AgDay Daily Recap -March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 8, 2018

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RETALIATION CONCERNS ARE RISING ON TALKS ABOUT TARIFFS. THE NORTH CAROLINA HOG INDUSTRY IS WATCHING PENDING COURT CASES  AROUND EMISSIONS. IN AGRIBUSINESS... SELLING WHEAT YOU MAY NOT GROW. FRESH BEEF SALES GETTING FRESH ATTENTION FROM MCDONALDS. AND THE WORLD CHEESE COMPETITION SEES NEW COMPETITORS.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

EU RETALIATION ON TARIFFS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. EVEN AMID CALLS OF CONCERN FROM INDUSTRY AND HIS OWN CABINET, THE PRESIDENT HOLDING FIRM TO HIS PLANS FOR NEW METAL TARIFFS ON IMPORTS  TO THE U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ECONOMIC ADVISOR GARY COHN STEPPING DOWN OVER  THE PROPOSED TARIFF PLAN. OTHER COUNTRIES CONTINUING TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE MOVE---EVEN AS  THE PRESIDENT IS YET TO OFFICIALLY IMPLEMENT THE MEASURE. THE E-U RELEASING IT'S LIST OF RETALIATORY TARIFFS IF THE ADMINISTRATION  HITS GO. WHILE IT ALREADY LISTED HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLES, LEVIS AND  KENTUCKY BOURBON, E-U LEADERS ADDING PEANUT BUTTER, CRANBERRIES,  ORANGE JUICE AND APPLES TO THE LIST. HOW FAR A POTENTIAL TRADE WAR DOES OR DOESN'T GO...IS STILL ANYONE'S  GUESS. "WE EXPECT THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL SIGN SOMETHING BY THE END OF THE WEEK AND THERE ARE POTENTIAL CARVE OUTS FOR MEXICO AND CANADA BASED ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND POSSIBLY OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL BASED ON THAT PROCESS.....THAT  WOULD BE A CASE BY CASE AND COUNTRY BY COUNTRY BASIS, BUT IT WOULD BE DETERMINED WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS A NATIONAL SECURITY EXEMPTION" SOME ANALYSTS SAY  TARIFFS ARE A CONCERN IN THE LONG RUN, BUT IN THE SHORT-TERM, CHINA  STILL HAS TO BUY PRODUCT. "WHEN YOU LOOK AT BEANS AND COTTON AND DIFFERENT IMPORTS THEY HAVE, THEY CAN TALK ALL THEY  WANT BUT THEIR WALLETS ARE WALKING. 12 THEY'RE BUYING A LOT OF COTTON FROM US AND THEY'RE  BUYING A LOT OF SOYBEANS FROM US FOR THE LAST DECADE AND A HALF. UNTIL THAT STOPS, THEY EITHER  BUY FROM US OR THEY BUY FROM SOUTH AMERICA. 22 IF SOUTH AMERICA HAS A TOUGH YEAR LIKE NOW,  U.S. BEANS IS WHAT THEY'LL FALL BACK ON."THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE SONNY PERDUE SPEAKING ABOUT THE  POTENTIAL OF TARIFFS AT A LUNCHEON WITH THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. PERDUE SAYS THERE IS PROBABLY SOME LEGITIMATE ANXIETY FROM THE AG  SECTOR OVER TRADE ISSUES. HE SAYS AGRICULTURE IS RIGHTFULLY CONCERNED AND ANXIOUS OVER  RETALIATORY MEASURES. HOWEVER THE SECRETARY SEEMED TO HINT IT COULD HELP NAFTA  NEGOTIATIONS TO WRAP UP MORE QUICKLY. THE PRESIDENT CONTINUING TO PUSH FORWARD ON TRADE REFORMS. EARLY WEDNESDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETING ABOUT TRADE DEFICITS WITH  CHINA.  HE SAYS QUOTE "CHINA HAS BEEN ASKED TO DEVELOP A PLAN FOR A ONE  BILLION DOLLAR REDUCTION IN THEIR MASSIVE TRADE DEFICIT WITH THE UNITED  STATES. OUT RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA HAS BEEN A VERY GOOD ONE AND WE  LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT IDEAS THEY COME BACK WITH. WE MUST ACT  SOON."

