AgDay Daily Recap March 7, 2017

March 7, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 7, 2017


HEADLINES
BIRD FLU MAKES ITS WAY BACK TO THE UNITED  STATES. ITS WINTER AND IT'S CALVING SEASON--FOR RANCHERS IN THE  NORTHERN PLAINS. IN AGRIBUSINESS...FOLLOWING SOUTH AMERICAN HARVEST. PLUS IDEAS FOR IMPROVING THE DAIRY MARGIN PROTECTION PROGRAM. AND A  SIGHT SAVING OPERATION FOR AN APE IN NEED.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

BIRD FLU OUTBREAK IN TENNESSEE
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ANIMAL HEALTH OFFICIALS IN TWO  SOUTHERN STATES ARE ON-ALERT AFTER A POULTRY FLOCK TESTED POSITIVE  FOR HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN FLU. THE VIRUS WAS DISCOVERED IN A COMMERCIAL CHICKEN BREEDER FLOCK IN  LINCOLN COUNTY, TENNESSEE. IT'S A CONTRACT GROWER FOR TYSON. LINCOLN COUNTY IS ABOUT TWO HOURS EAST OF CHATTANOOGA. AND ABOUT AN  HOUR NORTH OF HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA. AS SUCH, DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE IN BOTH STATES ARE RESPONDING TO  THE OUTBREAK. ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AG,  THIS IS THE FIRST  CONFIRMED CASE OF HIGH-PATH AVIAN FLU IN COMMERCIAL POULTRY IN THE  UNITED STATES THIS YEAR.  TESTING CONFIRMED THIS OUTBREAK TO BE THE H-7 STRAIN. ON FRIDAY THE POULTRY PRODUCER NOTICED AN INCREASE IN BIRD DEATHS  AND CONTACTED STATE OFFICIALS. THE FACILITY IS NOW UNDER QUARANTINE, AND THE AFFECTED FLOCK OF 73- THOUSAND BIRDS IS BEING DE-POPULATED. 30 OTHER POULTRY FARMS WITHIN A 10 KILOMETER RADIUS ARE ALSO UNDER  QUARANTINE.  THAT'S STANDARD PRACTICE IN HIGH-PATH AVIAN FLU OUTBREAKS. AS WE HAVE REPORTED THESE VIRUS STRAINS CAN TRAVEL IN WILD BIRDS  WITHOUT ANY APPEARANCE OF THOSE BIRDS BEING SICK. USDA IS ENCOURAGING BIRD OWNERS - WHETHER IT'S A COMMERCIAL  OPERATION OR A BACKYARD FARM - TO PRACTICE GOOD BIOSECURITY STEPS.  PRODUCERS SHOULD PREVENT CONTACT BETWEEN THEIR OWN FLOCKS AND  WILDBIRDS. THIS IS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER FLU VIRUS THAT YOU JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT  HAS TO BE MANAGED BECAUSE JUST THE SAME AS ANY OTHER FLU WILL MUTATE  THIS VIRUS CAN MUTATE JUST THE SAME AS THE OTHERS SO THIS WILL BE A  CONSTANT UPHILL BATTLE I KNOW THAT SOME VACCINES ARE BEING CURRENTLY  DEVELOPED STILL WORKING ON IT THOUGH THEY'RE NOT PERFECTED YET BUT  IT'S THE BEST THING THAT WE'VE GOT NOW AND AS AS MORE RESEARCH GOES  ALONG WITH THIS BETTER VACCINES WILL COME OUT OF IT.  THE LAST KNOWN HIGH-PATH CASE OF AVIAN FLU WAS IN INDIANA IN EARLY 2016.  IN 2015, SEVERAL STATES IN THE MIDWEST WERE HIT BY AVIAN FLU AND 50  MILLION EGG-LAYING HENS AND TURKEYS WERE PUT-DOWN.

