AgDay Daily Recap -March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 7, 2018

HEADLINES

WASHINGTON WEIGHING IN ON THE PRESIDENT'S PUSH FOR NEW TARIFFS. PLUS, OPTIMISM TICKS UP IN FARM COUNTRY. IN AGRIBUSINESS..A WHEAT MARKET WILDCARD. AN UPDATE ON THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE INDUSTRY ON THE PACKER TV. AND RACING TOWARD HEALTHY EATING...  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

METAL TARIFFS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. LEADERS IN CONGRESS ARE CALLING ON THE PRESIDENT TO RETHINK HIS  BROAD APPROACH TO POTENTIAL NEW TARIFFS ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM. HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN SPEAKING OUT AGAINST BLANKET TARRIFS. HE SAYS HE'S ENCOURAGED THE WHITE HOUSE MAY RECONSIDER AND URGES  THE PRESIDENT TO TAKE A MORE "SURGICAL" APPROACH ON CHINA AND OTHER  COUNTRIES. THE SPEAKER HAS BEEN OUTSPOKEN IN HIS CRITICISM OF THE PLAN AHEAD OF A  FINAL DECISION "THERE'S CLEARLY ABUSE OCCURRING. CLEARLY, THERE IS OVER-CAPACITY, DUMPING AND TRANSSHIPPING  OF STEEL AND ALUMINUM BY SOME COUNTRIES, PARTICULARLY CHINA. BUT I THINK THE SMARTER WAY TO  GO IS TO MAKE IT MORE SURGICAL OR MORE TARGETED."> AG GROUPS ARE HOPING TO AVOID RETALIATORY TARIFFS ON THE INDUSTRY  FOLLOWING THE PRESIDENT'S PLEDGE TO IMPLEMENT ACROSS THE BOARD  INCREASES OF 25 PERCENT ON STEEL AND 10 PERCENT ON ALUMINUM. DESPITE UNCERTAINTY IN AGRICULTURE RIGHT NOW - STEMMING FROM THE  PRESIDENT'S THREAT OF TARIFFS - MOST FARMERS SEEM OPTIMISTIC ABOUT  TRADE.

PURDUE AG BAROMETER
THE MONTHLY PURDUE-CME AG BAROMETER ASKED FARMERS ABOUT TRADE,  AND NAFTA IN PARTICULAR. IN THE FEBRUARY SURVEY, AG PRODUCERS REMAIN OPTIMISTIC THAT U.S. AG  EXPORTS WILL REMAIN STRONG OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. 87 PERCENT  EXPECT EXPORTS TO EITHER REMAIN ABOUT THE SAME OR INCREASE.  "WELL A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT NAFTA DESPITE THAT FARMERS REMAIN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TRADE  GROWING OVER TIME. AND THAT'S DESPITE THE FACT THAT CANADA AND MEXICO ARE TWO OF OUR LARGEST  TRADING PARTNERS."THIS SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED PRIOR TO PRESIDENT TRUMPS ANNOUNCEMENT  REGARDING THE TARIFFS SO WE DON'T KNOW IF OR HOW THE FARMER  RESPONSES WOULD CHANGE. AS FAR AS THE OVERALL SENTIMENT THE BAROMETER CLIMBED HIGHER FOR THE  SECOND STRAIGHT MONTH. AT 140, IT'S THE SECOND-HIGHEST LEVEL IN MORE  THAN TWO YEARS OF DATA COLLECTION. 

NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS
SOME OF THAT UNCERTAINTY FALLING ON THE RENEGOTIATION OF NAFTA.  THE LATEST ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS IS WRAPPING UP IN MEXICO CITY THIS  WEEK. US TRADE REPRESENTATIVE-- ROBERT LIGHTHIZER-- SAYS ONLY 6 OF 30  CHAPTERS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. WHILE PROGRESS IS BEING MADE, LIGHTHIZER STRESSES TIME IS RUNNING  SHORT. MEXICO HAS ELECTIONS THIS SUMMER AND THE U.S. HAS IT'S OWN MID-TERM  CYCLE IN NOVEMBER. HE SAYS IN ORDER FOR THE CURRENT CONGRESS TO CONSIDER THE  RENEGOTIATIONS, AGREEMENT MUST BE MADE SOON.

