AgDay Daily Recap - March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 16, 2018

HEADLINES

A SPECIAL REPORT FROM WASHINGTON DC WE'LL LOOK AT THE BIGGEST ISSUES  FACING THE AG INDUSTRY IN 2018 INCLUDING TRADE AND A NEW FARM BILL IN  AGRIBUSINESS CHECKING ON THE FARM ECONOMY "THERE'S BEEN A PRICE  RALLY IN GRAINS SO SORT OF A WEATHER BUMP COMING OUT OF SOUTH  AMERICA WHICH HAS BEEN VERY TIMELY" AND WE'LL HEAR MY THOUGHTS ON  SPENDING TIME IN THE NATIONS CAPITOL. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

MISSOURI FARM BUREAU
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AGDAY COMES TO YOU FROM THE  NATION'S CAPITOL. WE CAME WITH A DELEGATION FROM MISSOURI FARM BUREAU. EVERY YEAR  THEY BRING AGRICULTURAL LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE TO  WASHINGTON FOR AN INDEPTH DISCUSSION WITH POLICY ANALYSTS, ADVOCATES  AND LEDGISLATORS. IT'S A DIVERSE CROSS SECTION OF THE INDUSTRY BENT ON  TAKING TIME TO FOCUS ON THE ISSUES AT HAND. "MY TAKEAWAY IS THAT THEY WERE GIVING US A WARNING ON THAT THEY'RE SERIOUS ABOUT SERIOUS  ABOUT SOME OF THE CONFLICTS WE'RE HAVING AND TRADE IS PARTICULARLY SERIOUS ABOUT OUR TRADE  WITH CHINA. AND THE MESSAGE I'M TAKING BACK I WILL TAKE BACK THE MISSOURI FARM BUREAU  MEMBERS IN MISSOURI IS PREPARE YOURSELF FOR SOME ROUGH WATERS PARTICULARLY IN THE SOYBEAN  MARKET AS WE AS WE FACE THE CHANCE OF SOME REPRISALS FROM CHINA FOR THE MOVES THAT THIS  ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE ON TRADE."

SECRETARY SIT DOWN
ONE OF THE BUSIEST MEN IN THE ADMINISTRATION IS USDA SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE SINCE BEING APPOINTED HE'S TRAVELING THE COUTNRYSIDE TALKING TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS ABOUT WHAT MATTERS MOST TO THEM WELL TODAY HE TOOK TIME TO SIT DOWN WITH US AND TALK ABOUT WHAT HE HAS LEARNED "WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CROP INSURANCE SAFETY NET IS PROTECTED SO THE OVERALL GOAL  FOR A FARM BILL IS A BILL THAT PROVIDES AN APPROPRIATE SAFETY NET FOR FARMERS. NOT THAT THEY FARM  FOR A PROGRAM BUT THEY FARM FOR THE MARKET FORCES. BUT WHEN ALL THE VAGARIES OF WEATHER PAST  AND INSECTS AND FLOODS AND DROUGHTS AND ALL THOSE THINGS COME THEN THAT PRODUCER CAN HAVE  AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR HOPING ALWAYS FOR A BETTER CROP. DO WE THINK THE  NUTRITION TITLE IS GOING TO BE MORE OF A CHALLENGE THIS TIME AROUND OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE  SOME REFORMS THERE NOW THAT YOU'VE BEEN HERE. WELL I THINK AGAIN THE NUTRITION TITLE IS ALWAYS  A HUGE PART OF THE FARM BILL AND MANY PEOPLE HAVE SUGGESTED IT OUGHT TO BE THE FOOD BILL  BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE MOST OF THE MONEY GOES IN FEEDING THOSE AMERICANS WHO CAN'T FEED  THEMSELVES. AND THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SNAGS THUS FAR. I THINK THEY'LL WILL BE WORKED OUT.  CERTAINLY WE PROVIDED WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE A CREATIVE IDEA OVER FEEDING OUR HUNGRY PEOPLE  WHO CAN'T PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES THAT WAS A HARVEST BOX THAT COULD BE DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO  THEIR HOME WITH MAYBE A MENU OF THEIR CHOOSING NUTRITIOUS STABLE FOODS FOR HALF OF THEIR  SUPPLEMENTAL DOLLAR AND THE REST THEY COULD SPEND AS THEY HAD BEEN. WHAT DO WE THINK OUR  CHANCES. HAVE YOU HEARD MUCH ABOUT THEM AND I THINK THE PRESS AND MANY OF THE MEMBERS  OF CONGRESS WE DIDN'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN HEADER. SO WE HAVEN'T HAD A DEEP  CONVERSATION MANY OF THEM TOOK IT VERY NEGATIVELY INITIALLY BUT I THINK THAT'S BECAUSE THEY  DIDN'T UNDERSTAND ALL THE NUANCES. BUT WE WE BELIEVE IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY LAY OUT NEW IDEAS  INNOVATIVE IDEAS OF HOW WE CAN ACCOMPLISH GOALS AND FRANKLY BETTER FASHION"

