USFR Weekly Recap - December 24-25, 2016

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TODAY ON U.S. FARM REPORT
DECEMBER 24-25, 2016


HEADLINES
WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT AND MERRY  CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.  I'M TYNE MORGAN, AND HERE'S  WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON FOR YOU OVER THE NEXT  HOUR THIS CHRISTMAS WEEKEND. TIS THE SEASON FOR BULLISH SOYBEAN PRICES, <AND THAT WAS, WHAT IN MY OPINION, A GIFT. DOUBLE DIGIT LOSSES IN SOYBEAN PRICES THIS WEEK.  WE'LL  TELL YOU WHY.  CHRISTMAS TREES TO CHRISTMAS WREATHS, THIS  FESTIVE BUSINESS IS 3 DECADES STRONG.  <  'WE DON'T SELL CHRISTMAS TREES. WE SELL THE  EXPERIENCE.""> DURING CHRISTMAS, LETTERS TO SANTA CAN BE  HEARTFELT, OTHERS QUITE FUNNY... <"DEAR SANTA, PLEASE MAKE MY DAD SMARTER.' LAUGHS"> WE'LL HEAD TO SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA WHERE LETTERS  TO SANTA ARRIVE FROM ALL AROUND THE GLOBE. AND IN JOHN'S WORLD... <CHRISTMAS DOESN'T HAVE TO BE ABOUT, STUFF>  <U.S. FARM REPORT - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG  LASTING, CHEVY SILVERADO.>

MILK PRODUCTION GROWING
NOW FOR THE MARKET RELATED NEWS THIS WEEK,  MILK PRODUCTION CONTINUES TO CLIMB HIGHER, AND  NOW MILK PRODUCERS FINALLY SEEING THE GIFT OF  BETTER MILK PRICES.  USDA'S LATEST REPORT SHOWING NOVEMBER MILK  PRODUCTION CLIMBING 2 PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO.   THE ONLY STATES SEEING A DROP IN PRODUCTION  DURING NOVEMBER, HIGHLIGHTED IN RED HERE, ARE  FLORIDA, OREGON, UTAH, VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON. TEH GREEN STATES SAW GROWTH, WITH KANSAS AND  TEXAS MAKING THE BIGGEST JUMP, OVER 11 PERCENT. DESPITE THE CONTINUED GROWTH IN MILK  PRODUCTION, MILK PRICES TO CLOSE OUT 2016 ARE  LOOKING UP.  YOU LOOK AT THE CURRENT FUTURE LEVELS AND WHAT WE'VE DONE OVER  THE PAST 2 OR 3 MONTHS HERE.  YOU'VE GOT 2017 CONTRACTS ALL AT 2- YEAR HIGHS VS SPOT.  SO YOU KNOW, 17 AND A HALF 18 DOLLAR MILK  RIGHT NOW IS DEFINITELY IN THE WHEELHOUSE RIGHT NOW FOR PROFITABLE  LEVELS. YOU KEEP GRAIN PRICES AT A REASONABLE LEVEL TOO, THERE'S A  MARGIN THERE RIGHT NOW.> VANDYKE SAYS CONSIDERING THE VIOLENT AND FAST  THE RUN-UP IN MILK PRICES, HE SEES MORE DOWNSIDE  RISK THAN UPSIDE POTENTIAL IN MILK PRICES HEADING  INTO THE FIRST PART OF 2017. 

FAVORABLE SOUTH AMERICAN FORECAST
A FAVORABLE SOUTH AMERICAN WEATHER FORECAST  LAST WEEKEND PRESSURING SOYBEAN PRICES  THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. MUCH NEEDED RAINS HITTING ARGENTINA OVER THE  WEEKEND. HERE'S JACK SCOVILLE FROM THE FLOOR OF  HTE C-M-E.  OSME VERY BENEFICIAL RAINS AT THIS TIME. NORTHERN AND CENTRAL  BRAZIL HAD BEEN SEEING PLENTY OF RAIN AND COULD USE SOME DRIER  WEATHER, SO REALLY VERY BENEFICIAL TO ALL SIDES OF SOUTH AMERICAN  PRODUCTION AND THAT SEEMS TO BE THEBIG REASON FOR HTE SELLING> THAT SELLING IN TEH SOY COMPLEX, WHICH SAW  DOUBLE DIGIT LOSSES MULTIPLE DAYS IN A ROW THIS  WEEK. 

COLD WEATHER HURTING WHEAT
SUB ZERO TEMPERATURES BLANKETING THE U-S  EARLIER THIS WEEK, INJURING SOME OF THE WHEAT  CROP. WHEAT IN DRIER SOILS PROJECTED TO GET HIT  THE HARDEST.  COMMODITY WEATHER GROUP ESTIMATES  50 PERCENT  OF THE WINTER WHEAT BELT AT RISK, BUT 10 TO 20  PERCENT SUFFERING DAMAGE FROM THE FRIGID  TEMPERATURES.   WE WON'T KNOW THE FULL EXTENT OF DAMAGE UNTIL  SPRING. 

WEATHER
<AGRICULTURE'S NATIONAL FOREACST IS BROUGHT TO YOU  BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM BAYER.>   THOSE ARE THE HEADLINES...METEOROLOGIST MIKE  HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH WEATHER AND A  LONGER-RANGE LOOK AT OUR WEATHER PATTERN.  MERRY CHRISTMAS, MIKE.  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TYNE, AND WE DO SEE A PRETTY BIG STORM SYSTEM HEADING ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS WE HAD THROUGH THIS CHRISTMAS WEEKEND,  YOU CAN SEE ON THE JET STREAM BIG TROUGH OUT WEST AND THAT 'S THAT STORM ARE COMING EASTWARD LOTS OF RAIN WITH THIS ONE WITH SNOW IN THE NORTHERN SECTIONS THEY HAVE TO WATCH YOUR LOCAL FORECAST TO SEE IF THAT 'S  GOING TO AFFFECT YOU'RE TRAVELING OR NOT BUT YOU CAN SEE THAT 'S GONE BY THE TIME WE GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK AND THEN WE GO CAN EVER MORE ZONAL FLOW KEEPING THAT ARCTIC AIR BOTTLED UP, NOW ALL OUR MODELS HAVE BEEN GOING KIND OF BACK AND FORTH OVER TIME HERE YOU CAN SEE HOW WE DO BRING A LITTLE BIT OF A TROUGH THAT COULD BRING A SHOT A PRETTY COLD AIR IN THE NEW ENGLAND BY THE NEW YEAR 'S WEEKEND SOMETHING WE'LL HAVE TO WATCH WHAT OTHER MODELS OF AND ALL OF THE TROUGH OUT WEST SO THERE ARE SOME CHANGES COMING THIRTY DAY OUTLOOK FOR TEMPERATURES ON GOING ABOVE NORMAL THE EASTERN THIRD OF THE COUNTRY IN MEXICO BELOW NORMAL NORTHWESTERN PLAINS WESTWARD PRECIPITATION OVER THE NEXT THIRTY DAYS FROM KANSAS THROUGH THE GREAT LIGHTS ABOVE NORMAL BELOW NORMAL IN THE SOUTHEAST MOST OF THE REST OF THE COUNTRYPRETTY CLOSE TO NORMAL TYNE

TEASE
THANKS, MIKE. WHAT SHOULD WE BE WATCHING IN THE  MARKETS AS WE WRAP UP 2016? THAT'S WITH TROMMY GRISAFI AND CRAIG VANDYKE NEXT.  <THIS IS MACHINERY PETE INVITING YOU TO CHECK OUT MY NEW  WEBSITE- MACHINERY PETE.COM- OFFERING FAREMRS TENS OF  THOUSANDS OF USED EQUIPMENT LISTINGS TO SEARCH. LET MACHINERY  PETE HELP YOU FIND AND VALUE YORU NEXT PIECEO F USED  EQUIPMENT>

