AgDay Daily Recap - June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 7, 2018

HEADLINES

WILL BOTH THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE MOVE FORWARD ON A FARM BILL. PLUS, TARIFFS AND TRADE--PORK PRODUCERS WEIGH IN FROM WORLD PORK EXPO. IN AGRIBUSINESS... DEVELOPING A SUMMER STRATEGY. HOW MUCH DO MEAT RECALLS REALLY COST? AND AN EGG-CELLENT IDEA HELPS THIS NORTH DAKOTA FARMER FULFILL A LIFE  LONG GOAL. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

HOUSE FARM BILL
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. LATER TODAY MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE G-O-P WILL GATHER TO DISCUSS A WAY  FORWARD ON ITS VERSION OF THE FARM BILL AND IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION. YOU MAY REMEMBER LAST MONTH, MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN FREEDOM CAUCUS REFUSED TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF A NEW FARM BILL UNTIL A VOTE WAS  TAKEN ON VIRGINIA REPRESENTATIVE BOB GOODLATTE'S IMMIGRATION REFORMS  PACKAGE. HOUSE LEADERSHIP PROMISED TAKE THE MEASURE UP IN MID-JUNE AND FOLLOW WITH A SECOND ATTEMPT AT PASSING A NEW FARM BILL. AG COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MIKE CONAWAY OF TEXAS SAYS THERE ARE STILL  ISSUES TO WORK OUT. "YOU KNOW I'VE NOT BEEN A PART OF THE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE FREEDOM CAUCUS GUYS THE  ONES WHO WANT TO AND I SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE ASKING FOR IT OR WHAT THEY'VE BEEN  OFFERED TO GET THIS DONE. I KNOW THAT THE MODERATES HAVE A DISCHARGE PETITION WHICH IS ANOTHER PARLIAMENTARY TOOL THAT'S USED FOR WAYS TO OVERRUN LEADERSHIP BY FORCING A BILL ONTO  THE FLOOR THAT THAT ALL THE DEMOCRATS WOULD PROBABLY VOTE FOR AND ENOUGH REPUBLICANS WOULD  VOTE FOR IT THAT IT WOULD PASS. THAT'S NOT IT. THAT'S NOT THE WAY TO RUN THE RAILROAD. REPUBLICANS  ARE IN CHARGE. WE SHOULDN'T NECESSARILY BE USING THE DEMOCRATS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. SO LEADERSHIP'S GOT A DIFFICULT ROLE A DIFFICULT PATH TO WALK AND GET CLEAR ON THURSDAY MORNING  WHEN WE KIND OF SEE WHERE EVERYBODY'S AT." CONAWAY CALLING THIS A QUOTE FAMILY MEETING. HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN IS EXPECTED TO LEAD THE DISCUSSION. 

SENATE FARM BILL
MEANWHILE THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO RELEASE A DRAFT OF IT'S FARM BILL  LEGISLATION THIS WEEK--AND POSSIBLY TODAY. TYNE MORGAN IS IN WASHINGTON AND HAD A CHANCE TO ASK AG COMMITTEE  CHAIRMAN PAT ROBERTS ABOUT THE SENATE BILL AND WHAT TO EXPECT. "WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE FARM BILL, IT WAS SUCH A PARTISAN  VOTE. DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE SENATE VERSION OF THE FARM BILL HAS REACHED ACROSS THE AISLE  ENOUGH THAT YOU DO HAVE THE SUPPORT FROM THE DEMOCRATS TO GET THIS BILL THROUGH. WELL WE CERTAINLY HOPE SO. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL VOTE AGAINST THE FARM BILL SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY  WANT TO VOTE AGAINST FARM BILL, AND A LOT OF THINK TANKS YOU KNOW BEHIND THEM. BUT AGAIN OUR  SITUATION IS SO DIRE AND WITH THE TRADE POLICY HAVING A QUESTION MARK AFTER IT, FARMERS WANT PREDICTABILITY UNCERTAINTY. NOW DAUGHTER TO GET THAT. I'VE GOT TO HAVE 60 VOTES. WE HAVE TO  HAVE 60 VOTES.  WHEN DO YOU THINK WE'LL SEE THE LANGUAGE OF THE SENATE VERSION OF THE FARM  BILL? I'M PRESSING VERY HARD FOR THE 13TH DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE ON THE SENATE FLOOR BY JULY 4TH. I HOPE SO. IF WE COULD DO THIS ON THE 13TH OF THIS MONTH THEN WE CAN HAVE A GOOD VOTE OUT OF COMMITTEE. THERE'S NO REASON WHY YOU CAN'T PUT IT ON THE FLOOR AND DO IT THAT SAME DAY.  WHAT DO YOU WANT AGRICULTURE AND WHAT DO YOU WANT FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO KNOW? I WANT TO KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET THEM A GOOD  FARM BILL. I WANT TO THEM TO KNOW THEY CAN GO TO THEIR BANKER OR THEIR LENDER WHOEVER IT IS A COOPERATIVE AND SIT DOWN WITH THAT INDIVIDUAL AND SAY HEY I'M GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT NEXT YEAR.  

