USFR Weekly Recap - May 28-29, 2011

May 31, 2011 03:12 AM
 

THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT
EPISODE #1972

MAY 28-29, 2011

IT’S BEEN A REMARKABLE SPRING FOR WEATHER. WE HAVE TORNADOES, FLOODINGS DROUGHT AND RECORD RAINFALL. FARM COUNTRY HAS SEEN IT ALL. HEAVY STORMS BROUGHT FIELD WORK TO A STOP IN MUCH OF INDIANA. CROPS THAT HAVE OUT ARE GETTING SWALLOWED BY STANDING WATER. IN OHIO DELAYS ARE WORSE. 11% OF THE CORN CROP IS PLANTED, AVERAGE WOULD BE 80%. PRODUCERS ARE FACING AN INSURANCE CUT OFF DATE AS TO WHEN THEY CAN PLANT CORN.

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU THINKS THAT THREE AND A HALF MILLION ACRES HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY FLOODING IN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BASIN. ARKANSAS TOPPED THE LIST WITH A MILLION ACRES, A THIRD WAS RICE, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI AND TENNESSEE ALL HAD ABOUT 600 ACRES UNDER WATER. SEVERE DROUGHT REMAINS THE PROBLEM IN OTHER PARTS OF FARM COUNTRY, WINTER WHEAT ALREADY BEING HARVESTED IN SOME PARTS OF OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS EXPECTED TO SEE YIELDS CUT IN HALF. ONLY 10% IN TEXAS IS GOOD AND OKLAHOMA, COLORADO, LOUISIANA AND ARIZONA IT'S ABOUT 20%. FOR MANY IN THE RACING WORLD MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MEANS THE INDIANAPOLIS 500. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 100th YEAR OF THE RACE. THE CARS WILL BE FUELED WITH ETHANOL ONCE AGAIN. I WAS IN GASOLINE ALLEY AS PIT CREWS FINE TUNED THEIR MACHINES. SINCE 2006 THEY HAVE BEEN RUNNING ON ETHANOL FUEL. THERE HAS BEEN NEARLY NO DOWNSIDE. THIS WEEKEND THE HIGH PERFORMANCE RACE CARS WILL BE RUNNING ON NEARLY 100% FUEL GRADE ETHANOL. NEXT YEAR THE FUEL MIX CHANGES.

WITH THE NEXT GENERATION OF CAR WE HAVE IN 2012 WE ARE CHANGING TO E85 FUEL. WE WANT TO SHOW THAT THE STUFF YOU BUY FROM THE PUMP IS BASICALLY THE STUFF IN THE RACING ENGINES. WE ARE TAKING IT TO A MORE RELEVANT FUTURE. WE WANT THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO SEE WE ARE USING WHAT THEY CAN BUY.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE RAISERS AND HOPEFULLY THE WEATHER COOPERATES. HERE IS JOHN WITH CROP WATCH. >>

CROP WATCH IS A THREE STATE SWING. IN OHIO GROWERS SAYS PREVENTED PLANTING IS NOW THE ONLY OPTION ON HIS FARM. IN HIS 40 YEARS OF FARMING IT'S NEVER BEEN THIS WET. A WHEAT GROWER IN MONTANA CALLED THE RAIN INSANE. THEY HAVE HAD SIX INCHES OVER THE LAST WEEK AND A HALF. THAT'S HALF THE NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. ? LIBERTY COUNTY TEXAS THEY HAVE HAD SEVEN TENTHS OF RAIN SINCE FEBRUARY 1st. PASTURES ARE BURNED AND ALL THE HAY IS GONE.

WHEN WE COME BACK AL RETURNS TO TALK MARKETS WITH JIM AND MARK. THE DISCUSSION STARTS IN JUST TWO MINUTES PLEASE STAY WITH US.

THE BEST GRASS HERBICIDE. .

U.S. FARM REPORT, WHAT I WANT TO DO IS JUST GIVE ME ONE WORD ABOUT THE THIN THINGS AFFECTS THE MARKET. I WILL START OUT WITH ONE, WEATHER, ANOTHER WOULD BE ACRES.

HOW THAT WORKS WITH THE WEATHER.

AND ANOTHER WOULD BE.

VOLATILITY.

OKAY. ALSO PUT DOWN DEMAND AND SUPPLY AS OTHER THINGS AFFECTING THE MARKET. WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW WHERE WE ARE?

