AgDay Daily Recap -November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
NOVEMBER 14, 2017


HEADLINES
THE PRESIDENT WRAPS UP A TRADE TRIP TO ASIA. PLUS, HARVEST PROGRESS FROM USDA. IN AGRIBUSINESS...A DAIRY EXPORT UPDATE. BLUEBERRY MILK IS ON THE MENU IN MAINE. AND AS ROBOTS AND SELF DRIVING TRACTORS TAKE TO THE FARM, PIZZA IS  GETTING IT'S OWN AUTONOMOUS DRIVER. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

TRUMP TRADE
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OVERSEAS  MISSION TO ASIA HAS COME TO A CLOSE. THE WHITE HOUSE TOUTS THE BILLIONS  OF DOLLARS IN BUSINSESS DEALS THAT WERE FINALIZED DURING THE TEN DAY  TRIP. BUT WILL ANY SUCCESS SEEN ALONG THE PACIFIC RIM BE MUTED BY THE NEXT  ROUND OF TALKS FOR THE NORTH AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT? PRESIDENT TRUMP SPENT HIS LAST DAY OF THE TRIP ATTENDING THE ASEAN SUMMIT IN THE PHILLIPINES. THE PRESIDENT SPOKE ABOUT THE U-S GOAL OF ACHIEVING A TRULY FREE AND  OPEN INDO-PACIFIC REGION. TRUMP MET MONDAY WITH AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER MALCOM TURNBULL AND JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE, WHO HOSTED THE PRESIDENT IN  TOKYO EARLIER IN THE TRIP. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WILL HAVE WHAT HE CALLS A "MAJOR STATEMENT"  ABOUT THE TRIP ON WEDNEDAY. BUT UNTIL THEN, HE DECLARED THE FIVE  NATION JOURNEY A SUCCESS FOR THE U-S. "WE'VE MADE SOME VERY BIG STEPS WITH RESPECT TO TRADE PARTNERS. FAR BIGGER THAN ANYTHING  YOU KNOW, IN ADDITION TO ABOUT 300 BILLION (US DOLLARS) IN SALES TO VARIOUS COMPANIES  INCLUDING CHINA THAT WAS 250 BILLION (US DOLLARS) AND GOING UP VERY SUBSTANTIALLY FROM THAT.  BUT WE'VE MADE A LOT OF BIG PROGRESS ON TRADE. WE HAVE DEFICITS WITH ALMOST EVERYBODY.  THOSE DEFICITS ARE GOING TO BE CUT VERY QUICKLY AND VERY SUBSTANTIALLY.IF THE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE OCCURS ON WEDNESDAY, IT WILL COINCIDE WITH THE NEXT FOUND OF TALKS OVER NAFTA. NEGOTIATORS  FROM THE U-S, CANADA AND MEXICO WILL RE-ASSEMBLE WEDNESDAY IN  MEXICO. THERE'S BEEN GROWING CONCERN IN AGRICULTURE THAT THE U-S WILL WALK  AWAY FROM THE TALKS, ENDING THE 23 YEAR LONG TRADE PACT.