ROUNDTABLE 1
WELCOME BACK HERE NOW WE HAVE A CRAIG VANDYKE AND TOMMI  GRISAFI ON THIS CHRISTMAS WEEKEND. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO BOTH OF  YOU. APPARENTLY SOYBEANS DIDN'T GET THE CHRISTMAS MEMO  BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN A FIFTY CENT SWING TO THE DOWNSIDE IN JUST A  MATTER OF A COUPLE WEEKS. TOMMY,  WHY? WE HAVE TO BE OPTIMISTIC AND UNDERSTAND WE HAD A DOLLAR  RALLY. AND THAT WAS, WHAT IN MY OPINION, A GIFT. THERE SOME  REASONS FOR A GREAT SALES, BUT YOU LOOK AT THE SIZE OF OUR CROP  AND WHAT THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT TELL US IN JANUARY MAYBE GETS A  LITTLE BIGGER. AND THE POTENTIAL SOUTH AMERICA HAS WITH THIS CROP , THEN YOU THROW A STRONG DOLLAR AGAINST THERE, I THINK GUYS LIKE US  WERE SHAKING THEIR HEAD. AND WE WERE CALLING PRODUCERS ASKING  THEM TO GET A FLOOR SET AND TAKE ADVANTAGE THIS OPPORTUNITY. YEAH SO I MEAN WHEN WE LOOK AT THE HIGH THAT WE SAW IN THE LAST  COUPLE WEEKS, THESE SOYBEAN PRICES, DO YOU THINK SOYBEAN  PRICES WERE OVERDONE, WHAT WERE FAIRLY PRICED THEY WERE WERE TO  BE SET TODAY? WELL I MEAN WE'VE HAD PHENOMENAL DEMAND HERE. THIS HAS BEEN  A DEMAND-DRIVEN RALLY. I KNOW THERE'S LOTS OF QUESTIONS THAT YOU  KNOW WHY IS THE NEW CROP AND OLD CROP TRADING ABOVE TEN  DOLLARS, BUT WE'VE SEEN SALES AT A PHENOMENAL PACE. MOVING FORWARD HERE, THAT STARTS TO SLOW  DOWN AND MAYBE WE'RE STARTING TO SEE SIGNS OF THAT DEMAND  STARTING THE WANE IN THE FUTURES MARKET GIVING US CLUES THAT, YOU  KNOW WHAT, MAYBE WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THE PRODUCTION SOUTH  AMERICA COME TOGETHER. IN OTHER POTENTIAL FOR THEM TO PRODUCE A 103, 104 MILLION, IS RIGHT NOW, PASSED A PLAN. LOTS OF OPPORTUNITY HERE FOR A  PRODUCER ON BOTH OLD CROP AND NEW CROP. BUT TODAY, THIS WEEK  THIS MARKET IS STARTING TO SHOW SIGNS THAT MAYBE WE'RE STARTING TO  TURN THE CORNER A LITTLE BIT. YEAH FAVORABLE SOUTH AMERICAN WEATHER IS NOT PLAYING INTO OUR  FAVOR, TOMMY AT THIS POINT. NO AND THEN WE GET A EXTENDED  WEEKEND AND WE'LL ALL BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND SOMETIMES  YOU'RE NOT THINKING ABOUT MARKETS AND WE CAN COME IN NEXT WEEK IN THIS COULD LOOK LIKE A TOTALLY  DIFFERENT PICTURE.  WE COULD BE TWENTY FIVE CENTS HIGHER OR TWENTY  FIVE CENTS LOWER. WE HAVE A TEN DOLLAR BEAN MARKET. SO  PERCENTAGE WISE IS JUST TWO PERCENT THREE PERCENT. IT 'S NORMAL TO  HAVE THIS VOLATILITY WITH A PRICE AT THIS LEVEL. I WISH CORN HAD MORE  THAT VOLATILITY. BUT STILL WITH SOYBEANS WE SAW YOU KNOW AS THEY ADJUSTED THE  SOUTH AMERICAN WEATHER WE SAW SOME AREAS MAYBE GET SOME  WAY THEN THAT REALLY PRESSURE SWING IN PRICES, DOES THIS BECOME  A TREND GREG DOES THIS BECOME A TREND THAT OVER THE WEEKEND IF  WE DO SEE FAVORABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN SOUTH AMERICA THAT  BOOM WITH IT IT 'S OUR MARKET HARD TO START OFF THE WEEK?? RIGHT NOW I DO THINK THE MARKET IS FOCUSED ON A SOUTH AMERICAN  WEATHER STORY,  JUST LIKE WE WOULD SEE DURING OUR OUR GROWING  SEASON. AND RIGHT NOW THAT SOUTH AMERICAN WEATHER STORY IS  GOING TO BE TRAD.E I THINK WE SAW TRADED ON ON SUNDAY NIGHT THIS  WEEK. AND I THINK THAT VOLATILITY IS IS PROBABLY GOING TO HANG  AROUND FOR THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS. BUT ULTIMATELY IT IF IF WE START SEE THOSE RAINS COME IN AND AS ANY  SEEN THIS MARKET START TO TREND LOWER, EVERY DAY THAT WE MOVE  FORWARD, EVERY WEEK WE MOVE FORWARD, THAT VOLATILITY IS GONNA  START TO START TO PULL BACK AND WE'RE GONNA START TO KNOW WHAT  SOUTH AMERICA IS GOING TO HAVE. WHICH  IS GOING TO START TO PUT PRESSURE ON U.S. PRICES. ARGENTINA HAD BEEN DRY SO WAS IT MAINLY A GREAT RAIN IN ARGENTINA  THAT THAT THAT THAT FEEL THE PRESSURE? I WOULD SAY THAT ABSOLUTELY HELP. WE SAW THE PRESSURE AFTER THE  RAIN THROUGH THIS WEEK AND MORE EXPECTED TO COMING FORWARD SO  WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THAT WEATHER PREMIUM BE PULLED AWAY. WHAT  TE ACREAGE SITUATION IN ARGENTINA RIGHT NOW.   THEY HAD A HICCUP LAST YEAR WHERE THEY TRIED TO PLANT ACREAGE  AND THEY DIDN'T GET IT ALL IN. SO THEY WENT AT IT. THEY HAVE HUGE  ACREAGE THIS YEAR. AND THEY GOT THE CROP IN  TIMELY. MAYBE THE  RAINS ARE SHOWING UP SO THERE 'S MAYBE TWENTY FIVE PERCENT  ABOVE AVERAGE ACREAGE DOWN THERE. WITH THE ALL THE YIELD POTENTIAL IN THE WORLD. SO IF HE HAD THE  ADDED ACREAGE AND GOOD YIELD, THERE GOING TO BE SWIMMING IN  CORN TO MAKE UP FOR ALL THAT DEFICIT THAT THEY FOUND THEMSELVES   SHORT LAST YEAR. WITH A LINEOUT SOYBEAN ACREAGE IN SOUTH AMERICA  BUT WHAT ABOUT CORN PRODUCTION? CORN PRODUCTION IN SOUTH  AMERICA, ULTIMATELY I THINK YOU'RE GONNA SEE THAT THE PRODUCER  RESPOND MORE TO SOYBEAN PRICE IS RIGHT NOW DOWN SOUTH  AMERICA. I THINK THE NUMBERS WE'VE GOTTEN HERE ARE SAYING THAT STORY AS WELL.  SOUTH AMERICA UP CORN PRODUCTION, AS LONG AS THEY  CAN CONTINUE WHAT WE THOUGHT WOULD CARRY THEIR NEEDS LAST YEAR  AS LONG AS THEY CAN CONTINUE THAT FORWARD, I STILL THINK YOU SEE  MORE SOYBEAN AND CORN. WHAT 'S THE BIGGEST HEADWIND FOR CORN  GOING IN A TWENTY SEVEN T TOM 'S THE BIGGEST HEADWIND FOR CORN  GOING TWENTY SEVENTEEN THIS WEEK IN THAT CORN'S GOING TO HAVE A HARD TIME RALLYING AS LONG AS WE  HAVE THIS MUCH WHEAT IN THE WORLD. AND WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO GET  OVER THAT. AND SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT YOU CAN PLANT MAKE  MONEY,MAYBE YOU SHOULD SWITCH IT AND SAY WHAT CAN YOU PLANT AND LOSE  LESS ON. I THINK YOU LOSE THE MOST ON WHEAT, YOU LOSE A LESS CORN.  YOU STILL HAVE A PROFIT IN BEANS FOR TWENTY SEVENTEEN LOOKS LIKE  TODAY. BUT THINGS CAN CHANGE.  SO WHAT ABOUT THAT WHEAT PICTURE. WE'RE SCENES OF DROUGHT  SURFACE AND IN SOME PARTS OF THE SOUTH BUT WE'RE ALSO HEARING  YOU KNOW PRODUCERS IN KANSAS BUT THERE WERE PRICE IS ACTUALLY  LOWER THAN THAT THE CORN PRICE RIGHT NOW SO WHAT HOPE DO WE  HAVE FOR WHEAT PRICES IN TWENTY SEVENTEEN WILL TALK ABOUT THAT  WHEN WE COME BACK ON U S FARM REPORT. <U.S. FARM REPORT BROUGH TTO YOU BY FARMER'S EDGE FOR THTE LATEST  IN MAKING SENSE OF YOUR DATA, VSITI GROWYOURRETURNS.COM>