FARM BILL, TALKING TO SEN. PAT ROBERTS
ONE OF THE SECRETARIES BIGGEST PRIORITIES FOR 2018 IS GETTING A FARM  BILL THROUGH CONGRESS THAT WORK HAS TO START IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND  THE SENATE WE'LL WE SAT DOWN WITH THE SENATE CHAIRMAN SENATOR PAT  ROBERTS OF KANSAS AND ASKED HIM HOWS IT'S COMING.  "WE'RE JUST HAD A VERY TIGHT SITUATION WITH REGARDS TO THE LACK OF ANY REAL PRICE AND FOR THAT  MATTER SALES OR MAJOR SALES ON THE EXPORT SIDE. SO THEY'RE NOT INTERESTED IN ANYTHING BRAND  NEW. THEY MIGHT BE. IT REALLY WOULD BE OF HELP OF COURSE. BUT THEY WANT STABILITY AND THEY  WANT TO GET THE JOB DONE SO THEY CAN GO TO THEIR BANK OR THEIR LAND OR WHATEVER THAT WHOEVER  THAT MIGHT BE. AND SO HERE WE HAVE A FIRM BELL IN PLACE WE HAVE CROP INSURANCE AND PLAYS  AND THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE ARE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO WE HAVE TO SAVE AND PRESERVE CROP  INSURANCE AND I'LL BE A ABOUT THAT. BUT WHAT I THINK WE CAN WIN THAT CHANGE IN ARCC IS THAT  GOING TO BE A BIG CHANGE FOR FOLKS WILL BE A BIG ADJUSTMENT OR JUST TWEAKS. WELL I THINK WE  ALREADY HAVE SUPPORTED PROGRAMS THAT ARE RECOMMENDING SOME CHANGES. OBVIOUSLY IF HE'D  DO IT NATIONWIDE THAT'S GOING TO BE COSTLY. WE DON'T HAVE YET OUR BASELINE MEETING THE BUDGET  WE HAVE TO WORK WITH. THAT'S ON APRIL 9. WON'T KNOW THAT UNTIL THAT PARTICULAR TIME. THAT  OBVIOUSLY WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON WHAT WE CAN OR CANNOT DO TO THE PROGRAM. OBVIOUSLY IT'S BY  COUNTY. AND THEN YOU GET INTO SOME DISPARITIES WITHOUT QUESTION AND WE'RE TRYING TO ADDRESS  THAT AS WE LOOK AT THE OTHER PIECES OF THE FARM BILL WHICH IS MAYBE THE NUTRITION TITLE THE PART  OF THERE WHERE ARE WE ON GETTING THAT WORK THROUGH. IT SOUNDS LIKE THAT COULD BE SOME OF THE  BIGGER STICKING POINT. WELL WE'LL SEE. I'M SURE YOU'RE NOT SURE IF IT WILL HOLD THE HOUSE WILL WORK  AS WELL. AND THERE THEY SEEM TO BE YOU KNOW TAKING OF COURSE. YOU KNOW THEY CALL IT REFORM  BUT THAT'S IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER. IN OUR CASE WE'RE GOING TO BE MAKING EFFICIENCIES. WE  HAVE SOME OTHER IDEAS WITH THE SNAP PROGRAM THAT I THINK WOULD BE MORE WELCOME ON A  BIPARTISAN BASIS. SO WE'LL SEE. BUT THAT'S NOT DIFFERENT THAN ANY TIME WE'VE HAD A FARM BILL. I  MEAN THE HOUSE ALWAYS HAS A POSITION THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AND THEN WE HAVE TO  HAVE 60 VOTES TO PASS ANYWAY. SO WE'LL WORK IT OUT. AND IF THERE IS A DIFFERENCE WE'LL ALSO  WORK IT OUT IN CONFERENCE. SO YOU'RE EXPECTING MAYBE A LITTLE MORE MODERATE CHANGE TO THE  SNAP PROGRAM AS OPPOSED TO WHAT THE HOUSE HAS TALKED. WELL I DON'T KNOW WHY MODERATE  MAJOR WE CAN MAKE EFFICIENCIES. I THINK WE WANT TO MAKE IT WORK BETTER ESPECIALLY THAT PEOPLE  WHO TRULY NEED IT. BUT AT THE SAME TIME LIKE THE BONUS PAYMENTS THAT HASN'T WORKED OUT VERY  WELL TOO MANY STATES GAMED THAT PROGRAM. SO WE SHOULD BE GETTING RID OF THOSE THOSE BONUS  PAYMENTS AND THEN YOU JUST KEEP GOING FROM THERE AND SEE WHAT'S AMENABLE TO BOTH SIDES."