SECRETARY PERDUE AT NAFB ON NAFTA
DURING HIS RECENT VISIT WITH FARM BROADCASTERS, AG SECRETARY SONNY  PERDUE SPEAKING ABOUT THE FREEZING OF HIS CABINET POSITIONS OVER  OUTSIDE DISAGREEMENTS...INCLUDING OVER NAFTA. PERDUE DISCUSSING HIS RECENT COMMENTS ABOUT THE NEED FOR  CONTINGENCY PLANS IF THE U.S. DOES PULL OUT OF THE TRILATERAL  AGREEMENT.  I PROBABLY MISSPOKE A LITTLE BIT THAT I WAS KIND OF THINKING OUT LOUD. I'M I'M KIND OF A BOY SCOUT  I WANT TO BE PREPARED AND OBVIOUSLY I TOLD YOU BEFORE SEVERAL TIMES HERE TODAY I THINK WE'LL  HAVE A SUCCESSFUL ANAPHORA NEGOTIATION BUT I'M KIND OF GUY LIKES PLAN B. AND THAT WAS REALLY  MY MATH CONSIDERATIONS AND I'M WILLING TO APPROACH PEOPLE THAT I THINK CAN MAKE A  DIFFERENCE IN THAT REGARD. AND YOU KNOW WHAT IF THOSE KIND OF THINGS WE KNOW THAT WE ALL  KNOW IN THIS ROOM THAT IF NAFTA WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL THEN IT'S GOING TO BE PRETTY DAMAGING TO  OUR COMMODITIES ALREADY LOW COMMODITY PRICES SO I LIKE TO BE PREPARED. THAT WAS MY  THINKING OUT LOUD PROBABLY WAS A LITTLE PREMATURE TO GET OUT AHEAD. WELL YOU GUYS WITH  MICROPHONES. BUT ANYWAY I'M JUST TRYING TO THINK AHEAD AND PREPARE.  ALSO ON TRADE, PERDUE SPEAKING ABOUT HIS RECENT TRAVELS TO EUROPE. HE SAYS DEALING WITH E-U COUNTRIES HAS BEEN FRUSTRATING FOR A LONG  TIME. I MENTIONED THE FRUSTRATION WITH EU I THINK MANY OF THESE NATIONS FRANKLY BILATERALLY WE COULD  DO VERY WELL WHERE AND YET THERE'S THIS EU UMBRELLA THAT PREVENTS A LOT OF THAT. AND I FRANKLY  BLAME THE EU CONSTRUCT AND THAT OLD GOVERNANCE THERE BEING ABLE TO SPEAK ON ONE SIDE ONE  TIME AND GO BACK AND HIDE UNDER THAT E.U. UMBRELLA TO THE OTHER TIME MEANWHILE,

GLYPHOSATE IN EUROPE
THE FUTURE OF GLYPHOSATE USE IN EUROPE IS UN-CLEAR.  EUROPEAN UNION NATIONS FAILING TO AGREE ON THE CONTINUED USE OF THE  WEED KILLER. THE LICENSE IS SET TO EXPIRE NEXT MONTH.  THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT  WANTS TO EXTEND THE LICENSE BY FIVE YEARS. BUT THE EUROPEAN  COMMISSION PREFERS A TEN YEAR EXTENSION. OF THE 28 MEMBER NATIONS WHICH VOTED LAST WEEK, HALF WERE IN FAVOR OF  THE TEN YEAR EXTENSION. BUT THEY NEED A MAJORITY. AN APPEALS COMMITTEE - MADE UP OF MEMBER NATIONS - IS EXPECTED TO  RULE ON THE VOTE BEFORE THE END OF NOVEMBER,

CROP PROGRESS
HARVEST ROLLS ON EVER PERSISTENT ACCORDING TO THE LATEST CROP  PROGRESS REPORT. THERE ARE SOME MINOR DELAYS WITH THE CORN HARVEST. IT'S NOW JUST  EIGHT POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE AT 83-PERCENT. THE UPPER MIDWEST IS SHOWING THE BIGGEST DELAYS WITH MINNEOSTA 15  POINTS BEHIND. WISCONSIN IS 20 POINTS BEHIND IN CORN HARVEST. NOW TO SOYBEANS WHERE MOST STATES ARE CLOSING OUT THEIR HARVEST. OVERALL 93-PERCENT IS IN THE BIN, JUST TWO POINTS OFF AVERAGE. DELAYS CAN BE MEASURED IN SINGLE DIGITS. AND WINTER WHEAT PLANTING IS ALMOST FINISHED WITH 95-PERCENT SEEDED. 84-PERCENT HAS EMERGED, WHICH IS ACTUALLY AHEAD OF AVERAGE. 54-PERCENT IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT OVERALL.