BILL NORTHEY SWORN IN
ALSO IN WASHINGTON, THE NOW FORMER IOWA AGRICULTURE SECRETARY BILL  NORTHEY-- IS OFFICIALLY ON THE JOB AT USDA.  THE NEW UNDERSECRETARY FOR FARM PRODUCTION AND CONSERVATION WILL  LEAD THE FSA, THE NRCS AND THE RISK MANAGEMENT AGENCY.  HE SWORN IN BY SECRETARY PERDUE TUESDAY NIGHT IN IOWA. NORTHEY TELLING THE DES MOINES REGISTER: "WE'LL WANT TO MAKE SURE  THAT THE FARM BILL WORKS FOR PRODUCERS OUT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

NORTH CAROLINA HOG SUIT
A SERIES OF FEDERAL TRIALS ARE SET TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH IN RALEIGH,  NORTH CAROLINA. THE LITIGATION STEMS FROM COMPLAINTS ABOUT EMISSIONS  FROM HOG OPERATIONS.  AND THOSE EVENTUAL DECISIONS COULD ALTER THE OPERATIONS OF THE  STATE'S MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY. THIS WEEK ATTORNEYS FROM BOTH SIDES FILED MOTIONS REGARDING SPECIFIC  PIECES OF EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY. ALLAN BREED FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS. TERRY "PAP" ADAMS LIKES TO TINKER WITH CARS OUTSIDE HIS WILLARD,  NORTH CAROLINA, HOME. BUT THERE ARE DAYS WHEN HE JUST CAN'T STOMACH  IT. "I MEAN, IT AIN'T JUST A SMELL, A FUNKY SMELL. IT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN'T TOLERATE. YOU STAY OUT HERE, YOU GOT TO GET AWAY FROM IT." HE'S TALKING ABOUT HOG WASTE -- LIKE THIS -- RECENTLY SPRAYED ON A FARM  IN NEIGHBORING DUPLIN COUNTY. ALL ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA, THIS WASTEWATER -- LACED WITH FECES AND  URINE -- IS APPLIED DIRECTLY TO CROPS AS FERTILIZER. BUT ADAMS SAYS IT DOESN'T JUST STAY ON THE FIELDS. "WHEN THE WIND IS RIGHT, YOU GET IT. ... IT'S LIKE A MIST. WHEN THEY SPRAY THAT STUFF,  IT'S LIKE A  MIST. EVERY TIME THE THING HITS LIKE THAT, IT THROWS A MIST OFF. IT'LL BE RIGHT PINK WITH HOG BLOOD, MANURE AND ALL THAT STUFF." ADAMS AND OTHERS SAY THE PUNGENT ODORS, FLIES AND DUST FROM THESE  MASSIVE OPERATIONS HAVE MADE THEIR LIVES  MISERABLE. THAT'S WHY ABOUT 500 NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS ARE SUING A  SUBSIDIARY OF SMITHFIELD FOODS, THE WORLD'S LARGEST PORK PRODUCER. THERE ARE MORE THAN NINE MILLION HOGS IN THE TAR HEEL STATE _  PRODUCING AN ESTIMATED NINE AND A HALF BILLION GALLONS OF WASTE A  YEAR. ALL THAT WASTE GOES INTO LARGE, OPEN-AIR LAGOONS THAT GIVE OFF  AMMONIA, HYDROGEN SULFIDE AND OTHER IRRITANTS. "YOUR HEART RATE INCREASES. YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY BREATHING. YOU GET PHLEGM IN YOUR THROAT. YOUR  EYES START RUNNING. YOU'RE CHOKING." ATTORNEYS SAY RESEARCHERS FOUND PIG FECAL DNA ON MORE THAN A DOZEN  PLAINTIFFS' HOMES AND, IN ONE CASE, INSIDE A WOMAN'S KITCHEN _ EVEN  THOUGH THE HOME IS SHIELDED BY TREES PLANTED BY THE HOG FARM. "A MAN'S HOME IS HIS CASTLE. THAT'S WHERE WE RETREAT AT THE END OF THE DAY. THAT'S WHERE WE  SHOULD HAVE OUR MOMENT OF RESPITE." THE STATE IS NEGOTIATING WITH WATCHDOG GROUPS, INCLUDING  WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE, TO RESOLVE COMPLAINTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL  RACISM IN ITS HANDLING OF THE  SWINE-WASTE DISPOSAL PERMITTING  PROGRAM.  