ROUNDTABLE 2
WELCOME BACK WELL REALLY THIS WEAK MARKET CRAIG HAS BEEN AN  UGLY PICTURE FOR WHEAT FARMERS OUT THERE AND I KNOW THAT YOU  KNOW WE'RE FEELING IT WITH A COACH SEEING A REDUCTION IN ACREAGE  THIS YEAR BUT WERE SCENES OF DROUGHT START TO POP UP IN THE SOUTH  AND OKLAHOMA YOU KNOW SO IT 'S GETTING PRETTY DRY WHAT IMPACT  COULD THAT HAVE ON PRODUCTION HERE AND WILL THAT REALLY MAKE ANY  DIFFERENCE ON PRICE?  THAT DROUGHT BETTER TURN UP BECAUSE YOU GOT TO KILL WHEAT SEVEN  TIMES IN ORDER TO FIND A REAL PRODUCTION PROBLEM. RIGHT NOW, THAT'S  NOT ON THE FRONT OF MY RADAR. MY CONCERN FOR WHEAT REALLY NEEDS TO COME FROM ACREAGE.  I MEAN WE NEED TO  DRASTICALLY REDUCE ACREAGE IN ORDER FIND OURSELVES COMPETITIVE  GLOBALLY PRICE WISE. BUT WHEN YOU SEE DRASTICALLY HOW DRASTIC? I  MEAN RIGHT NOW WE'RE LOOKING AT A SIZABLE REDUCTION. I THINK  SOYBEAN PRICES ARE GOING TO MAYBE ENCOURAGE MORE THAN WHAT  THE REDUCTION NUMBERS ARE LOOKING AT CURRENTLY. I HAVE GUYS IN OKLAHOMA, MONTANA THAT ARE MOVING AWAY FROM  WHEAT ACRES, PUTTING IN SOYBEANS IN MONTANA FOR THE FIRST TIME.  I THINK THE PRODUCERS ARE RESPONDING AND I THINK SOYBEAN PRICES  ARE ENCOURAGING THAT RESPONSE, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CARRY IN THIS WHEAT MARKET, AND YOU LOOK AT  THE FUND LENGTH AND SHORT HERE YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF PRESSURE THERE  FROM MANAGED MONEY. THE SPREADS ARE SO WIDE THAT THEY CAN  CONTINUE TO ROLL THOSE SHORTS IN THE NEXT MONTH. I THINK IF YOU'RE GONNA FIND A RALLY IN WHEAT PRICES, YOU NEED TO  FOCUS ON THE SPREADS AND SPREADS START TO GIVE SIGNS OF MAYBE  THIS MARKET CAN START MOVING OUT. CASEY WHEAT OPEN INTEREST IS AT  THE TIME HIGHS HERE. WE CAN FIND SOME REASON TO FOR SO SHORT OUT  OF THAT MARKET YOU'RE GONNA FIND A RALLY LIKELY A RALLY THAT SHOULD  BE SOLD.  TOMMY, IF WE SEE THAT DRASTIC OF A REDUCTION IN WHEAT ACRES MAY  BE SOME OF THESE WE GROW OR START TO TRANSITION CROPS LIKE  SOYBEANS HAS THAT CHANGED THE LANDSCAPE OF WHEAT IN THIS THIS COUNTRY? TAKING AWAY FROM THIS COUNTRY, IT CAN BE GROWN IN MANY OTHER  COUNTRIES. SO WHEN WE LOOK AT AMERICA FOR SOYBEAN PRODUCTION  AND SOUTH AMERICA, THAT'S IT.WHEN YOU LOOK AT CORN, THERE'S THREE  OR FOUR COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THAT ARE GOOD AT GROWING IT. YOU LOOK AT WHEAT, YOU CAN GROW IT IN A LOT OF PLACES. SO WHEAT  HAS ALWAYS BEEN DIFFICULT TO TRADE.  IT 'S HARD TO NAIL DOWN WHAT  COULD HAPPEN BECAUSE YOU YOU WATCHING DOMESTIC CROP IN USE  AND THEN  IT 'S BEING GROWN IN SO MANY OTHER PLACES CAN'T KEEP TRACK OF IT. AND SO IF YOU'RE A NUMBERS GUY,  SO MUCH EASIER TO KEEP TRACK OF WHAT 'S GOING ON IN CORN AND  BEANS IN AMERICA, VERSUS WHAT GOING ON IN THE REST OF THE WORLD-- IT 'S A TRICKY TRADE. CRAIG'S RIGHT THOUGH, IF THOSE SHORTS START TO  COVER,  AND WE DON'T KNOW WHY BUT WE NEVER DO IT TILL AFTER THE  FACT, IT COULD BE REALLY INTERESTING. AND THAT MARKETS CAN GO UP  WITH PLENTY OF SUPPLY.  IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME A LOOK AT A CHART LAST YEAR 'S SOYBEANS. A YEAR AGO, EVERYONE'S TELLING YOU WE HAD PLENTY OF SOYBEANS  THAT CAN'T RALLY, THEY ONLY RALLIED THREE BUCKS. SWITCHING GEARS A LITTLE BIT, TALK ABOUT IMPRESSIVE MARKET 'S  LOOKING AT THE DOW RALLYING IN THE DOLLAR CONTINUES ON THIS UPWARD  TREND ON ME JUST WHEN WE THINK WE CAN'T GO ANY HIGHER WE  CONTINUE TO PUSH BUSH IRON ONE IS HELPING IN THE MACRO PICTURE  THIS POINT? A U S ECONOMY WERE WHERE ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO PUT  YOUR MONEY? WHERE ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO PUT YOUR FUNDS? IN U S  DOLLAR U S STOCK MARKET WE ARE STARTING TO SEE SOME SHIFTS HERE  NOW WITH WITH INTEREST RATES MAY START MAKE A MOVE IN ON THE FED  RAISING RATES THIS DECEMBER. WHILE SMALL, WE'RE STARTING TO SEE  THOSE THOSE MACRO ECONOMIC FACTORS START TO PLAY A ROLE. WHAT 'S  IMPORTANT CURRENCIES IS CURRENCIES TREND. OK IT 'S NOT A IT 'S NOT A  DAY TO DAY A MOVE YES WE TRADED A DAY TO DAY CURRENCIES  ULTIMATELY TREND. RIGHT NOW U S DOLLAR FROM THE STRONG CONTINUES TO  LOOK STRONG.  IT 'S STRONG BUT WE CONTINUE TO SEE THESE IMPRESSIVE EXPORT ALL  OVER ALL COMMODITIES. AND INTO WHAT THAT IS IT PROOF THAT THAT WERE  JUST THAT RESILIENT AND OUR EXPORTS ARE CUT OFF WHAT 'S THE  MESSAGE THAT WE'RE SITTING THERE AND CAN IT LAST? I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE JOKING BUT HALF SERIOUS, IS THAT THERE 'S NOT A  SINGLE HOG OR CHICKEN IN ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY THAT KNEW WHAT THE  DOLLAR WAS NOR DO THEY KNOW WHO WON OUR ELECTION. AND SEVEN  BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND ALL THESE ANIMALS, THEN PEOPLE  THEY'RE CHANGING DIETS ALL OVER THE WORLD. THEY DON'T KNOW. AND  SO ONCE YOU GET THAT UNDERLYING DEMAND UNDER THERE, AND GO  ASK A CHICKEN WHO WON THE ELECTION THEY HAVE MANY ASKING FOR  SOME CORN. YOU KNOW AND THAT THAT DEMAND'S THERE AND IT 'S  PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. REGARDLESS OF THE DOLLAR'S AT 97 OR 1-OH-1,  DON'T LOSE SIGHT OF THE BIG PICTURE. IT 'S A GLOBAL MARKET. CRAIG THAT THESE CATTLE PRICES HAVE BEEN PRETTY IMPRESSIVE WHAT  WAY DO YOU THINK THAT LAST THE NEXT YEAR THE SINGLE SEAT PRESSURE  SIDEWAYS TRADE COULD WHAT YOUR OUTLOOK ON CATTLE PRICES HEADING  INTO THE NEW YEAR? CATLE PRICE PREDICTIONS YEAR OUT  ARE PRETTY DIFFICULT THING. I LIKE TO  TAKE A LITTLE BIT MORE WE GET A WEEK MONTH BY MONTH I THINK THE  RALLY THAT WE'VE SEEN HERE RECENTLY IS IT 'S BEEN A GOOD RUN TWENTY PERCENT FEEDERS ROUGHLY TWENTY  PERCENT FATS. WE COME RIGHT UP TO SOME TECHNICAL LEVELS THAT THAT  DESERVE CAUTION. WE'VE SEEN SOME COUNTER SEASONAL STRENGTH IN  BEEF DEMAND. BUT YOU KNOW I AM CAUTIOUS AT TODAY 'S PRICES. I THINK  THIS IS A TIME FRAME START LOOKING AT DOING SOMETHING. AT TWO TWENTY SEVENTEEN R I DON'T THINK YOU SEE VOLATILITY GOING  ANYWHERE WITHIN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS, BUT I THINK TOWARDS THE  LATTER HALF OF TWENTY SEVENTEEN, MAYBE WE FINALLY START TO REFINERIES AND DESPAIR TRUE AND REAL  QUICK WHAT COMMODITY ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT TWENTY  SEVEN? RIGHT NOW MILK MILK FUTURES I KNOW WE'RE LOOKING AT TWO  YEAR HIGHS IN THE SPOT ONCE ACROSS THE BOARD HAS BEEN A VERY  VOLATILE MARKET THAT I THINK THE MARKET PROBABLY HAS A LOT OF  POTENTIAL MORE THAN FOUR POINT SEVENTY. ALL RIGHT WELL WE NEED TO GET THEIR CLOSING THOUGHTS ON THIS  CHRISTMAS WEEK AND WILL BE THAT WHEN WE COME BACK ON U S FARM REPORT <U.S. FARM REPORT IS BROUGH TO YOU BY KIUBOTA'S M7SERIES. LEARN  MORE ABOUT THE LARGEST TRACTOR IN KUBOTA HISTORY AT KUBOTA.COM>

