USFR Weekly Recap - April 23-24, 2011

April 23, 2011 12:39 AM
 

THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT
EPISODE #1967

APRIL 23-24, 2011

 

TODAY ON U.S FARM REPORT, EPA ADMINISTRATOR LISA JACKSON ADDRESSES FARMER CONCERNS IN IOWA.

THE SOUTH BURNS, DAMP CONDITIONS SLOW FIELD WORK IN THE CORN BELT.

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HELLO. WELCOME TO U.S FARM REPORT. MUCH TO THE SHOCK OF PRODUCERS LIKE ME PROGRESS ON THREE, COUNT THEM THREE FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS SUGGEST THERE MAY BE A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION SOON. MOST OF US THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN ONLY AFTER SNOW HAD FALLEN IN A VERY SOUTHERN AREA. BEING PATIENT USED TO BE A BIG PART BUT MAYBE WE SHOULD GET USED TO AGAIN. NEGOTIATIONS TAKE WAY LONGER THAN WE EXPECT AND SHOULD A MIRACLE HAPPEN LET'S REMEMBER TO INCLUDE SAYING CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MANY PREVIOUS OFFICIALS THAT KEPT PLUGGING AWAY.

TIME FOR THE HEADLINES.

THANK YOU JOHN AND HELLO. AFTER VISITING TWO FARMS IN IOWA THE HEAD OF THE EPA SAID THERE APPEARANCE TO BE NO NEED TO PUT THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BASIN ON A NUTRIENT RUNOFF DIET IF FARMERS CONTINUE THEIR MEASURES. LISA JACKSON WAS INVITED TO BUILD A BETTER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EPA AND PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE. WHEN ASKED IF SHE WAS GOING TO SEEK A NUTRIENT DIET JACKSON SAID SHE IS RULING OUT THE NEED TO MOVE DIRECTLY TO A SUCH A THING IF PRODUCERS WILLING TO STICK WITH CONSERVATION MEASURES.

WE ALL WANT CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER BUT WE AREN'T TARGETING AGRICULTURE TO DO IT, WE ARE JUST SAYING LET'S FIND THE PLACES AND I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF THEM TODAY WHERE THEY ARE WIN WIN SOLUTION, WHERE YOU CAN DO YOUR BUSINESS, SMALL, MEDIUM OR LARGE AND WE CAN ALSO ENSURE THAT THE AIR QUALITY AND WATER QUALITY ARE PROTECTED.

ON A SEPARATE NOTE JACKSON SAID THE AGENCY WILL MAKE IT'S FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS ON STANDARDS FOR THE EXPOSURE TO DUST THIS JULY.

A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND PANAMA IS TAKING A STEP TOWARD BEING RATIFIED. RON KIRK ANNOUNCED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF PANAMA RATIFIED A UNITED STATES COULD TAX TREATY CLEARING BARRIERS TO THE TRADE AGREEMENT. IT ALSO OPENS THE DOOR FOR TWO LARGER TRADE PACKS TO MOVE FORWARD. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE INSISTED FTA BE COMBINED WITH OTHER DEALS SO ALL THREE CAN BE VOTED ON TOGETHER. IT WAS THE LATEST HANG UP UNTIL PANAMA GREED TO SHARE TAX INFORMATION WITH THE UNITED STATES. THEY SAY THEY HAVE BEEN A HAVEN FOX THOSE EVADING TAXES. MANY SUPPORT THE FTA SINCE IT WOULD CREATE MORE MARKET ACCESS.

WHILE FARMERS MAY ENJOY HIGHER COMMODITY PRICES THERE ARE ALSO HIGHERN 'T P ERIN HIGHER INPUT COSTS. THE PRICE FOR DAPP HAS RISEN $15 A TON AND POTASH INCREASED $33 TO $598 A TON.

THAT'S IT FOR HEADLINES. NOW BACK TO JOHN FOR CROP WATCH.

THANK YOU PAL. CROP WATCHES ARE SENDING IN LOTS OF UPDATES. FIRST A VISIT TO TEXAS. WILDFIRES HAVE BURNED MORE THAN ONE AND A HALF MILLION ACRES. THE GOVERNOR HAS ASKED THE WHITE HOUSE TO DECLARE A MAJOR DISASTER AREA. NOW TO SOUTHWEST IDAHO A GROWER IN CANYON COUNTY SAID THEY ARE GETTING A WARMER, DRYER BREAK IN THE WEATHER LETTING THEM GET FIELD WORK DONE. HE IS ABOUT TO START PLANTING SUGAR BEETS. THE PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS IDAHO FARMERS ARE 37 POINTS BEHIND THE AVERAGE PACE IN THEIR SUGAR BEAT FIELDS.

WHEN WE COME BACK MIKE NORTH AND BRIAN SIT DOWN FOR THE MARKET RAP. THE DISCUSSION STARTS IN JUST TWO MINUTES. STAY WITH US.

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ROUND TABLE GUESTS, WE HAVE HAD AN UNUSUAL WEEK THIS LAST WEEK ON THE MARKETS, BRIAN WE WILL START WITH YOU. WHAT DO YOU THINK STRUCK AND IS STICKING IN YOUR MIND WITH THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND COMING UP, THE MARKETS JUST LAST WEEK.