IT'S THE WEATHER AND HOW MANY ACRES ARE WE GETTING IN THE GROUND? IF WE DON'T GET THAT THREE MILLION ACRES IN OHIO PLANTED IN THE NEXT TEN DAYS WE HAVE A SERIOUS DEFICIT ON THE BALANCE SHEETS FOR THE YEAR. THERE IS NO WAY TO MAKE UP -- YIELDS CAN MAKE UP THAT DIFFERENCE IF WE LOOSE THOSE 3 MILLION ACRES IN OHIO. IF WE GET THEM IN THE GROUND WE AT LEAST HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE, MAYBE WE CAN STILL HAVE GOOD YIELDS, IF THE ODDS ARE DOWN WITH THE WIND OF SPRING WE HAVE BUT YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE. WITHOUT THOSE ACRES IN MY OPINION THAT BALANCES IT.

ARE YOU TALKING MAINLY CORN.

AND CORN.

JIM, YOUR ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION.

I TALKED TO WEATHER PEOPLE ABOUT HALF HOUR BEFORE THE CLOSE AND STILL SEEMED TO ME THAT WE SHOULD SEE A WINDOW THIS COMING WEEK FOR A BIG PIECE OF THAT AREA THAT'S BAD, HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE THAT MOVES UP SOUTH, ANCHORS OVER THE EASTERN CORN BELT, BEFORE IT MOVES OUT TO THE WESTERN CORN BELT, MAYBE A DRIZZLE TYPE SHOWER ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAYF. THERE IS GOING TO BE A WINDOW THAT'S THE ONE AND I'M SURE EVERY CORN PLANTER WILL ROLL AS HARD AS POSSIBLE. WITHOUT THAT WINDOW IT'S GOING TO GET WILD.

VERY A --I HAVE A LOT OF CLIENTS IN OHIO AND I HAVE SAID WHAT WILL YOU DO IF YOU CAN'T GET IT IN BY THE DATE OF JUNE 5th AND THEY SAID THEY WOULD GO TO JUNE 10th BUT THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO GET IT IN. THAT WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE, THERE IS THAT WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY AND LOOKS LIKE MY GUYS TELLING ME EVEN IF IT STAYS OUT DRY OVER THE NEXT FIVE-DAYS THEY CAN'T GET IN THE FIELD UNTIL WEDNESDAY. IF THERE IS NO RAIN AND THEY WILL GO 48 HOURS STRAIGHT IF THEY HAVE TO.

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT IS EXPLANING VOLATILITY. ALL THESE YEARS, THESE CRISIS ALWAYS COME UP AND --I REMEMBER IN 1993 IN IOWA WE HAD THE 404040 RULE, 40-BUSHELS PER ACRES, 40% MOISTURE, 40-POUND TEST WEIGHT. THE CORN COMING OFF THE SEMI LOOKED LIKE YELLOW JELLO. EVENTUALLY IT PASSED, THEY GOT THROUGH IT AND I THINK -- I'M WORRIED IN THE EASTERN PART N IS A SERIOUS DISHEARTENING THING FOR THEM LOOKING AT WHAT THE PROBLEMS THAT THEY SAW IN THE WESTERN CORN BELT.

I WANT TO GET INTO DEMAND SIDE. WHAT YOU ARE BOTH TRYING TO SAY IS WE NEED THAT TO MEET THE DEMAND. IS THE DEMAND GOING TO CONTINUE TO GROW? IMMATERIAL ON THE CORN SIDE.

YEAH.

DEMAND RIGHT NOW. WE ARE SEEING COMMERCIALS PAYING BIG DOLLARS OVER THE JULY CONTRACT, 20, 30, 60-CENTS OVER JULY TO GET US BACK TO -- THE FEED LOTS.

OKAY. >> UNPRECEDENTED THAT SAYS THEY SOLD OUT OF LAST YEAR'S CROP. THAT IS --THE SPREAD'S HAVE COME IN A LITTLE BIT BUT THE DEMAND HAS BEEN GREAT, CHINA IS A BIG FACTOR, PLUS OUR DOMESTIC AREAS. DO ME THE BIGGER QUESTION IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, RIGHT NOW STRONG, STRONG DEMAND FOR CORN.

YOU WERE GOING TO COMMENT LARRY.

I THINK -- WE MAY NOT GET THE PRICE THAT MUCH HIGHER BECAUSE I THINK THERE IS SOME DEMAND. THIS MAY BE THE --YEAR YOU WANT TO LEAVE ALL THE DELIVERY POINTS OPEN, LEARN HOW TO TRACK AND TRADE THE BASES LEVEL, I THINK WE WILL GET MORE MOVING IN THE BASIS, ALREADY SEEING PARTS OF THE WESTERN CORN BELT. DON'T GET MIRED IN TO THINKING WE WILL JUST TRADE THIS, THE CASH PRICE BASED ON THE BOARD, LEARN TO TRACK THE BASES AND BE READY BUT DEFINITELY LEAVE THE DELIVERY POINTS OPEN.

