AgDay Daily Recap - September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

HEADLINES

NOW IT'S A TRADE WAR--THE U.S. IMPLEMENTS NEW TARIFFS ON CHINA. IN AGRIBUSINESS....WHAT HAS IT MEANT TO PORK EXPORTS. A NEW CATTLE ON FEED PUTS INVENTORIES AT FRESH HIGHS. GOOD ANIMAL CARE IS PART OF RUNNING A GOOD BUSINESS.... AND FUN ON THE FARM...SOMETIMES JUST TAKES A LITTLE CREATIVITY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

MORE TARIFFS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THREATS TURN INTO ACTION AS THE U-S  DUMPS MORE TARIFFS ON CHINA....AND CHINA RECIPROCATES.THE U.S. IMPLEMENTED 10 PERCENT TARIFFS ON ANOTHER 200 BILLION DOLLARS IN CHINESE PRODUCTS. CHINA, IN TURN, TACKED-ON TARIFFS ON ANOTHER $60 BILLION ON U.S.  PRODUCTS. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE'LL FOLLOW THAT WITH 257 BILLION DOLLARS IN  TARIFFS. CHINA ALSO CANCELING TRADE TALKS SAYING THEY WON'T BEND TO PRESSURE. CHINA ALSO APPEALING TO THE MIDWEST -- BUYING ADVERTISMENTS IN IOWA'S  LARGEST NEWSPAPER TO HIGHLIGHT WHAT IT CALLS "THE FRUIT OF A PRESIDENT'S FOLLY." "SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED WITH NAFTA AND TPP AND WITH CHINA NEEDED TO BE DONE. IT'S HOW IT'S BEEN DONE. AND ONE OF THE THINGS IS WE HAVE PROBABLY DESTROYED SOME OF  THE TRUST THAT OFTENTIMES THAT TAKES A NUMBER OF YEARS TO BUILD UP. AND SO I WOULD SAY. THAT  TRUST FACTOR. HAS BEEN BROKEN DOWN..."> PRODUCER SIGN-UPS BEGAN MONDAY FOR TWO ADDITIONAL CROPS ADDED TO  USDA'S TARIFF AID PROGRAM. AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE ANNOUNCING  FRIDAY THAT SHELLED ALMONDS AND FRESH SWEETY CHERRIES WERE ADDED  TO THE TRADE MITIGATION PACKAGE AIMED AT ASSISTING FARMERS. USDA SAYS A PAYMENT WILL BE ISSUED ON 50 PERCENT OF THE PRODUCER'S  TOTAL PRODUCTION, MULTIPLIED BY THE MFP RATE FOR A SPECIFIC COMMODITY. THE PAYMENT FOR SHELLED ALMONDS IS THREE CENTS A POUND. FRESH SWEET  CHERRIES WOULD HIT 16-CENTS A POUND. 

KORUS
ALSO ON THE TRADE FRONT, THE U.S. AND SOUTH KOREA WILL SIGNED A REVISED  TRADE AGREEMENT THIS WEEK. THE CHANGES FOCUS MOSTLY ON AUTOMOTIVE PROVISIONS AND EASING SOME CUSTOMS PROCESSES THAT DISCOURAGE IMPORTS OF U.S. AG PRODUCTS. 

ETHANOL POLICY CHANGE
ALSO THIS WEEK, THE EU'S TRADE CHIEF CECILIA MALMSTROM WILL MEET WITH THE U.S. TRADE  REPRESENTATIVE, ROBERT LIGHTHIZER, AND JAPAN'S MINISTER FOR ECONOMY, TRADE AND INDUSTRY. SHARES OF PACIFIC ETHANOL - AND OTHER BIOFUEL COMPANIES - PUSHED HIGHER MONDAY AS WORD SPREAD THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS  PREPARING A POLICY CHANGE ALLOWING YEAR-ROUND SALES OF GASOLINE  WITH HIGHER ETHANOL. STOCK IN THE CALIFORNIA BIOFUEL COMPANY CLIMBED 17-PERCENT IN EARLY  TRADING. BLOOMBERG NEWS IS REPORTING PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SET TO UNVEIL THE NEW POLICY IN THE COMING WEEKS. BUT NO SPECIFIC DATE OR LOCATION IS SET. ALSO IN BIOFUEL NEWS, THE EPA LAST WEEK ADDING TRANSPARENCY TO RIN PRICES. THE AGENCY ROLLING OUT A NEW WEBSITE THAT TRACKS RINS PRICES AND  RELEASED DATA ON SMALL REFINERY EXEMPTIONS.  THE EPA DISCLOSING THE INFORMATION AS PART OF A NEW PUSH TO BOOST TRANSPARENCY AROUND THE RFS AND ITS CREDIT-TRADING SYSTEM FOR  TRACKING REFINERY COMPLIANCE WITH ANNUAL BIOFUEL BLENDING QUOTAS. 