NAFTA RENEGOTIONS AFTER ROSS CONFIRMED
NOW THAT WILBUR ROSS IS OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED AS SECRETARY OF  COMMERCE, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT WILL NOTIFY MEMBERS OF THE  HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE IN MID-MARCH THAT IT WILL RENEGOTIATE  THE 23-YEAR OLD PACT.  ONCE THE ADMINISTRATION COMMUNICATES ITS INTENT, IT THEN MUST CONSULT  WITH CONGRESS ON THE OBJECTIVE OF TRADE TALKS DURING A 90-DAY PERIOD.   "WE HAVE TO BE REALLY CAREFUL. WE'VE TAKEN SOME HITS AT CHINA, NOW THIS WILL BE A HIT  AT MEXICO AND CANADA. THOSE ARE OUR THREE LARGEST TRADING PARTNERS. WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT  TO GET IN A TRADE WAR WITH ANY OF THOSE FOLKS." WHEN EVER WE HAVE HAVE RETALIATION, IT ALWAYS GOES TO AG PRODUCTS BECAUSE THEY  KNOW WE'RE GOING TO SCREAM THE LOUDEST  AND WE'LL BE ON THE HILL AND TLAKING TO MEMBERS SO  THEY WANT TO MAKE IT AS HIGH PROFILE AS POSSIBLE. BUT I THINK IF WE GET INTO SOME KIND OF TRADE  RELTATION WE'LL HAVE AG PRODUCTS ON THE TABLE IN A BIG WAY.

AGROTERRORISM ATTACK
ALSO IN WASHINGTON, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE  AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WOULD ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL THREAT OF  AN AGRO-TERRORISM ATTACK ON THE U-S.  THE GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THE FOOD PUT ON THE TABLES OF AMERICAN  FAMILIES REMAINS SAFE FROM ATTACK. SENATE AG CHAIR PAT ROBERTS CO- SPONSORED THE LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE AND SAYS IT REITERATES THE  ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AS IT RELATES TO AGRO- TERRORISM. "AS THE DHS CONTINUES TO BUILD THE NATIONAL BIO AND AGRO- DEFENSE FACILITY IN MANHATTAN, KANSAS," SAYS ROBERTS, "NOW IS THE TIME  TO SHORE UP OUR AUTHORITIES REGARDING COORDINATION AND MITIGATION  SHOULD OUR NATION BE HIT BY BIOLOGICAL ATTACK ON OUR FOOD AND  AGRICULTURE." NEW YORK REPUBLICAN DAN DONOVAN, WHO CO-SPONSORED  THE LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE, SAYS AMERICA'S ENEMIES ARE INTENT ON  ATTACKING THE COUNTRY'S RESOURCES AND VULNERABILITIES, WHICH  INCLUDES THE FOOD SUPPLY. "THREATS TO THE U.S. FOOD, AGRICULTURE, AND  LIVESTOCK INDUSTRIES COULD DEVASTATE OUR FOOD SYSTEMS. THIS WOULD  AFFECT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND THE ECONOMY," SAYS DONOVAN. HE  CALLED THE BILL AN ESSENTIAL TOOL TO ENHANCE THE COUNTRY'S  PREPAREDNESS FOR AN AGRO-TERRORISM ATTACK.