MARKETS NOW
<MARKETS NOW IS SPONSORBED BY YAMAHA'S FULL LINE OF REL WORLD  TOUGH ATV'S AND SIDE BY SIDE VEHCILES. > ALL RIGHT TIME NOW FOR CLOSING THOUGHTS TOMMY GRISAFI WELL AS WE END 2016, IT WAS A YEAR FAMOUS FOR PEOPLE MAKING  BOLD PREDICTIONS AND  KIND OF LANDING FLAT ON THEIR FACE YOU CAN LOOK BACK IT THAT WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE  THE DROUGHT IN THE WEATHER GUYS PREDICTED THIRTY OF THE LAST TWO  DROUGHTS, WE HAD BREXIT, YOU KNOW EVERYONE WAS SURE BRITAIN  WAS GOIGN TO STAY, THEY LEFT. AND WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT OUR  ELECITON THAT LEFT MANY PEOPLE SPEECHLESS? AND LEARN FROM IT. SO  THE EXPERTS GOT IT WRONG IN THREE DIFFERENT THINGS TRY NOT TO BE AN EXPERT, MANAGE YOUR REST TAKE A PENCIL TO YOUR  FARM 'S NUMBERS, DEFINE WHAT YOUR RISK IS FOR 2017. ARLIGHT, TOMMY. CRAIG. I THINK TOMMY MAKES AN EXCELLENT POINT,  YOU KNOW RIGHT NOW THE SITUATION WE'RE LOOKING AT, IF THE MARKETS  PROVIDING YOU AN OPPORTUNITY, START TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT, JUST  LIKE TOMMY SAID IS WE CAN LOOK AT AT THE SITUATION AND TRY TO ASSESS WHERE WE MIGHT  BE, BUT AT THEN END OF THE DAY , PRICES ARE GOING TO MOVE AND  THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN, AND AS WE WRAP UP TWENTY SIXTEEN, I  THINK THAT'S A PHENEMONAL LESS THAT TOMMY SAID, IS  A LOT CAN  HAPPEN FROM NOW UNTIL NEXT HARVEST, A LOT IS HAPPENING CURRENTLY. KEEP UP WITH IT RIGHT NOW, AND TAKE ADVANTAGE WHEN THE MARKET  LET'S YOU HAVE IT. ALRIGHT, THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME THIS CHRISTMAS WEEKEND, WE APPRECIATE  IT, STAY WITH US, JOHN PHIPPS JOINS US WHEN WE COME BACK <LEARN HOW TO TRADE COMMODITIES FROM TEH PROFESSIONALS AT  BOWER TRADING. CALL 800 533 8045