UNCERTAINTY, EXCESS RAIN AND --WE HAD A BIG --MIDWEEK, KIND OF SENT THE SHIVERS THROUGH THE MARKET NOW THAT WE ARE IN APRIL WE COULD SEE SOME CROP ACTIVITY BUT IT'S --BIG VOLATILITY, WEATHER IS KING RIGHT NOW.

THE REVERSAL THAT CORN HAS HAD THIS YEAR. NOW LET'S DISCUSS THAT JUST A LITTLE BIT.

YEAH. ESSENTIALLY --TO GIVE YOU A PICTURE THERE, WHAT THAT MEANS AS WE GO UP AND MAKE NEW HIGHS, COME DOWN, MAKE NEW LOWS AND CLOSE ON THE LOWS AND THE MARKET SEEMS TO LOOK LIKE WE ARE STAGING A MOVE LOWER, MANY TIMES AS WE HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR WE CAN SEE THAT AND WITH IN A DAY OR TWO WE ARE ROCKETS BACK TO HIGHER GROUND, MAKING NEW HIGHS, IT CAN BE A REAL HEAD SCRATCHER. THIS IS THAT MARKET WITH THAT INTERSECTION OF FINANCIAL PARTICIPANTS --ON A FOUR LANE HIGHWAY WITH PEOPLE WITH A COMMERCIAL INTEREST COMING IN ON A BIKE PATH AND LIKE BRIAN SAID THERE IS A LOT OF CONCERN OVER THE WEATHER BUT WITH THAT WE ALSO HAVE A LOT OF CONCERN OVER WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE BIGGER FINANCIAL MARKETS W VERY GOLDMAN SACH'S TELLING CUSTOMERS TO BACK AWAY FROM CRDE OIL AND WE HAVE --TALKING ABOUT DOWN RATING OR DOWN GRADING --YOU HAVE A LOT OF TENSION FROM A LOT OF DIFFERENT ANGLES AT THIS MARKET AND UNCERTAINTY IN BOTH -- DESCRIBES WHERE THIS MARKETS.

THE WEAK DOLLAR WENT DOWN TO NEW LOWS AND THAT --SOME ARE LOOKING AT IT AS POSITIVE, LONG TERM IS A POSITIVE?

SURE. GOOD --WHEN THE MARKET MOVES DOWN YOU CAN'T HELP BUT THINK EXPORTS WILL WILL PICK UP, THEY ARE LIKE THE SWING VOTE. THEY HAVE HUNG AROUND TWO BILLION BUSHELS, KLEINA CAME IN AND BOUGHT ANOTHER TWO TO THREE HUNDRED MILLION --A DOLLAR WEAKENING IT'S BIG, THE MARKETS WILL PAY ATTENTION. > THEN ON THE OTHER HAND -- CHINA --TOTAL --WE WILL SLOW DOWN AND TOLD ALL THE PEOPLE THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO BUY ANY UNNECESSARY GRAIN.

WE HAVE SEEN THAT FOR MONTHS, INTEREST RATES RICE, WE SEE INTEREST RATES, GDP GROWTH, IT'S A GROWING WORLD. THEY NEED PRODUCT, FOOD AND ARE SENDING MESSAGES BUT THEY ARE STILL BUYING.

YOU THINK THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BUY?

I THINK THEY WILL. LET'S FACE THE FACT. THE ECONOMY IS STILL GROWING, IT'S GROWING AT A CLIP, RELATIVE TO OURS AND THOUGH THEY ARE DOING THINGS TO TRY TO STOP THE GROWTH AND SOFTEN THE PACE, THEY ARE STILL FLOWING AS THEY CONTINUE TO GROW THEY NEED MORE MONTH DUCT. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO COME THROUGH THE TABLE. THE QUESTION IS AT WHAT COST TO OUR OWN DOMESTIC USE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORIES WAS THE FACT THAT THE EIA PUTS OUT A REPORT THAT SHOWS ETHANOL PRODUCTION IS DROPPING, DOES THAT MEAN THAT ETHANOL PRODUCERS BACKING AWAY FROM THE TABLE AND SAYING I DON'T REALLY CARE TO PAY SEVEN AND A HALF DOLLARS FOR CORN?

DOES IT?

THAT'S THE QUESTION OF THE HOUR. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THIS VERY CLOSELY AND SAYING HEY IF WE FOLLOW THIS UP WITH CONTINUED --THE MAN DEMAND, RATIONING MAY BE TAKING PLACE.

I HAVE HAD THAT --WE TALKED ABOUT THAT BUT I HAVE ALSO SEEN THE REPORT THAT SAID THAT ETHANOL PRODUCERS DOING PRETTY GOOD ACTION ABOUT A DOLLAR A GALLON PROFIT IN THERE FOR ETHANOL AT THIS POINT. I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MORE CORN CAN GO UP BUT AGAIN ABOUT TWO AND IA HALF GALLONS, ETHANOL FOR BUSHEL OF CORN SO IT LOOKS LIKE IT COULD GO UP A COUPLE DOLLARS AND WOULD STILL MAKE MONEY.

AT TODAY'S GAS PRICES.

YOU CREDIT CRUDE OIL -- PUSHING LEVELS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE 2008. YOU HAVE --MONEY COMING IN FROM THE MARKET PLACE, THERE WILL BE SLOW DOWNS, ETHANOL, PLANS, A LOT OF CORN AHEAD AND AS WE LOOK AHEAD THEY WILL BUY LESS POSSIBLY TOWARDED END OF SUMMER BUT RIGHT NOW I THINK ANY IT MIGHT BE TEMPORARY.