CATTLE ON FEED
THE USDA'S LATEST CATTLE ON FEED NUMBERS PUTS SEPTEMBER  1ST INVENTORIES  AT 11 MILLION HEAD. IT'S THE HIGHEST SINCE THE SERIES OF REPORTS BEGAN.  THE BIGGEST INVENTORY INCREASES WERE IN THE GOLDEN STATE--CALIFORNIA  NUMBERS JUMPING 25% ON THE YEAR. SOUTH DAKOTA THE ONLY MAJOR STATE TO REPORT A YEAR TO YEAR DECLINE. PLACEMENTS WERE UP 7 PERCENT.. AND MOSTLY CATTLE WEIGHING LESS THAN 800 POUNDS.  LOW FEED COSTS AND DRY WEATHER HELPING PULL CATTLE OFF PASTURE. MARKETINGS WERE JUST SLIGHTLY ABOVE A YEAR AGO . 

CROP COMMENTS
LETS TAKE A QUICK GLANCE ACROSS FARM COUNTRY WITH METEORLOGIST MIKE  HOFFMAN AND THE AGDAY WEATHER TEAM. GOOOD MORNING MIKE. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. WE RECEIVED THIS CUTE HARVEST PHOTO FROM SAM RODE OF DELPHOS OHIO. THAT'S YOUNG KAYLEIGH AND OLIVIA RODE TAKING A SHORT BREAK FROM  MAKING THE ROUNDS IN THE COMBINE.  THEY SAY BEAN HARVEST IS OFF AND RUNNING THIS FALL. USDA SAYS BEANS HAVE A WAYS TO GO...ALTHOUGH MATURITIES ARE AHEAD OF  SCHEDULE. THANKS SAM. IF YOU HAVE HARVEST PHOTOS BE SURE TO SHARE THEM WITH US ON  FACEBOOK OR TWITTER. AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE WINDSPEED FORECAST NOW YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT WINDY EASTERN GREAT  LAKES EASTERN COLORADO UP INTO PARTS OF NEBRASKA AS WE START TODAY AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE  REST OF THE DAY THEN IT BECOMES WINDY OR INTO TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA. THE BLACK HILLS AREA AND SOME OF THE SURROUNDING SECTIONS HEADING INTO THE DAY TOMORROW. YOU CAN SEE THAT COLD FRONT  MOVING INTO CENTRAL TEXAS AND ALSO THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES STARTING OFF A LITTLE BREEZY AND  IT'LL END THAT WAY AGAIN IN MONTANA AND NORTH DAKOTA. THE NORTHEAST AND SOUTH TEXAS. HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP AT FIRST HERE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
WITH ALL OF THE TRADE ISSUES CURRENTLY UP IN THE AIR, HOW IS THAT  IMPACTING PORK EXPORTS? WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT NEXT IN ANALYSIS. PLUS WE LOOK AT ANIMAL CARE STANDARDS - AND SEE HOW ONE PRODUCER  USES AN INN-KEEPER-LIKE MENTALITY TO CARE FOR HER COWS. AND BRINGING A KIDS CARNIVAL TO THE COUNTRYSIDE - MUCH TO THE DELIGHT  OF TODDLERS IN THIS PART OF NORTH DAKOTA. 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.  