JOHN’S WORLD
WITH THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OVER THE HOLIDAYS, SO  MANY OF US ARE FOCUSED ON FINDING THE PERFECT  GIFT. HERE'S JOHN PHIPPS.  A FREQUENT COMPLAINT DURING CHRISTMAS IS HEARD WHEN TRYING TO  BUY GIFTS FOR PEOPLE OF MATURE YEARS. FAMILY MEMBERS ASK US FOR  IDEAS AND WE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO HELP. "I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING"  OR "I'VE GOT EVERYTHING I WANT" WE REPLY. AND HONESTLY, WE DO. MY  GENERATION IS A STUFF GENERATION. WE HAVE SO MUCH STUFF WE  COMPLAIN ABOUT WHERE TO PUT IT. I MEAN, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT,  THE IDEA OF A WALK-IN CLOSET MAKES NO SENSE FOR MANY OF US. WE  RENT STORAGE BAYS TO TEMPORARILY TAKE PRESSURE OFF CRAMMED  CLOSETS, GARAGES, AND BASEMENTS. AND WHEN WE DIE, ONE OF THE  MOST DIFFICULT LEGACIES WE LEAVE IS DISPOSING OF OUR LIFETIME  ACCUMULATION OF STUFF. WE MAY BE APPROACHING PEAK STUFF, HOWEVER. NOT SIMPLY DUE TO  HYPER-CONSUMING BABY BOOMERS FADING FROM THE POPULATION, BUT  BECAUSE WE HAVE INCREASINGLY BETTER WAYS TO GET RID OF  UNNEEDED STUFF, NOT JUST ACQUIRE IT. FROM EBAY TO CRAIG'S LIST,  WE'RE EMPTYING OUT THINGS WE HAVE SELDOM USED AND FORGOTTEN  WE OWNED TO PEOPLE WHO WANT THEM IF THEY CAN GET THEM FOR  CENTS ON A DOLLAR. ON OUR FARM, WE USE AN ANNUAL CONSIGNMENT  SALE BY LOCAL YOUNG FARMERS TO MAKE UNUSED EQUIPMENT  DISAPPEAR, EVEN IF ONLY TO MAKE MOWING THE FARMSTEAD EASIER. THIS SPONTANEOUS RECYCLING HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH  ENVIRONMENTALISM AND MUCH TO DO WITH ECONOMICS. ONCE YOU  GET IN THE HABIT OF CLEARING OUT CLUTTER WITH A FEW MOUSE CLICKS,  YOU BEGIN TO ALTER YOUR BUYING HABITS AS WELL. YOUR BASEMENT OR  MACHINE SHED BEGINS TO LOOK MORE LIKE A GOLD MINE THAN LANDFILL.  EVEN A FEW BUCKS RAPIDLY SOOTHES ANY SENSE OF LOSS, I'VE  DISCOVERED, ESPECIALLY IF YOU SELL OR GIVE THE ITEM TO SOMEONE  WHO ACTUALLY NEEDS IT.  I DON'T HAVE ANY GREAT IDEAS TO SOLVE MY ORIGINAL QUESTION OF GIFT  IDEAS FOR THE OVERSTUFFED, BUT MAYBE DINNER AT A GOOD RESTAURANT  WOULD WORK BETTER THAN ANOTHER SWEATER OR EVEN A POWER TOOL.  I CAN'T BELIEVE I JUST SAID THAT.  THANKS, JOHN.

TEASE
KEEPING WITH THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT, OUR NEXT HALF  HOUR IS OUR CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY SPECIAL.  FROM A CHRISTMAS DAY TRUCE TO WHY SANTA CLAUS  INDIANA IS SO SPECIAL DURING HTE HOLDIAYS, WE'LL  HAVE IT ALL WHEN WE COME BACK. 

CHRISTMAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE
HELLO AND WELCOME TO CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY. I'M TYNE MORGAN. AND I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE CHRISTMAS TREE IS OFTEN THE FOCAL POINT  OF HOLIDAY DECORATIONS.  FROM THE NATION'S CAPITOL TO YOUR HOME,  TANNENBAUMS HELP CELEBRATE  THIS JOYOUS SEASON. AT THE WHITE HOUSE, A 50 YEAR OLD TRADITION IS BEING HONORED WITH THE  OLD-STYLE DELIVERY OF A 19 FOOT DOUGLAS FIR. IT CAME FROM A TREE FARM IN  WISCONSIN. THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE ASSOCIATION FIRST PROVIDED THE WHITE  HOUSE 'BLUE ROOM' CHRISTMAS TREE IN 1966. COINCIDENTALLY, THAT TREE  ALSO CAME FROM WISCONSIN.

DULLS TREE FARM
WE'RE NOW OFF TO BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA WHERE DULL'S CHRISTMAS TREE  FARM IS ANYTHING BUT DULL. THE OWNERS HAVE WORKED FOR THREE DECADES TO CREATE AN EXPERIENCE  THAT GLISTENS THROUGH-OUT THE SEASON. IT'S "GO TIME" AT DULLS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM. "WE NEVER THINK WE'RE READY BUT IT'S GOING TO COME AROUND ANYHOW.  WE'RE READY, YEA. DURING THE MAD-DASH OF THE SIX WEEK SELLING SEASON, THOUSANDS OF  FRESHLY CUT TREES WILL GO THROUGH THESE BARN DOORS. I LIKE DOING BEHIND THE SCENES THINGS, WORKING IN THE TREES, PLANTING,  SHEARING, TAKING CARE OF THE TREES."DURING THEIR FIRST-MARRIED CHRISTMAS IN 1982, TOM AND KERRY DULL HAD  TO DRIVE 30 MILES TO GET A FRESH-CUT TREE. THEY SAW AN OPPORTUNITY. IN 1985 THEY PLANTED THEIR FIRST TREES, KNOWING IT WOULD BE AT EIGHT  YEARS BEFORE THEY COULD HARVEST. BUT THE WAIT IS WORTH IT...GIVEN THE  JOY IT BRINGS. "WHEN PEOPLE COME OUT TO GET A TREE, THEY'RE HAPPY. IT'S A FUN EXPERIENCE. THEY'RE  HAPPY....THEY WANT TO BE HERE."SINCE THEN, THEY'VE EXPANDED THEIR BUSINESS BEYOND TREES. INSIDE THE WREATH BARN - THE HOLIDAY HELP IS BUSY CREATING COLORFUL  SWAGS AND GARLAND. "I NEED SOME NICE PIECES OF FRASIER...."JODY DURHAM HAS BEEN WORKING AT DULL'S FOR 21 YEARS. AND GET THIS - SHE  USES VACATION DAYS FROM HER JOB AT THE BANK TO WORK HERE.... "RELIEVES ALL MY STRESS...MAKES ME GET INTO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON."THE WREATH BUSINESS STARTED IN THE GARAGE, BUT INSIDE CRAMPED QUARTERS,  CUSTOMERS COULD'NT SEE FIRST-HAND THE THE CUSTOM ARRANGEMENTS. "WHEN WE MOVED THE ENTIRE BIZ OUT HERE, AND ALLOWED PEOPLE TO WALK  THRU AND TALK TO WREATH MAKERS AND DECORATORS, OUR BUSINESS IN THE  WREATH BARN DOUBLED."IN ADDITION TO THEIR RETAIL TREE BUSINESS, THE DULLS ARE ALSO STATE  COORDINATORS FOR THE ANNUAL "TREES FOR TROOPS" CAMPAIGN WHICH  PROVIDES CHRISTMAS TREES TO MILITARY BASES AROUND THE WORLD.  AS PART OF THE FAMILY'S DIVERSIFIED OPERATION,  TOM IS A ROW-CROP  FARMER - A COUPLE THOUSAND ACRES OF CORN AND SOYBEANS. HARVEST  WEATHER COOPERATED THIS FALL, BUT THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. "IN OUR 23 YEARS WE'VE SOLD TREES, THERE' BEEN TWO YEARS WHERE CORN  HARVEST OVERLAPSED TREE SALES. AND I TELL YOU THOSE ARE STRESSFUL  YEARS WHEN THAT HAPPENS."THE TEMPORARY STRESS SOON MAKES-WAY FOR THE 'REASON FOR THE  SEASON' AND AS MARRIED COUPLES OFTEN DO....THEY COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER.... ON  THE FOCUS OF THE FARM.... "WE'VE ALWAYS SAID 'WE DON'T SELL CHRISTMAS TREES. WE SELL THE  EXPERIENCE.""WE SAY WE DON'T SELL CHRISTMAS TREES, WE SELL THE EXPERIENCE, THE  MEMORIES, THE FAMILY TIME TOGETHER.""KIDS NOWADAYS DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO GRANDPA'S FARM  BECAUSE GRANDPA DOESN'T HAVE THAT FARM ANYMORE. WE TRY TO BE THAT  PERSON."THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE ASSOCIATION - WHICH TOM DULL IS PRESIDENT - SAYS 25-TO-30 MILLION REAL CHRISTMAS TREES ARE SOLD IN THE U.S. EVERY  YEAR. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE CLOSE TO 350 MILLION CHRISTMAS TREES  GROWING ON TREE FARMS IN THE U-S. TOM SAYS DEMAND IS SURPASSING SUPPLY...AND COULD HAVE CREATED  PROBLEMS FOR BIG RETAILERS WHO WAITED TO ORDER THEIR TREES. "WE'VE BEEN IN A SITUATION THE PAST FEW YEARS WHERE THERE HAVE BEEN  MORE TREES AVAILABLE THAN DEMAND FOR THOSE TREES. (4:41:56) BUT THIS  YEAR, WE'VE NOTICED TREES SOLD OUT EARLY, SO THE DEMAND IS NOW  EXCEEDING SUPPLY. 4:42:09 SO WE'RE IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU DIDN'T GET  YOUR TREES EARLY - SPEAKING AS A WHOLESALER...IF YOU WERE BUYING FROM A WHOLESALER AND DIDN'T GET THEM SPOKEN  FOR EARLY, YOU'RE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET THEM NOW, "