CROP COMMENTS
LETS LOOK AT HARVEST FROM BEYOND THE REPORTS--FOR THAT MIKE HOFFMAN  JOINS US WITH TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  HEATH PETERSON IN REVILLO, SOUTH DAKOTA SENT US THIS PICTURE LAST  WEEK. HE HAS 190 ACRES LEFT TO STRIP TILL.  HOWEVER, HE BATTLED FROST 4' DEEP. HEATH SAYS IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE  SOME SUN.  OUR NEXT PHOTO IS FROM MIKE LASS IN LOCKNEY, TEXAS.  HE'S WORKING OUT FEEDERS TO TURN OUT TO PASTURE.  TEMPERATURES IN THE AREA ARE LINGERING IN THE 60S AND LOW  70S.  AND NOW IT'S TIME TO CHECK ON SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  FARM JOURNAL ON AIR IS THE GO-TO APP FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE.  AGDAY, AGRITALK, U.S.  FARM REPORT AND MORE - 24/7 ACCESS TO ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS. TV AND RADIO...IN YOUR  HANDS, ON DEMAND.  FARM JOURNAL ON AIR - DOWNLOAD THE APP TODAY. 

TEASE
DAIRY EXPORTS  ARE KEY TO MILK PRICES, WE'LL DISCUSS THE OUTLOOK FOR  SHIPMENTS COMING UP IN ANALYSIS. AND LATER, TECHNOLOGY IS GETTING MORE PERVASIVE ON THE FARM BUT ALSO  IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY. PIZZA DELIVERIES GOING IT ALONE. TODAY ON IN THE  COUNTRY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY JOHN DEERE.  WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE  INVENTORY OF JOHN DEERE CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED TRACTORS, COMBINES AND SPRAYERS?   MACHINEFINDER DOT COM.  SOMETIMES THE BEST NEW ADDITION TO YOUR FLEET ISN'T NEW." 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS IT WAS A ROUGH START FOR GRAINS IN EARLY TRADE MONDAY. LETS SEE HOW THOSE CONTRACTS CLOSED FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN  CHICAGO. IN SOYBEANS THEY WERE LOWER. FUTURES SLIPPED TO A NEW ONE MONTH LOW. IT SEEMS THAT THE  MARKET IS JUST NOT ABLE TO HANG ON TO THE SLOWDOWN OF THE DROP AFTER THE USDA REPORT. AND  THERE IS SOME CONCERN THAT THE MARKET COULD FALL MUCH FURTHER IF WE GET ANY MORE FOLLOW  THROUGH SELLING OF CORN ALSO WAS SAGGING SOMEWHAT THE FUTURES REALLY WERE STAYING IN A TIGHT  RANGE. AND TRADERS HAVE BEEN DIGESTING THIS USDA REPORT YOU KNOW CONCERNING ABOUT THE  UPTICK IN THE YIELD NUMBERS. THE CATTLE MARKET SLIPPED YET AGAIN. THE FUTURES REALLY CONTINUE  THAT BEARS TREND FOR THE SIXTH DAY IN A ROW THE NEXT SUPPORT LEVEL IS THAT 118. THAT'S ALL FROM  THE FLOOR AT THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO. I'M VIRGINIA MAGATHEY. 

