOLUTELY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A  LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS HEADING INTO LUBBOCK TEXAS MOSTLY SUNNY HOT IN RATHER HUMID  HIGH OF 97 DEGREES. PEORIA ILLINOIS SHOWERS LIKELY A THUNDERSTORM IS PRETTY LIKELY IN MANY  AREAS AS WELL HIGH OF 82 AND ALMA. GEORGIA PARTLY SUNNY AND HOT MAYBE A STORM HIGH 94.

TEASE
AHEAD - MAKING MORE ROOM FOR ANOTHER PLANT-BASED DAIRY-LIKE  PRODUCT. AND IT MAY LOOK LIKE AN ARTS-N-CRAFTS CLASS....BUT THERE'S AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE BEHIND THE GLUE AND SPARKLES.

DAIRY REPORT
DAIRY FARMERS CONTINUE TO PRODUCE A LOT OF MILK IN THIS COUNTRY. USDA  SAYS MILK PRODUCTION IN MAY WAS NEARLY ONE-PERCENT HIGHER THAN A  YEAR AGO IN THE TOP 23 MILK PRODUCING STATES. TOTAL PRODUCTION HIT 17-POINT-NINE BILLION POUNDS. PER COW PRODUCTION ALSO CLIMBED TO JUST OVER TWO THOUSAND POUNDS.  USDA SAYS THIS IS THE HIGHEST PER COW MILK PRODUCTION SINCE 2003, COLORADO HAS THE LARGEST YEAR OVER YEAR INCREASE - UP NEARLY 12- PERCENT (11.6%) FROM LAST MAY. MUCH TO THE MILK INDUSTRY'S DISMAY, GROCERS ARE MAKING MORE ROOM IN  THE REFRIGERATED CASE FOR MORE PLANT=BASED, MILK-LIKE PRODUCTS, SUCH AS ALMOND, RICE AND FLAX MILK. NOW, YOU CAN ADD DESSERT TOPPINGS. CONAGRA UNVEILING NON-DAIRY ALMOND AND NON-DAIRY COCONUT REDDI-WHIP. THIS IS BIG NEWS FOR THE COMPANY AS THEY WERE ONCE EXCLUSIVELY DAIRY ON THEIR WEB SITE. THEY CLAIM THAT REAL DAIRY CREAM IS THEIR NUMBER ONE INGREDIENT. HOWEVER THIS NO LONGER SEEMS TO BE THE CASE. AS THE COMPANY CONTRIBUTES TO THE GROWING LIST OF PLANT BASED DAIRY ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS. TAYLOR SAYS BEN AND JERRY'S ICE CREAM HAS ALSO STEPPED FOOT INTO DAIRY ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS ARENA, RELEASING NINE NON-DAIRY ICE CREAM  FLAVORS IN 2017. AFTER A COUPLE OF ROUGH YEARS DUE TO FOOD-ILLNESS OUTBREAKS, CHIPOTLE IS STILL TRYING TO RECOVER. AND PART OF THAT RECOVERY INCLUDES MILK-SHAKES.    THE RESTAURANT KNOWN FOR BURRITOS ANNOUNCING FIVE NEW FOOD ITEMS LAST WEEK, INCLUDING MEXICAN CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKES. THE COMPANY IS ALSO ADDING A COUPLE OF AVOCADO-BASED ITEMS. RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS (UC-DAVIS) FEEDING SEAWEED TO DAIRY COWS SHOWS POTENTIAL TO REDUCE ENTERIC METHANE  EMISSIONS. COWS WERE FED SEAWEED AT THE RATE OF EITHER A HALF OR ONE PERCENT OF  THEIR DRY MATTER INTAKE. PRELIMINARY RESULTS SHOWS "WELL OVER 30%"  REDUCTION IN THEIR METHANE EMISSIONS. BUT A LOT MORE WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE, SINCE IT WOULD TAKE NEARLY 165- THOUSAND TONS OF FREEZE-DRIED SEAWEED TO FEED A HALF POUND PER DAY  TO CALIFORNIA'S 1.8 MILLION DAIRY COWS.  CURRENT PRICES FOR FOOD- OR COSMETIC-GRADE SEAWEED RANGE FROM $18  TO $39/LB. AND THE TYPE OF SEAWEED FED IN THE UC-DAVIS TRIAL IS NOT NATIVE TO THE CALIFORNIA COAST. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME - KEEPING YOUR COOL DURING STRESSFUL TIMES. I'M CHARLES DENNEY. DOES YOUR ANGER SOMETIMES CAUSE YOU PROBLEMS. THAT WOULD MAKE YOU HUMAN. U OF TENNESSEE EXTENSION HAS A PROGRAM THAT MIGHT HELP. ANGER  MANAGEMENT NEXT ON AGDAY."  

