AgDay Daily Recap- March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 22, 2017


HEADLINES
THE BRAZILIAN MEAT SCANDAL CONTINUES. ACREAGE BATTLES PLAYING OUT FROM THE CORN BELT TO DIXIE... "COTTON IS KING ONCE AGAIN IN THESE MISSISSIPPI FIELDS. WE'LL TELL YOU  WHY COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY ."IN AGRIBUSINESS...WHAT ABOUT ACRES BEYOND THE CORN BELT. THE PACKER TV LOOKS AT PRODUCE WEATHERING THE CALIFORNIA WINTER. AND THIS SCHOOL BUS CAN DOUBLE AS STUDY HALL THANKS TO SOME HIGH  TECH EQUIPMENT. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

COUNTRIES HALTING BRAZILLIAN MEAT
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE LIST GROWS OF COUNTRIES  UNWILLING TO IMPORT MEAT FROM BRAZIL FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS OF  UNSCRUPULOUS TESTING, FINANCIAL KICKBACKS AND DOCTORING-UP OF BAD  MEAT. DESPITE ATTEMPTS BY BRAZIL'S GOVERNMENT TO ASSURE THE SAFETY OF ITS  MEAT INDUSTRY, SEVERAL NATIONS - INCLUDING CHINA - ARE HALTING SOME  MEAT IMPORTS FROM BRAZIL. IN RIO DE JANEIRO, SANITARY INSPECTORS INTENSIFIED THEIR ROUTINE CHECKS  AT LOCAL SUPERMARKETS. SEVERAL BATCHES OF MEAT, INCLUDING BEEF, CHICKEN AND PORK WERE  COLLECTED. THEY WILL BE SENT TO LABORATORIES FOR ANALYSIS. THE FEDERAL POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING CLAIMS THAT MEAT INSPECTORS WERE  PAID BRIBES TO APPROVE EXPIRED MEAT.ON FRIDAY, POLICE ISSUED 38 ARREST WARRANTS INVOLVING THE MEATPACKING  COMPANIES JBS AND BRF. BOTH COMPANIES HAVE DENIED WRONGDOING. CHINA, CHILE, THE EUROPEAN UNION - HAVE ALL  TEMPORARILY HALTED OR INCREASED THE MONITORING OF MEAT IMPORTS  FROM BRAZIL. NO WORD ON HOW LONG THE BAN WOULD LAST. "IT SEEMS FROM THE MEDIA REPORT IT WAS MOSTLY ON POULTRY, IT  SEEMS ALSO THAT JUST A SMALL PART OF THE SITES THAT WERE INVOLVED WERE ACTUALLY EXPORTING BUT  THESE ARE ALL ISSUES THAT WE ARE DISCUSSING WITH THE BRAZILIAN AUTHORITIES."> CHINA HAS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED IMPORTS OF MEAT FROM BRAZIL. BRAZIL'S AGRICULTURE MINISTER - BLAIRO <MAH-JEE> MAGGI DOWNPLAYED THE  DEVELOPMENT, SAYING "THERE IS NO CHINESE EMBARGO." BUT EXPLAINED THAT  BRAZILIAN CONTAINERS ALREADY DOCKED "CAN'T LEAVE THE CHINESE PORT TO  LOCAL MARKETS."

AVIAN FLU IN ALABAMA
STATE OFFICIALS IN ALABAMA CONFIRMING TWO NEW CASES OF LOW PATH AVIAN  INFLUENZA TUESDAY. MEANWHILE, CANADA IS MOVING TO BLOCK IMPORTS OF POULTRY AND EGGS  FROM SELECT AREAS OF BOTH ALABAMA AND TENNESSEE.  TENNESSEE IS DEALING WITH TWO OUTBREAKS OF HIGH PATHOGENIC AVIAN FLU. LAST WEEK, THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY ANNOUNCED  RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTS OF UNCOOKED POULTRY PRODUCTS, LIVE BIRDS  AND EGGS FROM THOSE TWO STATES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE RANKING DEMOCRAT DEBBIE STABENOW OF  MICHIGAN IS ASKING THE AG DEPARTMENT TO OUTLINE ITS AVIAN INFLUENZA  RESPONSE. STABENOW SPECIFICALLY IS ASKING ACTING DEPUTY AGRICULTURE SECRETARY  MICHAEL YOUNG TO EXPLAIN HOW THE  ADMINISTRATION IS RESPONDING TO  BIRD FLU OUTBREAKS AROUND THE COUNTRY. YOUNG IS THE HIGHEST RANKING OFFICIAL AT USDA RIGHT NOW. THE SENATOR WANTS TO KNOW WHO IS IN CHARGE, WHETHER A HIRING FREEZE  WILL AFFECT EFFORTS TO FIGHT THE DISEASE, AND WHO IS HANDLING  INTERNATIONAL TRADE QUESTIONS AND DISPUTES.