199A FIX
ALSO IN WASHINGTON, PLANS ARE MOVING FORWARD ON A POSSIBLE FIX FOR  SECTION 199A IN THE NEW TAX LAW.  EXPERTS SAY THE WORDING FAVORS COOPS OVER PRIVATE GRAIN BUYERS--BUT  GETTING IT CHANGED HAS PROVEN CHALLENGING. TYNE MORGAN REPORTS. FOR AGRICULTURE ASSUMING SECTION 199 GETS CHANGED TO WHAT WE THINK IT MIGHT END UP BEING  I'D GIVE IT A B PLUS IT'S SECTION ONE NINETY NINE EIGHT CREATING UNCERTAINTY. THE NEW TAX  PROVISION GIVES A 20 PERCENT TAX DEDUCTION TO A FARMER SELLING GOODS TO A COOPERATIVE RATHER  THAN A PRIVATE ELEVATOR. A LINE ITEM THAT WAS ADDED LAST MINUTE AND BECAUSE OF THAT IT REALLY  WASN'T VETTED AS WELL AS IT MAYBE SHOULD HAVE BEEN. OR AT THE VERY END OF THE OF THE TAX BILLS  AND NOW SECTION ONE NINETY NINE EIGHT IS CREATING CONTROVERSY. THAT'S THE PROBLEM. THEY  OVERDID IT. PRIVATE GRAIN BUYERS ARE UPSET SAYING SECTION 199 PUTS THEM AT A DISADVANTAGE  AS NOW MORE FARMERS ARE SELLING GOODS TO CO-OP SO BECAUSE OF THAT YOU KNOW THE PRIVATES  GOT TOGETHER THEY'VE GOTTEN TOGETHER WITH THE SENATORS THAT SORT OF HELPED CRAFT IT. AND THEY'VE  GONE AND SAID OK WE NEED TO SORT OF GET THIS FIXED. SENATORS JOHN THUNE AND JOHN HOEVEN  OFFERING THE LAST MINUTE SECTION 199 ADD ON NAVER SAYS SECTION ONE NINETY NINE IS A PRIME  EXAMPLE OF THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. WITH THE SENATORS NOT REALIZING IT WOULD  PROVIDE SUCH A LARGE TAX DEDUCTION FOR CROP FARMERS THERE SHOULDN'T BE UNINTENDED  CONSEQUENCES IN THE THEORY OF TAX POLICY. THEY THEY OVERDID IT. SO NOW THEY'RE THERE TRYING TO FIND OUT THE RIGHT MIDDLE GROUND. AND THERE IS THE PROBLEM BECAUSE THE LONGER IT STAYS THAT  WAY. MORE AND MORE OF THE CO-OP MEMBERS ARE PENCILING OUT THEIR TAXES AND FINDING OUT. WOW. THAT'S JUST DON'T GIVE IT UP. IT'S THOSE FARMERS WHO DON'T WANT A C SECTION ONE NINETY  NINE A CHANGE. THE FARMERS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF COAL OPS LIKE THE LANGUAGE NOW. NOW  PRIVATE COMPANIES LIKE ETHANOL PRODUCER GREEN PLAINS RENEWABLE ENERGY ARE RESTRUCTURING  THEIR BUSINESS IN ORDER TO BECOME A CO-OP OVER FEARS THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SOURCE ENOUGH  GRAIN IF SECTION 199 A FIXED BUT IT'S A FIX THAT BOTH HOVAN IS DOING OR TRYING TO FIND. THE BIGGER  CHALLENGE HOWEVER MAY BE GETTING THE NEW LEGISLATION PASSED. THE MOST LIKELY VEHICLE IS THE  IS THE IS THE FUNDING BILL BY MARCH THE TWENTY THIRD. THAT'S ALMOST MAY BE THE LAST BILL OF LEAVE  AND THE RAILROAD. OTHER THAN THAT MAYBE THE FARM BILL LATER THIS YEAR AND THAT'S WHY THEY  BETTER GET IT RIGHT. WE SMYERS SAYS THE PRESSURE TO FIND A FIX IS OVERWHELMING FOR MAJOR  LOBBYISTS FROM COMPANIES LIKE CARGILL AND ATF. BUT NOW IT'S A BALANCING ACT TO MAKE SURE THAT  CHANGE DOESN'T DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD. DON'T MAKE IT DETRIMENTAL TO COLLAPSE. AND THERE  HE GOES. THAT'S CALLED A DILEMMA. NO MATTER THE OUTCOME NEAVERTH SAYS 2017 SHOULD BE THE  YEAR OF PLANNING WHEN IT COMES TO THE NEW TAX LAW. IF WE CONTINUE TO HAVE 199. IT'S VERY  FAVORABLE FOR FARMERS TO DEAL WITH COOPERATIVES THEN THAT'S SUPER PLANNING SO WE EITHER HAVE  REGULAR PLANNING OR SUPER PLANNING AND WITH AND EVEN WITH THE REGULAR 199 THAT THAT'S A HUGE  ADVANTAGE FOR A LOT OF OUR FARMERS TO REALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT AND WHETHER AN  ADVANTAGE OR DISADVANTAGE THE INDUSTRY WAITS FOR AN ANSWER FROM THE UNCERTAINTY OF  WASHINGTON.