LAST YEAR, THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SENT THE STATE A  LETTER OF CONCERN ABOUT THE CONCENTRATION OF INDUSTRIAL HOG FARMS  IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. SMITHFIELD SAYS MORE THAN 80 PERCENT OF THESE OPERATIONS ARE FAMILY  FARMS, AND THAT RACE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHERE ITS HOGS ARE  RAISED. IN A STATEMENT, SMITHFIELD SAID IT EXPECTS ITS GROWERS TO COMPLY WITH  THE LAW, AND THAT THE CURRENT SYSTEM PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT AND  FARM NEIGHBORS. HOGS ARE A TWO-POINT-THREE-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY IN NORTH CAROLINA.  BUT THERE ARE JUST FOURTEEN INSPECTORS TO POLICE THE 2000-PLUS  FEEDING OPERATIONS, INCLUDING ENFORCING THE STRICT RULES ON WHEN AND  HOW MUCH TO SPRAY. EVERETTE MURPHREY SAYS HOGS AND PEOPLE CAN COEXIST. "IT'S A WEAN TO FINISH OPERATION ... THEY'RE ABOUT THREE WEEKS OLD WHEN WE GET 'EM, WEIGHING  ABOUT 15 POUNDS." MURPHREY'S OPERATION IN FARMVILLE CHURNS OUT FIFTY-SEVEN HUNDRED  HOGS A YEAR FOR SMITHFIELD. HIS CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEM SPRAYS  DOWNWARD, MINIMIZING DRIFT.    "I'VE NEVER HAD A COMPLAINT FROM A NEIGHBOR. NEVER." MURPHREY SAYS HIS INDUSTRY IS ALREADY HEAVILY REGULATED. HE SAYS  FARMERS PROVIDE ABUNDANT, CHEAP FOOD. "I'M PROUD TO BE A HOG FARMER. IT'S WHAT I'VE DONE ALL MY LIFE. YOU KNOW, FEEDING AMERICA." BACK IN DUPLIN COUNTY, PLAINTIFF ELSIE HERRING SAYS SHE KNOWS FARMERS  HAVE IT TOUGH. BUT SHE DOESN'T THINK NEIGHBORS SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER  AS WELL. "WHAT GIVES ONE HUMAN BEING THE RIGHT TO BLOW ANIMAL WASTE ON OTHER HUMAN BEINGS?" A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS SCHEDULED THE FIRST TEST CASES FOR TRIAL IN APRIL. ALLEN BREED, ASSOCIATED PRESS, WALLACE, NORTH CAROLINA LAWSUITS WERE FILED BY MORE THAN 500 NEIGHBORS OF THOSE HOG  OPERATIONS, MOST OF WHICH ARE IN SOUTHEAST REGION OF THE STATE. THE JUDGE DECIDED THE FIRST TRIAL WILL INVOLVE EIGHT-TO-TEN PLAINTIFFS.  SUBSEQUENT TRIALS WILL BE HELD ONCE A MONTH UNTIL ALL OF THE CASES ARE  DECIDED.

WILDFIRES IN KANSAS, NEBRASKA
DOZENS OF WILDFIRES ARE ERUPTING IN KANSAS AND NEBRASKA. SO FAR ABOUT 50 FIRES HAVE BURNED IN KANSAS ALONE, COVERING ABOUT 40  SQUARE MILES. THIS FOOTAGE WAS CAPTURED NEAR HAYES, KANSAS BY A KANSAS HIGHWAY  PATROL OFFICER. HE GOES BY THE TWITTER HANDLE "TROOPER TOD'.   BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS WERE DISPATCHED IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS TO DROP  WATER ON THE FIRES. AND IN NEBRASKA, A MAN SUFFERING SEVERE BURNS WAS FOUND CRAWLING IN  A FARM FIELD NEAR THE TOWN OF MC-COOK. 50 MPH WIND GUSTS WHIPPED  FLAMES THRU THE AREA.  HE WAS TAKEN TO A BURN CENTER.