OKAY. WE WILL COME BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT. .

MARK HAD A COMMENT, KIND OF RELATED TO WHAT JIM WAS SAYING ABOUT --.

TAKING THE BASES.

GREAT POINT.

ONE OF THE THINGS I TALK ABOUT IN MY SEMINARS, ONE OF THE KEY POINT IS TRACK YOUR LOCAL BASES. WE SEE IN A 50, 60-CENT SWING IN BASES. IF YOU CAN LEARN THAT WE ALL TALK ABOUT MARKETING AND WHERE WE THINK PRICE ALSO GO, ONE OF THE EASY THING IS TO LEARN TO TRACK THE BASES, IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO DO A BETTER JOB OF MARKETS. GUYS TAKE THE TIME, LOOK AT THAT BASIS, TRACK IT AND WHEN YOUR HAND STARTS TO MOVE ON THE CHART TO THE UPSIDE LOOK TO LOOK IN SOME BASES, MANAGE THAT RISK AS A SEPARATE RISK.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT DOESN'T CONCERN ME THOUGH IT DOES CONCERN ME IS THAT I DON'T THINK A LOT OF THE FARMERS ARE USING PENCIL AND PAPER ENOUGH IT FIGURE OUT --OR IF THEY ARE GOING TO DO WHAT IN ORDER TO MARKET THEIR CROPS AT A PROFIT.

EXAMPLE OF JUST THAT.

OKAY.

WHEN FEEDER CATTLE GOT UP INTO 135 TO 142 AREA, ANYBODY THAT SAT DOWN WITH A PENCIL AND LOOK AT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN HEDGING, ON THE NUMBERS, AND IF YOU THINK BACK EVEN AS BULLISH AS THE COMMUNITIES WERE, ALL OVER THE WORLD ON THE BEEF INDUSTRY IN GENERAL AND I THINK STILL IS BULLISH LONGER TERM THE MARKETS WHEN THEY CORRECT ARE BASICALLY UNMERCIFUL. I'M CONCERNED THEY AREN'T DOING THE PENCIL WORK, THIS CROP DOES GET IN THE GROUND, THINGS TURN BETTER, WE GET A GREAT AMOUNT OF ROLL OVER WITH ALMOST NO WARNING THEY SIT THERE WITH A LOT OF THE INPUT COSTS NOT COVERED. MY SUGGESTION IS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH SALES ON THE BOOK TO COVER THE INPUT COSTS. ONCE YOU ARE PAST THAT STAGE THEN WE WILL BE ALL RIGHT AND MAKE IT MORE -- RISKIER TYPE TRADES.

KEY THEN IS TO KNOW HOW UYOU CAN PRODUCE A BUSHEL OF CORN FOR WHERE AFTER.

THE BIG ARGUMENT THAT I HAVE WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE BREAK EVEN AND COST ANALYSIS, I THINK WHAT IS KEY HERE IS --WE ARE AT VERY HIGH PRICES --YOU CAN'T LET BEANS GO BACK TO TEN DOLLARS A BUSHEL BECAUSE OF INPUT COSTS. HOW DO YOU MANAGE THAT? ONE IS THE WAY JIM DOES IT, CERTAINLY WAY WE DO IT MAKES CASH SALES --WHATEVER WE DON'T SALE TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE UPSIDE AND FORGET IT. IT COULD BE LIKE 83, PRICES CAN EXPLODE, IT COULD BE A 2008 WHERE IT WENT FROM EIGHT DOLLAR CORN TO THREE DOLLAR CORN. HAVE YOU TO RECOGNIZE THERE IS A LOT OF RISK.

THE VOLATILITY WILL BE THERE, UNTIL THIS CROP IS PROVEN WE HAVE TO WATCH THAT RIVER SIS --CHINA HAS ALREADY BEEN IN THE MARKET. THIS SITUATION IS GOING TO STAY VOLATILE UNTIL WE KNOW WHERE WE ARE. THE OTHER THING IS WHY NOT LOOK AT SOME 2012 POSITIONS WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PRICE OF SOYBEAN FOR 2012, GREAT PRICE, EVERYBODY SOUTH OF I-70 CAN COME IN, MAKE CASH SALES, AND LOCK IT IN AS FAR AS THE HITS BEFORE IT DOSE BACK DOWN, FOLLOW THAT BACK IN, I'M TALKING ABOUT WHEAT AND THEN FOLLOW THAT BACK IN WITH THE SECOND CROP OF SOYBEANS WHICH ARE GREAT PRICE TO, THE INCOME FROM THAT IS JUST GREAT, BUT OF COURSE THEY WILL ALL WAIT AND SEE BUT I --2012 PENCIL WORK RIGHT NOW.