ON ETHANOL.

RIGHT.

WE WILL COME BACK IN A LITTLE BIT AND I WILL TELL YOU JUST WHAT THE QUESTIONS ARE GOING TO BE AND IT'S --WE HAVE FUNDAMENTALS THAT WE USED TO THINK ABOUT FUNDAMENTALS AND TECHNICAL ANALYSIS AND I WILL HAVE YOU TO TRY TO EXPLAIN HOW THE MARKET IS STACKING UP AND WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT. .

ROUND TABLE, I TOLD YOU WHEN WE COME BACK THE --THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FUNDAMENTAL AND TECHNICAL ANALYSIS, DURING THE BREAK TIME WERE YOU SMILING GIVING ME THE ANSWER. YOU GIVE ME THE ANSWER AND ASK FOR A GOOD COMMENT AND WHAT DID YOU SAY?

ESSENTIALLY YOU KNOW -- PRIOR TO TECHNICAL ANALYSIS IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT FUNDAMENTALS.

REALLY TO THIS DAY STILL -- GIVE YOU LONG TERM PROJECTION, A PICTURE OF WHAT THINGS LOOK LIKE, END GAMES, THE TECHNICALS, YOU KNOW ARE ABOUT WATCHING CHARTS AND USING DIFFERENT TOOLS TO MONITOR PRICE MOVEMENT WHICH REALLY TECHNICAL ANALYSIS IS ANOTHER FORM OF FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS TO A DEGREE. AS FUNDAMENTALS CHANGE THE TECHNICALS WILL CHANGE AND CREATE PATTERNS THAT CHART WATCHERS WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT WATCHING FUNDAMENTALS. IT'S KIND OF A DELAYED FUNDAMENTAL GAME TO A DEGREE. YOU KNOW --LIKELY WAS TELLING YOU, THE BIG CHANGER RIGHT NOW CAN BE MONEY FLOW, ON ANY GIVEN DAY YOU CAN HAVE --YOU CAN HAVE STRONG FUNDAMENTALS, MAYBE EVEN STRONG TECHNICALS BUT THEN THE SPECULATORS DECIDE ITS TIME TO TAKE PROFIT.

THE OUTSIDE MONEY.

AND THE MARKET CAN BE MOVING LOWER DESPITE WHAT THOSE POSITIVE FUNDAMENTALS TECHNICAL PATTERNS WOULD SUGGEST.

YOU HAD --FUNDAMENTALS STILL GIVE THE BIGGER PICTURE MOVEMENT. TIMING ISSUES AND THE TREND ISSUES, YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE FIND MENTALES, THEY HAVE BEEN MORE DELUDED BECAUSE OF MORE DIFFERENT FACTORS SUCH AS WORLD ECONOMIES, WHAT HAPPENED IN CHINA OR LIBYA, THE WEATHER HERE AT HOME, ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER TO TRY TO YOU GUESS IT. WHEN YOU STEP BACK FROM IT A LITTLE BIT, BACKDROP TO ALL OF THIS, SUPPLY AND DEMAND. WE HAVE DEMAND DRIVEN MARKET, THE ONLY HIGHER DURING TIMES OF PEAK UNCERTAINTY. THE MARCH, APRIL, MAY WINDOW.

SO, THE MARCH DETECTIVE AS WE TALKED TODAY NOW, AND NEXT WEEK AND --NOT A LOT OF PLANNING DONE. RAIN ALL OVER THE MIDWEST. ARE WE IN A FUNDAMENTAL OR TECHNICAL MARKET.

I THINK --WE HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT TO THE FUNDMENT AMS, BEING THE BACK BONE OF THE MARKET. REALLY IT'S THAT --THAT PARTICIPATION THAT WE HAVE HAD FROM A LOT OF OUTSIDE MONEY COMING IN THAT'S MOVED --AND GIVEN EXTRA HYPE TO THE FUNDAMENTALS AND SO YOU KNOW HERE WE ARE AT A TIME LIKE BRIAN SAYS WHERE WE ARE MAKING THE SEASONAL PEAKS, ALL OF THIS COMING TOGETHER GIVING US THE ROBUST MARKET.

BRIAN I WANT TO GO TO YOU WITH THIS QUESTION, WE WERE TALK ABOUT THIS --THAT SORT OF THING. WHAT KIND OF PRODUCER, NEED TO DO --TO TAKE ADVANTAGE.

THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION AND IT'S --WE CAN TALK ABOUT TECHNICAL ANALYSIS, FUNDAMENTAL, BUT WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IS PREPARE HIMSELF. THIS MARKET COULD DOUBLE IN VALUE AND KEEP CORN FROM SIX DOLLARS AND $12. YOU LOOK BACK AT COTTON, IT'S GONE UP FINE FOLD IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, WEATHER MARKETS IN --AND THE OTHER HAND IF FUNDAMENTALS CHANGE OFFER MONEY LEAVES THE MARKET CORN HAS TWO, TWO AND A HALF DOLLARS, FARMERS NEED TO --MARKET SITUATION PLAN. THEY NEED TO LOOK AT THE MARKET AND SAY WHAT HAPPEN --HOW TOY MANAGE IT? A SIMPLE STRATEGY -- EVERYTHING, CALLS ON HALF THAT YOU DON'T OR THAT YOU HAVE FOR CONTRACT AND NOW YOU HAVE HALF SIDE OPEN. YOU KIND OF MANAGE THAT VOLATILITY AND SLEEP EASY AT NIGHT, THE MONEY FLOW IN OR OUT AND WHATEVER IS HAPPENING.