CROP COMMENTS
CALIFORNIA SNOW SURVEYORS TREKKED THROUGH SNOW ONCE AGAIN IN THE  SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAIN RANGE TO GET A MANUAL ASSESSMENT OF THE  IMPORTANT SNOW PACK. THE MEASUREMENT REVEALS A WEEKEND SNOW STORM OF UP TO EIGHT FEET - IN SPOTS - REALLY HELPED THE WATER OUTLOOK FOR THE STATE. THE SNOW MEASUREMENT AT THIS ONE SITE HIT 39-PERCENT OF AVERAGE.  PRIOR TO THE STORM IT WAS SEVEN PERCENT OF AVERAGE. "ACCUMULATIONS OF SOMEWHERE BETWEEN EIGHT TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT. PRETTY  MUCH THROUGHOUT THE RANGE AND THAT IS A HUGE BOOST TO WHAT WE WERE WHAT WE HAD BEEN  SEEING BACK LAST WEEK BEFORE THE STORMS HIT."THAT EIGHT-TO-TEN INCH WATER EQUIVALENT THAT GEHRKE MENTIONED  REFERS TO RUNOFF. THE MOUNTAIN SNOWS HISTORICALLY PROVIDE  CALIFORNIANS WITH NEARLY A THIRD OF THEIR WATER FOR THE WHOLE YEAR. MARCH IS TYPICALLY THE LAST MONTH OF THE RAIN AND SNOW SEASON IN THE  STATE. ITS NOT ALL WIND AND DRY WEATHER OUT THERE. CINDI IS BACK IN THE STUDIO THIS MORNING AND HAS A LOOK AT SNOW IN  TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. CINDI . GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  WELL, SNOW IS BLOWING THROUGHOUT THE WESTERN CORN BELT. MATT  NELSON IN BURT COUNTY, NEBRASKA IS IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.  HE SAYS MY LIVESTOCK ARE ABOUT AS EXCITED FOR THIS WEATHER CHANGE AS I  AM...  OUR SECOND PICTURE IS OUT OF THE COLD - IN THE HOG BARN!  KRISY OF INWOOD, IOWA SENDING THIS PICTURE OF A HAPPY BOY AND HIS PIGS!  SHE SAYS HER NEPHEW LIKES TO FREQUENT THE BARN WHENEVER HE GETS THE  CHANCE.  TAKE A LOOK AT OUR WIND FORECAST TODAY. MUCH BETTER THAN WHAT WE WERE SEEING YESTERDAY IN  THE PLAINS. THE HEAVIER WINDS ARE IN THE SOUTH EAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TODAY. BUT  WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING AT LEAST BREEZY CONDITIONS EVEN ALL THE WAY BACK INTO THE PLAINS.  WE'RE GOING TO START GETTING PRETTY BREEZY IN THE NORTHEAST AS WELL AS WE SEE ANOTHER  NOR'EASTER MOVING THROUGH THE AREA. THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST GOING TO  HAVE THE REST COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES. BUT FOR NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMP 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
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THE WHEAT CROP AND WHEAT  PRICES. PLUS SEE HOW VEGETABLES CAN FUEL YOUR ENGINE...SO TO SPEAK.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS A MIXED TO MOSTLY LOWER DAY IN MARKETS. LETS FIND OUT WHY FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE FLOOR. SOYBEAN MARKET WAS MIXED HERE ON TUESDAY. KIND OF AN INDECISIVE TRADE IN GENERAL THE MARKET HAS TRENDED SHARPLY HIGHER SINCE BOTTOMING IN JANUARY. WE'VE GOT SOME PRETTY SEVERE WEATHER PROBLEMS IN ARGENTINA A LOT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP THERE HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY DROUGHT AND AN ONGOING DROUGHT. VERY VERY LITTLE RAIN HERE THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. THIS IS ONE OF THE DRIEST GROWING SEASONS SINCE I BELIEVE THE EARLY 80S IF NOT THE LATE 70S. SO VERY VERY DRY IN ARGENTINA AND THERE WILL BE A PRETTY SEVERE PRODUCTION LOSSES THERE. THAT IS THE OPINION OF MOST TRADERS. THE QUESTION MARK HERE IS EXPORTS. EXPORTS MAKE UP HALF THE DEMAND BASE AND THEY'VE BEEN TRAILING THE PACE NEEDED TO HEAD USDA PROJECTIONS BY A FAIRLY WIDE MARGIN. ANYBODY WHO'S BEARISH THE BEAN MARKET WILL POINT TO THAT STATISTIC AND TELL YOU THAT EXPORTS ARE REALLY LAGGING HERE AND WE'VE GOT TO PLAY CATCH UP IN SHORT ORDER THE LIVE CATTLE MARKET TRADED BOTH SIDES OF UNCHANGED HERE ON TUESDAY STARTED THE DAY HIGHER THAN REVERTED BACK LOWER. SO KIND OF AN INDECISIVE TYPE DEAL. WE'RE BACK TO A POSITIVE BASIS SITUATION HERE. FEBRUARY FUTURES ARE OFF THE BOARD AND THE CASH MARKET IS SITTING WELL ABOVE NEARBY. FUTURES ARE NEARBY. FEBRUARY FUTURES TRADING NEAR THAT 123 MARK. WE HAD CASH TRADE LAST WEEK NEAR 126 AGAIN JOE VALAVIK FROM CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO​