I AGREE WITH THAT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IS TAKING A HARD LOOK AT 2012 WHEAT. YOU HAVE GREAT PRICES OUT THERE. A VERY SOUND MARKETING DECISION TO MAKE. IF YOU WANT TO GO HEAD AND PRICE SOME OF THE WHEAT NOW I WOULD LOOK TO BUY BACK THE -- MAYBE A DECEMBER CALL THIS YEAR AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT MAY BE AN EXPLOSIVE SITUATION NEAR TERM BUT TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE EFFORTS, WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES, YOU HAVE TO LOOK FOR THEM AND REACT TO THEM. HAVE YOU TO TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM BEFORE THEY GO IN THE TOILET AND YOU SAY NOW WHAT?

WHAT DID I DO WRONG? NO DECISION A BAD DECISION.

THAT'S RIGHT.

WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT. .

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WELCOME BACK. I'M MIKE HOFFMAN. THIS IS ONE OF THE THUNDERSTORMS RUMBLED ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER THE PAST WEEK SHOT BY DON GREEN. THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY THUNDERSTORMS THAT CAME THROUGH THAT DAY. THERE WERE MULTIPLE REPORTS OF TORNADOES ACROSS INDIANA AND THE MIDWEST. A LOT OF US AREN'T DEALING THE WET, BUT THE DRY AREAS, IT'S AMAZING AT THE CASES OF THE HAVES AND THE HAVES NOT. WITH ALL THE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE PLAIN STATES AND THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE VALLEY, SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES ACTION ALL AREAS WET BUT THERE ARE SOME HUGE AREAS OF EXTREME DROUGHT. THIS IS EXPANDED A LOT IN THE PAST COUMARIC WOO ELKS FAR WESTERN LOUISIANA, SOUTH TEXAS AND WESTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN TEXAS, A GOOD PIECE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS IS JUST IN A HORRIBLE SITUATION. THIS IS EXTENDING INTO MANY PARTS OF NEW MEXICO NOW, NORTHWARD INTO SOUTHEAST FROM COLORADO AND SOUTHWEST FROM KANSAS. THIS COULD BE A BAD SITUATION AND ESPECIALLY AS WE WILL SHOW YOU THE WEATHER MAPS, THE RIDGE WILL START BUILDING. HERE IS THE JET STREAM, THE RIDGE BUILDING UP ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD, A TROUGH GOING UP AND OVER THE RIDGE, DIVING INTO THE NORTHEAST. THAT WILL CREATE SHOWERS AND STORMS THROUGH THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES BUT THIS IS THE BIG RIDGE AND IF THIS STARTS TO HOLD F THIS IS A PATTERN CHANGER THEN WE DON'T LOOK FOR A LOT OF RAIN IN THESE AREAS UNTIL PERHAPS TROPICAL STORMS START TO GET GOING IN THE GULF. THAT'S WHAT WE WILL HAVE TO HOPE FOR IN THAT SITUATION. LET'S GO DAY BY DAY. THERE IS NO QUESTION IT'S A BIG WARM UP FOR MANY AREAS COOL ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER. ON MONDAY, LABOR DAY A WET LABOR DAY, JUST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS AND DOWN INTO SOUTHERN PLAIN STATES, ALSO SOUTH FLORIDA, ANOTHER SYSTEM IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST BUT IT'LL BE WARM IN MANY AREAS. >>ANNOUNCER: BRIEF COOLDOWN FOR THE GREAT LAKES AS THE FRONT SAGS SOUTHWARD, THEN IT ALL GOES BACK NORTH.

THE CHEVY IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE FOR U.S. FARM REPORT. .