NUMBER ONE THING IS --HAVE YOU TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE IT.

YES. IT START WAS KNOWING WHERE THE COST OF PRODUCTION IS AND -- EVERYBODY IS IN THE BLACK RIGHT NOW. THIS IS REGARDLESS OF WHERE ARE YOU IN THE COUNTRY. THERE IS GREAT PROFIT AND RAISING CORN, RAISING BEAN BEAN, ET CETERA AND AS WE MOVE THE CONVERSATION --I BELIEVE WITH WHAT BRIAN HAD TO SAY -- HAVING CALLS --THE UPSIDE ON CALLS AND THE KEY HERE IS TO QUIT TRYING TO TIME IT. WHAT MAKES THE PROCESS FRUSTRATING FOR MOST IS THEY ARE THINKING THEY CAN PICK AND SAVE A MOMENT IN TIME WHERE THEY CAN GET IT ALL DONE, THEY NEED TO ACT NOW. NOW --

DOING NOTHING IS NOT THE ANSWER. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE. .

IT'S TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF FARMING, THIS PROGRAM BROUGHT TO YOU BY DOW AGRO SCIENCE. .

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IT'S THE SEASON TO TALK WAIT. MIKE HOFFMAN IS WITH ME. I DROVE SOUTH AND --WENT THROUGH A GREAT TEMPERATURE GRADIENT. LUE GET WINDS AND WE DID.

 

THAT'S ALSO WHY WE HAVE BEEN SEEING ALL THE SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAKS. OBVIOUSLY WHEN IT'S CHILLY TO THE NORTH AND WARM TO THE SOUTH AS IT HAS BEEN THAT'S THE SITUATION AND UNFORTUNATELY WE SEE A COUPLE MORE SYSTEMS COMING ALONG AND THEY COULD PRODUCE THE SAME TEMPERATURE DIFFERENCES AND HEAVY RAINS. DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWING US THE DRY AREAS CONTINUE TO BE LOUISIANA, SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA, WESTERN OKLAHOMA, WESTERN KANSAS, EASTERN COLORADO AS WELL AS MEMBERSHIP OF --REALLY THE DESERT SOUTHWEST UNTIL YOU GET FARTHER WESTWARD INTO NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA. THINGS LOOKING OKAY ACTION YOU CAN SEE THE SOUTHEAST HAS IMPROVED BUT STILL DRY ESPECIALLY IN SOUTHEAST PART OF FLORIDA. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THINGS, THE JET STREAM AS WE HEAD INTO THIS WEEK, DEFINITELY GOING TO SHOW CHANGES, WE HAVE A TROUGH THAT DOESN'T LOOK TO BAD BUT WATCH IT WRAP UP AND STARTS TO SPIN ON ITS OWN. IT'LL BE A SLOW MOVER. THAT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTHEAST. THAT WILL BRING THE CHANCE OF SEVERE WEATHER AND WIDESPREAD WINDS, YET ANOTHER TROUGH DIPPING THROUGH THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES AS WE HEAD THROUGH FRIDAY AND INTO SATURDAY. THAT WILL MOVE IN TO THE GREAT LAKES AND THEN CONTINUING NORTHEAST. NOW IF THIS HOLDS TRUE THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY WILL STAY WARM AND DRY AND THAT SITUATION WITH A LOT OF THE MOISTURE BEING FARTHER NORTH OF THAT SECOND SYSTEM. AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT MONDAY THERE IS THE BEGINNINGS OF THAT STORM SYSTEM COMING IN TO OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS. WE ARE HOPEFUL WITH IN FRONT OVER THE WEEKEND HAVING STALLED RIGHT THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY WE WILL START TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF MOISTURE. WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. YOU CAN SEE THAT RAIN AND SNOW EXTENDS BACK IN TO THE NORTHERN ROCKIES, BY WEDNESDAY A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM WITH WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINS, SHOWERS AND HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT, STEADY RAINS IN THE NORTHEAST AND ANOTHER SYSTEM OUT WEST. BY FRIDAY THERE IS THAT SECOND SYSTEM COMING THROUGH BUT FARTHER NORTH THESE WILL BE SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS HERE, MORE WIDESPREAD IN THE GREAT LAKES AND SNOW IN THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF THAT SYSTEM. BACK IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR WITH A LONGER RANGE FORECAST. >> .

 

YOU WANT FRIES WITH THAT? THAT HAS TAKENO ON A NEW TWIST. AMERICANS INCREASINGLY SAYING NO THANK YOU. IT APPEARANCE FAST FOOD CUSTOMERS ARE STEPPING BACK FROM SUPER SIZING THE FRIES AT LEAST. HERE IS THE ASTOUNDING PART. WE HAVE NO VIDEOS OF POTATO FARMERS DEMANDING COMPENSATION. THAT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE IN MY BOOK REAL FARMERS, THEY ARE NOT COVERED BY DIRECT PAYMENT PROGRAM AND IF YOU STOP TO THINK ABOUT IT I BET YOU HAVEN'T EVEN NOTICED. THOUGH THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO STORE AND SUBJECT TO SIMILAR PROBLEMS OF PRODUCTION AS CORN AND WHEAT, NONE OF US WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WORRIED ABOUT A POTATO CHIP FAMINE. ONE REASON I HAVE LONG WEARIED OF --SUBSIDIES ARE ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAINING SUPPLIES IS THE COUNTER EXAMPLE OF POTATOES. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT SENDING ME A 25-DOLLAR FOR ACRE PAYMENT FOR HAVING A BODY TEMPERATURE OF 98 DEGREES WHICH YOU JUST DID HAS NO EFFECT ON THE ABUNDANCE OF CORN AND SOYBEANS? WE GROW OVER 200 CROPS IN THE UNITED STATES AND MOST OF THEM WITHOUT SENDING THE FARMERS A GOVERNMENT CHECK. THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM WORKS WELL AND IT'LL WORK FOR ME TOO. LET US FOE WHAT YOU THINK. SEND OTHER MAILS TO MAILBAG OR CALL AND LEAVE US A VOICEMAIL.

IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR A TRIP TO THE LONE STAR STATE TO MEET A RANCHER WITH A TEXAS SIZED PERSONALITY. THE SECOND HALF HOUR IS COMING RIGHT UP. .

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TODAY ON U.S. FARM REPORT, ANOTHER ANIMAL ABUSE VIDEO GOES VIRAL.

AND THE WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY WORKS TO EXIST WITH THE BIRDS.

AND EGG PRODUCERS HELP CONSUMERS FIND FREE EASTER EGGS. UNITED STATES FORM REPORT BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHEVY AND THEIR AWARD WINNING CARS, TRUCKS AND CROSSOVERS. .

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT. WE HAVE ANOTHER STORY OF ANIMAL ABUSE THIS WEEK. AL WILL HAVE THE DETAILS AND THE FARM PRESS HAS COVERAGE. PLEASE NOTICE HOW YOU REACT TO THE IMAGES, OUR BRAINS HAVE TWO PATHS WHERE VISA, L INFORMATION, ONE TO THE VISUAL CORTEX AND ONE STRAIGHT TO THE WHOLE BRAIN FOR EMOTIONAL RESPONSE. THE LATTER PATH IS FASTER AND MORE POWERFUL WHICH MEANS WORD'S HAVE A HUGE HANDICAP OVERRIDING THE IMMEDIATE EMOTIONAL RESPONSES. SEEING, REALLY TRIGGERS BELIEVING. BECAUSE OF VIDEO TECHNOLOGY WE ARE ALL MOVING IN TO GLASS HOUSES. WHAT WE SAY AND WHAT WE DO BETTER MATCH UP. LET'S GET STARTED WITH ALL THE HEADLINES.

THANK YOU. THE ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP MERCY FOR ANIMALS RELEASED VIDEO THIS WEEK SHOWING ACTS OF ABUSE AT A RANCH IN TEXAS. BECAUSE OF THE DISTURBING NATURE OF THE VIDEO WE AREN'T GOING TO SHOW IT. INSTEAD WE HAVE CHOSEN TO SHOW STILL IMAGES PULLED FROM THE VIDEO. IT WAS SHOT IN HART TEXAS. THE UNDERCOVER VIDEO SHOWED CALVES BEING BEATEN WITH AXES AND LEFT TO DIVE. THE SHERIFF CONFIRMS IT HAS STARTED A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ON ANIMAL CRUELTY AT THE FACILITY. THE CASE WILL BE SENT TO THE PROSECUTOR FOR POSSIBLE CHARGES. AG GROUPS CONDEMNING THE ACTS OF ABUSE, THE NATIONAL MILK PRODUCER FEDERATION SAID THE INDUSTRY TAKES CLAIMS OF MISS TREATMENT SERIOUSLY AND ANIMAL CRUELTY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE REGARDLESS OF WHERE IT HAPPENS. WE TALKED TO CATTLE HANDING ADVOCATE LAST YEAR ABOUT CASES LIKE THIS.

I THINK WE NEED TO BE PUTTING THE CAMERAS IN AND STREAMING OUT TO THE INTERNET. WE NEED TO SO YOU WHAT WE DO. I THINK WE HAVE TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING WE DO IN AGRICULTURE AND --SHOW THIS TO YOUR WEDDING GUESTS? IF THEY WOULD CRINGE MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT. ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY THE EMPLOYEES INVOLVED IN THE VIDEO HAVE BEEN FIRE.

CONCERNS WIND FARMS DAMAGING HABITATS THIS WEEK THE WIND INDUSTRY PLEDGED TO WORK WITH THE UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE TO DEVELOP A PLAN FOR THE MIDWEST AREA. THE EFFORT IS DESIGNED TO PRESERVE THREATENED ENDANGERED SPECIES THAT MAY BE HURT BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF OPERATION OF WIND TURBINES.

AND AS WE CELEBRATE EASTER THIS WEEKEND, WHAT IS A BASKET WITHOUT EGGS? EGG PRODUCERS ARE MARKING THE EASTER CELEBRATION WHICH DONATING 12 MILLION EGGS TO FEEDING AMERICA FOOD BANKS. THIS IS THE 4th YEAR FOR THE PROGRAM. FEEDING AMERICA PROVIDES FOOD FOR NEARLY SIX MILLION AMERICANS EVERY WEEK AND MANY OF THEM ARE GETTING MORE FRESH PROTEIN FROM UNITED STATES EGG PRODUCERS. THAT IS IT FOR NEWS. TIME FOR THE NATIONAL FORECAST FROM MIKE HOFFMAN.