DAIRY TASK FORCE
ONE OF THE KEY CHANGES TO THE FARM BILL WILL BE AN IMPROVED SAFETY NET  FOR DAIRY FARMERS. THIS WEEK, WISCONSIN GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER ANNOUNCED PLANS TO CREATE A DAIRY TASK FORCE. SIMILAR TO A GROUP FORMED IN 1985, THE FOCUS WILL BE ON FINDING A WAY TO  PROTECT THE DAIRY INDUSTRY DURING A DIFFICULT TIME. 

JOHN VOSTERS WITH MILK SOURCE IN WISCONSIN SPOKE THIS WEEK WITH MIKE  OPPERMAN OF FARM JOURNAL'S MILK MAGAZINE. JOHN JUST KIND OF GIVE US YOUR VIEWPOINT ON THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR YOUR OPERATION MOVING  FORWARD OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. I GUESS OBVIOUSLY IT'S BETTER REALLY CHALLENGING TIME THE  PAST SIX MONTHS PAST YEAR OUR COSTS HAVE GONE UP ESPECIALLY PROBABLY FROM A LABOR STANDPOINT. FEED HAS GONE UP SOMEWHAT. AND AT THE SAME TIME MILK PRICE. AND IN SPECIFIC  WE'VE HAD SEVERAL PLANTS THAT HAVE REDUCED PREMIUMS AS THIS SURPLUS OF MILK AS WE'VE GONE  THROUGH THIS.YOU CAN HEAR MORE FROM VOSTERS AND HIS THOUGHTS ON RISING FARM  LABOR COSTS AND IMPACT TO HIS DAIRY ONLINE AT MILK BUSINESS DOT COM.  

RFS AND THE WHITE HOUSE
AFTER WAITING SEVERAL DAYS FOR A DECISION AROUND THE RFS, E15 AND RINS,  WORD LATE TUESDAY THAT IT'S BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. IOWA SENATORS, JONI ERNST AND CHUCK GRASSLEY BOTH ANNOUNCING VIA  TWITTER THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS NO DEAL TO THE PLAN THAT WOULD  HAVE MADE EXPORTED ETHANOL ELIGIBLE FOR FOR BIOFUEL CREDITS AND ALLOWING YEAR ROUND SALES OF E15. JONI ERNST TWEETING PRESIDENT TRUMP ASSURED HER HE "WON'T SIGN A DEAL THAT'S BAD FOR FARMERS." WHILE SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY, ADDING THAT THE PRESIDENT "HELPED FARMERS  BY REJECTING A BAD ETHANOL DEAL." "THE SAD COMMENTARY IS WHAT EPA WAS PROPOSING TO DO TO ALLOW THE RIN'S CERTIFICATES TO BE  APPLIED TO TWO EXPORTS AND THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD IS TO PROMOTE DOMESTIC PRODUCTION  NOT TO SUBSIDIZE EXPORTS OF ETHANOL. '

TRADE ON EDGE
MEANWHILE THE AG INDUSTRY REMAINS ON EDGE AS TRADE OFFICIALS IN  WASHINGTON CONTINUE TO PUSH TRADE PARTNERS TO REBALANCE  RELATIONSHIPS. THE NUMBER ONE EXPORT MARKET FOR U-S PORK IS PUSHING BACK AGAINST  THE PRESIDENT'S METAL TARIFFS.  MEXICO ANNOUNCING IT WILL IMMEDIATELY TACK ON A 10-PERCENT TARIFF ON U- S PORK SHIPPED INTO THAT COUNTRY...ESCALATING TO 20-PERCENT IN EARLY  JULY. THAT INCREASED TRADE TENSIONS BETWEEN MEXICO AND THE U.S. SENT THE  MEXICAN PESO TO ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE FEBRUARY 2017. U.S. TRADE OFFICIALS SAYING AG PRODUCERS MAY NEED TO HOLD TIGHT. 