EARLIER THIS WEEK FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD FOR OUR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, LINDSEY HILL. SINCE HER DEATH WE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF SYMPATHIES THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE JUST STARTING TO ENJOY HER WORK. ONE MAN SAID SHE WON ME OVER THE FIRST WEEK BECAUSE OF HER CONFIDENCE AND THE KNOWLEDGEABLE WAY SHE INTERVIEWED INTERACTED THE ANALYSTS. A COUPLE WHO WATCHES FROM MAINE SAID THEY WILL MISS HER BUBBLELY PERSONALITY AND BEAUTIFUL SMILE. A VIEWER IDAHO HERS WAS A VOICE THAT WILL BE MISSED FOR ALL OF AGRICULTURE. HER DEATH HAS ALL OF US REACHING FOR MEANING TO HELP RESOLVE OUR GRIEF. FOR FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS I EXPECT ONLY TIME CAN PUT HER MEMORY IN A PATTERN THAT CAN HELP THEIR SORE SORROW. SOME OF US WILL TAKE NEW CAUTION AT SEEMINGLY EMPTY CROSSROADS. MANY OF US MAY MAKE CONTACT WITH THOSE TWO BUSY FRIENDS WE HAVEN'T SEEN FOR A WHILE. THOSE OF US WITH CHILDREN HER AGE WILL BE REMINDEDDA NEW OF THE JOY OF THEIR PRESENCE IN OUR LIVES PERHAPS EVEN TO THE POINT OF LETTING DISAGREEMENTS FADE AWAY AND THEN WE TAKE UP OUR LIVES ANEW CARRYING THE BEST OF LINDSEY WITH US. A MEMORIAL FOR LINDSEY HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED. CONTRIBUTIONS CAN BE SENT TO 1480 WEST LANE AVENUE COLUMBUS OHIO 43221. THE ADDRESS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE HOME PAGE U.S. FARM REPORT.COM.

IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR I WILL TURN THINGS OVER TO CLING TON TO FOCUS ON AGRICULTURE'S ROLE IN REBUILDING AFGHANISTAN. THE SECOND HALF IS COMING UP. .

THIS IS A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF FARM JOURNAL TELEVISION. .

HELLO AND WELCOME TO THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY. FARMERS FEEDING THE WORLD IS AN INITIATIVE LAUNCHED LATE LAST YEAR BY FARM JOURNAL FOUNDATION. THE PROGRAM HAS TAKEN GREAT LENGTHS TO SHOW HOW AGRICULTURE CAN FIGHT HUNG ERA ROUND THE GLOBE. THAT MISSION TOOK US TO AFGHANISTAN. AFGHANISTAN, IT'S A BRUTAL LANDSCAPE ACTION ALL BUT EMPTY OF LUSH FIELDS SO COMMON IN THE U.S.. IN THIS LAND WHICH HAS WITNESSED WAR AND FEELS THE PAIN OF POVERTY A FARMER TRIES TO EKE OUT AN EXISTENCE.

VERY LITTLE STRUCTURE, VERY FEW ROADS.

Reporter: ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM AND OTHERS, ARE WORKING TO PROVIDE FARMERS IN THE AREA OTHER SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL OPTIONS. IN LATE MARCH A, DELEGATION TRAVELED TO AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ TO SEE THE DEVASTATION FACING THE AREAS. LED BY HOWARD BUFFET AND HOWARD GBUFFET, ANDY WEBBER -- TRAVELED TO THESE COUNTRIES, THEY WITNESSED FOOD INSECURITY, PEOPLE LIVING WITH HUNGER, AND FACING THE CONSTANT FEAR OF STARVATION.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S SO STRIKING ABOUT THIS IS THAT HOW LITTLE CAN MEAN SO MUCH TO CERTAIN PEOPLE AND WE JUST TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.

TO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT FARMERS GOING THROUGH IN A COUNTRY LIKE AFGHANISTAN WITH THE HISTORY THEY HAVE HAD YOU CAN'T REALLY GET IT WITHOUT GOING TO TALK TO THEM.

JUST THINK ABOUT THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IF THEY CAN GET A VIBRANT AGRICULTURE IN PLACE, START OUT WITH THAT FIRST CORNER STONE OF LIFE, MAKING THEIR LIVES BETTER, CONTRIBUTING BACK INTO THE SYSTEM AND ECONOMIC VALUE THAT IT COMES BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY, BUILDS UP EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THERE IS SO MUCH BENEFIT THAT CAN COME FROM IMPROVING AGRICULTURE BUT IT HAS TO START OUT WITH NUTRITION FIRST.

IT INCLUDED TO A TWO DAY TRIP TO THE NORTHERN AREA OF IRAQ, THIS PROVIDED AN INCREDIBLE BEFORE AND AFTER COMPARISON. NORTHERN IRAQ VERSES AFGHANISTAN AS TO WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED. ON THE FRONTLINES OF THE WAR ON HUNGER THE DELEGATION WITNESSED THE CHALLENGES FACING THE FAMILIES THAT FEW OTHER AMERICAN POLITICIANS AND BUSINESS EXECUTIVES WOULD EVER VENTURE OUT TO SEE. THE MISSION IS MORE THAN JUST BAGS OF WHEAT. IT'S ABOUT AGRICULTURAL KNOW HOW AND HELP FROM FARMERS LIKE YOU.