CROP COMMENTS
GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  WE'RE TAKING YOU TO PLATTE VALLEY, NEBRASKA WHERE 17-YEAR-OLD GARETTLAUB IS HELPING HIS PARENTS GET THIS LITTLE  SWEETHEART OUT OF THE CORN STALKS AND TO HIS MAMA.  GARETT DECIDED TO SKIP HIS JUNIOR YEAR SPRING SPORTS RECOGNITION  NIGHT TO HELP.  AND JON MCCLURE OVER IN STANFORD, KANSAS SAYS CONDITIONS ARE DRY. HE'S BALING C-R-P GRASS TO KEEP HIS LIVESTOCK FED.  JON SAYS WINTER WHEAT CONDITIONS ARE DETERIORATING.  A NEW U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR WILL BE RELEASED LATER TODAY.  HERE IS A LOOK AT OUR WIND SPEED FORECAST LOOKS LIKE THE HIGHEST WINDS TODAY IN THE EASTERN  PART OF THE COUNTRY FOR THE MOST PART SOME IN THE GREAT LAKES AND OF COURSE WITH THE  NOR'EASTER OVER IN THE NORTHEAST WE'VE GOT SOME WINDY CONDITIONS THAT WILL START LATER ON TODAY  WITH IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WITH THE SYSTEM COMING ONSHORE THERE. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR  NATIONAL FORECAST NOW 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
YOU SAW THE DRYNESS OF THE WHEAT CROP IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS.  WE'LL TALK ABOUT SELLING STRATEGIES FOR A CROP YOU AREN'T SURE WILL  MAKE IT..NEXT IN ANALYSIS. AND LATER IN DROVERS TV, WE LOOK AT THE CHANGING MENU OF MCDONALD'S  AND HEAR HOW THEY COULD IMPACT FRESH BEEF DEMAND.

AGRIBUSINESS
MARK GOLD TOP THIRD. OUR GUEST TODAY MARK AS WE LOOK AT THESE WHEAT MARKETS YOU KNOW I  THINK THERE'S JUST A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY FROM PRODUCERS ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE  A CROP AND THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT IS WILL PRICES ARE BETTER WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT. RIGHT. WELL  CERTAINLY IN OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS EVEN PARTS OF NEBRASKA THERE'S SOME BIG QUESTION HOW  GOOD IS THE CROP. DO THEY HAVE A CROP. AND. YOU KNOW IT'S NOT A WHEAT CROP IF WE DON'T KILL IT A  COUPLE OF TIMES BEFORE HARVEST. WHAT THIS ONE LOOKS A LITTLE BIT MORE SERIOUS THAN SOME OF THE  OTHER ONES. AND WE STILL HAVE YOU KNOW POSSIBLE FROST COMING UP. OTHER THINGS THAT COULD  AFFECT THE MARKET. BUT WE'VE GOT THIS NICE RALLY CAUSED BY THE FUN SHORT COVERING. WE'VE GOT  NEW CROP PRICES AT GOOD LEVELS. WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU'RE NOT SURE IF YOU'VE GOT THE CROP. AND  THIS IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO BUY A PUT OPTION THAT PUT DOESN'T COMMIT YOU TO SELLING GRAIN.  IT PUTS A FLOOR IN ON THE GRAIN. IF YOU KNOW YOU DON'T HAVE THE CROP YOU CAN ALWAYS SELL THAT  PUT OFF RECAPTURE SOME OF THAT PREMIUM BACK. BUT IN THE MEANTIME IF WE COME IN AS WE HAVE  SO MANY TIMES WHERE 10 BUSHEL WHEAT TURNS INTO A 50 BUSHEL WHEAT BY THE END OF THE  GROWING SEASON AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE MARKET FALLS OUT OF BED YOU'VE GOT THAT PROTECTION. IF  IT DOESN'T AND YOU DON'T HAVE THE CROP OK YOU CAN SELL OFF THE PORT AND WALK AWAY FROM IT.  YEAH. SO I BELIEVE THE PORT IS AN INVALUABLE TOOL PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU'RE NOT SURE THAT YOU'VE  GOT THE CROP OUT THERE OR WANT TO PROTECT A NICE RALLY. YEAH. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT IT COMES  DOWN TO IS BEING ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE IN SOME WAY OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE GET. AND  YOU SAY THIS ALL THE TIME MARK AND I FIRMLY BELIEVE IT THAT WE MAY JUST GET ONE ONE OPPORTUNITY  THIS YEAR THIS YEAR MAY BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. WE'RE GETTING AN EARLY OPPORTUNITY HERE IN  FEBRUARY. BIG ADVANTAGE IF WE GET ANOTHER ONE IN MAY OR JUNE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT IF WE GET  ENOUGH IN JULY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. YOU KNOW YOU ALWAYS HAVE MORE GRAIN TO SELL OUT THERE.  WE KNOW HOW FARMERS ARE. SO WE WANT TO LOOK AT THESE OPPORTUNITIES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF  THEM. THE FUNDS HAVE GIVEN US A GREAT OPPORTUNITY HERE. AND AS I'VE SAID 100 TIMES TAKE  ADVANTAGE OF THE FUNDS BEFORE THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE. ALL RIGHT. APPRECIATE IT MARK. WE'LL BE  BACK WITH MORE AGDAY HERE IN JUST A MINUTE AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY NEW DELARO FUNGICIDE FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS. ACHIEVE  PERSONAL BEST YIELDS. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY CINDY CLAWSON CINDY WE LOOKED AT THE STORMS ON THE MAP IT'S KIND  OF AN UP IN THE CORNERS NORTHEAST NORTHWEST. IT REALLY IS AND THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT GOING ON  IN BETWEEN. LET'S TAKE A LOOK. AS WE LOOK IN THE NORTHEAST WE'VE STILL GOT THAT NOR'EASTER THAT'S  GOING TO BE BRINGING SOME HEAVY SNOW THERE WE'VE GOT A SECONDARY LOW STILL HANGING OUT  OVER THE GREAT LAKES SO LOOK FOR SOME SNOWFALL EVEN INTO THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES BUT MOST  OF IT IS GOING TO BE OVER IN THE NORTHEAST. WE HAVE MORE ACTIVITY REACHING THE WEST COAST  TODAY. SO WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR SOME RAIN AND SOME UPPER ELEVATIONS SNOW THERE IN  THE MIDDLE. HIGH PRESSURE IN CONTROL FOR MOST OF US AND SO WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING SOME  DRIER CONDITIONS CONTINUING THERE AS WE GET INTO OVERNIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING. WE'LL CONTINUE  TO SEE THE SNOW IN THE NORTHEAST. RAIN AND SNOW IN THE NORTHWEST BUT WE WILL SEE SOME  ACTIVITY SOME RAIN AND HIGHER ELEVATION SNOW EVEN DOWN INTO CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  WHILE WE SEE THOSE DRY CONDITIONS CONTINUING ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND INTO  THE GULF COAST STATES. ALL RIGHT HEADING THROUGH THE DAY ON FRIDAY MORE OF THE SAME SNOW  FOR THE NORTHEAST. WE DO HAVE A STATIONARY FRONT WE'LL START TO SEE PERHAPS A LITTLE BIT OF  ACTIVITY ALONG THAT. BUT AGAIN IT'S GOING TO BE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. ALL RIGHT HERE'S A LOOK THEN  AT YOUR PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE AND WE HAVE WE ARE OBVIOUSLY GOING TO SEE THE MOST IN THE  NORTHEAST TO WHERE WE HAVE THAT NOR'EASTER AND WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING SOME RAIN AND  SNOW ON THE WEST COAST THAT'S GOING TO BE OUR TWO AREAS OF FOCUS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF  DAYS AS FAR AS SNOWFALL. THAT SNOW WILL BE SPREADING ACTUALLY TO THE NORTHWEST