AgDay Daily Recap - June 27, 2018

June 27, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 27, 2018

HEADLINES

TRADE TENSIONS CONTINUE TO TAKE CENTER STAGE.. AS THE SECRETARY OF AG  REITERATES SUPPORT FOR FARMER IMPACTS. THE SENATE DEBATES A FARM BILL, WHILE THE HOUSE PREPARES ANOTHER RUN  AT IMMIGRATION REFORM. IN AGRIBUSINESS..THE CHALLENGES FACING COTTON FARMERS. WEATHER SHRINKS SUPPLIES OF A SUMMER FAVORITE IN THE NORTHEAST. AND CAN YOU TURN CHEESE INTO CANDY?  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

AG IN CRISIS, SEC. PERDUE ON THE ROAD
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. TRADE TENSIONS, FALLING PRICES, DROUGHT AND FLOODS ARE ADDING STRESS  TO FARM COUNTRY OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON SAY THEY'RE READY TO HELP. CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SAYS HIS COUNTRY DOESN'T TURN THE OTHER CHEEK, THEY PUNCH BACK-- IN RESPONSE TO NEW TARIFF THREATS FROM THE  TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. XI'S STATEMENT DOUSING HOPES THE TWO TRADE PARTNERS CAN REACH AN SETTLEMENT BEFORE JULY 6TH-- THE DAY THE U.S. PLANS TO ROLL OUT 34  BILLION DOLLARS IN TARIFFS. IT'S ALSO THE SAME DAY CHINA SAYS IT WILL IMPLEMENT LEVIES ON U.S.  SOYBEANS AND OTHER PRODUCTS OF THE SAME VALUE.  ON TUESDAY, CHINA ALSO ANNOUNCING PLANS TO REMOVE IMPORT TARIFFS ON  ANIMAL FEED INGREDIENTS INCLUDING SOYBEANS, SOYMEAL AND CANOLA FROM  FIVE ASIAN COUNTRIES STARTING JULY 1.... AS IT SEEKS ALTERNATIVE SUPPLIES. THOSE COUNTRIES INCLUDE BANGLADESH, INDIA, LAOS, SOUTH KOREA AND SRI  LANKA. OTHER THAN INDIA, THE COUNTRIES INCLUDED ARE RELATIVELY SMALL SOYBEAN  PRODUCERS. ACCORDING TO REUTERS, NONE OF THEM EXPORTED ANY OILSEED TO CHINA IN 2017.  OUR MESSAGE IS THAT WE SUPPORT YOU MR. PRESIDENT. THE FARM ECONOMY IS REALLY REALLY BAD  AND WE JUST DON'T KNOW HOW FAR WE COULD GO WITH THIS BECAUSE WE'RE NOT STARTED A DOLLAR. CONAN WE'RE STARTING AT A LESS IMPORTANT CONAN AND WE CAN'T STAND MANY CHALLENGES WITH  TEARS IN THIS CONDITION. GLOBAL TRADE ALSO TOOK CENTER STAGE THIS WEEK IN GRAND RAPIDS  MICHIGAN. THAT'S WHERE THE 2018 JOINT NATIONAL COMMODITY CONFERENCE  WAS HELD. THE PRO-TRADE ORGANIZATION 'FARMERS FOR FREE TRADE" JOINED THE  MICHIGAN FARM BUREAU TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF TRADE. USDA UNDER-SECRETARY TED MCKINNEY WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE  EVENT. THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE THAT DECISION. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE'RE GOING TO PUT OUR FOOT  DOWN AND WE'D LOVE TO DO TRADE. I THINK HE AND PRESIDENT XI HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. I BELIEVE THAT. BUT THAT SAID YOU CAN BE FRIENDS AND STILL BE VERY STERN AND FORCE WITH EACH  OTHER AND THAT'S WHAT I THINK IS GOING ON WITH CHINA. 