WE WILL CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF THE TRIP IN A MOMENT. WE KNOW THAT SUCCESS WILL DEPEND ON EFFORTS HERE AT HOME. ANDREW JOINS US FROM THE GROUNDS OF THE INDY500 TO EXPLAIN.

THANK YOU. LATER IN THE SHOW WE WILL GIVE YOU A TOUR OF THE NEW FARMERS FEEDING THE WORLD MOBILE EXHIBIT DEBUTING AT THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 AND WILL REACH NEARLY A MILLION THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.

STILL TO COME COVERAGE OF THE MISSION TO AFGHANISTAN CONTINUES. HOW AFGHANISTAN PEOPLE ARE SENSING A CHANGE IN THE AIR AND SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHANGES INVOLVE WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE. THAT STORY WHEN FARMERS FEEDING ITS WORLD CONTINUE. THIS SPECIAL EDITION IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY FARMERS FEEDING THE WORLD. LEARN MORE, GIVE, DREAM HUGE WITH US, .

THE LATEST CENSUS CONDISTRICTED BY THE U.S.D.A. SHOWS WOMEN ARE PLAYING A LARGER ROLE IN AGRICULTURE, NO LONGER IS IT JUST THE WIFE MAKING MEALS AND TENDING TO THE KIDS, ON SHE IS KEEPING THE BOOKS, MANAGING THE STAFF AND LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW THE OPERATION. IN AFGHANISTAN IT'S RARE FOR WOMEN TO OWN LAND PRESIDENT THAT'S ONE EXAMPLE OF THE MANY CHANGES TAKING PLACE THROUGH FREE ENTERPRISE IN THE COUNTRY. THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN, AVERAGE LIKE SPAN, 44 YEARS. ONLY 30% ARE ALLOWED TO ATTEND SCHOOL, 87% CAN'T READ. IN A COUNTRY WHERE MARRIAGES ARE ARRANGED ONE IN THREE WILL EXPERIENCE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ABUSE. THERE IS HOPE, SINCE THE FALL OF THE TALIBAN IN 2001 WOMEN'S ROLES ARE CHANGING. TODAY WOMEN ARE PLAYING AN INCREASING ROLE IN COMMERCE, POLITICS AND AGRICULTURE. IN A SOCIETY DOMINATED BY MEN EVERY STEP IS SMALL.

CLEARLY A LOT OF WHAT WE ARE DOING IN AFGHANISTAN IS AN ATTEMPT TO BRING DEMOCRACY TO WOMEN AND GIRLS IN A CULTURE THAT'S BEEN VERY DAMAGING TO THEM.

WE ARE SEEING WOMEN EMPOWERED. WE ASKED ONE LEADER MOMENTS AGO AND SHE SAID MANY WOMEN ARE IN THE AFGHANISTAN PARLIAMENT TODAY, THEY ARE GETTING MORE SUCCESSES, MORE LEADERSHIP AND WE ARE STARTING TO SEAT BENEFITS OF THEIR INVOLVEMENT TODAY, THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITIES HERE.

INDIANA FARMER KIT TOM MET ONE WOMAN STARTING HER OWN BUSINESS.

THE CHANGES THAT THE WOMAN BRING, MONEY AND THE BENEFITS TO THE FAMILY, THE FAMILY ALSO --AND THEY GIVE US ALLOW TO GO TO WORK BECAUSE WHEN THEY SEE THE WOMAN WORKING AT THE CULTURE OR THE AFGHANISTAN CULTURE --VERY NICELY AND BRING THE MONEY AND WORKING AND IT'S ALL SUCCESSFUL AND ALSO THE FAMILY SUPPORT IT.

A VENTURE WITH CHALLENGES ON A NUMBER OF LEVELS. FOR THIS NEW WAVE OF BUSINESS PEOPLE THINGS LIKE ACCESS TO LAND MUST BE OVERCOME.

THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MEASURE THE SUCCESSES OF SOME OF THE WOMEN THAT HAVE RENTED LAND AND FINALLY WERE ABLE TO BUY IT. THERE IS NOTHING FOR THEM TO BORROW MONEY FROM A BANK IN THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW SO THEY HAVE TO EARN ENOUGH ON IT IN A FEW YEARS TO COME BACK AND TRY TO BUY IT.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIVES MANY OF THESE WOMEN NOW COMMAND RESPECT IN THE HOUSEHOLD, BECOMING BREAD WINNERS, PROVIDERS, AND THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY THEY CALL HOME. .