COTTON MARKET
THE COTTON MARKET SEEING A STRONG DAY OF TRADE MONDAY. MARKET ANALYSTS O-A CLEVELAND SAYS SPECULATORS AND LARGE FUNDS ARE  FLOCKING TO THE COTTON MARKET AT HISTORIC LEVELS. THAT HAS FUTURES PRICES INCHING THEIR WAY TOWARD 80 CENTS PER  HUNDRED ON THE FRONT MONTHS. CONTINUED STRONG EXPORTS AND SMALLER THAN ANTICIPATED CARRYOVER IS  TRUMPING THE EXPECTED RISE IN ACREAGE SO FAR. COTTON ACREAGE COULD BE UP TO 12 MILLION ACRES THIS SPRING WHICH  WOULD BE SOME  2 MILLION MORE THAN 2016. FORMER AG SECRETARY CLAYTON YEUTTER IS BEING REMEMBERED FOR HIS  UNBRIDLED SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. YEUTTER DIED SATURDAY AFTER A FOUR YEAR BATTLE WITH CANCER.  HE WAS  86. YEUTTER WAS RAISED ON A NEBRASKA FARM DURING THE DEPRESSION. HE  GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA IN 1952 WITH A DEGREE IN  ANIMAL HUSBANDRY. HE LATER EARNED A P-D-H IN AG ECONOMICS. FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS ON THE FARM HE ROSE TO BECOME AG SECRETARY  UNDER PRESIDENT GEORGE H-W BUSH. BEFORE THAT, HE WAS U-S TRADE REPRESENTATIVE FOR PRESIDENT RONALD  REAGAN. IN 2008 YEUTTER TOOK PART IN A FARM JOURNAL FORUM IN WASHINGTON D-C.   THE EVENT SHOWCASED SEVEN FORMER USDA SECRETARIES. IN 2011, HE GAVE BRIEF REMARKS ABOUT HIS TENURE AT USDA. I MADE A LOT OF TRIPS BACK AND FORTH TO JAPAN AND I WOULD CARRY RICE  WITH ME, A BIG STRIPE ON THE BRIEFCASE SAYING U.S. RICE. IT REALLY HELPED  KEEP THE ATTENTION ON THE ISSUE. FROM A POLICY STANDPOINT WE PUBLISHED  PROPOSALS FOR THE 1990 FARM BILL. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME USDA HAD DONE  ANYTHING QUITE LIKE THAT. AND THAT'S WHAT PERMITTED US TO MAKE SOME  FIRST RATE CHANGES IN THE 1990 FARM LEGISLATION." A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CLAYTON YEUTTER WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH IN  BETHESDA MARYLAND.

NORTH DAKOTA HARSH WEATHER
WINTER IS NOT READY TO GIVE-UP ITS GRIP ON NORTH DAKOTA.  PARTS OF THE  STATE WERE UNDER A BLIZZARD WARNING ON MONDAY. THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE NEAR WILLISTON. WHILE THERE WASN'T A LOT OF SNOW PREDICTED IN THE FORECAST, THE WINDS  PUSHED INTO THE MID 50 MILE AN HOUR RANGE, CREATING THE BLIZZARD  CONDITIONS. WHEN NORTH DAKOTA'S CALVING SEASON BEGINS, LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS  MONITOR THEIR HERDS AROUND THE CLOCK. NEWBORNS CAN'T SURVIVE LONG IN THE COLD WINTER WEATHER SO RANCHERS  CHECK COWS EVERY FEW HOURS. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AFFILIATE KFYR TELLS US ABOUT THOSE LONG HARD DAYS  AND COLD SLEEPNESS NIGHTS. GLEN AND WANDA LENNICK ARE HAPPY TO HAVE A ROOF OVER THEY CALVES.  THE ROOF OF THIS BARN  COLLAPSED UNDER THE WEIGHT OF HEAVY SNOW ON JANUARY 13TH, JUST THREE DAYS AFTER THEIR FIRST  CALF WAS BORN.  WANDA LENNICK:  WE HEARD A CRACK AND I SAID WE BETTER GET OUT OF HERE SO  WE GOT OUT AND WALKED AWAY AND IT WENT DOWN. THE NEXT EIGHT DAYS 140 CALVES DROPPED.   GLEN LENNICK:  ALL NIGHT LONG WE WENT OUT WITH THE COWS.  SOMEBODY WAS THERE 24/7 JUST SO  THEY WOULDN'T FREEZE UP.  IT WAS NASTY COLD RIGHT DURING THAT TIME.  DURING THAT PERIOD  OVERNIGHT LOWS RANGED FROM FIFTEEN TO TWENTY-FIVE BELOW ZERO. WANDA LENNICK:  IT WAS EITHER  US NOT SLEEPING OR THE CALVES DYING, SO WE DIDN'T SLEEP. NAT SOUND OF COWS  MOOING.....THANKS TO QUICK WORK BY LOCAL CONTRACTORS, THE LENNICK'S BARN WAS REPAIRED IN JUST  EIGHT DAYS.  WANDA LENNICK:  THE CARPENTER AND ELECTRICIAN AND THE LUMBER YARD PULLING  TOGETHER AND GETTING US GOING AGAIN THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. NAT SOUND OF COWS BEING FED.....  THE LENNICK RANCH EXPECTS TO DELIVER CLOSE TO 500 CALVES BY THE TIME CALVING SEASON ENDS  IN LATE MARCH OR EARLY APRIL. THE LENNICK'S STILL HAVE 120 COWS THAT HAVEN'T DROPPED CALVES  YET.  THANKS TO A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS, THESE CALVES WON'T BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD THIS  WINTER.  I'M CLIFF NAYLOR REPORTING FOR AGDAY. 