AGRIBUSINESS
WERE HERE WITH ARLEN SUDERMAN INTL FC STONE ARLEN. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE WHEAT MARKET.  WE GOT SOME FRESH NUMBERS LOOKING AT I GUESS YOU COULD CALL IT QUALITY OF THE CROP. BUT RIGHT  NOW A LOT OF PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY JUST DOESN'T LOOK GOOD EARLY DOESN'T NOW SAWFORD  WINTER WHEAT CROP FINALLY GOT TO DRINK PARTICULARLY IN THE DELTA AND SOUTH. SO WE GOT SOME  GOOD MOISTURE THERE. PLAINS SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF PLAINS GOT SOME RAIN BUT DRIEST AREAS  MISSED OUT. IT'S DRY IS REALLY DRY AND THAT'S A REAL PROBLEM THE WEEDS TRYING TO BREAK  DORMANCY NOW. TEMPERATURES ARE GOING UP THE DUST IS STARTING TO MOVE. FARMERS ARE FACING  SOME DECISIONS HERE PRETTY QUICK. THEY'RE WAY BEHIND ON THEIR TOP DRESSING AND THEY NEED  TO MAKE SOME CHOICES. HOW LONG DO WE HAVE. IS IT A WEEK. IS IT. DO WE EVEN HAVE THAT LONG  BEFORE WE HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN HERE. OH I THINK OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF  WEEKS. OK. IF IT'S STILL DRY AND THE FORECAST IS DRY SOME THE ABANDONMENTS GOING TO START  SHOWING UP. OK. AND THERE'S OBVIOUSLY SOME WHEAT THAT'S MORE MARGINAL AND MAYBE HAS  MORE HOPE THAT MAYBE LAST A LITTLE BIT LONGER. BUT IT'S VERY CONCERNING. ARE WE IN A WEATHER  MARKET FOR WHEAT YET. HAS THAT STARTED. ARE WE BEGINNING THAT YOU HAD TO GET THIS KIND OF RALLY  WHEN YOU GET A NINE MONTH SURPLUS OF SOFTCARD WINTER IN A SIX MONTH SURPLUS OF A HARD WINTER  TO GET THIS KIND OF RALLY. IT'S A WEATHER MARKET. THAT MEANS THEY GO UP FAST AND THEY CAN  BREAK FAST TOO. OK. SO AS YOU SIT BACK AND WATCH THIS WHERE DO YOU FIRST SEE WHAT ARE YOU  LOOKING AT AS FAR AS WHEAT TO MOVE AND HOW FAR. WELL FIRST OF ALL IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND  THAT SURPLUS OF OLD CROP THAT WE HAVE. SO ONCE ALL THE FACTS HAVE BEEN TRADED OR WHAT WE  KNOW ABOUT IT TRADED FUNDS FIGURE IT'S OVER. WE'VE HAD A LOT OF SHORT COVERING THAT'S GIVEN  SOME MOMENTUM ON THE CHARTS. BUT ONCE THEY FEEL LIKE THERE'S NOTHING NEW TO TRADE THEY  START LOOKING FOR OTHER MARKETS TO TRADE. OK WELL WE'LL KEEP AN EYE ON IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH.  WE'LL BE BACK AND WE'RE AGDAY IN JUST A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY LIBERTY HERBICIDE, THE SIMPLY BETTER SOLUTION FOR SUPERIOR WEED  CONTROL AND A STRONGER YIELD.