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS, TRADE TENSIONS TAKING A BITE OUT OF EQUITY MARKETS ON  MONDAY. LETS SEE HOW THINGS CLOSED IN CHICAGO. "SOYBEANS SLIPPED A LITTLE BIT. THOSEU.S. CHINA NEGOTIATIONS HAD JUST STALLED THE MARKET  COMPLETELY. WE WERE DOWN ABOUT FIVE CENTS. THERE HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF LACKLUSTER TRADE  THAT DOES GIVE GIVE AWAY TO SOME OF THE WEAKNESSES BUT THIS ESCALATION OF THOSE THE TARIFF  WARS WITH CHINA LEAVING THE TABLE REALLY HURT THE SOYBEAN MARKET AND WE KNOW THAT IT'S ALSO BEING HURT BY EARLY PLANTING FROM BRAZIL AND SOUTH AMERICA. THAT MAKES IT SO DIFFICULT FOR  ANYONE TO STEP IN TO TRY TO BUY ANYTHING CORN REALLY AS LONG AS WELL AS WHEAT AND CORN IS STILL  RISING IN THE LAST FEW SESSIONS. IT KEEPS MOVING UP. THE EXPORTS ARE STILL STRONG AND THAT'S STILL  KEEPING UP WITH THE MARKET. THE CATTLE WAS LOW A LITTLE BIT LOWER AFTER THAT FEED REPORT ON  FRIDAY. IT WAS KIND OF BEARISH. THEY WERE REALLY HOPING FOR IT TO BE A LITTLE BIT BETTER. THERE'S  BEEN SOME ACTIVE BIDS IN THE CASH CATTLE TRADE BUT WE'RE EXPECTING THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A  LOT MORE COMING LATER IN THE WEEK AND SO THE MARKET KIND OF SLIPPED JUST A LITTLE BIT THAT LACKLUSTER TRADE SOMETIMES GIVES WAY TO WEAKNESS. AND WE SAW THAT AS WELL WITH THE  FEEDERS THE FEEDERS FELL SOMEWHAT THOSE PLACEMENTS WERE MUCH HIGHER THAN EXPECTED. AND  REALLY TOWARDS THE HIGHER END OF THE CHANNEL THAT WE'VE BEEN TRADING AND THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO AND VIRGINIA MCGATHEY.

AGRIBUSINESS
TRADE ISSUES HAVE BEEN A STUMBLING BLOCK FOR AG THIS YEAR BUT EXPORTS  ARE HOLDING UP...TYNE MORGAN EXPLAINS IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS FROM THE  ROAD. HERE NOW IS DR. SCOTT BROWN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI. DR BROWN WHEN YOU LOOK AT  EXPORTS AND YOU LOOK AT THE RED MEAT EXPORTS DESPITE TARIFFS AND DESPITE OTHER FACTORS THAT WE  THOUGHT WOULD IMPEDE SOME OF THOSE EXPORTS. EXPORT NUMBERS HAVE HELD UP FAIRLY WELL. YES THEY HAVE. IF YOU LOOK AT PORK IN PARTICULAR WHERE TARIFFS HAVE BEEN THE MOST INFLUENTIAL. YOU  KNOW WE'RE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE UP STILL 2 PERCENT IN TERMS OF THE VOLUME OF PORK  EXPORTS SO FAR THIS YEAR 2 PERCENT OVERALL. YOU KNOW THE VALUE SIDE THOUGH WE KNOW THAT'S WHERE PRODUCERS ARE GETTING HIT. AND SO WHERE ARE WE SEEING THE VALUE. YES. I THINK WHEN  YOU LOOK AT MEXICO IN PARTICULAR THE THE THE VALUE SIDE HAS BEEN DOWN DOWN DOUBLE DIGITS IN  TERMS OF THE THE VALUE OF PORK EXPORTS TO MEXICO. AND THAT'S WHAT'S REALLY HURT THE POOR PRODUCERS FROM A QUANTITY SIDE NOT SO BAD BUT THE VALUE SIDE THAN JUST TRANSLATES INTO LOWER  PRICES BUT DOES IT SURPRISE YOU THAT EVEN WITH THE TARIFFS MEXICO'S STILL BUYINGU.S. PORK. WELL I  THINK IN MANY CASES WERE NEARBY WORKFLOW SOURCE FOR THEM. AND SO I'M NOT COMPLETELY  SURPRISED TO SEE THAT DESPITE SOME EARLY RHETORIC THAT THEY WOULD BE LOOKING FOR OTHER MARKETS. BUT DO YOU THINK IF THE NIGHT AFTER A BILATERAL DEAL IF IT GOES THROUGH WITH MEXICO DO  YOU THINK WE'LL SEE MEXICO INCREASE BUYERS OFU.S. PORK EVEN MORE. I WOULD SEE SOME  INCREASE EXPECTED IN TERMS OF THEIR BUYS BUT THEN ALSO GETTING RID OF THE TARIFF TO ACTUALLY HELP  OUR VALUES OF THINGS LIKE HAMS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT OUGHT TO RETURN ADDITIONAL DOLLARS TO  PRODUCERS HERE. WHEN YOU SEE THE SHUFFLE OF EXPORTS WHO ELSE IS STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE TO BUYU.S. PORK. SO YOU KNOW WE WE ARE SEEING PLACES LIKE SOUTH KOREA JAPAN WITH SOME  STRENGTH BUT BUT REALLY WE'RE JUST GOING BACK TO THOSE TRADITIONAL MARKETS BY LARGE. NOW THAT'S  NOT COUNTING VARIETY MEATS WHICH IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY. BUT THAT TRADITIONAL PORT MARKET  WE'RE SEEING SOME OF THE SAME PLAYERS. BUT IS IT ENOUGH TO IMPACT PRICE. I MEAN WE'VE SEEN THE SUPPLY SIDE. WE'VE SEEN THE IMPACT THAT WITH THE OIL ON HOG FUTURES AND EXPORTS HAVE  BEEN STRONG BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY PORK PRODUCERS SAY WE'RE STILL STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW.  YEAH SO IT'S IT'S MY CONCERN TEIN IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING. I THINK WHEN WE  GET NEXT WEEK'S HOGS AND PIGS REPORT WE'LL NOW SAY WE HAVE TEN CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS OF GROWTH IN SOW INVENTORIES IN THIS COUNTRY. WE DON'T DO THAT VERY OFTEN. AND SO I THINK THE  SUPPLY SIDE IS STILL AN ISSUE THAT WE HAVE TO BE PAYING ATTENTION TO. IT TAKES A LOT OF GROWTH  AND EXPORTS TO OFFSET WHAT'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER PROBABLY 3 4 PERCENT GROWTH AND PORT PRODUCTION IN 2019. ALL RIGHTDR. BROWN THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK  AND THEN WE'LL HAVE MUCH MORE RIGHT HERE ON AGDAY. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY. METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOF AND MIKE AS WE LOOK AT THE EAST COAST  MORE RAIN FOR THE NEW ENGLAND AREA BUT THIS COLD FRONT BRINGING SOME COOLER WEATHER WITH IT.  YES IT WILL AND IT WILL BRING A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS OUT AHEAD OF IT EACH AFTERNOON BUT THAT'S A  PRETTY GOOD AREA OF RAIN LIKE YOU SAID IN NEW ENGLAND. AT LEAST IT'S ON ITS WAY TO NEW ENGLAND  RIGHT NOW. IT'S IN THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES MUCH OF PENNSYLVANIA EASTERN OHIO GETTING LOTS OF  RAIN THIS MORNING. AND WE HAVE A TROPICAL LIKE SYSTEM OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST. THIS IS NOT  REALLY EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY TO MUCH BUT IT WILL BRING SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY  TO THE COASTAL AREAS EASTERN CAROLINAS THAT KIND OF SCOOTS EASTWARD. THERE IS THAT COLD FRONT  CLINTON MENTIONED AND YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY. AREA OF LOW PRESSURE A LAW THAT WILL HAVE AN AREA OF RAIN FROM EASTERN NEBRASKA ACROSS PARTS OF IOWA MINNESOTA  WISCONSIN INTO THE MICHIGAN AND THEN THIS AFTERNOON A FEW HIT AND MISS SHOWERS AND  THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THE COLD FRONT HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT. AND THAT STORM SYSTEM GOES ON UP INTO EASTERN PORTIONS OF CANADA OVER THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. COLD FRONT SOUTHWARD ACROSS  THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY INTO CENTRAL TEXAS. AND BY AFTERNOON THAT'S GOING TO BE SHOWING  WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS FROM SOUTH TEXAS ON UP INTO THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY THE CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE APPALACHIANS INTO THE NORTHEAST BEHIND IT SOME  COOLER AIR. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. IN ANOTHER SYSTEM COMING INTO SOUTHERN CANADA SO  SCUSE ME. NORTH DAKOTA MONTANA PROBABLY GETTING SOME HIT AND MISS SHOWERS TOMORROW AFTERNOON CHECKING OUT THE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS IT'S BEEN A PRETTY  BIG RAINMAKER FROM WESTERN TENNESSEE WESTERN KENTUCKY SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF MISSOURI  AND UP ACROSS OHIO SOUTHERN INDIANA HEADING INTO THE NEXT 36 HOURS. YOU CAN SEE THAT CONTINUES TO SPREAD UP ACROSS NEW ENGLAND DECENT AMOUNTS OF RAIN. I MEAN WE'RE TALKING  PARTS OF NEW YORK PENNSYLVANIA GETTING TWO TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN. AND THEN YOU SEE THREE  INCHES IN MANY AREAS OF OHIO DOWN INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AND HIT MISS THROUGH THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY KIND OF WET FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR TIME OF YEAR WE'D LIKE TO BE  GETTING OUT INTO THE FIELDS AND GETTING OUR CROPS IN TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON. YOU CAN SEE  BEHIND THIS FRONT ONLY IN THE 50S FOR AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES WELL INTO THE 80S OUT AHEAD OF IT.  SO A BIG CHANGE IN THE WEATHER IS THIS COLD FRONT COMES ON THROUGH LOWS TONIGHT INTO THE 30S  WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE DAKOTAS STILL 70S IN THE EASTERN OHIO VALLEY VERY MUCH YEAR FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. AND AS WE HEAD THROUGH TOMORROW AFTERNOON THAT COOL AIR WILL CONTINUE TO  COME EASTWARD ALL BECAUSE OF THIS TROUGH THAT KIND OF DIGS INTO THE GREAT LAKES ANOTHER ONE KIND OF REPLACES IT BUT THEN WE GO ZONAL FOR A WHILE OVER THE WEEKEND WITH A TROUGH  REDEVELOPING OUT WEST NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT  SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL FOR GLOBE ARIZONA TODAY PARTLY SUNNY OR RATHER HOT HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 89 DEGREES WAUSAU WISCONSIN MOSTLY CLOUDY SHOWERS AROUND HIGH OF 65 IN  OCALA FLORIDA PARTLY SUNNY AN AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM AROUND THE AREA HIGH 91. 

TEASE
LATER ON AGDAY - EXCEPT AT THE COUNTY FAIR, AMUSEMENT RIDES ARE FEW  AND FAR BETWEEN IN FARM COUNTRY. SO ONE NORTH DAKOTA INVENTOR DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT. BUT FIRST WE HEAD TO MARYLAND TO VISIT A HOTEL FOR COWS, OF SORTS. THE PRODUCER SETS THE STANDARD FOR ANIMAL CARE.

DAIRY TODAY
TODAY, CONSUMERS WANT TO KNOW HOW ANIMALS ARE TREATED ON THE FARM.  SOMETIMES, IT EVEN IMPACTS THEIR PURCHASING DECISIONS.  THE DAIRY INDUSTRY RECOGNIZES THIS AND DEVELOPED UNIFIED NATIONAL STANDARDS CALLED THE "FARM ANIMAL CARE PROGRAM."  DAIRY FARMERS, COOPERATIVES, PROCESSORS AND COMPANIES ARE USING  THESE BENCHMARKS TO MAKE SURE THEY SHIP A SAFE PRODUCT THAT'S SOURCED FROM HERDS TAKEN CARE OF RESPONSIBLY. BETSY JIBBEN LOOKS AT THE ANIMAL HUSBANDRY SIDE OF THE STANDARDS. WHEN YOU STEP ONTO COW COMFORT INN DAIRY IN UNION BRIDGE, MARYLAND,  THE NAME SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.  A LIST LAYS OUT YOUR VISIT AND WHY THESE COWS ENJOY THEIR STAY TOO. "WE HAVE A SAYING IN THE INDUSTRY, WHEN YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR COWS, THE COWS TAKE CARE OF  YOU."BOTH KATIE DOTTERER-PYLE AND HER HUSBAND DAVID PYLE GREW UP ON  DAIRIES IN THE NORTHEAST- THEY EVEN MET AT ONE WHERE THEY BOTH WORKED.  