PRUITT AND RFS
ONE OF THE BIGGEST QUESTIONS OUTSIDE OF THE FARM BILL THAT NEEDS AN  ANSWER—WILL THERE BE CHANGES TO THE R-F-S. I SAT DOWN WITH EPA  ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT AND ASKED HIM WHAT TO EXPECT. "BUT I THINK WHAT IS REALLY OUR FOCUS AT THIS POINT IS PROVIDING CLARITY ON THE RV WAVER ON  WHETHER THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN DO LEGALLY. WE'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN ABOUT A FOUR TO SIX  MONTH PROCESS AT LEAST. AND WHY DIDN'T THAT QUESTION IS A LEGAL QUESTION AND A POLICY  QUESTION. AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS IT IS A MATTER OF PREFERENCE IT'S A DISCRETION IT'S A MATTER OF WHETHER THE STATUTE AUTHORIZES PERMITS THAT KIND OF DECISION. THERE ARE ARGUMENTS ON BOTH  SIDES. SO WE'RE TRYING TO EVALUATE THE MERITS AND DEMERITS OF THOSE ARGUMENTS. THE  LANGUAGE IN THE STATUTE TO DETERMINE WHAT AUTHORITY DOES EXIST AT THE AGENCY ON GRANTING THE ABILITY TO SELL 12 MONTHS A YEAR. SO PRACTICALLY YOU KNOW YOU LOOK AT THAT YOU THINK IT  ABSOLUTELY MAKES SENSE TO BUILD A CELL 12 MONTHS A YEAR. IT HELPS HELPS FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE  IT HELPS FOR SO BUT AT THE SAME TIME IS IT AUTHORIZED BY THE STATUTE. SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE'RE  TRYING TO GET FIXED AND WORK AND REALLY GET AN ANSWER TO IN THE NEAR TERM.

RMI RELEASED
OTHER NEWS...LET'S TOSS IT BACK TO TYNE MORGAN WITH OTHER HEADLINES  OF THE DAY. THANKS CLINTON.  A NEW SURVEY ON RURAL ECONOMY SAYS THINGS ARE IMPROVING, BUT IT'S  SLOW. THE CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY RURAL MAINSTREET INDEX SLIPPED IN MARCH, BUT  REMAINED ABOVE GROWTH NEUTRAL FOR A SECOND STRAIGHT MONTH. FOR THE  FIRST TIME SINCE MID-2015 THE RMI HAS RECORDED TWO STRAIGHT MONTHS  ABOVE GROWTH NEUTRAL. BUT OVERALL WEAK COMMODITY PRICES CONTINUE TO WEIGH ON THE RURAL  ECONOMY. THE FEBRUARY FARM EQUIPMENT-SALES INDEX JUMPED TO 37.2 FROM  FEBRUARY'S 33.8. THIS MARKS THE 55TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH THE READING  HAS MOVED BELOW GROWTH NEUTRAL, 50.0.