BETSY AND SEC. PERDUE
REPRESENTATIVES FROM COMMODITY GROUPS ALSO SPOKE TO THE IDEA OF  FREE AND FAIR TRADE.  THEY EXPRESSED CONCERN HOW TARIFFS ARE IMPACTING THEIR ABILITYTO  COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL MARKET PLACE. AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE WRITING AN OP-ED MONDAY FOCUSING ON THE  TRADE TENSIONS AND TELLING FARMERS HE'S WORKING ON TOOLS TO HELP EASE THE BURDEN. BETSY JIBBEN IS IN CHICAGO WITH THE SECRETARY--SHE JOINS US NOW WITH MORE.  CLINTON,  SEC. PERDUE STILL STAYING TIGHT-LIPPED WITH WHAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE  DONE TO HELP FARMERS WITH TRADE TARIFF LOSSES. ANALYSTS SAY THE  COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION CHARTER ACT – CCC – MAY BE A POSSIBILITY  BUT PERDUE SAYS HE'S LOOKING AT IT BUT  CCC IS ONE HE DOESN'T WANT TO  IMPLEMENT UNLESS NECESSARY. WE ACTUALLY MET YESTERDAY LOOKING AT THE BALANCE SHEET THERE AND WHAT OUR  EXPECTATIONS ARE GOING FORWARD REGARDING OUR CAPACITY TO DO THAT.SO, WHILE CCC IS PART OF THE TOOL IN THERE. IT'S NOT EVERYTHING AND THAT'S WHY WE ARE NOT LAYING OUT THE WHOLE PLAYBOOK FOR THE DEFENSE TO LOOK AT. PERDUE ALSO ADDRESSING A PRODUCE CROWD IN CHICAGO ABOUT NUTRITION,  PRODUCE SAFETY RULES AND EVEN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.  REPORTING IN CHICAGO, IL, I'M BETSY JIBBEN 

SENATE FARM BILL, IMMIGRATION
THE SENATE WORKING THIS WEEK ON IT'S VERSION OF THE FARM BILL. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (CBO) PUTS THE SENATE BILL PRICE TAG  AT $867 BILLION OVER 10-YEARS  THE HOUSE FARM BILL WOULD COST ABOUT THE SAME. MEMBERS SPENDING TUESDAY DEBATING A SERIES OF AMENDMENTS AND  CONCERNS. EXPECTED AMENDMENTS INCLUDE ISSUES LIKE SAFETY NET PAYMENT LIMITS,  THE SUGAR PROGRAM, RENEWABLE FUEL WAIVERS, AND DAIRY INSURANCE. SOUTH DAKOTA SENATOR JOHN THUNE IS LOOKING TO ADD MORE ACRES TO CRP AND INCLUDE FLEXIBILITY FOR HAYING AND GRAZING. WHILE, SENATE GOP LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL PUSHES LEGALIZE INDUSTRIAL  HEMP--MCCONNELL'S KEY MOTIVE FOR SPEEDING THE FARM BILL TO A VOTE AHEAD OF THE JULY 4TH RECESS. 