AGRIBUSINESS
WITH STRONG PRODUCTION IN THE U.S. DAIRY EXPORTS ARE IMPORTANT TO  MAINTAINING PRICES. TYNE MORGAN HAS MORE ON EXPORT DEMAND IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS FROM THE  ROAD. HERE NOW IS SCOTT BROWN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI. SCOTT WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS EXPORT  PICTURE FOR DAIRY I MEAN WE RECENTLY HAVE SEEN A RUN UP AND THE US DOLLAR INDEX I MEAN THE  VALUES WE DON'T NEED TO SEE INCREASE WE REALLY NEED TO SEE THOSE RETREAT FOR BETTER EXPORT  NEWS BUT THEY HAVEN'T. SO HOW HAS THAT IMPACTED DAIRY EXPORTS AT THIS TIME. WELL I THINK  WE'VE ACTUALLY SEEN YOU KNOW STILL SOME PRETTY STRONG EXPORTS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES BUT  JUST THIS MORNING YOU KNOW WE'VE GOT GLOBAL TRADE NUMBERS THAT SUGGEST THAT OVERALL INDEX  DOWN 3.5 PERCENT. SO YOU KNOW IT BEGINS TO MAKE YOU WORRY WHEN YOU SEE GLOBAL BUTTER  PRICES THIS WEEK DOWN 3.6 PERCENT I BELIEVE OUT OF THAT REPORT. SHE'S DOWN AS WELL. IT'S A  PRETTY. TIGHT BALANCING ACT THAT WE'RE WALKING THERE. DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE MORE PRESSURE ON  THAT EXPORT MARKET HER. IT'S REALLY HARD TO SAY YOU KNOW BUT SO FELT THE MAN'S BEEN REALLY  STRONG BOTH IN THIS COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD DAIRY FED IN PARTICULAR. AND THAT MAY STILL BE  IN THE WORKS AS WE LOOK AHEAD IN 2018. SO WE COULD SEE SOME STRENGTH STILL AS WE GO  FORWARD BUT MAYBE NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP PRICES HIGHER IN THIS COUNTRY. I MEAN WE LOOK AT THE  SUPPLY WE DON'T NEED TO SEE THOSE EXPORT NUMBERS GO DOWN. I MEAN WE REALLY NEED TO SEE IT  HERE AT HOME WE NEED TO SEE IT INTERNATIONALLY. AND YOU JUST DON'T SEE THAT PICTURE CHANGING  ENOUGH AT THIS POINT. NOT RIGHT NOW NOT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THREE BILLION POUND INCREASE IN  PRODUCTION THIS YEAR ANOTHER THREE PLUS BILLION POUNDS NEXT YEAR JUST GROWING SUPPLIES IN FRONT  OF US. MAKES ME WORRIED ABOUT THAT PRICE OUTLOOK. I REMEMBER I TALKED TO YOU A YEAR AGO AT A  FARM TO AN OPTIMIST CONFERENCE AND YOU SAID YOU KNOW DAIRY PRODUCERS ARE REALLY GOOD AT  PRODUCING AND PRODUCING MORE WHEN PRICES ARE GOOD. AND OUT YIELDING THE PRICE WHEN PRICES  ARE BAD. SO WE'VE GOTTEN INTO THIS SITUATION WHERE WE JUST HAD THIS OVERSUPPLY OF MILK. DO  YOU THINK THAT CHANGES OVER THE NEXT YEAR. SO I I DO THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE LAST MINUTE  PRODUCTION REPORT WE FINALLY HAVE SLOWED DOWN A LITTLE BIT IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK THAT'S THE  START OF MAYBE SOME BETTER NEWS FOR US ON THE SUPPLY SIDE. BUT WE'LL WAIT AND SEE AS WE  MOVE FORWARD AND IN 2018 BECAUSE WE NEED TO SEE MAJOR SUPPLY REVISIONS. WE DO OR VERY  STRONG DEMAND. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF AGRICULTURE TODAY ESPECIALLY MEAT AND DAIRY  PRODUCTS DEMAND HAS BEEN PULLING US DESPITE WHAT HAS BEEN VERY LARGE SUPPLIES THAT COULD  CONTINUE. SO IN THE BEEF MARKET WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THERE'S JUST NO MAJOR AND BALANCES  RIGHT NOW YOU KNOW SUPPLY AND DEMAND HAVE KIND OF REMAINED IN IN STEP TOGETHER. THAT'S NOT  THE CASE IN DAIRY. IT MAY BE A LITTLE LESS SO. OKAY. I JUST WORRY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THEIR YEAR JUST  BALANCED ON THE HEAD OF A PIN. VERY SMALL CHANGES IN SUPPLIER DEMAND GIVE US SOME PRETTY  LARGE CHANGES IN PRICES. ALL RIGHT DR. BROWN WE APPRECIATE IT. STAY WITH US. WE NEED TO TAKE A  QUICK BREAK AND THEN WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE ANDY. 