WEATHER
WE'LL GET BACK TO AGDAY CINDY CLAWSON AS WE LOOKED AT THE WEATHER MAP AND CINDY PRETTY  MUCH EVERYTHING MOVED TO THE EAST. IT REALLY HAS. AND THAT'S THE MAIN FOCUS AS WE HEAD  THROUGH THE NEXT 24 HOURS AS THAT STORM SYSTEM THAT'S MOVING THROUGH ESPECIALLY THE  NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT MOST OF THE ACTIVITY THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE  SEEING TODAY IS GOING TO BE WITH THIS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT'S GOING TO BRING SOME SNOW  AND EVEN A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN TO PARTS OF THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES AND EVEN INTO THE MID- ATLANTIC AS THAT LOW STARTS TO PULL OFF TO THE EAST. HIGH PRESSURE IN CONTROL OF MUCH OF THE  NATION'S MIDSECTION THE LOW BY TONIGHT IS THEN OVER INTO NEW ENGLAND. BUT WE'RE STILL GOING TO  SEE THE SNOW COMING ON THE BACKSIDE OF THIS EVEN INTO THE GREAT LAKES WE'LL HAVE SOME  LAKE EFFECT AND LAKE ENHANCEMENT THERE AS WELL. AS WE HEAD INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS  WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE THAT LOW KIND OF RETROGRADING IS ALMOST GOING  TO DO A CIRCLE A IS GOING TO START MOVING ONSHORE ACROSS THE WEST COAST BUT HIGH PRESSURE STILL  HAVING A STRONG HOLD OVER MUCH OF THE PLAIN STATES AND DOWN INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION  HEADING THROUGH THE DAY ON THURSDAY THAT LOW CONTINUES TO MOVE BACK. SO WE'LL CONTINUE TO  SEE THAT SNOW ESPECIALLY FOR THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN GREAT LAKES AND ON INTO THE NORTHEAST.  ALL RIGHT. OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS IT REALLY HAS BEEN THAT SYSTEM THE COLD FRONT THAT HAS ALL  BEEN MOVING OFF TO THE EAST BUT WE'RE STILL GOING TO SEE THAT MOISTURE WRAPPING AROUND THAT  LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT'S GOING TO BE LINGERING YOU'LL SEE THAT WE SEE POTATIONS STARTING WITH  THAT SYSTEM COMING ON SHORE ALONG THE WEST COAST. AS FAR AS SNOWFALL WE'RE GOING TO  CONTINUE TO SEE THAT ESPECIALLY WITH THAT NOR'EASTER LOOK AT THAT SNOWFALL REALLY SPREADING. SO IT IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER PROBLEM FOR MUCH OF THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. NOW AS WE  TAKE A LOOK AT TEMPERATURES WE'RE GOING TO BE IN THE 20S AND 30S ACROSS A LOT OF THE NORTHERN  TIER STATES SO DEFINITELY ON THE COLDER SIDE TODAY SOME 50S AND 60S ACROSS MOST OF THE  SOUTHERN TIER STATES 70S FAR SOUTH AND 80 OVER IN PHOENIX HEADING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.  WE'RE GOING TO SEE TEMPERATURES GETTING BELOW ZERO IN BISMARCK. SO SOME COLDER AIR IN  PLACE 20S AND 30S ACROSS THE MIDDLE SECTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WE'RE GOING TO BE  SEEING MOSTLY 40S SOUTH AND THEN AS WE GET INTO TOMORROW. TEMPERATURES IN THE 20S AND  30S GREAT LAKES IN THE EASTERN CORN BELT WE SEE SOME 50S AND 60S AS YOU GET INTO THE  SOUTHERN PLAINS 40S AND 50S INTO THE FAR NORTHWEST AS FAR AS THE JETSTREAM. WE'VE GOT A BIG  TROUGH IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE UNITED STATES AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE SEEING THAT ACTIVE  WEATHER WHETHER THEY'RE WARMER WEATHER OUT TO THE WEST. THAT TROUGH WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH  ON OFF TO THE EAST. WATCHES THIS BIG RIDGE BUILDS AND AS WE GET INTO THE LATTER PART OF THE  WEEKEND AND INTO THE EARLY PART OF NEXT WEEK. BUT NOTICE A BIG TROUGH WILL THEN FOLLOW THAT  RIDGE. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST. NOW LET'S CHECK ON THE WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE.  KIRTLAND NEW MEXICO MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM FOR YOU TODAY WITH A HIGH OF 55 DEGREES. HOPE  ARKANSAS PLENTY OF SUNSHINE A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 56 DEGREES AND MARATHON NEW YORK  COLDER WITH SNOW LIKELY TODAY AND A HIGH OF 33