80 PERCENT OF THE BILL, NUTRITION ASSISTANCE ALSO HEARING ITS SHARE OF DEBATE. WE NEED TO CONSIDER TARGETED WAYS OF ENSURING THAT TAX DOLLARS USED TO PAY FOR THESE  NUTRITION PROGRAMS ARE USED WISELY. AND THAT'S WHY WE'LL SUPPORT AN AMENDMENT THAT  EXPANDS WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE SNAP BENEFITS. WE HAVE IN THE NEW IN THE NUTRITION TITLE ADDRESSED EFFICIENCIES THAT YOU HAVE MENTIONED THE LAW CURRENTLY ALLOWS  STATES TO HAVE JOB TRAINING AND A WORK REQUIREMENT KANSAS HAS THAT LAW. THE PRESIDENT STRESSING HIS WISH TO SEE WORK REQUIREMENTS IN THE SENATE BILL BUT STOPPING SHORT OF CRITICISING THE SENATE'S WORK. ACROSS THE CAPITOL, THE HOUSE IS SET TO VOTE TODAY ON A GOP  IMMIGRATION REFORM PACKAGE. THIS BILL CONSIDERED A COMPROMISE BETWEEN FACTIONS OF THE PARTY. THIS WEEK, VIRGINIA REPRESENTATIVE BOB GOODLATTE -- PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE BILL THAT INCLUDES SEVERAL PROVISIONS TARGETED TO  AGRICULTURE. IT INCLUDES E-VERIFY AND CHANGES TO THE H2-A PROGRAM. "THE CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE BILL HAS BEEN ONE OF OUR BIGGEST CHANGES FOR AG LABOR IF YOU  WANT TO SAY IT FOR MODIFYING OUR H2-A PROGRAM INTO THE H2-C PROGRAM AND WE HAVE A BEEN A  SUPPORTER OF THAT FOR QUITE SOME TIME. BUT YET THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITHIN THE BILL AND HE ADRESSED MORE OF THOSE PROBLEMS JUST THIS WEEK BY INCLUDING 5 NEW PROVISIONS."  I CAN TELL YOU THE PROVISIONS IN IT ARE MUCH BETTER THAN THE THE CURRENT H2-A PROGRAM. BUT THE CAP AS YOU SAID IS A PROBLEM. SO THE CHAIRMAN HAS GONE TO A 3 YEAR VISA THAT WAS  ONE OF THE RECENT CHANGES. BEFORE THIS WEEK IT WAS A 2 YEAR VISA NOW ITS A 3 YEAR VISA FOR THE  WORKER. THAT GIVES US A CAP OF 410 THOUSAND VISA'S A YEAR FOR 3 YEARS OR 1.2 MILLION VISA'S  WHICH IS MORE THAN OUR WHOLE WORKFORCE USES ON AG FARM LABOR. 2:18 COUNTING PROCESSORS WE STILL HAVE A CONCERN. BUT WE BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO WON'T COUNT AGAINST  THAT CAP THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE AN AVAILABLE WORKFORCE OF 2 MILLION TO 2.5 MILLION PEOPLE.  CARR, A FRUIT GROWER IN THE SOUTH RELY'S HEAVILY ON THE GUEST WORKER  PROGRAM. CARR SAYS THE AG-ACT WAS MODIFIED IN HOPES OF GAINING VOTES. THOSE CHANGES INCLUDE, A 36 MONTH H-2C VISA. THE VISA CAP SYSTEM SAYS IF THE CAP IS REACHED IT AUTOMATICALLY  INCREASES. IF THERE STILL AREN'T ENOUGH WORKERS, THE USDA SECRETARY CAN ADD TO  IT. THE H2-A PROGRAM WILL OVERLAP THE H2-C PROGRAM FOR ONE YEAR. APPLICATION INFORMATION USED IN H2-C CAN NOT BE USED FOR  ENFORCEMENT..IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE WORKER OR BUSINESS. AND THE USDA CAN CREATE A DATABASE OF FARM WORKERS AVAILABLE ON AN  AT-WILL BASIS. 