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KAWASAKI AND THE NEW MULE PRO-FXR™ SIDE X  SIDE. RIDE LIKE A BOSS WITH HIGH-END STYLING AND RUGGED CAPABILITY.WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE IF WE LOOK AT THE  WEATHER MAP THIS WEEK LOTS OF THINGS TO EXPECT I BELIEVE. YEAH THERE IS A LOT OF ENERGY  COMING IN OUT WEST AND IT'S MOVING EAST AND IT'S GOING TO BE PRODUCING A BIG STORM IN THE EAST  AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEK. THE FIRST ONE REALLY DOESN'T LOOK TOO IMPRESSIVE AT THE  MOMENT. COMING INTO THE FAR WESTERN PLAINS BUT AS IT COMES EAST WE'LL BE PICKING UP SOME  GULF MOISTURE AND IT WILL BECOME A FAIRLY POTENT STORM SYSTEM AS IT MOVES FARTHER EAST. THIS  STORM IS A HUGE STORM AND THAT WILL BE VERY SLOWLY COMING INTO THE WEST COAST. BUT THAT  ENERGY EVENTUALLY AS YOU'LL SEE ON THE JET STREAM COMES EAST AND A BIG STORM ENDS UP IN THE  EAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THANKSGIVING WEEK. LET'S GET THROUGH THE NEXT TWO DAYS. FIRST OF ALL  THOUGH YOU CAN SEE THE FIRST FRONT COMING EAST LOTS OF CLOUDS AHEAD OF IT. NOT A LOT OF  MOISTURE. FAIR AMOUNT OF SNOW TO THE NORTH OF THAT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE BUT HIGH PRESSURE  STILL DOMINATING IN THE NORTHEAST DOWN IN THE SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS AND THEN YOU CAN SEE AS  WE MOVE THROUGH TONIGHT AND INTO TOMORROW MORNING A LOT OF MOISTURE STARTS TO GET INVOLVED  WITH THIS COLD FRONT SO WIDESPREAD SHOWERS MAYBE THUNDER SHOWERS OUT AHEAD OF THIS COLD  FRONT AS IT COMES EAST. AND YOU CAN SEE THE NEXT SYSTEM COMING IN OUT WEST. NOW THIS IS THE  SHOT OF A LITTLE BIT COLDER AIR COMING OUT OF THE NORTH WITH THAT HIGH PRESSURE AND THAT WILL BE  SPREADING THROUGH THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS STATES LATER IN THE DAY TOMORROW. FARTHER  NORTH THOUGH IT WILL BE SNOW IN THE NORTHERN LAKES BUT MAINLY RAIN THROUGH THE CENTRAL AND  SOUTHERN LAKES. SCATTERED SHOWERS ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO SOUTHEAST TEXAS WITH THAT ONE. SO  AGAIN THIS STORM WILL EVENTUALLY IT'S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE BUT EVENTUALLY COME EAST INTO A  PRETTY BIG STORM AND THIS ONE WILL KEEP INTENSIFYING AS IT GOES TOWARD THE EAST COAST SO  PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE VERY LITTLE EAST OF THE ROCKIES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. ADDING IN THE  NEXT 36 HOURS WE ARE GOING TO ADD SOME MOISTURE AS WE GET THAT FARTHER EAST BUT YOU'LL  NOTICE IT'S NOT A LOT. IN GENERAL WE'RE TALKING A HALF INCH OR LESS WITH THAT COLD FRONT BUT OFF TO  THE WEST WESTERN WASHINGTON WESTERN