MONSANTO NEWS
THE BAYER - MONSANTO DEAL IS STRUGGLING TO GET APPROVAL FROM U-S  REGULATORS WHO WORRY THE MERGER COULD HURT COMPETITION. BLOOMBERG NEWS IS REPORTING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DOESN'T THINK  BAYER'S PROPOSAL TO SELL-OFF BUSINESSES GOES FAR ENOUGH. THE COMPANIES ARE STILL SEEKING APPROVAL FROM EUROPEAN OFFICIALS AS  WELL. NOW SOME BETTER NEWS FOR MONSANTO - A LAWSUIT CLAIMING GLYPHOSATE  CAUSES CANCER LOST TRACTION THIS WEEK. A CALIFORNIA JUDGE CALLED TESTIMONY FROM SEVERAL ANTI-GLYPHOSATE  EXPERTS AS "SHAKY". THE COURT HEARD FROM DOZENS OF WITNESSES INCLUDING TOXICOLOGISTS  AND EPIDEMIOLGISTS. THE JUDGE QUESTIONED THE VALIDITY OF SOME OF THE  SCIENTISTS TESTMONY. IT'S STILL UNCERTAIN WHICH WITNESSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TESTIFY ONCE  THE TRAIL BEGINS. NO WORD ON WHEN THE JUDGE WILL REACH A FINAL  DECISION.

DROUGHT MONITOR
THIS WEEK'S DROUGHT MONITOR MAP SHOWS DROUGHT PERSISTED OR  WORSENED FROM KANSAS, CENTRAL OKLAHOMA, AND EASTERN TEXAS.  EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT - OR D4 - WAS INTRODUCED IN A PATCH OF NORTHERN  OKLAHOMA. THE LAST 5 MONTHS HAVE BEEN INTENSELY DRY IN THE CENTRAL AND  SOUTHERN PLAINS. THE DROUGHT MONITOR REPORT SHOWS MUCH OF THAT AREA HAS RECEIVED  LESS THAN A TENTH INCH OF RAIN SINCE EARLY OCTOBER.

ARMY CORPS RESPONSIBLE FOR FLOODING
A FEDERAL CLAIMS COURT JUDGE HAS RULED THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS  IS TO BLAME FOR RE-OCCURRING FLOODING ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER. THE JUDGE SAYS THE CORPS' POLICIES FAVORED WILDLIFE PROTECTION OVER  ECONOMIC PROTECTION. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG-RUNNING DISPUTE OVER FLOOD CONTROL DATING BACK  TO 2007.  MORE THAN 300 FARMERS, LAND AND BUSINESS OWNERS FROM SIX  STATES ARE PART OF THE CLASS ACTION. A SECOND LEGAL PHASE WILL DETERMINE IF PROPERTY OWNERS SHOULD BE  COMPENSATED. AND THOSE ARE YOU HEADLINES. I'M TYNE MORGAN.

CROP COMMENTS
IN WASHINGTON IT HASN'T BEEN QUITE WARM ENOUGH FOR THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS TO OPEN UP LET'S CHECK OUT SOME MORE CROP CONDITIONS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND WE TURN IT OVER TO MIK HOFFMAN MIKEGOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  IF THIS PICTURE DOESN'T PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL.  MIKE LASS OVER IN LOCKNEY,  TEXAS SAYS HE'S BACK HOME FROM VACATION SO  HE'S BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN.  AS YOU CAN SEE, CALVING SEASON IS UNDERWAY. NOW TAKING A LOOK AT THE WINDSPEED FORECAST TODAY YOU CAN SEE A VERY STRONG WINDS ACROSS  MUCH OF THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY SOMEWHAT INTO THE NORTHEAST. THAT WILL CONTINUE  THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND IT EXTENDS INTO THE SOUTHWEST AT TIMES AS WELL. TOMORROW WE'LL START  WITH A LITTLE LESS WIND FROM COAST TO COAST BUT THINGS WILL INCREASE AGAIN ESPECIALLY IN THE WEST  LITTLE BIT IN THE SOUTHEAST AND A LITTLE BIT IN THE NORTHEAST. WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP  BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS 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.

TEASE
LATER, WE'LL HEAR FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE EPA AND WHY HE SAYS  ITS TIME FOR HIS AGENCY TO STOP BATTLING AMERICAN'S FARMERS AND  RANCHERS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE CORN HERBICIDE.  A UNIQUELY POWERFUL FORMULATION.   EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.