WORLD PORK EXPO
AT THE WORLD PORK EXPO, TRADE UNCERTAINTY IS A MAJOR TOPIC OF  CONVERSATION. BETSY JIBBEN IS AT THE SHOW IN DES MOINES IOWA AND JOINS US WITH MORE. WITH NICK GIORDANO WITH NPPC NICK OF COURSE WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT TRADE. MEXICO NOW IMPLEMENTING TARIFFS ON U.S. PORK PRODUCTS THERE IN EFFECT RIGHT NOW. IS IT TOO EARLY TO QUANTIFY  WHAT THIS COULD MEAN WHAT THESE LOSSES ARE FOR PORK PRODUCERS. IS IT A DEFICIT. LET ME LET ME  MAKE IT VERY SIMPLE. IT'S A BIG PROBLEM. WE WERE FIRST HIT BY CHINA WITH 25 PERCENT PUNITIVE  TARIFFS. NOW WE'RE BEING HIT BY MEXICO WITH 10 PERCENT TARIFFS WHICH WILL ESCALATE TO 20 PERCENT ON JULY 5TH. THESE ARE TWO OF OUR BIGGEST MARKETS MEXICO IN FACT IS OUR LARGEST  VOLUME MARKET. IT'S VERY PAINFUL FOR PRODUCERS. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MEXICO THEY'RE  IMPLEMENTING THESE TARIFFS ON I BELIEVE PORK LEGS AND SHOULDERS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN EXACTLY AS THAT IS BASICALLY TO MAKE IT VERY SIMPLE. MOST ALL THE PORK WAS SHIPPED TO MEXICO.  IT'S GOING TO NOW HAVE A PUNITIVE TARIFF. SO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU TALK TO ME AS A SPOKESPERSON  OF THE U.S. PORK INDUSTRY YOU'RE TALKING TO THE INDUSTRY THAT IS THE SINGLE LARGEST CASUALTY IN  THESE ONGOING TRADE DISPUTES. AND WE'RE TAKING THE PRESIDENT SECRETARY PERDUE AND OTHER OFFICIALS AT THEIR WORD THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO ABANDON THE WEST FORMER SHOW LEADERSHIP  STAFF. WE'RE IN VERY CLOSE COMMUNICATION WITH THE ADMINISTRATION. IT'S A BAD SITUATION. WE'RE  WORKING HARD TO TRY AND RIGHT THE SHIP. OUR PRODUCERS ARE TRYING TO TAKE THE LONG TERM VIEW  HERE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. REPORTING IN DES MOINES IOWA. WORLD PORK  EXPO. I'M BETSY JIBBEN.

BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS INSTEAD OF NAFTA
BECAUSE OF STALLED TALKS, AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE CONFIRMING  WEDNESDAY THE ADMINISTRATION IS MOVING FORWARD WITH SEPARATE  BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS FOR BOTH CANADA AND MEXICO RATHER THAN A  TRI-LATERAL NAFTA DEAL.  LATE WEDNESDAY THE EUROPEAN UNION ANNOUNCED IT WILL START IMPOSING  DUTIES ON A LIST OF U.S. PRODUCTS IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT DONALD  TRUMP'S DECISION TO SLAP TARIFFS ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM IMPORTS FROM  EUROPE. THE EU SAYS IT WILL INTRODUCE "REBALANCING" TARIFFS ON ABOUT THREE AND  A HALF BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF U.S. STEEL, AGRICULTURAL AND OTHER  PRODUCTS, INCLUDING BOURBON, PEANUT BUTTER, CRANBERRIES AND ORANGE  JUICE. THE TARIFFS GO INTO EFFECT IN JULY. THE EU HAS ALSO TAKEN ITS CASE TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION.  