OREGON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. SOME AREAS END UP WITH  TWO OR THREE INCHES OF MOISTURE. SOUTHEAST FLORIDA THE SAME IDEA. SNOWFALL PAST 24 HOURS  MOST OF IT THE NORTHERN ROCKIES AND IN CANADA. ADD IN IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS. SO WE DO HAVE  SOME MORE ACROSS PARTS OF CANADA AND MAYBE IN THE FAR NORTHERN GREAT LAKES IN THE  NORTHERN AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES ONLY IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS THOUGH  TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON IN THE 70S IN TEXAS BUT STILL CHILLY IN THE NORTHEASTERN PLAINS GREAT  LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO DROP OFF INTO THE 20S IN A LARGE PART  OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND NORTHEAST AND ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO THE 40S IN ATLANTA. KIND OF  CHILLY AIR THERE 70S EASTERN TEXAS TOMORROW. THAT'S THE VERY COLD AIR POISED TO COME  SOUTHWARD FOR TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND BEYOND. HERE'S THE JET STREAM AND YOU CAN SEE KIND OF ZONAL FLOW TO START. AS WE HEAD THROUGH TIME WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE TROUGH CONTINUING TO  MOVE OFF TO THE EAST. MAYBE WE'LL GET OUR COMPUTER SYSTEM TO MOVE OFF TO THE EAST HERE.  WE'LL SEE. IT'S NOT GOING TO GO THEN WE FINALLY END UP WITH THE BIG TROUGH BY NEXT TUESDAY  PULLING IN SOME BIG TIME COLD AIR FOR THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL FOR CARLSBAD NEW MEXICO  MOSTLY SUNNY RATHER WARM TODAY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 75 DEGREES IRONWOOD MICHIGAN CLOUDY  JUST A BIT OF DRIZZLE HIGH AROUND 40. AND FINALLY LAKE CITY FLORIDA A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE AND  NICE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 72 DEGREES. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, ANOTHER UNDERCOVER VIDEO SURFACES FROM A  FLORIDA DAIRY. AND THE RISE OF THE ROBOTS AT LEAST FOR DELIVERING PIZZA.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS  DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL. 

DAIRY REPORT
THE DAIRY REPORT ON AGDAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY QLF.  FOR 40 YEARS, QLF HAS BEEN PROUD  TO SUPPORT AMERICAN FARMERS THAT FEED THE WORLD. A DAIRY FARM IN FLORIDA IS DEALING WITH BACKLASH FROM A NEWLY RELEASED  UNDERCOVER VIDEO. IT SHOWS EMPLOYEES KICKING AND HITTING COWS. A FLORIDA GROCERY CHAIN SUSPENDED ITS TIES TO THE FARM AND THE  NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION HAS PUT THE LARSON FARM IN  OKEECHOBEE ON PROBATION. A LOCAL SHERIFF IS INVESTIGATING AND THE FAMILY HAS