AGRIBUSINESS
WHEN WE'RE IN WASHINGTON WE LIKE TO FIND SOME OF THE GREAT ANALYSTS THAT LIVE AND WORK HERE  THAT CAN KEEP A TAB ON WHAT'S GOING ON IN FARM COUNTRY AND AND THE THE PULSE OF THE FARM  ECONOMY AND JACKSON TACKISH ONE OF THOSE FOLKS WITH FARMER MAC JACKSON AS WE LOOK AT  THIS FIRST QUARTER OF 2018 WHAT ARE WE. WHAT DO WE KNOW. WELL IT'S REALLY EARLY AS YOU KNOW  WE'RE HEADING INTO THE SPRING PLANT SO WE DON'T EVEN KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CROPS PEOPLE HAVE  DECIDED TO PLANT YET THERE'S STILL A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT WILL BE UNCOVERED IN THE COMING  MONTHS. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THERE'S BEEN A PRICE RALLY IN GRAINS. SO IT'S SORT OF A WEATHER  BUMP COMING OUT OF SOUTH AMERICA WHICH HAS BEEN VERY TIMELY AS FARMERS CARRIED OVER A LOT  OF GRAIN FROM THE END OF LAST YEAR'S HARVEST SO HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO MARKET IT AT 40 CENTS  A BUSHEL HIGHER ON CORN 60 80 CENTS A BUSHEL HIGHER ON SOYBEANS VERY BENEFICIAL FROM A  CASH FLOW PERSPECTIVE. EXCELLENT FOR THE ECONOMY EXCELLENT FOR THE FARM ECONOMY. THAT'S A  REALLY BIG PLUS HEADING IN. THERE ARE SOME HEADWINDS THOUGH A LOT OF TRADE TALK A LOT OF FREE  TRADE AGREEMENTS KIND OF HANGING OUT IN THE WIND AND THOSE TYPES OF UNCERTAINTIES SORT OF  HANGING HIGH OVER THE FARM ECONOMY RIGHT NOW. YEAH IF YOU WERE GOING TO GIVE THE FARM  ECONOMY A GRADE OR A SCORE WHERE DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE'RE SITTING IN A GOOD POSITION GOING INTO  18 OR ARE WE STILL KIND OF JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT THROUGH. ALL RIGHT YOU KNOW IT REALLY DEPENDS ON  WHERE YOU ARE AND WHAT KIND OF PRODUCER YOU ARE SO IT'S A HARD THING TO GIVE A FULL GRADE TO  THE ENTIRE FARM ECONOMY IN GENERAL. HOWEVER I THINK CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM TENDS TO BE ONE OF  THE THINGS THAT IS COMMON AMONGST THE FARMING COMMUNITY. WE'RE LOOKING RIGHT NOW PRICES  ARE GOOD. THE DOLLAR INDEX. SO THE STRENGTH OF THE DOLLARS COMING BACK A LITTLE BIT. WE'VE GOT  GOOD DEMAND FOR OUR PRODUCTS AND AS LONG AS WE DON'T HAVE ANY MAJOR MAJOR HEADWINDS  COME THROUGH I THINK CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM IS WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO BE. THE USDA NUMBERS  THAT CAME OUT IN FEBRUARY WERE A LITTLE BIT PESSIMISTIC. SO THEY TEND TO BE A LITTLE BIT CAUTIOUS  WHEN THEY RELEASE THAT FEBRUARY THOSE FEBRUARY NUMBERS. HOWEVER THOSE USUALLY COME UP  AS WE GET MORE INFORMATION. SO I WOULD EXPECT THERE TO BE AN UPWARD REVISION IN THOSE  NUMBERS. ALL RIGHT WELL SOME TO WATCH AS WE GET THROUGH 2018. THANK YOU SO MUCH JACKSON  AND WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AG DAY FROM WASHINGTON D.C. COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES

WEATHER
AND WELCOME BACK TO AG DAY. I'M METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. YOU CAN SEE THE DROUGHT  MONITOR STILL PRETTY BAD. FROM SOUTHWESTERN KANSAS INTO THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS ALL THE WAY  BACK THROUGH THE FOUR CORNER REGION A LITTLE BIT DRY IN THE SOUTHEAST AS WELL. GOING BACK ONE  MONTH WHAT'S YOU'RE GOING TO NOTICE IS A LOT MORE DRYNESS UP AND DOWN PARTS OF THE  MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY ESPECIALLY MISSOURI AND PARTS OF ILLINOIS THAT HAS IMPROVED OVER THE  PAST FOUR WEEKS WHICH IS GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE FOLKS. BUT THE DROUGHT SITUATION HAS ACTUALLY  GOT A LITTLE BIT WORSE IN WEST TEXAS ON UP INTO PARTS OF KANSAS. NOW TAKING A LOOK AT THE  SITUATION AS WE LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAPS TODAY CAN SEE A STORM SYSTEM MOVING ACROSS THE  PLAINS UNFORTUNATELY THOSE REAL DRY AREAS LOOK AT THAT NOT SEEN MUCH. MOST OF IT'S GOING NORTH  AS A LOT OF THESE SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN DOING LATELY. AND YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE  DAY TODAY WE'RE GOING TO SEE RAIN SHOWERS SPREADING INTO THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY A  FEW SPOTTY THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST. THAT IS GOING TO BE SOME PRETTY HEAVY SNOW. PARTS OF  SOUTH DAKOTA NEBRASKA RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW OUT WEST AND IN THE EAST HIGH PRESSURE  BUILDING IN THERE. SO THAT WILL KEEP THINGS MAINLY DRY. HIGH PRESSURE SITS OVER THE GREAT LAKES  SO THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL SPREAD ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE FAR LOWER GREAT LAKES WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW OVER THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS AND THEN ALL OF THAT MOVES INTO THE SOUTHEAST WITH JUST  RAIN SHOWERS. THAT STORM SYSTEM CAUSING SOME PRETTY DECENT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND RAIN OUT  WEST PAST 30S OR 24 HOURS ON THE RAINFALL ESTIMATE MOST OF IT'S BEEN IN THE WEST ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT SYSTEM SPREADING ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM WEST TO EAST  ACROSS THE PLAIN STATES INTO THE OHIO VALLEY SOUTHEAST AND THAT WILL PUT DOWN SOME MOISTURE.  SAME THING WITH SNOW. MOST OF THE SNOW IS OVER IN THE NORTH NORTHEASTERN PARTS OF THE  COUNTRY. BUT BOY THAT SNOW OUT WEST AND THEN THAT STREAK OF LIGHT SNOW COMING ACROSS THE  MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY STILL WARM TODAY AS FAR AS AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES IN THE SOUTHERN  PLAINS AND STILL CHILLY ACROSS THE NORTH WITH LOTS OF 20S AS YOU CAN SEE THERE. PRETTY CHILLY  THOUGH IN FLORIDA AND PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST AS WELL YOU CAN SEE ON THE TEMPERATURES AS WE  HEAD THROUGH THE TIMEFRAMES THERE STILL A BIG TROUGH IN THE JET STREAM IN THE NORTHEAST. ONE  OUT WEST PARTS OF THAT COMES EAST EARLY NEXT WEEK WITH ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM AND THE TROUGH  REDEVELOPS IN THE EAST WITH ANOTHER TROUGH IN THE WEST KIND OF THE SAME PATTERN WE'VE SEEN  LATELY. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF  ALL LIVINGSTON MONTANA CLOUDY AND RATHER MILD TODAY HIGH OF 47 DEGREES SPRINGDALE  ARKANSAS VARIABLY CLOUDY A THUNDERSTORM LIKELY HIGH OF 72 IN HARRISBURG P.A. PARTLY SUNNY  BREEZY AND CHILLY TODAY HIGHER AROUND 42 DEGREES> AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY LIBERTY HERBICIDE, THE SIMPLY BETTER SOLUTION FOR SUPERIOR WEED  CONTROL AND A STRONGER YIELD.