CROP COMMENTS
CALVING SEASON IS UNDERWAY FOR MANY PRODUCERS. CINDI CLAWSON JOINS  US NOW WITH AN UPDATE.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  MATT LANSFORD FROM CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO SENDING US SOME CALVING  PHOTOS.HE SAYS CALVING COULDN'T BE GOING ANY BETTER. HE'S RECEIVING NICE  WEATHER AND HE'S NOW TWO-THIRDS DONE. WHILE SOME ARE ALMOST DONE, IT'S THE START OF CALVING SEASON FOR JIM JIBBEN IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH  DAKOTA. JIM SAYS THE BULL BROKE OUT LAST YEAR. AND AS A RESULT, HE'S CALVING  EARLIER THAN  NORMAL ON HIS FARM!! HE LAUGHS AND SAYS AT LEAST THE  WEATHER IS NICE, IDEAL FOR CALVING.  AND NOW THERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  WITH A UNIQUELY POWERFUL  FORMULATION OF PROVEN INGREDIENTS, RESICORE GIVES YOU EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.  LEARN MORE AT POWEROVERWEEDS.COM.

TEASE
SPRING PLANTING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.  IN SOUTH AMERICA HARVEST  IS STARTING TO WIND-DOWN.  WE'LL CHECK ON THE BIG CROP COMING OUT OF  BRAZIL.IN OUR DAIRY REPORT, WE TALK ABOUT THE NEXT FARM BILL...AND WHAT'S  NEEDED TO MAKE DAIRY PRODUCERS HAPPY. LATER WE VISIT THE VETERINARY LABS AT KANSAS STATE WHERE A RARE  PROCEDURE WAS CONDUCTED TO GIVE AN APE A BETTER LIFE. DETAILS AS WE HEAD IN THE COUTNRY. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS COTTON STARTING THE WEEK WITH TRADES MORE THAN A  DOLLAR HIGHER. LETS SEE HOW OTHER COMMODITIES FAIRED FROM OUR  FRIENDS ON THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. IT'S BEEN KIND OF A WILD DAY IN THE GRAIN MARKETS, ESPECIALLY IN THE  WHEAT AND SOYBEANS. SOYBEANS HAVE BEEN UP AND DOWN ALL DAY LONG,  WHEAT HAS HELD SOME GAINS AND THE CORN HAS BEEN THE WEAKER MARKET  ALL DAY LONG. SOYBEANS CAN'T DECIDE IF THEY WANT TO BE GOOD OR NOT. THE  SITUATION DOWN IN BRAZIL WITH THE LINGUISTICAL PROBLEMS IN THE  NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY SEEM TO BE RESOLVING THEMSELVES AND  THE FLOW IN TRUCKS IN NORTHERN AREAS IS MUCH  MUCH BETTER TODAY.  LIVESTOCK MARKETS HAVE BEEN GENERALLY TRADING BOTH SIDES OF  UNCHANGED BUT GENERALLY WITH A LITTLE FIRMER TONE, MOSTLY IN THE HOGS  OVER THE COURSE OF TODAY. AS WE DEAL WITH SOME BIG SELLING WE'VE SEEN  LAST WEEK. HOG PRICES HAVE REMAINED CONSTANT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE SO  WE'RE SEEING THE FUTURES SIDE START TO RECOVER. THE BIG MYSTERY IS  OVER IN THE CATTLE MARKET WHERE THE CATTLE IS HOLDING CLOSE TO THE  LOWER END OF THE AREA AND THE LIVE CATTLE MARKET HAS BEEN STRUGGLING  WITH ANY UPSIDE POTENTIAL AT ALL BESDIES SOME VERY FIRM LIVE CATTLE  AUCTION PRICES.  THANKS VERY MUCH. THIS HAS BEEN JACK SCOVILLE WITH PRICES FUTURES  GROUP. COMING TO YOU FROM THE CME FLOOR IN CHICAGO.