AS THAT LOW  KIND OF RHETORIC GRADES. AND SO YOU'LL BE SEEING ACTUALLY A LOT OF SNOW. THIS IS GOING TO BE A  BIG DEAL FOR THE NORTHEAST ONCE AGAIN I MEAN THE HIGHER ELEVATION SNOW IN THE PACIFIC  NORTHWEST. TEMPERATURE WISE WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF 20S AND 30S. WE'VE GOT THAT TROUGH IN THE  EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY SO COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES IN THE EAST. WE DO SEE SOME  WARMER TEMPERATURES DOWN SOUTH. OVERNIGHT WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT THOSE  TEMPERATURES INTO THE TEENS THAT'S A LITTLE BIT WARMER THAN YESTERDAY MORNING BUT STILL ON THE  COOL SIDE FOR A LOT OF THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY HEADING INTO TOMORROW WE DON'T SEE A  HUGE DIFFERENCE IN TEMPERATURES. BUT WOULD YOU WARM IT UP JUST A LITTLE BIT IN THE NORTHEAST  AND WE DO COOL DOWN JUST A LITTLE BIT IN THE NORTHWEST WITH THAT ADDED RAIN AND SNOW. TAKING A  LOOK AT THE JET STREAM THERE'S THAT BIG TROUGH IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY THAT WILL  CONTINUE TO TRANSLATE TO THE EAST BUT WE SEE ANOTHER TROUGH KIND OF DIGGING IN REINFORCING THAT  AS WE GET INTO THE WEEKEND WHILE A BIG RIDGE OUT WEST IS GOING TO KEEP THINGS WARM FOR THE  MOST PART. BUT WATCH AS WE SEE ANOTHER TROUGH TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK STARTING TO  MOVE INTO THE WEST COAST. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST. NOW LET'S CHECK OUT THE  WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE. NAPA VALLEY AND WASHINGTON BREEZY AND COOLER TODAY WITH SOME  RAIN EXPECTED HIGH OF 51 DEGREES MOSTLY SUNNY IN OAKLAND NEBRASKA A LITTLE WARMER WITH A  HIGH OF 34 AND TUNNEL SPRINGS ALABAMA. LOTS OF SUNSHINE WITH A HIGH OF 60

TEASE
WE'LL LOOK AT FRESH BEEF DEMAND WHEN WE COME BACK...ON OUR DROVERS  TV REPORT. PLUS THE WORLD'S BEST CHEESEMAKERS ARE SQUARING OFF - OR WOULD IT BE  'WEDGING-OFF' - IN WISCONSIN. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY CORVUS - THE NUMBER ONE PRE-EMERGENCE CORN HERBICIDE.

DROVERS TV
DESPITE GROWTH IN THE PLANT-BASED PROTEIN SECTOR, THERE'S STILL A  STRONG DEMAND FOR REAL BEEF. NEW RESEARCH FROM ACOSTA MARKETING AGENCY SHOWS 18 PERCENT OF  SHOPPERS ARE BUYING MORE FRESH MEAT VERSUS LAST YEAR. THEY'RE  SEEING A BIG JUMP IN SALES OF NATURAL OR ORGANIC MEAT. THE COMPANY SAYS PROTEIN CONTINUES TO DRIVE GROCERY STORE  PURCHASES. ACOSTA'S DATA SHOWS INCREASING SALES OF BOTH FRESH MEAT  AND PLANT-BASED ALTERNATIVES. "18 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS SAID THEY ARE BUYING MORE FRESH MEAT THIS YEAR, INCLUDING 41%  OF MILLENNIALS, MORE THAN ALL OTHER GENERATIONS COMBINED. BEEF AND CHICKEN STILL DOMINATE,  MAKING UP 70% OF ALL FRESH MEAT SOLD. ACOSTA'S RESEARCH ALSO SHOWS PLANT-BASED PROTEIN SALES GREW 11% LAST YEAR, AND THAT 71%  OF SHOPPERS WHO BOUGHT PLANT-BASED MEAT ALTERNATIVES ALSO EAT MEAT. MCDONALD'S HOPES THE POPULARITY OF FRESH MEAT CARRIES OVER TO FAST-FOOD, TOO, AS IT SAID IT IS  SERVING QUARTER POUNDERS WITH FRESH BEEF RATHER THAN FROZEN PATTIES AT ABOUT A QUARTER OF ITS  RESTAURANTS. MCDONALD'S SAYS IT WILL ROLL OUT FRESH BEEF QUARTER POUNDERS TO MOST OF ITS  14,000 U.S. RESTAURANTS BY MAY.” THANKS GREG. TAKING A CLOSER LOOK NOW AT MCDONALDS SWITCH TO FRESH  BEEF FROM FROZEN IN THEIR QUARTER POUNDERS.... THE RESTAURANT HAS RELIED ON FROZEN PATTIES SINCE THE 1970S.  