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AND ANOTHER VERY WET SYSTEM COMING INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY WITH A GOOD TROUGH, MOISTURE FLOWING NORTHWARD AND EVENTUALLY THE GREAT LAKES AND YOU CAN SEE WIDESPREAD AREAS OF RAIN AS WE START THE WEEK ON MONDAY. WE ARE STILL HOPEFUL THAT A FAIR AMOUNT OF SHALL TEXAS, OKLAHOMA AND LOUISIANA, THE EASTERN PART OF THAT DROUGHT AREA THEN GETS GOOD RAIN OUT OF THIS ONE BUT WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. THIS SYSTEM LOOKS LIKE --IT'S A LITTLE FARTHER SOUTH. ALL THE MAJORITY OF THE MOISTURE I THINK IS GOING TO BE FLOWING FARTHER NORTH BY WEDNESDAY THAT FIRST --A POWERFUL TROUGH MOVING THROUGH THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY. A LOT OF THE MOISTURE INTO THE SOUTHEAST PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THERE IS STILL DRY AREAS IN THE SOUTHEAST THAT COULD USE THE RAIN. NEXT TROUGH MOVING IN TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WITH RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS, BY FRIDAY THAT SYSTEM IS MOVING IN TO THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY SO SOME SNOW FROM NORTH DAKOTA BACK TO EASTERN MONTANA. FARTHER EAST SHOULD BE MAINLY IN THE FORM OF RAIN AND THEN SHOWERS AND STORMS MORE SCATTER AS YOU HEAD INTO EASTERN TEXAS, HOPEFULLY AGAIN YOU MAY BE ABLE TO GET A SECOND SYSTEM. THE LONGER RANGES, NEXT WEEK INTO THAT FIRST FULL WEEK OF MAY FINALLY, BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR MOST OF THE NORTHEAST, NORTHERN PLAINS, BASICALLY THE NORTHERN THIRD OF THE LOWER 48, THE FAR SOUTHWESTERN AREAS, PROBABLY WARMER THAN NORMAL. NEXT WEEK AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION IS CONCERNED REALLY ANOTHER SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE MORE STORMS PULLING UP THAT GULF MOISTURE SO TENNESSEE, OHIO VALLEYS, GREAT LAKES, NORTHWEST, PROBABLY ABOVE NORMAL. BELOW NORMAL FROM TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA BACK INTO PARTS OF THE SOUTHWEST, CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, TAKING A LONGER RANGE LOOK THEN THE 30 DAY OUTLOOK FOR TEMPERATURES, BELOW NORMAL FOR THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES, THE NORTHWEST. WE SHIFT THAT FARTHER NORTH, ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE DESERT SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHERN HALF OF THE PLAINS IN TO THE SOUTHEAST AND AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION OVER THE NEXT MONTH ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE GREAT LAKES AND MOST OF THE NORTHEAST BACK INTO THE NORTHWEST AND THEN BELOW NORMAL AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE SOUTHERN PLAIN STATES IN TO THE DESERT. OF COURSE A LOT OF THIS AREA AND THE DROUGHT AND I JUST DON'T SEE THAT REALLY IMPROVING DRAMATICLY.

FOR CORN PLANTING IT MAY NOT BE TIME TO HIT THE PANIC BUTTON BUT I MAY GIVE IT A TEST RUN TO MAKE SURE IT'S STILL WORKING.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

SPIRIT OF THE HEART LAND IS NEXT.

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LOU DOESN'T MINCE WORDS, THEY STARTED THE BRADLEY FREE RANCH ABOUT SIX DECADES AGO. SHE IS THE FIRST AND ONLY PRESIDENT OF THE ANGUS ASSOCIATION. SHE IS RECOGNIZED AS A PIONEER IN THE BUSINESS. SHE TELLS US WHAT THE LAND, THE ANIMALS AND THE PEOPLE MEAN TO THIS COUNTRY.

I MOVED OUT HERE IN 1955, IN THE SPRING IN MARCH. IT WAS RIGHT DURING THE WORST OF THE DROUGHT OF THE 50s DROUGHT, THERE WASN'T A WIND MILL ON THE OUTFIT WORKING. ALL THE PINS WERE DOWN, THE HOUSE IN BAD SHAPE, WE JUST SPENT THE FIRST YEAR TRYING TO CLEAN UP THINGS AND GET THINGS READY TO GO. AFTER WE GOT COMMERCIAL BUSINESS AND --I TOLD BILL ONE DAY I SAID YOU KNOW I DON'T THINK --IF WE HAVE ANY CHILDREN, EDUCATE THEM, OFF THIS COUNTRY I THINK WE NEED TO GO IN PURE BRED BUSINESS AND SELL ANGUS BULLS TO THE BREEDERS, NEVER SEE A RANCHER REALLY RETIRE AND I THINK THAT SAYS SOMETHING. WHEN I GO IN SOMEBODY SAYS I LIKE --I LIKE THREE MONTHS, TWO DAYS AND SO. HOUR S FROM RETIREMENT. I THINK YOU POOR SUCKER. YOU ARE A POOR SUCKER. YOU HAVEN'T LIKED DOING WHAT YOU DONE BETTER THAN THAT. WHAT THEY LIKE THE MOST ABOUT IT? WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, I GET UP EVERY MORNING AND I CAN GO OUTSIDE AND THIS IS THE SCENE I SEE AND IT'S ABOUT AS QUIET AND AS PEACEFUL AS ANYBODY YOU COULD FIND ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THIS IS ABOUT AS NEAR TO HEAVEN AS YOU CAN GET, AND I BEEN JUST ABOUT AS CLOSE TO HELL AS YOU CAN GET THIS ON THIS OUTFIT I WILL TELL YOU A FEW TIMES BUT I GUESS IT'S JUST A GREAT SATISFACTION AND --BEING HERE AND SEE MOTHER NATURE AT WORK AND AND IF WE HELP HER JUST A LITTLE BIT SHE TURNS IT ON FOR US AND THEN A GREAT SATISFACTION IN THINKING THAT HOW FEWER RANCHER THERE ARE LEFT IN THE UNITED STATES AND WE AREN'T ONLY PLEADING TO HAVE A LOT OF BEEF FOR THE UNITED STATES BUT WE CAN SHIP IT OVERSEAS TO PEOPLE THAT DON'T HAVE IT. IT'S A GOOD FEELING TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE HELPING TO FEED THE WORLD. I WANT THEM TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT ME, ABOUT MY RANCH, ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT SURROUND ME, AND ALL THE OTHER ANGUS BREEDERS, I WANT THEM TO FEEL GOOD THAT THEY KNOW THAT QUALITY OF BEEF IS JUST GOING TO CONTINUE TO GET BETTER, WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO KEEP IT MORE EFFICIENT TO KEEP THE COSTS DOWN AND KNOW THAT WE WANT TO FEED THEM THE MOST WHOLE SOME PRODUCT THAT IS ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH.