AGRIBUSINESS
TED SEIFRIED ZANER AG HEDGE OUR GUEST HERE TODAY TO LET 'S TALK ABOUT THE BRAZILIAN CROP  BECAUSE YOU KNOW AS WE GET READY FOR SPRING THERE FINISHING UP WITH HARVEST HOW 'S THAT  GOING YOU ABSOLUTELY ARE YOU SAW INFORMA RAISE THEIR NUMBER TO ONE OH EIGHT WE ARE THAT'S A  BIG NUMBER IT'S A BIG NUMBER THE USDA 'S YOU KNOW THAT THEY'VE BEEN CREEPING UP AS WELL  WE'LL SEE WHAT THEY DO HERE ON THE ON THE MARCH WASDE REPORT ON OUR ESTIMATE FOR THAT IS  ALSO AT ONE OH EIGHT WE'RE TALKING TO A LOT OF OUR CONTACTS DOWN IN BRAZIL AND ARE IN ARGENTINA  AND THE GENERAL CONSENSUS OUT OF BRAZIL IS THAT IF THINGS GO WELL BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN THEY  WRAP UP HARVEST THAT ONE OH EIGHT NUMBERS LOOKING PRETTY LIKELY THE WHISPER NUMBERS ARE  CREEPING UP CLOSER TO ABOUT ONE TEN ONE ELEVEN WHILE SO THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR AN EVEN BIGGER  CROP DOWN THERE EITHER WAY WHEN YOU PUT BRAZIL IN ARGENTINA TOGETHER THE LIKELIHOOD OF  BEATING THE ORIGINAL USDA NUMBERS THAT WE SAW A FEW MONTHS AGO IS VERY LIKELY SO THERE'S  THIS GONNA BE A LOT MORE SOYBEANS COMING FROM SOUTH AMERICA IN GENERAL FOR THE WORLD TO  ABSORB THAT COULD WEIGH SIGNIFICANTLY ON PRICES YEAH I WAS JUST GONNA SAY HOW MUCH THAT  GOING TO WEIGH ON OUR OWN PRICES HERE AT RIGHT IN PARTICULAR YOU KNOW THE SOUTH AMERICAN  RIVERS WITH THE BRAZILIAN PRODUCER IS FIFTEEN TO EIGHTEEN PERCENT UNDER SOLD COMPARED WITH A  FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. THESE ARE BUSHELS THAT HAVE YET TO CHANGE HANDS TO THE COMMERCIAL WHEN  THE COMMERCIAL TAKES TAKES OVER THAT RISK THEY'RE GOING AWAY THAT OFF ON THE BOARD SO THERE  STILL COULD BE A TREMENDOUS MAN SELLING PRESSURE COMING FROM THE SOUTH AMERICAN PRODUCER  THAT WE JUST HAVE NOT SEEN YET AND I WOULD ARGUE THAT 'S ONE OF THE FACTORS IS WHY. WE'RE  TRADING A DOLLAR THIRTY FIVE ALL OVER WHERE WE WERE THIS TIME LAST YEAR WITH VERY SIMILAR OR  MAYBE EVEN MORE NEGATIVE FUNDAMENTALS. SO WHEN THAT SELLING WERE TO HAPPEN IF AND WHEN  IT DOES AND LIKELY WHEN IT DOES YOU COULD BE LOOKING AT QUITE A DOWN SIDE FOR SOYBEANS SO  PRODUCERS ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ADDING MORE SOYBEAN ACRES HERE IN THE U S  WE'D BE LOOKING AT THE PRICE THAT WE HAVE. WE KNOW WE KEEP THAT IN MIND AND THEN LOOKING AT  PROTECTING THE DOWNSIDE FOR SOYBEAN PRICES ALRIGHT GET SOME PROTECTION IN THERE APPRECIATE IT  WILL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE  FOR PROFESSIONAL MARKETING ADVICE SPECIFICALLY TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS, CALL