ADDRESSED THE  VIDEO...FIRING THE EMPLOYEE AND SAYING THE BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE ON  THEIR DAIRY...AND GOES AGAINST THE FARMS PROTOCOLS. THE DAIRY INDUSTRY SAYS OFTEN FARMS LIKE THIS ARE TARGETED BY  ACTIVISTS. "THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE BEING PAID BY ACTIVIST ORGANIZATIONS THEY ARE ALSO THERE TO NOT DO THEIR  JOB OF CARING FOR ANIMALS OR TO NOT REPORT ANY CONCERNS. AND FREQUENTLY THEY HELP INSTIGATE OR  THEY ARE THE CAUSE OF IT. WHAT YOU SEE ON THE VIDEOS. BUT BECAUSE THE WHOLE GOAL IS TO HELP  CREATE A DISTRUST BY THE PUBLIC AND TO USE THAT TO TARGET A RETAILER OR A RESTAURANT OR BRAND  COMPANY TO SHAME THEM IN SOME WAY TO THEN DROP THE FARMER AS A SUPPLIER." DMI REMINDS PRODUCERS TO REMAIN DILIGENT WHEN HIRING. HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE, DO BACKGROUND CHECKS AND REFERENCE CHECKS. IF SOMEONE SEEMS SUSPICIOUS--TELL OTHER FARMERS. PUT NEW HIRES ON PROBATION AND PARTNER THEM WITH TRUSTED EMPLOYEES. DMI ALSO SAYS IT'S FAIR TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO SIGN A NON-DISCLOSURE  AND CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT.  THAT INCLUDES A CLAUSE FOR LIQUIDATED  DAMAGES FOR TAKING OR DISTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEO.  FINALLY, FOLLOW UP-- AND BE SURE TO CREATE A PROCESS FOR HIRING AND  FIRING ON THE FARM. BACK AT HOME, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AG ANNOUNCED IT WILL DELAY THE  ORGANIC LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRACTICES RULE UNTIL JANUARY 19.  THERE ARE SEVERAL PROVISIONS UNDER THE RULE, AN EXAMPLE OF WHICH IS  REQUIRING OUTDOOR ACCESS FOR POULTRY THAT WILL PRODUCE MEAT TO BE  LABELED "CERTIFIED ORGANIC."  THE USDA ANNOUNCEMENT SAYS DURING THE COURSE OF REVIEWING THE  RULE, OFFICIALS DISCOVERED A MATERIAL ERROR IN THE RECORD AND THERE  WAS A QUESTION ABOUT THE SCOPE OF STATUTORY AUTHORITY.  BUT SOME DEMOCRATS ARE OUTRAGED, CALLING IT A DELAYING "TACTIC" BY THE  ADMINISTRATION. IT APPEARS MAINE'S WILD BLUEBERRY INDUSTRY MAY GET SOME HELP FROM THE  STATE'S DAIRY PRODUCERS. MAINE'S BLUEBERRY SECTOR HAS BEEN LOOKING FOR NEW BUYERS TO HELP  DRIVE UP DEMAND AND IMPROVE PRICES.  IT RECENTLY FOUND ONE SUCH NEW BUYER -- OAKHURST DAIRY.  IT'S ONE OF  THE BIGGEST MILK PRODUCERS IN THE STATE, SERVING MUCH OF NEW  ENGLAND. THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED IT WILL START PRODUCING BLUEBERRY MILK. THE COMPANY CHOSE TO MAKE MILK FLAVORED WITH BLUEBERRIES AFTER THE  CONCEPT WON A SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST WITH CONSUMERS. WILD BLUEBERRIES ARE SMALLER IN SIZE THAN CULTIVATED BLUEBERRIES. 