FARMERS ARE STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE TO CREATING THE FOOD THAT THE WORLD WILL NOW. ONE OF THOSE IS KIT. HE TOOK PART IN THE TRIP TO AFGHANISTAN AND WANTED TO SEE FIRSTHAND HOW TO TURN HIS PASSION INTO POSITIVE RESULTS. U. HE HAS BEEN AROUND THE WORLD AND THAT HELPS A LOT BECAUSE THEN YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THINGS IN A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND I THINK GETTING SOMEONE HERE FROM BACK HOME THAT HAS A FARM BACKGROUND CAN BRING A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND HELP FARMERS UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND WHY IT IS TO IMPORTANT. FARMERS ARE FEEDING A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE, LOT OF KIDS, SOMETIMES IT'S THE ONLY MEAL THEY GET.

I THINK IT'S THE BEST THING TO HAVE A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE AND WITH HOWARD'S DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND CONNECTIONS HERE WE WILL SEE THE THINGS WE THINK WE NEED TO LOOK AT AND NEED TO HELP THE PEOPLE WITH. REAL EXCITED ABOUT THE NEXT FEW DAYS. >> HOW ARE YOU? GOT YOUR UMBRELLA TODAY. GOOD SEEING YOU.

WE STARTED OFF THIS MORNING AND I THINK IT WAS THE GREATEST WAY TO START OUT, WITH THE CHILDREN. WE LOOK AT THE SCHOOLS AND THERE IS A BUILDING NONE OF US WOULD HAVE PAID MORE THAN A THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR AND I'M GUESSING THERE WAS MAYBE SEVERAL HUNDRED CHILDREN THERE, A LOT OF THEM AGING PROBABLY FROM SEVEN TO PROBABLY 13, 14.

THE DEMAND IS OVERWHELMING. WE NEED TO TAKE AWAY FROM HERE AND GO HOME AND COME UP WITH DECISIONS, ACTIONS TO HELP THEM.

FIRST WE HAVE SEEN THE GIRLS GIVING THE TEN KILOS OF WHEAT. THEY HAVE SEEN US PACKAGING IT UP, PUTTING IT IN THEIR BAGS FOR THEM TO TAKE HOME. I THINK IT GOES TO SHOW THE GREAT IMPORTANCE THAT IS TIED BETWEEN NUTRITION AND EDUCATION. THE TWO GO HAND IN HAND IN IMPROVING LIFE IN AFGHANISTAN AND ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. YOU CAN JUST SEE A LOT OF PRIDE IN THE GIRL'S FACE WHEN THEY WERE GIVEN THEIR 22 POUNDS OF WHEAT TO TAKE HOME. THEY WERE BRINGING SOMETHING HOME. THEY WERE ADDING VALUE TO THEIR LIFE. SOME OF THEM PROBABLY WALK -- MAYBE TWO, THREE KILOMETERS HOME THAT DAY BUT WITH SMILES ON THEIR FACE.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS.

STILL AHEAD, WE WILL HAVE MORE ON OUR TRIP TO AFGHANISTAN AS WE LOOK AT THE PROGRESS THAT IS BEING MADE TO HELP REBUILD THE AREA FROM THE GROUND UP. LATER FARMERS FEEDING ITS WORLD PUTTS ITS MESSAGE ON WHEELS. .

THE FOCUS IS CLEAR, TO FEED THOSE IN IMMEDIATE NEED AND TO TEACH THE HUNGRY HOW TO FEED THEMSELVES. TO DO SO WILL REQUIRE THE EXPERIENCE AND WILLINGNESS OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE TO LEAD THE WA . [ MUSIC ] .

A TEAR IN THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE WORLD WHATEVER ELSE WE KNOW, A NUTRITIONOUS ANDSELF SUSTAINING SUPPLY OF FOOD IS THE SINGLE MOST CRITICAL PART TO LONG TERM STABILITY AND VERY EXISTENCE OF MILLIONS OF MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN .

WHEN THE HOWARD G BUFFET FOUNDATION, THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM AND FARM JOURNAL FOUNDATION VISITED IT WAS IN PLACES WHERE FEW OTHER LEADERS OF WORLD WOULD EVER GO. WHERE BRUTAL TALIBAN LEADERS ONCE CHASED FARMERS AWAY AND DESTROYED THEIR CENTURY OLD BUDDHAS, TO WHERE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE THAN EVER BEFORE ARE ATTENDING AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE.

TO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT FARMERS ARE GOING THROUGH, CAN'T REALLY GET IT UNLESS YOU GO TALK TO THEM.