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WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY, CINDI CLAWSON IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN TODAY. CINDI, AS WE LOOK AT THE  WEATHER HERE, A COUPLE OF SYSTEMS REALLY WORKING ITS WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. KIND OF STRONG  ONES ESPECIALLY THAT ONE OF THE NATION 'S MIDSECTION. WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF WIND WITH THAT  SOME SHOWERS AND SOME THUNDERSTORMS AS WELL. LET 'S TAKE A LOOK. THE FIRST SYSTEM WILL TALK  ABOUT IS THE ONE RIGHT HERE IN THE NATION 'S MIDSECTION THAT 'S BEEN BRINGING SOME SHOWERS IN  SOME RUMBLES OF THUNDER WITH THAT IT 'S AS IT 'S BEEN MOVING THROUGH PARTS OF THE CORN BELT THAT WILL CONTINUE A QUICK EASTWARD  PUSH IS WE HAD THROUGH THE DAY OUT IN THE NORTHWEST, WE'VE GOT A SYSTEM COMING ONSHORE.  WE ALREADY HAVE SOME SNOW AND SOME LOWER ELEVATION RAIN THAT GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT  'S GOING TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT TWENTY FOUR TO THIRTY SIX HOURS. LET'S PUT THIS INTO MOTION AND  SEE WHAT 'S GOING ON YOU COULD SEE ALL THAT RAIN MOVING OFF TO THE EAST AND. YOU SEE THE RAIN  IN UPPER ELEVATION SNOW CONTINUING IN THE NORTHWEST AND NOW REALLY AGAIN NOT GONNA CHANGE  WILL START TO SEE SOME DRIER WEATHER WORKING IN TOO MUCH OF THE NATION 'S MIDSECTION THE WET  WEATHER MOVES OFF TO THE EAST COAST WE GOT SOME SNOW FOR PARTS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST AND  GREAT LAKES AND AGAIN CONTINUED UNSETTLED WEATHER FOR THE NORTHWESTERN UNITED STATES AND  THAT'S GOING TO CONTINUE EVEN AS WE HEAD THROUGH OUR WEDNESDAY. WE WILL SEE DRIER WEATHER  FOR MOST OF THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY, SOME OF YOU SEE SHOWERS MAYBE A COUPLE OR MOST POSSIBLE IN PART TO THE WESTERN GULF COAST STATES BUT  BOY, WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEN THAT RAIN AND UPPER ELEVATION SNOW CONTINUING FOR THE NORTHWEST  FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS NOW. HERES THE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS,  IT 'S REALLY BEEN RIGHT BY WHERE THIS COLD FRONT IS PUSHING FOR THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY,  AND OF COURSE THAT UPPER ELEVATION SNOW WITH A LOWER ELEVATION RAIN IN THE NORTHWEST TO SEE  EVERYTHING PUSHING OFF TO THE EAST. LOOK AT THAT FAIRLY HEAVY PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS EXPECTED   ESPECIALLY FOR PORTIONS OF OREGON AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, WHERE A LOT OF FOLKS AND BE WELL  OVER THAT THREE INCHES, LOOKING AT A LOT OF FOLKS OVER AN INCH HERE IN PARTS OF THE EAST. SNOWFALL  OF COURSE THAT 'S GOING TO BE A PROBLEM FOR SOME FOLKS ESPECIALLY TO GET INTO THE UPPER  MIDWEST AND INTO THE NORTHWEST IN SOME OF THOSE HIGH AMOUNTS EXPECTED  IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS THERE. MOST OF THE NORTHEAST THE SNOW STAYS A LITTLE BIT FURTHER TO THE NORTH OF YOU. ALRIGHT, AS FAR AS TEMPERATURES ARE CONCERNED, A LOT OF US IN THE FIFTIES AND SIXTIES THE  NATION 'S MIDSECTION THAT COOLER  AIR FOLLOWING BEHIND THAT COLD FRONT. YOU SEE SOME THIRTIES AND FORTIES UP IN THE NORTHCENTRAL  UNITED STATES AND YOU SEE THAT COLDER AIR DIPPING DOWN INTO THE TEENS AND SINGLE DIGITS FAR  NORTH A LOT OF THIRTIES AND FORTIES. ACROSS MUCH OF THE NATION 'S MIDSECTION THEY MAY GET BACK  INTO THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES FOR THE SOUTH SO WE START TO SEE SOME WARMER TEMPERATURES ON  THE WAY AT LEAST IN SOUTHERN PART OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT 'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST  NOW LET 'S CHECK ON THE WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE.   YUMA, ARIZONA, SUNNY AND BREEZY TODAY  WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF SEVENTY SIX DEGREES. BAGLEY, MINNESOTA, MOSTLY CLOUDY COLD AIR  FOR YOU TODAY WITH SOME SNOW SHOWERS AND A HIGH OF TWENTY FOUR DEGREES. CROSSVILLE,  TENNESSEE, LOOK FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.