PROSPECTIVE COTTON PLANTINGS
THE USDA'S PROSPECTIVE PLANTING REPORT WILL GIVE THE INDUSTRY A  STARTING POINT ON ACREAGE. AND ONE CROP LOOKING TO WIN BACK FARMERS IN 2017--COTTON. EARLY ESTIMATES ARE PREDICTING UP TO A MILLION MORE ACRES THIS YEAR. TYNE MORGAN JOINS US WITH MORE. CLINTON, THIS FALL, THESE FIELDS WILL BE A BLANKET OF WHITE COTTON…  WHICH IS A DIFFERENT PICUTRE THAN FARMERS HAVE PAINTED THE PAST FEW  YEARS. BUT FOR MISSISSIPPI FARMERS LIKE SLEDGE TAYLOR, COTTON IS KING  ONCE AGAIN.  "WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE THIS YAER ABOUT 25% OVER LAST YAER . AND LAST  YEAR WE INCREASED ABOUT 25% OVER THE PREVIOUS YEARS. SO, WE'VE  INCREASED ALMOST 50 PERCENT OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS." COTTON ACRES  COULD SURGE IN NOT ONLY MISSISSIPPI, BUT ACROSS THE MAJORITY OF  COTTON COUNTRY. "WHEN WE DID OUR SURVEY.. LOOKED ACROS THE REGION.  THE BIGGEST NUMBER OF ACTUAL ACRES WILL BE IN TEXAS, CUZ THEY'RE  WORKING OFF A LARGE BASE. BASED ON SURVEY BIG PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN  KANSAS AND OKLAHOMA, AND P IMA COTTON IN CALIFORNIA, AND I THINK WE'RE  SEEING A LITTLE MORE OPTIMISM IN THE MIDSOUTH AS WELL WITH A FAIRLY  GOOD INCREASE IN AS WELL." NCC'S PLANTING INTENIONS SURVEY SHOWED A 9  POINT 4 PERCENT JUMP IN OVERALL COTTON ACRES THIS YEAR. BUT THEN A  MORE RECENT USDA PROJECTION POINTED TO A 12 PERCENT JUMP.  "AND THE  REASON FOR THAT IS OUR SURVEY PERIOD IT WAS BETWEEN DECEMBER 15TH AND JANUARY  15TH, PRICES WERE AROUND 70 CENTS A POUND. ONCE THE USDA REPORT CAME OUT, PRICES WERE AROUND 75 CENTS A POUND, SO WE  DEFINITELY EXPECT MORE ACRES THAN SHOWN IN OUR REPORT BECAUSE  AGAIN, THE PRICES ARE HIGHER. " BETTER PRICES ALSO INVIGORATED BY AN  IMPROVED EXPORT PICTURE THIS YEAR. "WE'RE SEEING SOME STRONG DEMAND  FOR U.S COTTON RIGHT NOW….THE EXPORT PACE IS GOOD. VIETNAM IS IN THE  MARKET, CHINA'S IN THE MARKET, NOT SEEING A LOT OF COMPETITION. "INDIAHAS A NEW MONETIZATION POLICY IN PLACE. IT'S AFFECTED THEIR EXPORTS.  INDIA IS THE SECOND LARGEST EXPORTER BEHIND THE U-S. SO ANYTHING THAT  AFFECTS THEIR EXPORTS, IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR THE U-S BECAUSE WE  EXPORT MORE."BUT IT'S MORE THAN JUST PRICE BUYING ACRES THIS YEAR. "I THINK SOME  PRODUCER ARE COMING OFF OF A FAIRLY GOOD YIELD LAST YEAR. THAT'S  ALWAYS GIVING THEM THE CONFIDENCE TO PLANT MORE" "WELL FOR US, OUR  YIELDS HAVE BEEN SO GOOD THE LAST FEW YEARS… NEWER VARIETIES…  YIELDS, PHENOMENAL. QUALITY WITH SOME NEWER VARIETIES, QUALITY  OUTSTANDING. SO THAT'S PART OF IT. WE'VE LEARNED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT  GROWING COTTON BETTER AS WELL." ADAMS SAYS IF FARMERS SEE RECORD  YIELDS AGAIN THIS YEAR, THAT COULD CREATE A DIFFERENT PRICE PICTURE  MOVING FORWARD.  "THIS PRICE IS ENCOURAGING PLANTING. SO IF IT'S GOOD  ENOUGH TO PLANT, THEN THINK ABOUT PRICING A PORTION OF EXPECTED  PRODUCTION AT THESE PRICES AS WELL. IF WEATHER COOPERATES WE COULD  HAVE 17 TO 17.5 MILLION BALE CROPS. OTHER COUNTRIES RESPOND WITH  HIGHER PRODUCTION. I WORRY WE MIGHT GET PRICE PRESSURE AS WE GET  INTO THE FALL." COTTON ACRES DROPPED SINCED 2008 AND INFRASTRUCTURE  IN AREAS LIKE THIS OF MISSISSIPPI SUFFERRED. BUT SLEDGE TAYLOR TELLS ME  IT'LL TAKE A COUPLE MORE YEARS OF INCREASED ACRES TO BRING THOSE  COTTON GINS BACK ON LINE. REPORTING FROM MISSISSIPPI   I'M TYNE MORGAN FOR AGDAY . THANKS TYNE.