OUR THANK YOU TO THE AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION FOR SHARING HER STORY WITH US. THERE IS A REVOLUTION OF SORTS IN THIS COUNTRY AND ITS BEING LEADLY 4H EARS, THE REVOLUTION OF RESPONSIBILITY NEXT WEEK ON UNITED STATES FARM REPORT.

UP NEXT ON UNITED STATES FARM REPORT BAXTER BLACK PRESENTS GO CATCH MY HORSE.

HEAD TO UNITED STATES FARM REPORT.COM TO WATCH THE PROGRAM ONLINE. U.S. FARM REPORT. THE SPIRIT OF THE COUNTRYSIDE. .

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW PRODUCERS MAKE DECISIONS, WHERE THE DOLLARS GO AND HOW THEY ARE INVESTED VISIT MY BEEF CHECK OFF.COM.

IT'S STORY TIME NOW FEATURES BACK BAXTER BLACK. THIS WEEKEND HE HAS THE TALE OF A RUN AWAY HORSE.

REAFFIRM M S MYTHIER ARE YOU THAT BAD LUCK COMES IN THREE AND I'M NOT EVEN COUNTING HIS SWOLLEN RIGHT KNEE WHICH PUT HIM DOWN FOR A WEEK. SHE COULDN'T DOT HORSE BIKE EFFORT CHECK BY HERSELF. SHE DID NOTICE A WHOLE IN THE WIRE FENCE. ON SATURDAY HE SADDLED HIS FORCE FOREST, HE GOT HIS RIGHT LEG SWUNG EVERY AND GOT HIS FOOT IN TO THE RIGHT STIRRUP. HE REACHED DOWN AND PICKED UP A BARBED WIRE, IT MADE A STRANGE RATTLING ROUND, ONE THE HORSE RECOGNIZED FROM THE RATTLESNAKE PROGRAM ON THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL. HE HUNCHED AND FIRED STRAIGHT BACK WITH BOTH HIND LEGS, HIS RIGHT HAND OUT STRETCHED THE WIRE, HIS LEFT FOOT IN AND HIS RIGHT LEG HANGING LIMP. THE TIME IT TOOK HIM TO REALIZE THAT HE SHOULD DROP THE WIRE AND GRAB THE HORN HE HAD PUNCHED HIM INTO A TWO POINT LANDING. THEY LEANED OVER AND ASKED ARE YOU ALL RIGHT? GO CATCH MY HORSE HE SAID. WITH THE FENCE REPAIRED THEY ROAD INTO THE HEIFERS HE CREAKED OFF HIS HORSE NOTING A NEARBY MOM COW. HE QUIETLY SNUCK UP ON THE STILL WET NEWBORN WITH HIS LOADED AIR TAGGER AND CAREFULLY DROPPED DOWN WITH A BLINDING FLASH HE WAS FLYING BACKYARDS INTO THE FROZEN KOI PIES AND THE MUCK. ARE YOU ALL RIGHT? SHE ASKED, GO CATCH MY HORSE. ACROSS THE PASTURE HE AGAIN AGAIN DISMOUNTED APPROACHED ANOTHER NEWBORN CALF. NOT SEEING THE MOTHER HE WAS ABLE TO STRADL IT WAS SUPPORTING. HE FELT SOMETHING AND LOOKED DOWN. A BLACK NOSE AND MUZZLE THE SIZE AND WIDH OF A COW HEAD CAME FROM BETWEEN HIS LEGS. HE WAS THROWN TEN FEET AND HAD MANAGED TO EAR TAG HIS LEFT PANT LEG. ARE YOU ALL RIGHT? I KNOW, I KNOW SHE SAID, I KNOW, THIS IS BAXTER BLACK FROM OUT THERE, YOU KNOW.

HE WILL JOIN US AGAIN IN TWO WEEKS. UNTIL THEN CHECK OUT HIS WORK ONLINE AT BAXTER BLACK.COM.