TEASE
NEXT, WE'LL HEAR IDEAS ON FIXING THE DAIRY MARGIN PROTECTION PROGRAM  FROM THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO MAKE IT WORK. AND LATER, THE GIFT OF SIGHT FOR A SPECIAL FRIEND. THIS COMMON HUMAN  SURGERY NOW HELPING MEMBERS OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM WITH IMPROVED  VISION. 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.

DAIRY REPORT
ON THE DAIRY REPORT, NEW CHEESE PRODUCTION NUMBERS ARE OUT FROM  USDA.IT SHOWS TOTAL CHEESE OUTPUT AT MORE THAN ONE BILLION POUNDS (1.04). THAT'S NEARLY 4 PERCENT (3.7) HIGHER THAN JANUARY 2016. ITALIAN CHEESE ALSO NEARLY 4 (3.8% 452 MILLION LBS) PERCENT HIGHER YEAR  OVER YEAR.AMERICAN CHEESE IS UP 3 PERCENT (3% 413 MILLION LBS) AND BUTTER IS ABOUT  A PERCENTAGE POINT HIGHER (1.2% 178 MILLION LBS) THAN LAST YEAR BUT UP 8  AND HALF PERCENT SINCE DECEMBER. ON THE POLICY FRONT, THE DAIRY MARGIN PROTECTION PROGRAM CONTINUES  TO GARNER ATTENTION FROM WASHINGTON LEADERS. HOUSE AG CHAIRMAN MIKE CONAWAY TELLING REPORTERS AT COMMODITY  CLASSIC HE EXPECTS A REWRITE OF DAIRY POLICY IN THE NEXT FARM BILL. WHILE THOSE HELPING ADMINISTER THE LEGISLATION SAY THEY KNOW THE  CURRENT SAFETY NET ISN'T WORKING. THEY SAY THERE ARE IDEAS OUT THERE TO HELP IMPROVE THE PROGRAM. YOU KNOW THERE'S A STATUTORY FORMULA IN THE FARM BILL THAT TELLS US HOW TO CALCULATE  PAYMENTS. IT COULD CHANGE THE FORMULA THAT BASICALLY SWEETENS THE PAYMENT. WHEN MARGINS SHRINK A LITTLE BIT IT COULD CAN MAKE A LARGER PAYMENT SO IT'S COMPLETELY STATUTORY DRIVEN. WE COULD IMPLEMENT A REGIONAL PROGRAM, WE'RE DOING IT FOR ARC COUNTY BUT THERE ARE  PROBLEMS WITH ARC COUNTY BECAUSE PRODUCERS COMPLAIN THAT THEIR NEIGHBORS GOT A PAYMENT  AND THEY DIDN'T. ONE OF THE OTHER PROBLEMS WITH MARGIN PROTECTION IS THERE'S NOT A LOT OF GOOD  DATA. WE DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE  GOOD DATA ON MILK PRICES, REGIONAL MILK PRICES, REGIONAL FEED  PRICES SO IT WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT MORE DIFFICULT TO DO BUT IF THE CONGRESS DIRECTED TEH SECRETARY  TO DO A REGIONAL PROGRAM WE WILL DO IT. IN THE MEANTIME, FSA SAYS THEY'RE WORKING WITH THE NEW TRANSITION  TEAM AND IT'S BUSINESS AS USUAL AT USDA..