WILDFIRE UPDATE
RANCHERS CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH THE LAST IMPACT OF RECENT WILDFIRES IN MULTIPLE STATES. USDA ANNOUNCING TUESDAY IT'S DESIGNATING SOME 6 MILLION DOLLARS IN AID  TO HELP PRODUCERS RECOVER FROM THE DEVESTATING FIRES.  THE FUNDING WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH E-QUIP-- AND HELP WITH GRAZING  LAND RESTORATION, REBUILDING FENCING AND PROTECING WATERSHEDS. PRODUCERS IN THE AFFECTED COUNTIES SHOULD CHECK WITH THE LOCAL  NRCS OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. AND DONT FORGET TO SET YOUR DVR--WE'RE DOING A FULL HALF HOUR SPECIAL  TOMORROW MORNING--INCLUDING NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE AND  INFORMATION.FROM THE ASHES--TOMORROW MORNING ON AGDAY .

CROP COMMENTS
SPRING HAS OFFICIALLY SPRUNG. THAT MEANS FIELD WORK IS UNDERWAY. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS OUR CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  SOME NEBRASKANS ARE ALREADY DUSTING OFF THE MACHINERY THIS SEASON.  RANDY UR-MOCK-ER IS STRIP TILLING OUT IN THE FIELDS.  HE SAYS CONDITIONS ARE NEAR PERFECT FOR FIELD WORK - WHICH MEANS IT'S  A LITTLE ON THE DRY SIDE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.  THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SAYS 35 PERCENT OF THE CORN HUSKER STATE IS  ABNORMALLY DRY.  AND HERE'S SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE EVERYDAY.  A GOLDEN DOODLE AND CALF BECOMMING BEST OF FRIENDS.  STEVE REN-LEE SAYS HE BROUGHT IN THE CALF TO WARM HIM UP FROM  OUTSIDE. THEY PAIR HAVE BEEN ATTACHED EVER SINCE! AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL CONTINUE THE ACREAGE CONVERSATION INCLUDING WHAT SOME OF THOSE FARMERS OUTSIDE OF THE TRADITIONAL  CORN BELT MAY BE CONSIDERING THIS PLANTING SEASON. AND LATER IS IT A SCHOOL BUS RIDE, OR A STUDY HALL.  NEW TECHNOLOGY IS  HELPING MAKE IT BOTH.  DETAILS, ON IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY - SPONSORED BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES - COMBINING THE PROVEN CONTROL OF A NEW 2-4-D AND GLYPHOSATE. TAKE CONTROL OF TOUGH WEEDS  LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS CATTLE MARKETS CONTINUING TO SEE GREEN DURING  TUESDAY'S TRADE. LETS SEE HOW MARKETS CLOSED--FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. HI GRAIN MARKETS HAVE BEEN GENERALLY LOWER OVER THE COURSE OF THE  DAY. CORN AND WHEAT REALLY HAVING VERY LITTLE IN THE WAY OF NEWS TO  SUPPORT THE MARKET BUT THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THERE'S BEEN