TEASE
UP NEXT - ARE FARMERS WILLING TO EMBRACE AUTONOMOUS TECHNOLOGY? WHAT IF THAT DRIVERLESS MODE ENDS-UP DELIVERING PIZZA? IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  DISCOVER THE POWER BEHIND THE M6 SERIES AT  KUBOTA.COM. DRIVER-LESS COMBINES, TRACTORS AND GRAIN CARTS ARE IN THE NOT-TOO- DISTANT FUTURE. WE'VE ALREADY WITNESSED THE AUTONOMOUS TECHNOLOGY  IN ACTION DURING FIELD TESTS. NOW TWO MICHIGAN BASED COMPANIES - FORD AND DOMINO'S PIZZA - ARE  TEAMING-UP TO SEE IF CUSTOMERS WILL WARM-UP TO THE IDEA OF PIZZA  DELIVERY FROM A DRIVERLESS CAR. MIKE HOUSEHOLDER REPORTS. IT'S A SCENE THAT PLAYS OUT IN COLLEGE TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA. A  STUDENT ORDERS PIZZA, AND IT'S DELIVERED A SHORT TIME LATER. THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT NO ONE'S DRIVING THIS CAR. AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT THE PIZZA-BUYERS BELIEVE. RAHUL KUMAR, DOMINO'S CUSTOMER: "I JUST GOT A CALL AFTER MY ORDER, LIKE, 'YOUR ORDER WILL BE DELIVERED BY A DRIVERLESS CAR.' I GO, 'OH, EXCITING. I WANT TO SEE THAT.'" DOMINO'S AND FORD ARE TEAMING UP TO SEE IF CUSTOMERS WILL WARM TO THE  IDEA OF PIZZA DELIVERED BY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. DENNIS MALONEY, DOMINO'S PIZZA: "DELIVERY'S A REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF WHO WE ARE. AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ARE A TECHNOLOGY THAT'S COMING. SO, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE UNDERSTAND HOW THIS NEW, UPCOMING  TECHNOLOGY IS GOING TO IMPACT OUR BUSINESS IN THE FUTURE." FORD, WHICH PLANS TO INTRODUCE A FULLY DRIVERLESS VEHICLE IN 2021 …ALSO WANTS TO UNDERSTAND THE KINDS OF SCENARIOS FOR WHICH  COMPANIES WOULD USE IT. SO THE AUTOMAKER WORKED WITH DOMINO'S TO SET UP THE EXPERIMENT IN  THE PIZZA COMPANY'S HOMETOWN OF ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN … SENDING OUT ON DELIVERIES A FUSION HYBRID AUTONOMOUS RESEARCH  VEHICLE, COMPLETE WITH LIDAR, RADAR AND CAMERA SENSORS. A FORD ENGINEER SITS BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE FUSION … BUT THE FRONT WINDOWS ARE BLACKED OUT SO CUSTOMERS WON'T INTERACT  WITH HIM. MALONEY:  "THEY CAN TRACK THE VEHICLE USING GPS ALL THE WAY TO THEIR LOCATION. AND THEN THEY  WALK OUT TO THE CAR."  DENNIS MALONEY, DOMINO'S PIZZA: "THEY ENTER IN THE FOUR-DIGIT CODE, AND, BASICALLY, IT REVEALS THIS PIZZA COMPARTMENT (WHICH)  OPENS, AND PIZZA IS THERE. THEY TAKE THEIR PIZZA, AND THEY WALK AWAY." TEST SUBJECT TERESA HATCHER SAYS SHE SEES VALUE IN THE TECHNOLOGY. TERESA HATCHER, TOOK PART IN EXPERIMENT: "I THINK IT WOULD BE COOL, PROBABLY BE SAFER TO A CERTAIN EXTENT IN THE FUTURE. I KNOW THERE IS A  LOT MORE RESEARCH THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, BUT THAT COULD BE ONE OF THE BENEFITS." THE EXPERIMENT IS DESIGNED TO GIVE INSIGHTS INTO HOW CUSTOMERS  INTERACT WITH A SELF-DRIVING CAR. WILL CUSTOMERS COME OUT TO THE CAR? DO THEY WANT TO ACTUALLY COME OUT AND RETRIEVE THEIR  OWN PIZZA? ARE THEY WILLING TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF TYPING IN A DIGIT? DO THEY  UNDERSTAND IT? IS IT REALLY CLEAR?  WHAT ARE THE OTHER 'WHAT IFS?' WHAT OTHER KIND OF THINGS CAN HAPPEN?" NOW THAT THE SIX-WEEK-LONG TESTING PERIOD HAS RUN ITS COURSE, THE  COMPANIES SAY THEY'LL DIG THROUGH THE DATA BEFORE MAKING A CALL ABOUT  THE FUTURE OF DRIVERLESS PIZZA DELIVERIES. MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, ASSOCIATED PRESS, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN.I GUESS THERE'S NO NEED TO ADD A TIP?

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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