EPA’S BIOFUELS LEVELS
AS WE'VE BEEN EXPECTING, THE EPA RELEASING IT'S PROPOSED LEVELS FOR  BIOFUELS IN 2019 AND 2020 FOR BIODIESEL. THE BLENDING OBLIGATIONS ARE MANDATED BY THE RENEWABLE FUEL  STANDARD. EPA MANDATING REFINERS BLEND 19.88 BILLION GALLONS OF BIOFUELS INTO THE NATION'S FUEL SUPPLY NEXT YEAR. THE 15 BILLION GALLON QUOTA FOR CONVENTIONAL RENEWABLE FUELS LIKE CORN-BASED ETHANOL, IS A 3 PERCENT INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR.  IT SET ADVANCED BIOFUEL LEVELS AT 4 POINT 88 BILLION GALLONS, INCLUDING  AT LEAST 381 MILLION GALLONS OF CELLULOSIC RENEWABLE FUEL. THE EPA IS ALSO PROPOSING A 2.43 BILLION GALLON QUOTA FOR BIODIESEL IN  2020. THAT'S A NEAR 16 PERCENT (15.7 PERCENT) INCREASE FROM THE 2.1 BILLION GALLONS REQUIRED IN 2019. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US WITH A CLOSER LOOK CROP CONDITIONS AROUND  FARM COUNTRY. HE HAS TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. A FARMER IN HENDRICKS COUNTY, INDIANA POSTED COMMENTS ON AGWEB-DOT  COM. HE SAYS CORN LOOKS REALLY GOOD IN OUR AREA. IT'S STARTING TO  TASSEL. BEANS ARE NOT AS GOOD DUE TO TOO MUCH RAIN. HE'S SEEING SOME  YELLOWING IN THAT CROP. THEY HAD OVER 3 INCHES LAST WEEK.  ALSO FROM AGWEB, WE HEARD FROM A FARMER IN SAMPSON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA. HE SAYS OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS, THEY'VE LOST SOME YIELD.  TEMPS HAVE BEEN IN THE MID-TO-UPPER 90'S AND NO RAIN JUST AS CROP WAS  HEADING INTO POLLINATION. HE THINKS THEY LOST 80-TO-90 BUSHELS AN ACRE  IN THE LIGHTER SOILS. AND YOU LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST FROM THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES INTO THE SOUTHERN  PLAINS THE WINDIEST AREA TO START THE DAY TODAY THAT'LL JUST PICK UP IN THE SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES  INTO PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST AND A FEW SPOTS FAR NORTHERN PLAINS AND THE WEST HEADING INTO THE  DAY TOMORROW WE WON'T START OFF TOO WINDY IN MOST AREAS BUT AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY YOU'LL NOTICE IT PICKS UP ACROSS THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS BACK INTO MANY PARTS OF THE  CENTRAL ROCKIES AND THE SOUTHWEST. WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
COTTON PRICES HAVE BEEN DROPPING BUT THERE'S STILL POSITIVE  SENTIMENTS FOR GROWERS IN THE SOUTH. WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT NEXT AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK. AND LATER, CAN CHEESE BE CONSIDERED CANDY? ONE WISCONSIN PRODUCER THINKS THE ANSWER IS YES. DETAILS TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS ANOTHER MIXED DAY FOR MARKETS. LETS GET DETAILS FROM TED SEIFRED ON THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. WE STARTED THE DAY A LITTLE BIT HIGHER ACROSS THE BOARD. HOWEVER WE'VE KIND OF COME DOWN A  LITTLE BIT AS THE DAYS WORE ON AND SORT OF TRADED MIXED FOR THE CORN BUT SOY BEANS AND WHEAT  HAD BEEN A BIT LOWER. YOU KNOW THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF NEWS TODAY BUT NOT NECESSARILY NEWS THAT REALLY IMPACTS THE MARKET DIRECTLY. A LOT OF THAT WAS COMING WITH A LITTLE BIT OF A COOLER  FORECAST COMING IN FOR THE SECOND HALF OF JULY. SO THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT BEARISH BUT MORE THAN  ANYTHING ELSE WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS THE REPORT THAT WE HAVE ON FRIDAY THE QUARTERLY STOCKS  REPORT AS WELL AS OUR PLANET AKERS REPORT. THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGER REPORTS OF THE YEAR ALTHOUGH THE TRADERS ARE NOT EXPECTING REALLY VERY MANY SURPRISES ON THIS REPORT. AFTER A  SHARPLY LOWER DAY IN THE CATTLE YESTERDAY WE HAD EXPANDED LIMITS YET WE'RE NOT USING THEM  REALLY NOT SEEING MUCH FOLLOW THROUGH TO THE DOWNSIDE. WE'VE HIT SOME VERY KEY TECHNICAL SUPPORT AREAS BOTH IN LIVE CATTLE AND FEEDER CATTLE BOTH COMING IN TREND LINE SUPPORT AND  WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO BALANCE OFF THAT. SO IT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE WE'RE ROLLING OVER QUITE YET OR AT  LEAST WE'RE TRYING NOT TO ROLL OVER TO THE DOWNSIDE AT THE MOMENT. HOWEVER OVERALL FUNDAMENTALS DO SEEM TO BE A LITTLE BIT BEARISH ONCE AGAIN THIS IS TED SEIFRED OF ZANIER AG  HEDGE COMING TO YOU FROM THE CME FLOOR. 