WITH THE SWITCH, WORKERS WILL COOK UP THE FRESH BEEF ON A GRILL WHEN  THE BURGER IS ORDERED. MICKEY D'S IS ALSO USING FRESH BEEF ON ITS 'SIGNATURE CRAFTED" BURGERS. BUT THE BIG MAC AND OTHER BURGERS WILL STILL BE MADE WITH FROZEN BEEF. THE COMPANY IS TRYING TO SHED ITS JUNK FOOD IMAGE. "WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO CHANGE PERCEPTIONS, NOT ONLY AROUND OUR BURGERS, BUT ON OUR OVERALL  MENU AND BRAND, AS WELL.""IF YOU LOOK AT THE OPERATIONAL ASPECT OF BRINGING IN FRESH BEEF, IT'S REALLY CHALLENGING,  ESPECIALLY FOR A RESTAURANT CHAIN AS LARGE AS MCDONALD'S, $37-BILLION IN TOTAL SALES. AND SO,  IT'S CERTAINLY A LOT EASIER FOR SMALL PLAYERS TO DO FRESH BEEF. THE OPERATIONAL AND LOGISTIC  ASPECTS OF BRINGING FRESH BEEF IN, AND REALLY THE WAY THAT MCDONALD'S KITCHENS HAVE BEEN  DESIGNED OVER TIME, JUST REALLY LEAD TO KIND OF A WHOLESALE OPERATIONAL MINDSET CHANGE."> MCDONALDS HAS BEEN RUNNING TEST TRIALS FOR TWO YEARS IN DALLAS AND  TULSA. IN ADDITION TO THE BURGER SWITCH, MCDONALDS HAS ALSO REMOVED  ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES FROM CHICKEN MCNUGGETS, IT WILL ALSO BE  REPLACING THE APPLE JUICE IN HAPPY MEALS WITH ONE WITH LESS SUGAR.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK - ONE OF THE BEST CHEESES YOU NEVER HEARD-OF IS  GETTING ATTENTION. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE VARIETY OF CHEESE CALLED "PANEER"? IF NOT, YOU BETTER GET USED TO IT. IT'S GRABBING QUITE A BIT OF ATTENTION AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP  CHEESE CONTEST NOW UNDERWAY IN MADISON, WISCONSIN. PANEER IS A LONG-TIME FAVORITE IN INDIAN CUISINE. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR  IT'S BEEN JUDGED AT THE WORLD CHEESE CHAMPIONSHIPS WHICH IS HELD  EVERY OTHER YEAR. ORGANIZERS SAY THERE ARE A RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES - MORE THAN 34- HUNDRED. PARTICIPATION IS UP 15-PERCENT FROM 2016. THERE ARE ONE-HUNDRED-21 CLASSES OF DAIRY PRODUCTS. "OUR CONTEST CHANGES JUST AS CONSUMER PREFERENCES DO. IN THE MARKETPLACE YOU ARE SEEING  GROWTH IN INTERNATIONAL CHEESES, THINGS LIKE PANEER.""I HOPE IT'S A BIT OF A WAKE UP CALL  TO THOSE OF US WHO MAY NOT HAVE GROWN UP WITH PANEER.  THAT'S A SHAME. PANEER IS A GREAT CHEESE AND IT MAKES ALL MANNER OF DISHES FEASIBLE."> ACCORDING TO THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD, THE AMOUNT OF  PANEER SOLD NATIONWIDE DOUBLED FROM 2013 TO 2017. THE COMPETITION INCLUDES ENTRIES FROM 26 NATIONS.  THE WINNERS WILL BE  ANNOUNCED TONIGHT. AND ONE MORE THING BEFORE WE GO. ON TUESDAY WE TOLD YOU ABOUT A 3-D  PRINTER THAT'S BEING USED AT OHIO STATE WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER. WE  INADVERTENTLY SAID THEY WERE CREATING REPLACEMENT AORTIC VALVES FOR  THE HEART. THAT'S NOT THE CASE.  INSTEAD THEY ARE MAKING REPLICAS. BY DOING SO, DOCTORS ARE ABLE TO  PREDICT HOW SPECIFIC PATIENTS MIGHT RESPOND TO EACH VALVE TYPE BY  CONNECTING TO A HEART SIMULATOR.  THE REPLICAS DO NOT EVER GO INSIDE  THE HEART. OUR APOLOGIES.

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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