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN RETURNS THIS MORNING FROM A MUCH NEEDED BREAK. HE HAS TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS FROM THE BUCKEYE STATE, GOOD MORNING CLINTON. FROM THE CROP COMMENTS PAGE OF AGWEB A FARMER FROM HENRY COUNTY, OHIO SAYS HE'S STILL TRYING TO FINISH PLANTING CORN AND BEANS IN  ANOTHER FRUSTRATING SPRING. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS KEEP FALLING  IN THE SAME AREAS. BUT A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD THERE'S BEEN NO RAIN. ACCORDING TO MONDAY'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT, OHIO CORN IS 90-PERCENT PLANTED, THREE POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. BUT IT'S AN ENVIABLE CROP STATEWIDE.  86-PERCENT IS RATED GOOD TO  EXCELLENT RIGHT NOW. 81-PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE IN THE GROUND, A POINT AHEAD OF AVERAGE. AND 84-PERCENT OF THAT CROP IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT ACCORDING TO 'NASS'  REPORTS. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE WIND FORECAST. IT LOOKS LIKE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS IT'S REALLY  GOING TO BE FOCUSED IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY ESPECIALLY IN THE PLAINS AND IN THE FOUR  CORNERS REGION. I WOULD DEFINITELY LOOK OUT IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. WE'VE GOT SOME FAIRLY WINDY CONDITIONS THERE WITH 25 MILE PER HOUR PLUS WINDS KIND OF DIES DOWN OVERNIGHT. BUT AS  WE GET INTO FRIDAY WE'RE GOING TO SEE THOSE WINDS STARTING TO PICK UP A LITTLE BIT ESPECIALLY IN  NORTHERN SECTIONS OF THE PLAINS AND INTO THE UPPER MIDWEST. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL  FORECAST COMING UP. BUT HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS 

TEASE
WE'RE STRATEGIZING FOR GRAIN MARKETS NEXT AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK. PLUS HOW COSTLY ARE FOOD RECALLS WHEN THEY HIT THE BEEF SECTOR.  WE'LL ANALYZE IN OUR DROVERS TV REPORT. PLUS A DOWN-HOME TALE OF INSPIRATION THROUGH THE CHICKEN COOP.   DETAILS AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY. 

AGRIBUSINESS
MARK FIEGHT WITH INTERNATIONAL AGRIBUSINESS GROUP OUR GUEST TODAY HERE AT THE  AGROBUSINESS DESK. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE SUMMER STRATEGY BECAUSE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS  WE'VE SEEN OR MAYBE SOME OF OUR BEST OPPORTUNITIES TO MARKET ARE GRAIN IN THE MIDDLE OF  KIND OF THESE WEATHER MAKER MONTHS JUNE JULY AUGUST. HOW DO WE HANDLE THAT. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING SO FAR. WELL WE ALL KNOW THAT USUALLY THIS IS OUR BEST OPPORTUNITY TO MARKET GRAINS.  WE USUALLY SEE OUR HIGHS AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. WE GET EMOTIONAL ABOUT THE WEATHER. THIS  IS LIKE GAME DAY. WE'VE BEEN PRACTICING FOR THIS ALL WINTER. AND NOW THIS IS WE'RE REALLY  PLAYING. AND THIS IS A REAL GAME AND WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN FLEXIBILITY. WE DO WHAT WE CALL GOOD  FARMERS OPTION ATED TRADEMARK TERM BUT A MADE UP WORD REALLY MEANS THAT WHEN WE MEET OUR TARGETS. WE'RE TAKING THAT OWNERSHIP TO AN OPTION POSITION AND TAKING IT AWAY FROM THE  CROP SO WE MINIMIZE THE RISK. AND NOW ALL I HAVE TO DO IS MANAGE THAT OPTION POSITION FOR THE  MARKET FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON. YES. ARE YOU MANAGING THAT POSITION AND THEN YOU'RE MANAGING THE CROP AND HOPEFULLY THE TO COME IN LINE TOGETHER AT SOME POINT RIGHT. RIGHT. WELL  AND THE BASIS OF THOSE DECISIONS STILL ARE WHERE ARE WE MAKING MONEY. IF THE MARKET GIVES US  AN OPPORTUNITY HAVE FIRM TARGETS HAVE ORDERS IN PLACE OR CROP ESPECIALLY HAVE ORDERS IN PLACE  TODAY. MOST OF THAT'S GONE FOR US NEW CROP HAVE ORDERS IN PLACE OF THE MARKET SOMETHING HAPPENS OVERNIGHT SOMETHING HAPPENS ON A SUNDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE GETTING YOUR STUFF  DONE. YEAH. AS WE LOOK AT THESE MARKETS I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF FOLKS ASKING OR WONDERING  HAVE WE ALREADY PASSED THOSE SUMMER HIGHS OR ARE THERE MORE POTENTIAL OUT THERE. WELL WE'VE GOT THREE CRITICAL WEEKS I THINK MAYBE 4 6 IF YOU REALLY WANTED TO STRETCH THE 20 PERCENT  CHANCE WE'VE SEEN ARE HIGHS. WE'VE ALREADY WE'VE GOTTEN QUITE A BIT OF STUFF SOLD. WE'D LIKE  TO SEE ANOTHER RALLY AND GET REALLY CLEANED UP ON OUR PROGRAM THIS YEAR. BUT I THINK THERE'S  STILL A CHANCE THAT WE TAKE OUT THE HIGHEST. THERE'S STILL ENOUGH UNCERTAINTY IN THE FORECAST  MAPS ENOUGH RIDGE ENOUGH HEAT ENOUGH DROUGHTY YOU KNOW LACK OF RAIN AND THE MAPS THAT WE GET THE EXCITEMENT GOING AGAIN. WELL EVERYONE LIKES A LITTLE BIT OF EXCITEMENT. AS LONG AS  IT'S TEMPERED AND MEASURED APPRECIATE IT MARK WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A  MINUTE