IT WASN'T JUST LOVE THAT HELPED CREATE THIS 400 HEAD DAIRY...  "I WAS NEVER ALLOWED TO HAVE A JERSEY COW GROWING UP. MY UNCLE WOULD GO TO COW SALES AND  I'D ALWAYS SAY (HANDS SHOW HER BEGGING) WILL YOU PLEASE JUST GET ME ONE JERSEY?"THE JERSEY MAY HAVE WON HER OVER.  "SO, WHEN I MET MY HUSBAND AND FOUND OUT HE HAD ALL BROWN COWS, I SAID, "OH, HELLO!" I  JOKE I MARRIED HIM FOR HIS BROWN COWS. IT MAY ONLY BE HALF TRUE!"SINCE THEN, THIS YOUNG FARMER SHARES HOW AND WHY ANIMAL HUSBANDRY IS IMPORTANT.  FOR EXAMPLE, SHE OFFERS THESE RUBBER MATTRESSES COVERED WITH RECYCLED MANURE. "IT'S SUPER COMFY. I'VE EVEN TAKEN A NAP IN IT BEFORE!" TO THE COMPLIMENTARY RUBBER MATS - YOU COULD SAY - ARE USED FOR  DINING.  "WHEN THE COWS ARE EATING, THERE'S A RUBBER MAT UNDERNEATH THEIR FEET, JUST LIKE RESTURANTS,  YOU HAVE THE STRESS RELIEVING RUBBER MATS. THAT'S EXACTLLY WHAT THESE ARE FOR." TO CONNECT WITH CONSUMERS ON TOURS AND ONLINE... VIDEOS  WITH HASHTAGS LIKE "ASK FARMERS, NOT GOOGLE" "I USE THIS BECAUSE LISTEN, I USE GOOGLE TOO BUT GOOGLE DOESN'T KNOW EVERYTHING. GOOGLE  DOESN'T MILK COWS. GOOGLE DOESN'T TAKE CARE OF COWS, WE DO."WHILE THIS DAIRY MAY STAND OUT WHAT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO NOTICE IS HOW COW COMFORT INN IS ONE OF MANY OPERATIONS FOLLOWING A SET OF BENCHMARKS NATION-WIDE.  THE PROGRAM IS CALLED FARMERS ASSURING RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT, OR  FARM ANIMAL CARE PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED BY THE NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION WITH SUPPORT FROM DAIRY MANAGEMENT INC. BACK  IN 2009. "THE FEEDBACK WE CONTINUE TO HEAR WITH OUR CUSTOMERS AND CONSUMERS IS CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN THE INDUSTRY. IF WE CAN HAVE A PROGRAM WHICH INDICATES  AND SHOWS WE'RE GOING TO BE IMPROVING AND EVERYDAY YOU'RE GOING TO DO BETTER AND MORE;  THAT'S SOMETHING THEY ARE GOING TO WANT TO EMBRACE AND BE A PART OF,"THE GROUP ISN'T EXCLUSIVE, ROUGHLY 98 PERCENT OF THE MILK MARKETED IN  THE UNITED STATES GOES THROUGH THESE SETS OF STANDARDS - "WE AS THE FARM TEAM DON'T EXPECT OUR DAIRIES TO BE PERFECT TODAY. I DON'T HTINK ANYBODY IN  ANY BUSINESS EXPECTS TO BE PERFECT. WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR IS THAT CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT."PART OF THE PROCESS IS HAVING AN EVALUATOR COME TO THE OPERATION  ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS.  THE MILK FROM THIS OPERATION GOES TO LAND O' LAKES.  THE COMPANY IS MAKING IT A REQUIREMENT ALL OF ITS MEMBER DAIRIES PARTICIPATE IN THE FARM ANIMAL CARE PROGRAM.  "WE MAY GO OUT AND TALK TO INDIVIDUAL CARETAKERS, WE MAY TALK TO THE FEEDERS, WE MAY TALK TO THOSE IN THE PARLOR. BUILDING THAT RELATIONSHIP WIHT THE MANAGEMENT TEAM AND WITH THE  INDIVIDUAL WORKERS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE BOTH PIECES IN ORDER TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE EVALUATION."IT'S A GOOD TOOL FOR THEIR COMPANY AND MESSAGE FOR THEIR CONSUMERS TOO. ‘OUR CUSTOMERS APPRECIATE WE HAVE DATA TO BACK UP THE CLAIMS WE ARE MAKING. OUR  PRODUCERS APPRECIATE WE ARE DOING SOMETHING TO B ROADCAST THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO  EVERYDAY TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR ANIMALS.""IT'S NICE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. I THINK WE AS FARMERS SHOULD BE HOLDING OURSELVES  ACCOUNTABLE FOR COW CARE. THESE COWS ARE UNDER OUR CARE FOR A REASON."