DENMARK CHRISTMAS TREES
HERE'S A QUIZ FOR YOU, CLINTON. WHAT'S THE BIGGEST CHRISTMAS TREE  EXPORTER IN EUROPE?IT'S DENMARK. BUT SOME OTHER COMPETITORS ARE TRYING TO GET A CUT OF  THE MARKET. WORKERS AT ARBO-DANIA CHRISTMAS FARM IN LUND-BEE, DENMARK HARVEST A  HALF MILLION CHRISTMAS TREES EACH YEAR. IT'S THE BIGGEST SUPPLIER IN ALL  OF EUROPE. BUT THESE ARE CHALLENGING TIMES. AN ABUNDANCE OF TREES AND  COMPETITION FROM REGIONAL SUPPLIERS ARE MAKING IT A DIFFICULT SEASON. "... SOME PEOPLE ALL OVER EUROPE MAYBE HAVING TOO MUCH MONEY,  SPENDING, BUYING SOME LAND SOMEWHERE AND THINKING IF THEY PLANT  SOME TREES, EIGHT OR TEN YEARS AFTER THEY WILL DEVELOP GOLD OUT OF  THE GROUND. WHICH IS NOT THE FACT, BUT THE TREES ARE STILL COMING AND  THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM."ACCORDING TO THE DANISH CHRISTMAS TREE ASSOCIATION, DENMARK GROWS  11-AND-A HALF MILLION TREES A YEAR.  NINE AND A HALF MILLION ARE EXPORTED. BUT THOSE EXPORTERS FACE CHALLENGES FROM OTHER NATION'S IN THE  EUROPEAN UNION. "... WE SEE SOME INCREASE IN COMPETITION ON MANY OF OUR EXPORT MARKETS, THAT COULD BE FOR  INSTANCE, GERMANY, FRANCE, BUT ALSO UK HAVE AN INCREASING DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF  CHRISTMAS TREES."EVEN CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS - PARTIALLY BLAMED ON BRITAIN'S VOTE TO  LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION - IS HAVING AN EFFECT ON TRADE. "THIS YEAR WE HAVE EXPERIENCED THAT MANY OF OUR GROWERS SELLING IN  THE UK, THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED THAT THE LOW EXCHANGE RATE FOR THE  STERLING POUND MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE THE SAME PRICE AS  THE U-K MARKET AS THEY HAVE RECEIVED PREVIOUSLY, EVEN LAST YEAR," > BUT EVEN IN A STRESSED ECONOMY, THESE TREE GROWERS SAY PEOPLE IN THE  U-K WILL SPEND A BIT MORE TO GET THE TREES THEY PREFER...AND THOSE ARE  FROM DENMARK.

CROP COMMENTS
PEOPLE OFTEN ASK 'WILL WE HAVE A WHITE CHRISTMAS"? METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN CAN TELL US WHERE YOU NEED TO LIVE TO  IMPROVE YOUR ODDS. "CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM  DOW AGROSCIENCES."   CLINTON AND TYNE, AS YOU KNOW WE'VE HAD A VERY SNOWY AND COLD START  TO THE SEASON.  ONE THIRD OF THE NORTHERN U-S  HAS SNOW COVER RIGHT  NOW. BUT IN THOSE DRIERS YEARS, THERE ARE PLACES YOU CAN LIVE OR VISIT TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF HAVING A SNOW ON THE GROUND CHRISTMAS  MORNING. BASED ON HISTORICAL PROBABILITIES THE MOUNTAIN RANGES OF THE WESTERN  U-S ARE A GOOD BET FOR A WHITE CHRISTMAS. ASPEN, COLORADO - FOR INSTANCE - HAS A 100-PERCENT HISTORICAL  PROBABILITY <ACCORDING TO NOAA.> EAST OF THE ROCKIES, YOU CAN ALMOST ASSURE YOURSELF A WHITE  CHRISTMAS IN THE NORTHERN TIER STATES FROM NORTHERN MINNESOTA TO  NORTHERN MAINE..."I THINK THIS YEAR YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS AND PICK  SOME PLACE ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS, MUCH OF THE MIDWEST OR  NORTHEAST AND ALMOST GUARANTEE YOURSELF OF HAVING ONE INCH OF  SNOW ON THE GROUND ON CHRISTMAS MORNNIG WHICH IS THE OFFICIAL  DEFINITION OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS." BRAD DID SOME RESEARCH ON THE PERCENTAGE OF THE "LOWER 48" STATES  COVERED WITH SNOW ON DECEMBER 25TH OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS.  IN 2009,  63-PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY HAD THE REQUISITE SNOW COVER. THAT'S THE  HIGHEST PERCENTAGE DURING THE TIME PERIOD.  2003 HAD THE LEAST WITH  JUST 21-PERCENT. NOTHING LIKE A LITTLE MATH FOR THE HOLIDAYS! I'M MIKE  HOFFMAN.

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STILL TO COME - HOW THE PHRASE "PEACE ON EARTH" PLAYED-OUT ON A BATTLE  FIELD IN EUROPE MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO. AND WE VISIT ONE MIDWEST TOWN THAT HAS A SPECIAL CONNECTION TO A JOLLY  OLE' ELF.