RFS, PRUITT CONTINUED
TO SAY FARMERS AND RANCHERS HAVE HAD AN ADVERSARIAL RELATIONSHIP  WITH THE EPA OVER THE PAST DECADE MIGHT BE PUTTING IT NICELY. BUT THE  AGENCY'S NEW BOSS—OKLAHOMAN SCOTT PRUITT –A MAN WHO ONCE FOUGHT  FURIOUSLY AGAINST ITS POLICIES— IS NOW TRYING TO CHANGE THAT  PERCEPTION.  "AS WE TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE PROJECTS THE THE REGULATIONS AND LEGISLATION THAT'S BEEN GOING  THROUGH THE EPA WOTUS HAS BEEN A BIG ONE. YOU'RE TAKING A VERY DIFFERENT APPROACH TO THIS  ADMINISTRATION TAKING A VERY DIFFERENT APPROACH TO THAT. IN FACT WE COULD HAVE MORE CLARITY ON  THAT THIS YEAR. RIGHT. IT WILL HAVE A FINAL RULE THIS YEAR. A FINAL RULE MEANING THAT WE'LL HAVE A  SUBSTITUTE A REPLACEMENT DEFINITION. I MEAN AS YOU KNOW WE'VE ACTUALLY HAD TWO DIFFERENT  RULES IN THE MARKETPLACE AT LEAST AT THIS POINT. ONE IS RESCINDING THAT 2015 RULE THAT 2015  DEFINITION OF WHAT THE UNITED STATES IS AND THEN WE'VE GOT A SUBSTITUTE DEFINITION THAT PROVIDES  THE ANSWER GOING FORWARD BECAUSE WE NEED TO PROVIDE AN ANSWER AND THE ANSWER NEEDS TO  BE RECOGNIZED. PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERSHIP NEEDS TO RECOGNIZE THE ROLE OF STATES IT NEEDS TO  IT NEEDS TO HEW AND ACTUALLY LOOK AT THAT STATUTE THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND ASK AND ANSWER  THE QUESTION WHAT IS INTENDED BY THE UNITED STATES WHAT DOES THAT MEAN. AND IT DOESN'T  MEAN A DRY CREEK BED. IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THERMAL DRAINAGE DITCH. IT DOESN'T MEAN A PRAIRIE  POTHOLE IN NORTH DAKOTA. I MEAN IT YOU KNOW IT MEANS SOMETHING MUCH MORE LIKE A  TRADITIONAL AND OUT OF WATER BECAUSE OF INTERSTATE COMMERCE AND THE REST AND THE INTENT THAT  THE CLEAN WATER ACT INGRAINED INTO THAT LUNGS THE STATUTE RECOGNIZES THE ROLE OF STATES AND IN  THESE MATTERS SO WE'RE GOING TO GET THAT RIGHT GOING FORWARD. AND THE DEFINITION IS GOING TO  PROVIDE CLARITY"

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK MY THOUGHTS ON COMING TO THE NATIONS CAPITOL

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. I'VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO COME TO WASHINGTON A HANDFUL OF TIMES AND EVERY TIME I LEAVE  FEELING MORE CONNECTED TO THE COUNTRY. MORE PROUD OF BEING AN AMERICAN. MAYBE IT'S THE SIZE AND SCALE OF THE MONUMENTS…THE GRANITE AND  MARBLE COLLUMS, WASHINGTON MALL OR EVEN THE MUSEUMS THAT CAPTURE  HISTORY IN ALL OF ITS ELEGANT GLORY. THESE ARE NOT THE TRAPPINGS OF A  SIMPLE UNSOPHITICATED NATION…RATHER THE DRAPERY OF GREATNESS. AND  EVEN IN THEIR UNMOVING STONE FASCADES—GRANDURE IS LURKING. IT MAY BE THE PEOPLE, THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE CAPITOL. BEING WHERE OUR LAWS ARE MADE, PROTECTED AND ENSHRINED. EVERYONE IT SEEMS HAS  AN AGENDA AND A PURPOSE OR LOBBY. THEY'RE RUSHING TO MOVE THAT THING  FORWARD WITH URGENCY…IT'S ALL URGENCY. OR IT COULD BE THE HISTORY… AMERICA AS A NATION IS NOT THAT OLD. A  COUPLE HUNDRED YEARS …AND YET SO MUCH OF ITS FOUNDING STORY REMAINS IN WASHINGTON D.C. ---FROM THE HALLS OF THE CAPITOL HAUNTED BY  LEADERS AND LEGISLATION PAST, TO STREETS LAID OUT WITH PURPOSE TO THE  PATHS ONCE WALKED BY THE FOUNDING FATHERS…THIS IS A PLACE OF  REVERENCE, OF REMEMBERENCE AND RECONCILIATION. ALL OF WHICH WE  COULD USE MORE OF TODAY. SO, I ENCOURAGE YOU…PLAN A TRIP AROUND CALVING OR PLANTING SEASON,  SKIP A SUMMER BALL TOURNAMENT AND COME HERE…TO THE NATIONS CAPITOL.  IT'LL REMIND YOU WHY THIS LITTLE EXPERIMENT CALLED AMERICA IS WORTH  FIGHTING FOR. 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

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