SOME  GOOD END USER DEMAND AT THE CURRENT LOWER LEVELS AND THAT'S HELPED  SUPPORT THE MARKET IN THROUGH HERE. BEEF PRICES FIRM ONCE AGAIN AND  THAT'S HELPING TO SUPPORT BEEF BID HERE. AND ALSO OF COURSE THERE'S  THE SITUATION DOWN IN BRAZIL. MANY NATION'S THAT HAVE BEEN TAKING  BRAZILIAN BEEF HAVE NOW BANNED THE BEEF UNTIL THE SITUATION IS  CLARIFIED AND THAT SHOULD BENEFIT US EXPORTS HERE IF NOT RIGHT AWAY  CERTAINLY IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. PORK MARKET THROUGH REALLY HAVING A  TOUGH TIME HERE TODAY. THE PORK CASH MARKET IS A LITTLE BIT SOFTER HERE  AND IT LOOKS LIKE THAT WILL LEAD THE TONE A LITTLE BIT LOWER. THERE'S STILL  PLENTY OF HOGS AND THERE SHOULD BE PLENTY OF DEMAND AND WITH THE  WEAKER DOLLAR HERE IN THE U.S. HERE TODAY THAT SHOULD ONLY HELP  DEMAND IDEAS DOWN THE ROAD. THAT'S VERY MUCH THIS IS JACK SCOVILLE I'M VP OF PRICE FUTURES GROUP HERE AT THE CME GROUP WITH SOME COMMENTS  FOR THE MARKETS.

AGRIBUSINESS
ELAINE KUB AUTHOR OF 'MASTERING THE GRAIN MARKETS' ARE GUEST HERE  TODAY. LET 'S TALK ABOUT THIS ACREAGE REPORT COMING OUT. YOU KNOW  OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS WE'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT FRINGE ACRES  SWITCHING INTO CORN KIND OF GOING AWAY FROM A TRADITIONAL ROTATION. DO  WE EXPECT THAT TO CONTINUE? FIRST OF ALL I WILL SAY I'M FROM SOUTH  DAKOTA AND I WANT YOU TO BE AWARE THAT I THINK PEOPLE CONSIDER THAT  FRINGE TERM TO BE ALMOST A PERJORATIVE WORD. WE DON'T CONSIDER  OURSELVES TO BE OF THE FRINGE TO BE..WE CONSIDER OURSELVES WITH THE  CENTER OF UNIVERSE LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. BUT BUT HERE'S THE THING  HONESTLY. CORN ACRES HAVE BEEN ABSOLUTELY SHIFTED NORTH AND WEST  OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS WITH PAST FIFTEEN YEARS BECAUSE OF EQUIPMENT,  BECAUSE OF SEED TECHNOLOGY SO YOU'D BE SURPRISED AT HOW MUCH CORN  IS REALLY COMING INTO UNITED STATES FROM THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY. I  THINK SOUTH DAKOTA IS THE NUMBER FIVE CORN PRODUCER IN RIGHT IN RIGHT  THE NATION SO SO THEY HAD GREAT CROPS...HAD GREAT CROPS THE LAST FEW  YEARS.  AND THERE 'S I WOULD SAY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE THREE MONTH  WEATHER FORECAST THE ONLY PLACE THAT IT THAT THE NOAA IS EXPECTING TO  SEE ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION IS UP THERE. NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH  DAKOTA, MINNESOTA. SO IF THERE WOULD BE ANY PLANTING PROBLEMS BASED  ON THE WEATHER FORECAST RIGHT NOW THAT 'S THE PLACE TO BE WATCHING.  AND YOU'RE POINTING OUT THAT THAT THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY THE FRINGES  THAT THIS IS A FAIRLY LARGE CORN PRODUCING AREA RIGHT IT 'S NOT  SOMETHING TO SNEEZE AT SOMETHING THAT IT PAY ATTENTION TO. DOES IT  CONTINUE? IT IS IT IF WE HAVE BUILT IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE. WE'VE GOT IT  LOCKED IN. NOW THIS IS WE NEED TO START COUNTING THAT IS NOT FRINGE  ACRES BUT REAL ACRES, RIGHT? BUT HERE 'S THE THING OF IT. IN NORTH  DAKOTA IN PARTICULAR HAS A LOT OF ALTERNATIVES THAT COULD TURN TO YOU. WHEN YOU LOOK AT - AND THEY HAVE GOOD REASONS TO DO SO.  