TEASE
NEXT FROM PACKER T-V - CONCERNS ABOUT TARIFF RETALITION IN THE  PRODUCE SECTOR. PLUS, A MATH LESSON IN THE PRODUCE AISLE. I'M CHARLES DENNEY. A SMALL CAR YOU CAN RACE AND THEN EAT. IT'S  LUNCHBOX DERBY TIME AT A TENN 4H CLUB MEETING. THAT STORY FROM  CROCKETT COUNTY TENNESSEE COMING UP ON AGDAY.AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM BAYER. PROTECT YOUR SOYBEANS FROM  SDS AND NEMATODES THIS SEASON.

PACKER TV
IN NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT THE PACKER.... THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISE - OR SOME SAY THREAT - OF TARIFFS ON STEEL  AND ALUMINUM IS SPARKING FEARS OF A TRADE WAR.  AND THE U-S PRODUCE  SECTOR WORRIES WHAT THAT COULD MEAN TO EXPORTS. SEVERAL COUNTRIES HAVE RESPONDED THAT THEY WOULD HIT THE U-S WITH  TARIFFS ON IMPORTS GOING INTO THOSE COUNTRIES, LIKE CANADA. CANADA IS THE BIGGEST SHIPPER OF STEEL TO THE U-S. IT'S ALSO THE TOP EXPORT MARKET FOR U-S FRESH PRODUCE, TAKING IN ONE- POINT-EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS OF VEGETABLES AND ONE-POINT-SIX BILLION IN  FRUIT LAST YEAR. MEXICO IMPORTS ABOUT A HALF BILLION OF U-S FRESH FRUIT ANNUALLY. THE PACKER SAYS MEXICO, MORE THAN CANADA, HAS DEMONSTRATED ITS  WILLINGNESS TO RETALIATE AGAINST THE FRESH FRUIT INDUSTRY WHEN IT IS  UNHAPPY WITH THE U.S. BACK IN 2009, MEXICO LEVIED A 45-PERCENT TARIFF ON U-S FRUIT WHEN THE U-S  ENDED A PILOT PROGRAM THAT ALLOWED MEXICAN TRUCK DRIVERS TO OPERATE  IN THE U-S.  THOSE TARIFFS WERE LIFTED TWO YEARS LATER. ORDERING A MUSHROOM BURGER IS NOT NEW.  BUT THE FOLKS AT SONIC DRIVE- IN HAVE TAKEN THAT A STEP FURTHER.THEY'RE NOW OFFERING WHAT THEY CALL A "SIGNATURE SLINGER" WITH  CHOPPED MUSHROOMS MIXED IN WITH THE GROUND BEEF. SONIC CLAIMS THIS IS A FIRST FOR QUICK-SERVICE RESTAURANTS ON SUCH A  BIG SCALE. SPEAKING OF SCALE, SONIC SAYS THE LINE-UP OF SLINGERS ARE A HEALTHIER  OPTION, STARTING AT 350 CALORIES. A COUPLE MEMBERS OF THE PACKER TEAM DID A TASTE-TEST OF THE SLINGERS.   CHECK OUT THEIR VIDEO AT THE PACKER DOT COM.