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST CINDY CLAWSON LOOKING AT THE RESO  MOISTURE MAP IN CINDY YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THERE IN THE HEART OF THE CORN BELT WHERE IT'S REALLY  STARTING TO DRY OUT. IT IS NOT LOOKING GOOD ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE FOLKS RIGHT THERE IN THE HEART OF  THE CORN BELT. LET'S TAKE A LOOK. IT LOOKS LIKE THE NORTH EASTERN PART OF MISSOURI IS REALLY REALLY  DRY RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS THAT ROOT ZONE MOISTURE AGAIN. THIS IS GOING DOWN LIKE THREE FEET AND  SO WE'RE LOOKING AT REALLY DRY CONDITIONS RIGHT IN THE HEART OF THE CORN BELT IOWA INTO ILLINOIS AS  WELL IT'S VERY DRY IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND IN PARTS OF THE FOUR CORNERS REGION YOU CAN SEE SOME WETTER SPOTS AS WELL. MOST OF THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY IS DOING OK ALTHOUGH IT IS  A LITTLE BIT DRY IN THE NORTHEAST. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN EXPECT OVER THE NEXT COUPLE  OF DAYS. WE HAVE SEVERAL FRONTS ONCE AGAIN. ONE COLD FRONT THAT'S GOING TO BE MOVING  THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES THROUGH THE STATIONARY FRONT TRAILING OUT INTO THE PLAINS STATES WILL  SEE A LITTLE BIT OF SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY ALONG WITH THAT. NOT A TON OF MOISTURE JUST  YET. THAT'S GOING TO PICK UP THOUGH AS WE GET INTO TOMORROW. STATIONARY FRONT STILL BRINGING SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS TO FLORIDA A LITTLE BIT OF UNSETTLED WEATHER IN PARTS OF THE  SOUTHERN PLAINS AND ALSO INTO THE NORTHWEST AS WE HEAD INTO THURSDAY NIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO  SEE A LITTLE MORE MOISTURE COMING INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS UPPER MIDWEST AND SOME OF THOSE REALLY DRY AREAS WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT IN THE ROOT ZONE MOISTURE YOU MIGHT SEE A LITTLE BIT  OF RAIN ACTIVITY ON YOUR CROPS THERE. HIGH PRESSURE FOR THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES AND ALSO INTO THE SOUTHWEST AS WE HEAD INTO THE REST OF FRIDAY. WE'RE GOING TO START TO SEE A LITTLE MORE  MOISTURE AS WE GET INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS ALONG OUR FRONT AND ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTHEAST  NORTHERN PLAINS AS WELL. HERE'S YOUR PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE IT'S BEEN RIGHT ALONG THAT STATIONARY  FRONT THAT WE'VE SEEN THE MOST BUT WHEN YOU TACK ON THE NEXT 24 HOURS WE'RE GOING TO BE GETTING SOME RAIN IN SOME OF THE DRIER AREAS OF THE CORN BELT AND EVEN INTO THE CENTRAL AND  SOUTHERN PLAINS. TEMPERATURES STILL HOT IN MUCH OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL UNITED STATES. WE'VE GOT  THAT RIDGE BUILDING IN 50S AND 60S IN THE NORTHEAST AND EVEN SOME 70S AS YOU GET YOUR  HIGHS THIS AFTERNOON. OVERNIGHT LOWS STILL 70S IN THE NATION'S MIDSECTION YOU GET 50S IN THE  NORTHEASTERN CORNERS EVEN DOWN TO 48 IN SIOUX SAINT MARIE. AND THEN TOMORROW WE STILL SEE THE HEAT NOT QUITE AS BAD THOUGH IS WHAT WE'RE EXPECTING TODAY. AND THEN AS WE HEAD INTO  THE NORTHEAST AND 70S SO MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES IN THE NORTHERN CORNERS OF THE STATE AND  THAT'S BECAUSE WE HAVE A COUPLE OF TROUGHS THERE ONE IN THE NORTHEAST ONE IN THE NORTHWEST WHERE WE'VE GOT THAT BIG RIDGE THAT REMAINS IN THE NATION'S MIDSECTION AND THAT RIDGE  EVENTUALLY BUILDING EVEN FURTHER TO THE NORTH AS WE GET LATE INTO THE WEEKEND FINALLY STARTS TO  FLATTEN OUT THOUGH AS WE GET INTO THE EARLY PART OF NEXT WEEK SO WE'LL SEE SOME COOLER TEMPERATURES COMING DOWN INTO THE LAKES. BUT THE HEAT WILL REMAIN IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF  THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST. NOW LET'S CHECK OUT THE WEATHER  WHERE YOU LIVE. BUT IN WILLOW CALIFORNIA LOTS OF SUNSHINE FOR YOU TODAY WITH A HIGH OF 85 DEGREES. NEW UNDERWOOD SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH A HIGH OF 83 AND  AMHERST VIRGINIA MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH OF 79. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME - FOOD RECALLS OFTEN GATHER A LOT OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA  ATTENTION. HOW LONG CAN THOSE NEGATIVE MESSAGES IMPACT PRICES? PLUS, THIS NORTH DAKOTA FARMER IS HATCHING SOME GOOD IDEAS FOR THE  LITERARY WORLD. BUT YOU PROBABLY WON'T BE SURPRISED WHAT INSPIRES HER WRITING. 