CHRISTMAS DAY TRUCE
"PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN' - PERHAPS THOSE WORDS ARE NO  MORE RELEVANT THAN DURING TIMES OF WAR. AS AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE CORRESPONDENT ANDREW MCCREA SHOWS US - THAT MESSAGE OF HOPE PLAYED-OUT NEARLY A CENTURY AGO ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE..... IT WAS A WAR UNLIKE ANYTHING THE WORLD HAD EVER SEEN.   ALONG THE  FRONT LINES, BOTH SIDES DUG INTO TRENCHES, WHERE THE ENEMY WAS FROM  200 YARDS TO AS CLOSE AS 15 YARDS AWAY.  THE CONDITIONS WERE MISERABLE  AT BEST. (IN THE LOWLANDS IT WAS COMPLETELY WET BECAUSE THEY DUG DOWN AND  THE BOTTOMS OF THE TRENCHES WERE COMPLETELY FLOODED.  DORAN CART,  SENIOR CURATOR, NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL IN KANSAS  CITY: MOST DID NOT EXPECT THIS TO BE A LONG WAR.  IN FACT, IT WOULD REALLY BE JUST A WEEKS-LONG SKIRMISH IN THEIR MINDS.  THAT WAS THE SAYING THAT  IT WOULD BE OVER BY CHRISTMAS.  BUT OF COURSE IT WASN'T.  AND THE KAISER  WAS EVEN MORE OPTIMISTIC.  HE SAID IT WOULD BE OVER BEFORE THE LEAVES  FALL.  OF COURSE HE DIDN'T SAY WHAT YEAR. BY CHRISTMAS THOUGH,  THOUGHTS OF A QUICK WAR WERE FADING FAST.  BUT IT WAS ON THAT DAY,  CHRISTMAS DAY OF 1914, ALONG THE FRONT LINES IN THOSE TRENCHES THAT  SOMETHING AMAZING BEGAN TO TAKE PLACE.  THE BELGIANS WERE IN THE  TRENCHES AND THE SUPPORT AREAS BEHIND AND THEY BEGAN SINGING  CHRISTMAS CAROLS.  AND THE GERMANS IN KIND THAT WERE ON THE OTHER  SIDE, ANSWERED.  OF COURSE THEY WERE STILL SEPARATED AT THIS TIME BUT  THEY WERE SINGING THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS BACK AND FORTH. THE SINGING  OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES WAS AN EVENT IN ITSELF.  BUT  THEN, ANOTHER ACTION SIGNALED THAT CHRISTMAS DAY, WOULD BE DIFFERENT  FROM THE OTHER DAYS. A COUPLE OF SOLDIERS FROM EACH SIDE ACTUALLY  CAME OUT OF THE TRENCHES.  NOW THEY WERE EITHER INCREDIBLY BRAVE OR  INCREDIBLY STUPID.  NOW IT DID BRING UP THE SOLDIERS FROM THE OTHER  SIDE. SEVERAL OF THE GERMAN SOLDIERS HAD PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN  ENGLAND AND SPOKE THE LANGUAGE.  SOON, MEN FROM BOTH SIDES STOOD  AND CONVERSED.  HISTORY RECORDS THEY TRADED SOME ITEMS AS WELL.  FOR  MOST, IT WAS A WELCOME BREAK FORM THE WAR – FOR OTHERS, SUCH A  MEETING BETWEEN COMBATANTS, EVEN ON CHRISTMAS, WAS SOMETHING THAT  SHOULD NEVER OCCUR.  BUT THE HIGHER ECHELONS WHICH WERE NEVER THIS  CLOSE TO THE FRONT DIDN'T LIKE IT. THE PIECE ALONG THE FRONT LINE THAT  DECEMBER 25 WAS SPORADIC AND SHORT LIVED. YET IT WAS A TIME FOR  SOLDIERS TO PERHAPS REMEMBER HOME. REMEMBER THEIR FAMILIES AND  CHRISTMAS ITS SELF. A REST BIT FROM A WAR THAT ENGULFED THE WORLD.  TRAVELING THE COUNTRYSIDE IN KANSAS CITY MISSOURI, I'M ANDREW MCCREA. THANKS ANDREW.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL MEET SOME OF SANTA'S HELPERS LIVING A BIT  SOUTH OF THE NORTH POLE. WE'LL MEET SOME TENNESSEE 4-HERS SETTING AN EXAMPLE IN THE SEASON OF  GIVING

SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA
NORTH POLE ALASKA IS 38-HUNDRED MILES AND ABOUT A 12 HOUR FLIGHT AWAY  FROM A SMALL TOWN IN SOUTHERN INDIANA WITH A LOT OF HOLIDAY FLAIR. AND  DESPITE THE DISTANCE, THEY SHARE A COMMON BOND...SANTA CLAUS!. AS BETSY JIBBEN SHOWS US, THE SPIRIT OF GIVING IN THIS RURAL MIDWEST  TOWN REACHES THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AROUND THE GLOBE. TUCKED AWAY IN SOUTHERN INDIANA,  YOU'LL FIND THE RURAL TOWN OF SANTA CLAUS... WHERE THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS LIVES ON EVERY CORNER.. SHOP AND  BUSINESS..  "OUR PACKAGE VOLUME INCREASES IMMENSELY. WE HAVE PACKAGES ALL OVER THE PLACE TODAY!!"INCLUDING THE POST OFFICE.. WHERE PASSIONATE POST CARD CREATORS MAKE  THE TREK FROM ACROSS THE NATION TO SEAL T HEIR SEASONS GREETINGS  FROM AMERICA'S CHRISTMAS TOWN.  BUT THIS LITTLE POST OFFICE HAS A MUCH MUCH BIGGER RESPONSIBILITY.IT'S WHERE MORE THAN 20-THOUSAND LETTERS ARRIVE ADDRESSED TO THE  MAN IN THE BIG RED SUIT."SOME OF THEM DON'T EVEN HAVE A STAMP,"THOSE LETTERS ARE PICKED UP BY ELVES FROM THE NORTH POLE.  OPENED, READ AND RESPONDED TO WITH A HANDWRITTEN NOTE TO CHILDREN  ALL AROUND THE WORLD.  "SANTA CAN'T ANSWER ALL OF THE LETTERS. HE'S VERY BUSY GETTING THE SLEIGH READY AND THE TOYS  READY SO HE HAS TO HAVE HELP,"THESE SOUTHERN ELVES HAVE RESPONDED TO KRINGLE'S KIDS FOR MORE THAN  A CENTURY.SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA GOT ITS FIRST MASSIVE AMOUNT OF LETTERS IN THE  EARLY 1900S. CONCERNED NO ONE WAS RESPONDING, SOME HELPING HANDS  PITCHED IN.  NOW THE 'CHIEF ELF' PAT KOCH IS CONTINUING THE TRADITION, PENNING  RESPONSES TO KIDS REQUESTS FOR OVER 70  YEARS.  "THE FUNNIEST? I THINK IT WAS SENT IN 2007. IT SAID, 'DEAR SANTA, PLEASE MAKE MY DAD SMARTER.'  WHILE ALL UNIQUE.. SOME LETTERS ARE HEARTFELT...  "THANK YOU FOR WORKING SO HARD YEAR ROUND. CAN YOU PLEASE PRAY FOR MY SISTER WHOM WE  HAVEN'T MET YET WHO IS FROM CHINA? WE HOPE TO ADOPT. THAT'S A SWEET ONE WE RECEIVED  TODAY,""THIS YEAR I'M GIVING TO THE POOR. I'M NOT LYING. SINCERELY, KELTON."OTHERS ARE QUITE HUMOROUS. "DEAR SANTA. DID YOU FORGET YOUR SHOES? THEY'RE AT MY HOUSE."AND MANY REMIND SANTA "DON'T FORGET TO STOP." "WOW, HE WROTE THIS ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. HAPPY FOURTH!""DEAR SANTA. FOR CHRISTMAS I WANT A TUXEDO. YOU ARE THE BEST."LETTERS COME FROM AROUND THE GLOBE..  "MY NIECE NATALIE WOULD LOVE A HORSE FOR CHRISTMAS HOWEVER SHE LIVES IN AN APARTMENT IN  SLOVOKIA. SHE'LL SETTLE FOR BOOKS."I JUST OPENED ONE FROM TAIWAN,"AND AS THEY READ AND RESPOND THESE HELPFUL HANDS COME WITH STORIES  OF THEIR OWN...WHILE OTHERS LOOK LIKE THEY WERE BORN FOR THE JOB.  "I'VE ALWAYS LOVED CHRISTMAS. I'VE ALWAYS LOVED THE MEANING BEHIND CHRISTMAS," EACH LETTER WRITTEN WITH LOVE AND READ WITH A SOFT HEART.  "IT GETS HARD WHEN THERE ARE LETTERS FROM CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WHO DON'T HAVE A LOT OR HAVE  GONE THROUGH TERRIBLE TIMES. THEY'RE REACHING OUT. THEY NEED HELP OR HOPE AND IT MAKES YOU  APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO HAVE AND HOW LUCKY WE ARE IN MANY WAYS,"ALL LITTLE MOMENTS, WHIMSICAL WORDS, KINDNESS SHARED IN TEH SPIRIT OF  THE SEASON..AS ANOTHER CHRISTMAS PROVES WE'RE ALL IN NEED OF A LITTLE FAITH.  REPORTING IN SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. BY THE WAY, INDIANA ISN'T THE ONLY STATE WHICH CAN CLAIM A COMMUNITY OF  SANTA CLAUS. THERE'S ALSO SANTA CLAUS GEORGIA, NEAR THE CITY OF VIDALIA. AND SANTA CLAUS, ARIZONA - AN UNINHABITED DESERT TOWN IN MOJAVE  COUNTY.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
FOR A DECADE NOW, TENNESSEE 4-H HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE  INTERNATIONAL EFFORT KNOWN AS 'OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD.' YOUNG TENNESSEANS HAVE COLLECTED THOUSANDS OF ITEMS FOR  KIDS OVERSEAS. AND AS CHARLES DENNEY TELLS US, THAT WORK GOES-ON EVEN DURING THE  HEAT OF A TENNESSEE SUMMER. A BLAZING AUGUST MORNING ON THE UT AG CAMPUS, BUT THEY'RE ALREADY THINKING CHRISTMAS AT  THE STATE 4-H OFFICE IN MORGAN HALL.    THAT'S WHERE YOU CAN BUY WHAT EVERYONE WANTS ON A  HOT DAY – A CUP OF COFFEE. TOSS IN A DONUT OR TWO AS WELL. BUT IT'S NOT THE MENU THAT'S  IMPORTANT HERE, BUT WHERE THE PROCEEDS ARE GOING. IT'S TO BENEFIT OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD. "OUR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SERVICE PROJECT IS DEFINITELY A YEAR 'ROUND EXPERIENCE. IT  TAKES US LITERALLY ALL YEAR TO COLLECT ALL THE ITEMS WE NEED TO PACK OUR BOXES...." FAST FORWARD A FEW MONTHS, AND THESE COLLEGIATE 4-HERS AT UT'S INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE ARE  BUSY PUTTING TOGETHER THE ITEMS COLLECTED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. HERE NEEDY CHILDREN OVERSEAS  RECEIVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND TOILETRIES AS WELL AS TOYS, ALL BOXED AND SHIPPED.  "....AND SO IT'S REACHING BEYOND OUR COUNTY AND OUR STATE, BUT REACHING CHILDREN ALL ACROSS THE  WORLD, AND IT'S JUST A REALLY INTERESTING WAY FOR US TO GIVE BACK." "THIS IS THE 10TH YEAR TENNESSEE 4-H HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN OPERATION CHRISTMAS  CHILD, AND THE YEAR 'ROUND COLLECTING HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE 2013. THE IMPACT HAS BEEN  ENORMOUS. IN THAT TIME, TENNESSEE 4-H HAS COLLECTED 10,000 BOXES, WITH MORE TO COME THIS  HOLIDAY SEASON.  BUT TO FILL THAT MANY ORDERS, IT ALL STARTS WITH DONATIONS. TENNESSEE 4-H COLLECTS ITEMS THAT ARE  SEASONAL – A DIFFERENT GIFT FOR CHILDREN EACH MONTH. AND THEN BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS, THERE ARE  MASSIVE PACKING PARTIES STATEWIDE. ALL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AFTER EVERY MAJOR HOLIDAY, WE'LL GO AND CHECK OUT THE  SALES AT WALMART AND SEE ARE THINGS 70% OFF YET?" IT'S OFTEN SAID WE SHOULD KEEP THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WITH US YEAR 'ROUND. HERE 4-H IS DOING JUST  THAT. AFTER ALL, IT'S NOT ABOUT MAKING A CHILD'S HOLIDAY BETTER, BUT MAKING THEIR LIFE BETTER – AND  THAT'S A 12 MONTH A YEAR JOB. THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING.  A NOBLE CAUSE AND SOME IMPRESSIVE KIDS. THANKS CHARLES.