TEASE
DID YOUR MOM EVER TELL YOU NOT TO PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD AT THE SUPPER  TABLE? NEXT, SEE WHY KIDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DO JUST THAT! AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS  DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY.  IT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TURN NUTRITION INTO SOMETHING THAT MOVES.  TENNESSEE 4-H INCLUDES A PROGRAM WHERE KIDS BUILD "LUNCH BOX DERBY"  VEHICLES OUT OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY U-T, CHARLES DENNEY HAS MORE WHAT YOU CAN  RACE AND THEN EAT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, START YOUR EGGPLANT. OR CUCUMBER. NUTRITION THAT'S RIGHT ON TRACK. WELCOME TO THE COMPETITIVE WORLD OF LUNCH BOX DERBY RACING, PART OF THIS 4-H MEETING IN  ALAMO. BUT NO SPARK PLUGS OR CARBURETORS HERE. WHEN IT COMES TO THESE VEHICLES, IF YOU CAN EAT IT, YOU CAN RACE IT. JOHN MCGEE HAD THE FASTEST CAR. "IT WAS A CUCUMBER AS THE BODY WITH SOME ORANGE WHEELS AND APPLES AS THE RIMS." THERE'S LESSONS HERE IN STEM - SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH, AN EMPHASIS  FOR 4-H. THE CAR BUILDERS USE MEASUREMENTS AND CALCULATIONS, ALL TO GET THINGS MOVING. (BROOKLYN DELPH) "I THOUGHT I COULD MAKE IT FASTER IF IT WAS SMALLER AND HAD LESS WEIGHT." (CHARLES DENNEY)  "THE WHOLE NOTION OF USING EDIBLE VEHICLES TO TEACH NUTRITION IS AN  EXCITING WAY TO SEND A GOOD MESSAGE TO THESE 4-HERS. THESE KIDS HAVE HEARD THEIR WHOLE  LIVES NOT TO PLAY WITH THEIR FOOD. WELL, NOW THEY GET TO BREAK THAT RULE BIGTIME." BEFORE THE RACING STARTS, THE KIDS BUILD THEIR DERBY CARS. THEY USE BAMBOO SKEWERS, RUBBER BANDS, GLUE AND ANY FRUIT OR VEGETABLE THEY'D LIKE. BUT SOME CULINARY COMBINATIONS WORK BETTER THAN OTHERS. (TONYA BAIN)  "WE'VE HAD BIG SQUASH CARS WITH LITTLE GRAPE WHEELS OR LITTLE KERNELS OF CORN, SO  WE HAVE TO TALK THE DYNAMICS OF HOW CARS ROLL AND HOW AXELS WORK, SO THEY DO A LITTLE  RESEARCH BEFORE THEY BUILD." 4-H AGENT TONYA BAIN SAYS THE 'LUNCH BOX DERBY' RACING ENCOURAGES HEALTHIER EATING. (TONYA BAIN) "IT'S ALSO A GOOD WAY TO INTRODUCE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAT PERHAPS THEY'VE  NOT TRIED BEFORE - BECAUSE THEY GO TO THE GROCERY STORE WITH THEIR PARENTS AND THEY'RE SUPPER  EXCITED TO PICK OUT WHAT THEY THINK IS GOING TO BE GOOD FOR BUILDING THEIR CAR, AND KIDS HAVE  USED FOODS THEY'VE NOT SEEN - TURNIPS AND RADISHES, STAR FRUIT AND KIWI." SO IF YOU'RE HUNGRY FOR THE NEED FOR SPEED, YOUR RACING MACHINE MAY BE AS CLOSE AS THE  GROCERY STORE, OR, HOPEFULLY, ALREADY IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR. SCIENCE, NUTRITION AND FUN. IN 4-H,  IT'S HOW WE ROLL. THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING.4-HERS ALSO LEARN MATH BY MEASURING THE DISTANCES THEIR DERBY CARS  TRAVEL AND THEY ALSO MEASURE THE WEIGHT OF THEIR CARS.

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. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

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