DROVERS TV
IN NEWS FROM OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT DROVERS - BEEF PACKER  MARGINS CONTINUED TO GROW LAST WEEK EVEN AS CASH FED CATTLE PRICES  ADVANCED A DOLLAR PER HUNDREDWEIGHT.  THE STERLING BEEF-PROFIT  TRACKER SHOWING THE AVERAGE PACKER MARGIN WAS ESTIMATED AT 372 PER HEAD, UP 29 BUCKS FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. MEANWHILE, CATTLE FEEDING MARGINS HAVE SLIPPED INTO THE RED. LAST WEEK FEEDERS LOST AN AVERAGE OF 42 DOLLARS A HEAD. JUST A MONTH AGO,  HOWEVER, FEEDERS WERE ENJOYING PROFITS OF 107 DOLLARS A HEAD. ALSO FROM DROVERS- RECALLS OF MEAT PRODUCTS CAN AFFECT PRICES FOR  YEARS, NOT JUST A FEW DAYS OR WEEKS, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA.  LEAD RESEARCHER JEFFREY DORFMAN SAYS SEVERAL FOOD SAFETY EVENTS - OR RECALLS - ACT TOGETHER. AND THE COMBINED MESSAGE TO CONSUMERS CAN ADVERSELY IMPACT DEMAND AND PRICES. DROVERS EDITORIAL DIRECTOR GREG HENDERSON SAYS THE ECONOMIC HARM  TO THE BEEF INDUSTRY LINGERS FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS, AND SUGGESTS THE  INDUSTRY MUST DO MORE TO REDUCE THOSE EVENTS.  "OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASING NUMBER OF FOOD SAFETY EVENTS, AND DESPITE INCREASED SAFETY CONTROL  STANDARDS, FOODBORNE DISEASE OUTBREAKS CONTINUE TO IMPACT THE FOOD  SUPPLY. BEEF IS A COMMON SOURCE OF FOODBORNE ILLNESS, AND CERTAIN  COMPANIES HAVE BEEN BANKRUPTED, UNABLE TO OVERCOME THE SOCIAL  COSTS AND ECONOMIC LOSSES ASSOCIATED WITH RECALLS." THE RESEARCH SHOWS BECAUSE OF THE LONG-LASTING NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF  RECALLS ON PRICES, PRODUCERS AND PROCESSORS SHOULD INVEST MORE  MONEY INTO TRYING TO PREVENT THEM. 