TEASE
NEXT ON AGDAY . A COMMON HUMAN EYE TREATMENT HELPS A FRIEND FROM THE ANIMAL  KINGDOM FIND IT'S VISION. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  DISCOVER THE POWER BEHIND THE M6 SERIES AT  KUBOTA.COM. AS WE AGE, HUMANS BECOME MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO CATARACTS. THE LENS OF  YOUR EYE STARTS TO CLOUD AND IMPACTS YOUR VISION. THE NATIONAL EYE  INSTITUTE SAYS BY AGE 80 MORE THAN HALF OF ALL AMERICANS EITHER HAVE A  CATARACT OR CORRECTIVE SURGERY.VETERINARIANS AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY JUST PERFORMED CATARACT  SURGERY ON A SPECIAL GIBBON APE NAMED BOOGER.   FROM AN EARLY AGE, SHE SUFFERED FROM VISION PROBLEMS IN BOTH OF HER  EYES. THE APE'S OWNER SAYS EVEN THOUGH BOOGER USED OTHER SENSES TO HELP  GUIDE HER WHILE AT PLAY, SHE HAD TROUBLE NAVIGATING UNFAMILIAR AREAS.  NOW POST-SURGERY, THERE'S AN IMMEDIATE TRANSFORMATION. "SHE'S EXTREMELY AGILE AND DOING THINGS THAT SHE'S NEVER DONE BEFORE. JUMPING UP ON THINGS, VERY  ACCURATE WHERE SHE LANDS NOW INSTEAD OF STUMBLING AROUND AND BANGING INTO STUFF."> THE VETERINARIAN WHO PERFORMED THE SURGERY AT KANSAS STATE  UNIVERSITY, SAYS CATARACT SURGERY IS VERY COMMON IN DOGS AND CATS,  BUT UNCOMMON IN NON-HUMAN PRIMATES, SUCH AS THE GIBBON APE.  "SHE'S UNIQUE IN THAT SHE IS PAVING THE WAY FOR THE POTENTIAL TO DO THIS PROCEDURE IN OTHER  NON-HUMAN PRIMATES. IT IS NOT NECESSARILY JUST GIBBONS, BUT OTHER NON-HUMAN PRIMATES THAT  DEVELOP CATARACTS BECOMING BLIND AND MAY NEED SURGERY."PRECISION WAS A MAJOR PART OF THE SURGERY, WITH THE INCISION FOR BOTH  EYES NO LARGER THAN 3 OR 4 MILLIMETERS IN LENGTH, 

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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