WHEN WE COME BACK WE WILL HAVE TRACTOR TALES AND THE COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE. PLEASE STAY WITH US. .

TRACTOR TAILS THIS WEEK TAKES YOU US TO CENTRAL MICHIGAN. WE TALKED TO A COLLECTOR WITH MOLINE ON HIS MIND. LOOK AT THIS RESTORED CLASSIC FROM 1950.

WE HAVE A 1950 MINNEAPOLIS MOLINERTE, THE RTE MEANT IT HAD THE EXTENDIBLE WIDE FRONT. THE MOLINE R WAS THE SMALLEST ONE THEY MADE UNTIL THEY BOUGHT THE AVERY IN 52, IT WAS ABOUT 25 HORSE POWER. FOUR SPEED TRANSMISSION, THE EXTENDIBLE WIDE FRONT, IT'S FAIRLY RARE. WE BROUGHT IT OVER CENTRAL MICHIGAN. 98 I THINK, WE RESTORED IT IN 52, THE PREVIOUS OWNER --IT HAD A BAD ENGINE KNOCK SO WE BUT NEW RINGS, BEARINGS, ALL THE NEWS GASKETS, PUT IT BACK LIKE IT WAS, GONE THROUGH THE TRACTOR FRONT TO REAR, ALL NEW SEALS, BEARINGS WERE NEEDED, THEY ADVERTISED YOU COULD SERVICE IT FROM A MILK STOOL, SIT ON ONE AND ON THE LEFT SIDE THANKFUL YOU CAN TAKE THE WHOLE SIDE OF THE ENGINE OFF AS ONE COVER AND GET TO THE CRANK SHIFT AND RODS AND ADJUST BEARINGS. THEY SAID IT HAD 140 OR LESS PARTS IN A TYPICAL FOUR CYLINDER AND --SO THEY WERE TOUTING THE LESS PART ITSELF HAD AND HOW EFFICIENT IT WAS. THERE WAS POSSIBLY ONE OR MORE PROPANE VERSIONS BUT THEY WERE NEVER IN MASS PRODUCTION. IT'S THE FIRST WE EVER RESTORED BACK IN 2002 SO WE TOOK --WE GOT IT IN 98 AND TOOK US TO 2002 TO RESTORE IT.

IN 1929 THE MINNEAPOLIS MLINE COMPANY WAS FORMED. THE OLDEST DATED BACK TO 1865. TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO THE OAK GROVE CHURCH OF GOD IN COLUMBIA CITY INDIANA. THE CHURCH STARTED IN 1857 WITH THE HELP OF A VISITING PASTOR AND LOCAL FARMER. . THE FIRST CHURCH HOME WAS FINISHED IN 1879 BUT DESTROYED BY WIND JUST FATHER YEARS LATER. THE CHURCH RESPONDED BY FINISHING A NEW BUILDING IN JUST SEVEN MONTHS WITHOUT DEBT. THE BUILDING HAS BEEN IMPROVED ANDEN LARGED IN THE YEARS SINCE AS THE CHURCH HAS FLOURISHED. THE CURRENT PASTOR IS STEVE JOHNSON. OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHURCH FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE.

AS ALWAYS WE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR HOME CHURCH. SALUTES CAN BE SENT TO THE ADDRESS ON THE SCREEN. THE MAKE BAG IS NEXT. >> COUNTRY CHURCHAA LUTE BROUGHT TO YOU BY FARMERS OF THE WORLD. LEARN MORE, GIVE, DREAM HUGE WITH US. .

TIME FOR A WEEKLY LOOK INSIDE THE FARM REPORT MAILBAG. MAILBAG. ONE FAN TOOK ENERGY ABOUT MY REMARKS ABOUT WIND FARMS JOHN BLEW IT WITH HIS LAME COMMENTS ON WIND POWER. GO BACK A FEW YEARS AND FIND SIMILAR COMMENTS BY HORSE AND MULE FARMERS ABOUT TRACTORS. I'M NO EXPERT BUT VERY BEEN RESEARCHING WIND ENERGY FOR SEVERAL YEARS. MY SOURCES FOR MY CLAIMS ALL ON OUR HOME PAGE ATTEMPT DOESN'T COME CLOSE ECONOMIC ILY, EVEN IF HUGE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES PEOPLE MAY FOUR TO FIVE TIMES MORE, THE INTERMITTENT NATURE MEANS BACK UNPLANTS HAVE TO BE ON STAND BY, WHICH MEANS MORE CARBON EMISSION MISSION, IT'S ALMOST NOT THERE DURING HOT SUMMER DAYS, THE PEAK DAYS, DENMARK THE POSTER CHILD HAS THE HIGHEST ELECTRIC COSTS IN EUROPE AND SALES MOST OF THEIR POWER TO NORWAY, IF BUDGET CUTTERS SCALED BACK FEW WOULD BE BUILT AND THEY INRICH TURBINE MAKERS AND LAND OWNERS WHILE BILKING TAX PAVERS. WE HAVE FLANNEN LOVE WITH THE IDEA OF FREE ENERGY FROM THE WIND BUT UNLESS WE TAX CARBON IT'S NOT A RATIONAL CHOICE. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, SEND COMMENTS TO MAILBAG AT UNITED STATES FARM REPORT.COM OR LEAVE US VOICEMAIL. FOR ALL OF US, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING U.S. FARM REPORT. BE SURE TO JOIN US AGAIN NEXT WEEK. WE WILL

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