AGRIBUSINESS
OUR GUEST HERE AT AGRIBUSINESS YESTERDAY WE HAVE ASHLEY ARRINGTON WITH AGRI AUTHORITY. ALL  RIGHT LET'S TALK ABOUT THE COTTON CROP. HE SPENT A LOT OF TIME DOWN IN THE SOUTHEAST. HOW ARE  THINGS LOOKING SO FAR. WELL WE GOT OFF TO A LATE START. SOME PEOPLE THAT DID GET EARLY PLANTED  KIND OF GOT DROWNED OUT. WE HAD TWO WEEKS OF HEAVY RAIN. ROBERTO CAME IN. SO IT'S NOT LOOKING THE BRIGHTEST AT THE MOMENT WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THE CROP RECOVER A LITTLE BIT. WE'VE  BEEN GETTING SOME NEEDED SUNSHINE BUT IT'S NOT THE BEST AT THE MOMENT ACTUALLY. WHAT ABOUT  THE PRICES BECAUSE THE PRICES THIS YEAR SEEM TO BE VERY ENCOURAGING ALTHOUGH WE'VE PULLED  BACK HERE IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS. PRICES HAVE LOOKED GREAT EVEN WHERE WE ARE NOW SINCE WE PULLED BACK. STILL PROFITABLE FOR ALMOST ALL FARMERS. SO LAST YEAR WE STARTED SEEING SOME  STRENGTHENING OF CASH PRICES GOING INTO HARVEST BECAUSE OF THE HURRICANES WE HAD LAST YEAR.  THAT COUPLED WITH DEMAND FLOWED OVER INTO 18 THE DRYNESS IN TEXAS. THE PROBLEM I JUST MENTIONED IN GEORGIA THAT KIND OF PUSHED US UP OVER THE NONNI MARK BLOCK JUST LIKE YOU SAID  WE'VE FAILED FROM PRICE SINCE. SO IF WE LOOK OUT INTO THE FUTURE HERE AND WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE  OUT OK WHERE IS THIS PRICE GOING TO END UP WHERE DOES IT SETTLE WHAT'S WHAT ARE THE MARKETS  TELLING US. WHAT'S YOUR INDICATION OF WHERE WE'RE HEADED. WELL RIGHT NOW SPEAKING IN TERMS OF  FARMERS CONTRACTING AND WHAT THEY'VE DONE A LOT OF MY GUYS SAY OFF CONTRACT AS MUCH AS I WANT TO CONTRACT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT LOW YIELD PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF  WEATHER ISSUES THEY'VE HAD. SO LOOKING AT WHERE WE'RE GOING IF THEY HAVEN'T YET BOOKED AS  MUCH AS THEY WANTED TO US THEY LOOK AT IT HERE. I'M NOT GOING TO TELL ANYBODY NOT IN THE BOOK  85 PERCENT COTTON I KNOW WE COULD JUST AS EASILY GO BACK UP WITH POLICY OF TRADE TALKS WITH  CHINA BUT WE COULD EASILY GO BACK DOWN. SO THE FUTURES KIND OF JUST LIKE ALL COMMODITY MARKETS WERE LOOKING A LOT. WHAT'S GOING ON WITH CHINA RIGHT NOW AND WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT  WHETHER SHE IS OKAY. SO THERE'S STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY OUT THERE BUT LIKE YOU SAID 85 PERCENT  COTTON IS TERRIBLE. I'M NOT GOING TO ANYBODY NOT A BOOK THAT. ALL RIGHT APPRECIATE IT ASHLEY  THANKS FOR BEING HERE WILL BE BACK. WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE.