DIVERSIFICATION. YOU WANT TO BE PLANTING SUNFLOWERS AND LENTILS AND  FIELD PEAS, AND LOTS OF THINGS JUST FOR THE DIVERSIFICATION STORY. SO  MAYBE NOT IN TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN WHEN CORN AND SOYBEANS STILL  PENCIL OUT SOME PROFITS. BUT IF WE IF CORN AND SOYBEAN PRICES WERE ANY  LOWER THAN THEY WERE NOW I THINK I WOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT ABOUT  NORTH DAKOTA IN PARTICULAR GOING TO SOME OF SPECIALTY CROPS. ALL  RIGHT GOOD INFORMATION APPRECIATE YOU BEING THERE WILL BE BACK WITH  MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY CINDI CLAWSON IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN TODAY 'S AND  EVERY LOOK A CROP MOISTURE BOY THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY NOT MUCH  THERE 'S NO THERE REALLY ISN'T AND WE HAVE A LOT OF DRYNESS GOING ON IN  THE NATION 'S MID SECTION LET 'S TAKE A LOOK I SUPPOSE THAT IF THERE IS A  POSITIVE THING TO TAKE OUT OF THAT IS THAT WE'RE NOT QUITE SEEING ANY OF  THESE YELLOW AND ORANGE IS JUST YET BUT A LOT OF PRODUCERS THAT ARE  VERY CONCERNED THAT WE STILL HAVE AT LEAST SOME MOISTURE ON THE  GROUND IN THE SOUTHEAST BUT WE ARE STILL DEALING WITH KIND OF SOME  DRY AT LEAST DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS IN MUCH OF THE EAST AS WELL.  LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE IN STORE FOR SOME OF THE NEXT  TWENTY FOUR TO THIRTY SIX HOURS A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WE'RE GONNA REALLY BE KEEPING AN EYE ON HIGH PRESSURE THAT 'S GONNA KEEP THINGS  HIGH AND DRY IN MUCH OF THE GREAT LAKES AND THE CORN BELT BUT IT 'S  GOING TO BE COLDER THAN IT IS A MUCH COLDER AIR COMING INTO PLAY. THERE  WILL SEE WET WEATHER IN A GOOD CHUNK OF THE WEST. AND AS YOU PUT THAT  INTO MOTION YOU'LL SEE THAT WE HAVE A COUPLE OF FRONTS ARE GONNA BE  MAKING THEIR WAY INLAND ESPECIALLY THE SOUTHERN WHEN HE SEE THAT LOW  OVER UTAH THAT 'S GONNA CONTINUE TO PUSH ON OFF TO THE EAST HIGH  PRESSURE CONTINUING CONTINUING TO SETTLE TO THE SOUTHEAST SO LOOK  FOR SOME PRETTY COLD CONDITIONS IN THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES.  THAT LOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY AS YOU GET INTO PARTS OF  COLORADO AND THEN EVENTUALLY ON INTO WESTERN PARTS OF THE PLAINS  STATES WILL KEEP AN EYE ON THAT SYSTEM. IS IT STARTS TO CONTINUE TO  TRACK EASTWARD AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR  HOURS WE'VE HAD A LITTLE BIT HERE IN PART TO THE SOUTHEAST MOST OF IT IN  THE WEST THOUGH AND THAT CONTINUES OVER THE NEXT TWENTY FOUR HOURS  THAT WERE GOING TO SEE MOST OF THAT BEING ADDED ON WITH A COUPLE OF  FRONTS MOVING THROUGH THE WEST AS FAR AS TEMPERATURES OR SNOWFALL.  