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA'S BV4580 ROUND BALER. LEARN MORE AT KUBOTA.COM  OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY. THESE ARE ANGRY TIMES - AND YOU ONLY NEED TO SEE THE LATEST POLITICAL  EXCHANGE ON TWITTER TO KNOW THAT. THOSE TWEETS CAN LEAD US TO  ANGER. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE INSTITUTE OF AG,  CHARLES DENNEY SHOWS US HOW EXTENSION IS LEARNING HOW TO HELP  PEOPLE KEEP THEIR COOL. GLUE, GLITTER, FOOD COLORING AND WATER. MIX TOGETHER IN A BOTTLE, AND GIVE IT AN ENTHUSIASTIC  SHAKE. THE RESULT IS PRETTY, BUT ALSO SYMBOLIC OF HOW WE ARE WHEN ANGRY - SWIRLING EMOTIONS  AND ACTUAL ADRENALINE AND CORTISOL FLOWING THROUGH OUR BODIES. THESE AGENTS WITH UT AND TSU EXTENSION MADE "CALMING BOTTLES" IN THE PROGRAM "RELAX – ALTERNATIVES TO ANGER." (HEATHER SEDGES WALLACE) "UNDERSTANDING WHAT ANGER IS, HOW IT COMES ABOUT FOR YOU, AND  HOW TO INTERACT WITH IT IN A CONSTRUCTIVE, HEALTHY WAY. AND THEN HOW TO LET GO OF IT." (JOEL  CLARK) "HOW TO HANDLE ANGER BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A COMMON EMOTION, AND IT'S AN OKAY EMOTION IF WE USE IT IN A CORRECT MANNER." BEFORE THESE EXTENSION PEOPLE TEACH THE CURRICULUM, THEY GO THRU THE PROGRAM THEMSELVES,  LEARNING HOW ANGER AFFECTS OUR BEHAVIOR AND CARRIES OVER TO OUR JOB PERFORMANCE. THE GOAL IS FOR AGENTS TO USE THESE TECHNIQUES IN DEALING WITH OTHERS. "IT'S SO EASY TO BRING OUR PERSONAL LIVES INTO OUR PROFESSIONAL LIVES AND VICE VERSA. SO I THINK  IF WE CAN REALLY MASTER THESE SKILLS ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, THEN WE CAN CARRY THAT INTO OUR  PROFESSIONAL LEVEL AND OUR WORLD AND BETTER COMMUNICATE WITH OUR COLLEAGUES." (CHARLES DENNEY) "POLITICAL DIVISIVENESS, UGLY SOCIAL MEDIA, VIOLENCE, ROAD RAGE – WE LIVE IN  ANGRY TIMES. AND OUR ANGER IS PERHAPS A BYPRODUCT OF OUR STRESS LEVELS."THAT'S WHERE THE  RELAX PORTION OF THIS EXERCISE COMES IN – WITH TALK HERE ABOUT PROBLEM SOLVING, MINDFULNESS  AND FORGIVENESS.  IF WE LET ANGER OVERTAKE US, IT CAN IMPACT OUR HEALTH - EMOTIONAL, MENTAL  AND PHYSICAL. SARAH RANSOM, AN AGENT FROM JOHNSON COUNTY, KNOWS FIRSTHAND HOW STRESS AND ANGER CAN  LEAD TO OTHER PROBLEMS.  (SARAH RANSOM) "PERSONALLY I DEAL WITH HEADACHES ALL THE TIME. SOME OF THESE THINGS ARE  THINGS YOU HEAR THE NEUROLOGIST TALK ABOUT AND THE DOCTORS TALK ABOUT. THESE ARE IMPORTANT  COPING SKILLS TO HELP DECREASE THAT MENTAL ANXIETY THAT WE PUT OURSELVES THROUGH AS HUMANS." NO HANDY HELIUM, BUT AT DAYS' END THE AGENTS FILL BALLOONS WITH AIR - AND SOME OF THEIR ANGER - AND RELEASE IT. THAT'S THE LAST LESSON HERE – LETTING GO. ANGER WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF HUMAN  NATURE – INEVITABLE, BUT ALSO MANAGEABLE. 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. 

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