WEATHER
METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE WITH A LOOK AT THE ROOT ZONE MOISTURE MAP MIKE AS WE  LOOK AT THIS WE CAN SEE SOME AREAS HAVE IMPROVED AND SOME AREAS ARE AWFUL WHERE YEAH  THAT IS TRUE. I THINK THE I 80 CORRIDOR HAS SOME WET PATCHES OBVIOUSLY PARTS OF THE TENNESSEE  VALLEY AS WELL. MONTANA WYOMING AND SOUTH TEXAS KIND OF STICK OUT AS WELL. NOW THERE ARE SOME DRY AREAS THAT WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT IS GETTING DRY EARLIER IN PARTS OF  CENTRAL TEXAS. IT HASN'T GOTTEN ANY WORSE IN FACT IT MIGHT HAVE IMPROVED A LITTLE BIT IN PLACES  NORTHERN MISSOURI AND SOME OF THE SURROUNDING STATES BUT IT'S STILL A POCKET OF DRYNESS AND A  LOT OF THE WEST EXCEPT FOR THE AREAS THAT GOT SOME OF THE LEFTOVER TROPICAL MOISTURE IN PARTS OF  ARIZONA NEW MEXICO YOU FOLKS CONTINUE TO BE DRY AS WELL. ALL RIGHT HERE'S THE WAY THE MAP LOOKS TODAY WE HAVE A STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE SOUTHWESTERN GREAT LAKES OR  SOME SHOWERS AROUND THAT SOME THUNDERSTORMS DOWN INTO THE WARM AIR PARTS OF THE OHIO  AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS A LITTLE BIT OF ACTIVITY WITH THAT SECONDARY FRONT COMING THROUGH THE  NORTHERN PLAINS THAT WILL NOT BE A BIG WEATHER MAKER THOUGH HEADING THROUGH LATER TODAY WE'LL  SEE MORE SHOWERS THUNDERSTORMS FROM THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES DOWN THROUGH THE EASTERN OHIO VALLEY AND ON THROUGH THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS HIT AND MISS THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST  US A TYPICAL IN THIS HEAT AND HUMIDITY. WE'RE NOT GETTING A LOT OF MOISTURE AT THE MOMENT IN  THIS PATTERN IN THE SOUTHWEST DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS. NOT A WHOLE LOT BUBBLING UP JUST HIT  AND MISS HERE AND THERE. WE DO HAVE A DEVELOPING STORM SYSTEM INTO WYOMING KIND OF PICKING UP AS WE HEAD INTO THE DAY TOMORROW HEADING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND WE'LL SEE  SOME OF THE MOISTURE ESPECIALLY NORTH DAKOTA MAYBE A FEW SPOTS IN SOUTH DAKOTA GETTING  SOME MOISTURE WITH THAT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE AND THE WARM FRONT IN THIS IS GOING TO BE SOME REAL HEAT COMING IN TO PARTS OF KANSAS OKLAHOMA AND NORTHERN TEXAS AND THIS WILL EXPAND  EASTWARD AS WE HEAD INTO THIS COMING WEEKEND. HERE'S A PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE  PAST 24 HOURS SOME PRETTY HEAVY AMOUNTS ESPECIALLY IN SOME OF THE HEAVIER THUNDERSTORMS ESPECIALLY OHIO AND TENNESSEE RIVER VALLEYS SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS ADDING IN THE NEXT 36  HOURS YOU CAN SEE SOME MORE IN FLORIDA POPPING UP ALL DEPENDS ON WHERE THOSE DEVELOP  OBVIOUSLY AND SOME OF THOSE SAME AREAS BUT IT DOES MOVE INTO PARTS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC AND THE NORTHEAST. NOT A WHOLE LOT FARTHER WEST OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS OR SO. THERE IS ALREADY  SOME HEAT. SOUTHWEST KANSAS IN THE NORTHERN TEXAS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON  MORE COMFORTABLE THE GREAT LAKES INTO THE NORTHEAST. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO STAY MUGGY CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS IN THE SOUTHEAST MORE COMFORTABLE IN THE GREAT  LAKES AND THEN THE HEAT EXPANDS A LITTLE BIT FARTHER TOWARD THE NORTH AND EAST. THESE ARE  SOME AREAS THAT WILL BE CLOSE TO 100 DEGREES IN PARTS OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL PLAINS. TAKE A LOOK  AT THE JET STREAM YOU CAN SEE THAT RIDGE BUILDS EASTWARD INTO THE GREAT LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST FOR TWO OR THREE DAYS AND THEN IT'S CUT DOWN AGAIN BY THE NEXT TROUGH. NOT A BIG  TROUGH BUT ENOUGH TO KIND OF TAKE TAKE THE HEAT OUT OF THE GREAT LAKES AND THE NORTHEAST AT  LEAST SOME OF IT. BUT IT STILL REMAINS THROUGH A LOT OF THE CENTRAL SOUTHERN PLAINS AND MOST OF  THE AREAS SOUTH OF THE OHIO VALLEY. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT  SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL LARAMIE WYOMING PARTLY SUNNY AND HOT MAYBE AN AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM IN SPOTS HIGH OF 94 HERRO ILLINOIS MOSTLY CLOUDY THUNDERSTORM OR TO HIGH AROUND  90 AND GREENFIELD MASSACHUSETTS A MIX OF SUNSHINE CLOUDS HIGH AROUND 78 DEGREES. 

TEASE
WE'LL CHECK IN ON WATERMELLON HARVEST NEXT ON THE PACKER TV. AND LATER A TASTY TREAT FROM THE CHEESE AISLE OF WISCONSIN. 

PACKER TV
THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE HAS ANNOUNCED THE WINNERS OF THE 2018 PRIZE.  THE CEREMONY WAS HELD AT USDA HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON. DOCTORS  LAWRENCE HADDAD (HUH-DOD) AND DAVID NABARRO (NUH-BAR-OH) WERE ANNOUNCED AS THE 2018 WORLD FOOD PRIZE LAUREATES. THE PRIZE REWARDS THEIR WORK ON GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY. THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD IS OFTEN COMPARED TO THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. DRS. HADDAD AND NABARRO WILL RECEIVE THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE AT A  CEREMONY IN THE IOWA STATE CAPITOL BUILDING IN DES MOINES, IOWA, IN OCTOBER. THE EVENT IS THE CENTERPIECE OF THE BORLAUG DIALOGUE  INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM,  THE 2018 WATERMELON SEASON IN DELAWARE, MARYLAND AND THE EASTERN  SHORE OF VIRGINIA MAY SEE REDUCED VOLUME AND POSSIBLE SUPPLY GAPS  THIS SUMMER. GROWERS IN THE THREE STATE REGION MEASURED A FOOT AND A HALF OF RAIN IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS. PRESIDENT OF THE MAR-DEL WATERMELON ASSOCIATION SAYS ACREAGE MAY  HAVE BEEN UP THIS YEAR IF THE RAINS HAD NOT COME, BUT RAINS DELAYED PLANTINGS AND MAY HAVE REDUCED WATERMELON ACREAGE BY 20%.  YIELDS COULD BE OFF BY DOUBLE-DIGIT PERCENTAGE AS WELL. AND IT APPEARS WATERMELONS FROM THAT REGION WON'T BE READY FOR THE  JULY 4TH HOLIDAY. THE ASSOCIATION SAYS HARVEST WILL LIKELY BEGIN JULY  20TH WHICH IS BEHIND SCHEDULE. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME - SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO GIVE KIDS A LITTLE INCENTIVE TO EAT  HEALTHY FOODS. NEXT - SEE WHAT'S BEING DONE WITH CHEESE IN ORDER FOR THE KIDS TO SAY "PLEASE". 