TEASE
SOMETIMES THE BEST IDEAS COME WHEN YOU'RE JUST SITTING AROUND. WE'LL  SHOW YOU HOW, WHEN AGDAY CONTINUES. 

IN THE COUNTRY
WHEN YOU'RE SITTING IN THE CAB - DURING THOSE LONG MONOTONOUS HOURS  OF PLANTING OR HARVESTING - HAVE YOU EVER COME-UP WITH A 'MILLION  DOLLAR IDEA'? A NORTH DAKOTA FARMER FOUND INSPIRATION WHILE PASSING THE TIME  WORKING IN A HAY FIELD. AND AS CLIFF NAYLOR REPORTS THE RESULTS ARE A "PAGE TURNER". JUDY HOFF HAS TAKEN CARE OF CHICKENS SINCE SHE WAS A CHICK  HERSELF.   JUDY HOFF: HERE CHICK,  CHICK, CHICK, CHICK CHICK....... HER MOTHER ALWAYS HAD HENS AND ROOSTERS ON THE FAMILY FARM.  ONE OF JUDY'S DAILY CHORES  WAS TO FEED AND COLLECT  EGGS. TODAY SHE'S STILL CARING FOR A FLOCK OF FEATHERED  FRIENDS. JUDY HOFF: "I'M A VERY EARLY RISER IN THE MORNING.  I DON'T SLEEP WELL SO I'M USUALLY UP THREE,  THREE-THIRTY IN THE MORNING AND I CAN COME OUT  AND SPEND  TIME WITH MY CHICKENS AND DO MY CHORES REAL EARLY." JUDY HOFF: "YOU GUYS DID A GOOD JOB.....  AFTER THE BIRDS ARE TENDED TO, SHE HELPS HER HUSBAND WORK CATTLE. THE DUTIES OF A MOTHER, FARM WIFE AND RANCHER HAVE KEPT  JUDY FROM PURSUING A LIFE-LONG  GOAL. JUDY HOFF: "I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO WRITE A  BOOK." THEN, WHEN SHE WAS WORKING IN THE  PASTURE, JUDY TURNED THE  PAGE ON A PIECE OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS. JUDY HOFF: I WAS HAYING ONE DAY IN THE HAY FIELD AND I  THOUGHT THIS STORY THROUGH MY HEAD,  WENT HOME AND WROTE IT  ON A PIECE OF PAPER AND SENT IT IN. THE STORY SHE SCRATCHED OUT  HATCHED A YEAR AND A HALF LATER  INTO A CHILDREN BOOK. "I PICKED HER  UP AND NAMED HER  PRISCILLA." THIS STORY ISN'T JUST FOR KIDS. JUDY HOFF: I'VE HAD A LOT OF OLDER PEOPLE BUY THE BOOK  BECAUSE IT BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES FROM THEM DOING CHORES,"  THERE MIGHT BE A SEQUEL TO "PRISCILLA." JUDY  PLANS TO PONDER THE NEXT CHAPTER IN HER PUBLISHING CAREER,  THE NEXT TIME SHE'S PASSING  TIME IN THE CAB OF A  TRACTOR.   I'M CLIFF NAYLOR, REPORTING FOR AGDAY .YOU CAN BUY JUDY'S BOOK AT BARNES AND NOBLE OR ON AMAZON. 

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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