I SHOULD SAY AT JUST A LITTLE BIT IN THE NORTHEAST AND IN SOME OF THE  HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN THE WEST WE ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE TO ADD THAT IN  THOSE HIGHER ELEVATIONS AS WELL IS TO GET INTO THE ROCKIES. NOW  TEMPERATURES DEFINITELY ON THE COLD SIDE OF THE NORTHEASTERN  QUARTER OF THE COUNTRY. LOOK AT THAT HIGH TEMPERATURES ONLY IN THE  TWENTIES LOOK AT THAT IS YOU GET IN TO A ROCHESTER BANGOR UP LOTS OF  FOLKS IN NEW ENGLAND THERE 'S STILL PRETTY WARM BUT NOT QUITE AS WARM  AS WHAT WE SAW OVER THE WEEKEND IN THE WEST NOW LOW TEMPERATURES  IN THE OVERNIGHT HOURS LOOK AT THAT SINGLE DIGITS OVER IN MAINE WE'RE  STARTING TO WARM UP A LITTLE BIT THOUGH IN THE NATION 'S MIDSECTION AS  THAT HIGH PULLS AWAY. AND AS WE HEAD INTO YOUR HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR  TOMORROW AGAIN WE DO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF RECOVERY. STARTING TO MOVE  TO THE EAST ON A SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES THOUGH IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL  UNITED STATES A LITTLE COOL THOUGH FOR PARTS OF THE WEST AS WE SEE A  LOT OF FORTIES THERE AND TAKING A QUICK LOOK AT THE JET STREAM. THERE IS  THAT TROUGH THAT 'S AFFECTING TO THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES THING TO  SEE THAT RIDGE STARTING TO BUILD AND SOME WILL SEE A LOT WARMER AIR IS  WE GET TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES WILL  HAVE SOME STORMY CONDITIONS AS WE GET MORE ZONAL FLOW HAPPENING  THAT 'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST NOW LETS CHECK OUT SOME  LOCAL CITIES RICHFIELD UTAH COOLER WITH SOME SHOWERS AND  THUNDERSTORMS TODAY IN A HIGH OF FIFTY NINE DEGREES GAYLORD MICHIGAN SUNNY BUT VERY COLD WITH A HIGH OF TWENTY EIGHT AND GLENVILLE WEST  VIRGINIA 'S SUNNY AND CHILLY FOR YOU AS WELL WITH A HIGH OF FORTY THREE  DEGREES 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK CALIFORNIA CARROTS ARE FIGHTING WET FIELDS THIS  SPRING. IT'S OUR PACKER TV REPORT. PLUS - IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY - THE BUS RIDE TO SCHOOL CAN-TAKE-FOR-EVER. HOW CAN YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT TIME?  WE HAVE AN IDEA, LATER ON  AGDAY.AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY MARKET.  )

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV, IMPORTS OF LEMONS FROM ARGENTINA REMAINS ON HOLD. THE USDA'S APHIS DIVISION FREEZING SHIPMENTS FROM THE SOUTH AMERICAN  COUNTRY FOR AN ADDITIONAL 60 DAYS.  LAST YEAR THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED PLANS TO ALLOW  SHIPMENTS OF LEMONS TO THE U.S. U.S. GROWERS WERE WORRIED ABOUT THE COMPETITION AND POTENTIAL FOR  PESTS. IMPORTERS SAY A YEAR ROUND SUPPLY COULD HELP BUILD DEMAND. OFFICIALS AT CALIFORNIA CITRUS MUTUAL SAYING THEY BELIEVE A LACK OF  SENIOR MANAGEMENT AT THE USDA IS THE REASON THE ISSUE REMAINS ON  PAUSE.  THE WET WINTER ON THE WEST COAST CONTINUES THIS WEEK. CALIFORNIA CARROT GROWERS HOWEVER SAY SUPPLIES SHOULD BE PLENTIFUL  IN 2017...ALTHOUGH THEY MAY NOT BE PRETTY. RECORD PRECIPITATION THIS WINTER HAS LEAD TO SOME BLEMISHES AND  COSMETIC FLAWS. 