> WHETHER YOU 'CHECK-IN' FOR THE AFTERNOON  OR ARE CURIOUS ABOUT THE COWS HERE, "AGAIN, I KEEP GOING BACK TO IF YOU TAKE CARE OF THE COWS, THEY'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU."REST ASSURED, ONCE YOU ARRIVE,  YOU'LL KNOW WHY COWS ENJOY THEIR STAY.  REPORTING IN UNION BRIDGE, MARYLAND, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  THANKS BETSY.  THE DAIRY ALSO IMPLEMENTS STANDARDS FOR ITS FARM TEAM. SHE USES A MERCK 365 PROGRAM - ENCOURAGED BY THE FARM ANIMAL CARE  PROGRAM - WHERE EMPLOYEES STUDY EDUCATIONAL COMPONENTS LIKE COW  HANDLING AND WHY CERTAIN PRACTICES ARE NEEDED. THERE'S A QUIZ AT THE END WHERE EMPLOYEES RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE FOR  THEIR WORK. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK - A CARNIVAL IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OF NORTH DAKOTA. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S M7060. BUILT TO GET THE JOB DONE. SEE  KUBOTAUSA.COM OR YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER FOR MORE INFORMATION.GROWING-UP ON A FARM WITH THE CLOSEST NEIGHBOR OR FRIEND MILES AWAY,  YOU NEED TO COME-UP WITH YOUR OWN FUN. PERHAPS INVOKE SOME CREATIVITY. A NORTH DAKOTA MAN IS USING SOME OF THAT CREATIVITY TO CREATE A  CARNIVAL-LIKE ATMOSPHERE. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KFYR HAS OUR STORY. THE SOUND OF CHILDREN'S LAUGHTER CASCADES OFF WHEAT FIELDS....."AGAIN".... THAT SURROUND THIS  100-YEAR OLD FARM. LOREN MYRAN BEGAN BUILDING THIS AGRICULTURAL AMUSEMENT PARK TEN YEARS AGO. LOREN MYRAN: "THERE'S NOTHING BETTER THAN DOING SOMETHING FOR YOUR GRANDKIDS. THAT'S THE  SPICE OF LIFE" HE FOUND ALL THE ENTERTAINMENT EQUIPMENT AT AUCTION SALES.....OR BUILT IT WITH HIS OWN TWO  HANDS. LOREN MYRAN: "IT JUST TOOK SOME TINKERING AND PAINTING AND PUTTING NEW CHAINS ON AND  MAKING SURE THEY ARE SAFE." THIS FROLIC FARM HAS RECEIVED THE ADOLESCENT SEAL OF APPROVAL. BAILEY MARSH: "THE FASTER IT WENT, THE MORE SPINNIER IT WENT, AND I LIKED IT THE FASTER IT WENT,  BECAUSE YOU WENT FASTER AND FASTER AND FASTER." RURAL FAMILIES APPRECIATE HAVING A PARK OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF A PASTURE. SHANNA HAUGEN: "IT'S A LOT OF FUN, THEY COME OUT HERE, PLAY ALL AFTERNOON, IT'S GOOD FOR THEM." ONE OF THIS PLACES FAVORITE ATTRACTIONS DOESN'T FEATURE ANY MOVING PARTS. "THERE YOU GO...."LORAN TRANSFORMED A 1955 CHEVY 2-TON TRUCK INTO "TOW MATER" FROM THE  POPULAR DISNEY MOVIE, "CARS." LOREN MYRAN: "I HAD TO SHORTEN IT, THAT WAS PROBABLY THE HARDEST PART, TAKING A FRAME APART  AND RE WELDING IT." A SMALL SCALE MODEL OF THE CARTOON PICKUP WAS USED TO CREATE A PRECISE REPLICA. "MY 10-YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER SAID TO ME WHEN SHE SAW IT, "GRANDPA YOU DID EVERYTHING  JUST RIGHT." AND THAT FEELS PRETTY GOOD." BUSHELS OF GOOD OLD FASHIONED FUN ARE HARVESTED HERE EVERY TIME A CHILD DELIGHTS IN THIS FIELD OF FUN. I'M CLIFF NAYLOR REPORTING FOR AGDAY .  LOREN ALSO OPENS HIS AMUSEMENT PARK TO STUDENTS FROM OTHER AREA  SCHOOLS. 

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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