TEASE
AND WHEN WE COME BACK OUR OWN JOHN PHIPPS TELLS US HOW KIDS JUST  MIGHT BE THE PATHWAY TO YOUR BEST CHRISTMAS EVER.

JOHN PHIPPS
FARM JOURNAL COMMENTATOR AND ILLINOIS FARMER JOHN PHIPPS JOINS US  FROM HIS HOME TO SHARE WHAT MAY BE SOME OF HIS FONDEST MEMORIES. THE OLDER YOU GET THE MORE CHRISTMAS STUFF YOU ACCUMULATE. MANY OF YOU MAY RECALL THE  ALL THE DECORATIONS I SHOWED LAST YEAR THAT NOW FILL ABOUT EVERY CORNER OF OUR HOUSE, AND TAKE  CONSIDERABLE TIME TO INSTALL AND REMOVE. PART OF THE REASON IT IS SO TIME CONSUMING IS THE  AMOUNT OF TIME SPENT RELIVING THE MEMORIES THESE TREASURES TRIGGER. PERHAPS MORE SO THAN  ANY OTHER FAMILY ACTIVITY, CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR REMEMBERING AND NOSTALGIA.  CHRISTMASES PAST OCCUPY A SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS, AND THERE CAN OFTEN BE A BITTERSWEET  COMPARISON TO THIS YEAR'S VERSION. THE HOLIDAY SEASONS WE REMEMBER FROM OUR CHILDHOOD  CAN BE ESPECIALLY FOND RECOLLECTIONS. PARTLY THIS IS DUE TO HOW OUR BRAINS PROCESS MEMORIES,  EDITING THEM EACH TIME WE RELIVE A PAST EVENT. GOOD TIMES BECOME EVEN BETTER, AND DIFFICULT  TIMES ARE REVISED TO EASE ANY PAIN THEY MIGHT RECALL. THE FINAL PRODUCT IS AN ABIDING SENSE OF  QUIET LOSS, AS THE GOOD TIMES SEEM ALWAYS TO BE BEHIND US. THERE IS ONE SURE CURE FOR THIS MELANCHOLY, I WOULD SUGGEST. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HAVE CHILDREN  INVOLVED IN YOUR CHRISTMAS SEASON, YOU CAN GAIN A WIDER PERSPECTIVE. AFTER ALL, THEY WILL  DOUBTLESS RECALL THIS CHRISTMAS JUST AS WISTFULLY AS WE DO CHRISTMASES OF OUR CHILDHOOD. WE  CAN BE PART OF CONSTRUCTING THE MEMORIES THAT WILL FEED THEIR NOSTALGIA DECADES FROM NOW.  WHILE IT IS DIFFICULT TO PICTURE CONTEMPORARY EVENTS AS BEING "THE GOOD OLD DAYS" IN THE  MAKING, THEY ACTUALLY ARE. BEING INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS HAS LED ME TO REALIZE THAT DESPITE WHAT MY MEMORY TRIES TO  TELL ME, IN MANY WAYS, MY BEST CHRISTMAS EVER IS MOST LIKELY THIS ONE.  THANKS JOHN.  BEAUTIFULLY SAID. AND I KNOW MY TWO LITTLE ONES WILL BE  WIDE EYED AND BUSHY TAILED CHRISTMAS MORNING. AS WILL MY 3--YOU CAN BET THE ENTHUSIASM WILL BE PALPABLE. I JUST HOPE  THERE'S ENOUGH COFFEE.

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AND THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE.  WE'RE SO GLAD YOU SPENT PART OF YOUR  DAY WITH US.FROM OUR FAMILIES TO YOURS - MERRY CHRISTMAS. AND MAY 2017 BRING YOU  GOOD HEALTH AND GOOD CHEER....ON THE FARM. HIGH STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY, THE CHEVY  SILVERADO IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE OF AGDAY TELEVISION.

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