IN THE COUNTRY
DO YOU REMEMBER HOW YOUR MOM USED TO DISGUISE MEDICINE - PERHAPS  HIDE IT IN THE FOOD - SO YOU TAKE 'WHAT'S GOOD FOR YA". AN ENTREPRENEUR IN WISCONSIN IS TAKING A SIMILAR APPROACH WITH WISCONSIN'S NUMBER ONE DAIRY PRODUCT. SHE'S MIXING SOME FUN FLAVORS INTO CHEESE SNACKS FOR CHILDREN. IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE  DAIRY FARMERS OF WISCONSIN, FIND OUT HOW  'COW CANDY' IS MAKING CHEESE A LITTLE MORE FUN FOR KIDS. FRUIT FLAVORS LIKE STRAWBERRY, ORANGE, GRAPE, AND FRUIT PUNCH ARE POPULAR WITH KIDS, AND NOW  THOSE FLAVORS ARE BEING PAIRED WITH CHEESE IN A VERY UNIQUE WAY! "I DON'T THINK FLAVORED  CHEESE IS FOREIGN, I MEAN WE'VE SEEN PEPPER JACK AND OTHER FLAVORED CHEESES FOR A VERY  LONG TIME, BUT AS I STARTED TO HAVE MY NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND MY OWN CHILDREN, I REALIZED THERE WASN'T REALLY ANYTHING FUN AND ENTICING FOR CHILDREN IN SNACK CHEESE, AND I WANTED TO  MARRY FRUIT AND CHEESE TOGETHER IN A VERY JUVENILE WAY KIND OF TAKING HINTS FROM THE YOGURT  INDUSTRY!"  MOO-NAGING DIRECTOR, DANYEL O'CONNOR CAME UP WITH THE IDEA AS A WAY TO GET HER CHILDREN TO EAT HEALTHIER SNACKS! "IT'S FUN TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING THAT STILL CHILDLIKE OR  WHIMSICAL AND FUN, AND MAYBE TAKES THEM AWAY FROM OVER-SUGARED THINGS IN THE CENTER OF THE STORE AND GIVES THEM A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE IN DAIRY, WHICH I LOVE!" MADE USING 100%  NATURAL MONTEREY JACK CHEESE, COW CANDY PACKS A HEALTHY DOSE OF CALCIUM AS WELL AS 4  GRAMS OF PROTEIN TO HELP SATISFY THE LITTLE ONES!  "IT'S VERY SIMILAR TO A PEPPER JACK. I MEAN, WE  ARE A MONTEREY JACK CHEESE, AND WE GO AHEAD AND WE ADD DIFFERENT FRUIT EXTRACTS, FRUIT  POWDERS. IN OUR ORANGE WE HAVE SOME ORANGE ZEST EVEN IN IT. AND THEN BLENDING IT JUST LIKE YOU WOULD WITH A PEPPER JACK CHEESE. REALLY OUR COLORS ARE FROM NATURAL SOURCES A LOT OF  THOSE COME FROM FRUIT JUICE EXTRACTS BETA-CAROTENE REALLY SIMPLE THINGS, SIMPLE INGREDIENTS."  THIS SNACK FEATURES LOCAL CHEESE AND OTHER NATURAL INGREDIENTS TO PACK A FLAVOR PROFILE THAT  MAKES KIDS AND PARENTS HAPPY. THERE'S EVEN A HONEY-FLAVORED STICK TO TRY! "WE HAVE ARTISAN  CHEESES MADE IN WISCONSIN AND SO IT'S REALLY FUN TO BE A PART OF THAT EVEN IF WE'RE KIND OF ON  THE PERIPHERY OF IT." AND THAT'S WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS.

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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