85 PERCENT OF U.S. FRESH MARKET CARROTS ARE GROWN IN THE GOLDEN  STATE. IF YOU'RE FEELING FRAZZLED OR ANXIOUS, A NEW STUDY OUT OF THE  UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY IN AUSTRALIA FOUND THAT EATING VEGETABLES CAN  HELP REDUCE STRESS. AFTER STUDYING 60-THOUSAND AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS 45 YEARS OLD AND  OLDER--RESEARCHES FOUND THAT PEOPLE WHO ATE THREE TO FOUR SERVING  OF VEGETABLES PER DAY HAD A 12 PERCENT LOWER RISK OF FEELING  STRESSED COMPARED TO THOSE THAT DIDN'T. FOR WOMEN THE IMPACT WAS EVEN LARGER. WOMEN WHO ATE FIVE TO SEVEN SERVINGS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS SAW A  23 PERCENT DECREASE IN THE RISK OF STRESS.

TEASE
HOW LONG IS YOUR CHILD'S BUS RIDE TO SCHOOL? FIND OUT HOW THAT RIDE COULD GET A LOT MORE PRODUCTIVE.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE ALL-NEW KOMMANDER-PRO ZERO-TURN  MOWER AT KUBOTA.COM. GROWING-UP IN RURAL NEW MEXICO, MY BUS RIDE TO SCHOOL TOOK AT LEAST AN HOUR. WHEN YOU LIVE IN FAR-REMOVED LOCATIONS, THERE IS A LOT OF DOWN-TIME ON THE BUS. NOW, THE FOLKS AT GOOGLE HAVE DEVISED A WAY TO MAKE THAT TIME MORE PRODUCTIVE FOR KIDS. GOOGLE UNVEILED ONE OF MORE THAN TWO DOZEN SCHOOL BUSES THAT IT HAS  EQUIPPED WITH WIFI FOR STUDENTS IN BERKELEY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA -- A RURAL COUNTY WHERE MANY KIDS HAVE LONG COMMUTES TO SCHOOL, AND  LIMITED ACCESS TO THE INTERNET.  SOME STUDENTS IN THE SPRAWLING DISTRICT SPEND TWO HOURS A DAY RIDING  TO AND FROM SCHOOL. SOUND FAMILIAR? THE GOOGLE INITIATIVE - CALLED THE ROLLING STUDY HALL - HELPS ENSURE  KIDS CAN GET ONLINE TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK DURING THEIR OFTEN LENGTHY  COMMUTES TO AND FROM SCHOOL. "IT'S HUGE BECASE IN A RURAL AREA LIKE  ST. STEPHEN, MOST STUDENTS DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO INTERNET OR WIFI. YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW  MANY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE NEVER EVEN LEFT ST. STEPHEN, SO THIS GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO  EXPLORE AND TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING HOME."> THERE'S A WHOLE WORLD THAT CAN  BE EXPOSED TO THESE CHILDREN TO GET READY FOR 21ST CENTURY JOBS, AND THAT'S WHY WE DECIDED  TO PROVIDE ROLLING STUDY HALL AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRIDGE THAT DIGITAL DIVIDE."> A GRANT TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ALSO PROVIDES FOR 17-HUNDRED  CHROMEBOOKS - WHICH IS THE GOOGLE-BRANDED LAPTOPS - ON WHICH PUBLIC  SCHOOL CHILDREN DO CLASS ASSIGNMENTS AND HOMEWORK AS SCHOOL  BOOKS ARE LARGELY REPLACED BY ONLINE WORKSHEETS AND ARTICLES. GOOGLE HOPES TO EVENTUALLY EXPAND THE PROGRAM AROUND THE COUNTRY

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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