WHERE POPPY FIELDS HAVE BEEN REPLACED SAFFRON THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE SPICE, WHERE IF YOU WAYS TO STORE CROPS, FOOD PROCESSING CENTERS AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT ARE BEGINNING TO CREATE JOBS AND FEED A STARVING POPULATION.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S SO STRIKING IS HOW SO LITTLE CAN MEAN SO MUCH AND WE JUST TAKE FOR GRANTED.

WHERE HOWARD BUFFET DONATED AN IRRIGATION SYSTEM SO FARMERS CAN SOME DAY IMPROVE YIELDS.

IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE HERE NOT BECAUSE IT DOESN'T GO ON ELSEWHERE BUT BECAUSE IT'S AN AREA OF CONFLICT AND THIS REALLY SHOWS THE NEED.

WHERE FAMILIES SEND THEIR LITTLE GIRLS TO SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME, BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE YOU, ME ARE DONATING BAGS OF WHEAT TO THEIR FAMILIES. AND WOMEN IN GENERAL, ARE BEING ELECTED TO OFFICE, STARTING AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES AND BECOMING BREAD WINNERS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.

AGRICULTURE IS ONE OF THE MOST BASIC THINGS IN THE WORLD, WE DON'T THINK ABOUT THAT -- BECAUSE WE COULD HAVE [INAUDIBLE] SAY WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM AND THEY SAY THE GROCERY STORE BUT IT DOESN'T, IT HAS TO GET THERE. WE JUST DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT FOOD THE WAY MOST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, THOSE FIVE AND A HALF BILLION OTHER PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT.

A PLACE WHERE AGRICULTURE INVESTMENT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

YOU CAN JUST SEE A LOT OF PRIDE IN THE GIRL'S FACE THIS WHEN THEY ARE GIVEN THEIR WHEAT TO TAKE HOME, THEY WERE BRINGING SOMETHING HOME.

ALL OF THIS FROM THE GROUND UP BECAUSE WITHOUT FOOD THERE IS NOTHING ELSE.

THE TRUTH IS THAT IT'S A HUGE POPULATION OF BILLIONS OF PEOPLE THAT DEPEND ON AGRICULTURE TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY WILL GET THROUGH THE WEEK AND MONTH.

IF THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE IN THE WORLD, IT'S ALSO THE MOST HOPEFUL, THE DIFFERENCE IS AGRICULTURE.

AGRICULTURE IS A KEY PART OF HOW THE WORLD IS GOING TO DEVELOP STILL AND MANY YEARS TO COME.

THE DIFFERENCE IS YOU. FARMERS FEEDING THE WORLD.

WE CAN'T TURN OUR BACKS ON THEM. THEY MAKE UP PART OF THE --THE REST OF US DO. THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE HOWARD G BUFFET FOUNDATION. .

A CALL TO ACTION, NOT ONLY TO FOOD PRODUCERS BUT CONSUMERS, DREW REJOINS US TO TALK ABOUT A SPECIAL EXHIBIT THAT WILL TOUR THE COUNTRY TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THE EFFORTS.

THE FARMERS FEEDING THE WORLD EXHIBIT DEBUT THIS IS WEEKEND AT THE INDIANAPOLIS 500. IT'LL REACH A MILLION PEOPLE WITH STOPS IN NASHVILLE AND THE TASTE OF CHICAGO. IT TELLS THE STORY OF AGRICULTURE AND THE NEED TO GROW FOOD FOR NEARLY NINE BILLION PEOPLE BY THE YEAR 2050. INSIDE YOU ARE ASKED TO DREAM HUGE WITH US TO MEET THE NEED OF A GROWING POPULATION. AS PEOPLE GO IN THEY LEARN THE STORY OF AGRICULTURE, IT'S A STORY WE MAY KNOW WELL BUT MANY ACROSS THE NATION ARE SEVERAL GENERATIONS REMOVE FROM THE FARM. IT'S A STORY OF AFFORDABLE FOOD AND NUTRITION, HERE AT HOME AND MEETING THE NEEDS FOR A GROWING PLANET AROUND THE WORLD. WORLDWIDE NEARLY A BILLION PEOPLE GO TO BED HUNGRY. IN THE U.S. NEARLY ONE IN SIX DON'T HAVE THEIR NEEDS MET. THAT MEANS THE CITY THE SIZE OF LOS ANGELES NEARLY TWO AND A HALF MILLION PEOPLE GO TO BED HUNGRY. RIGHT NOW ONE FARMER FEEDS ABOUT 150 PEOPLE BUT BY THE YEAR 2050 HE WILL HAVE TO FEED OVER 250. THE EXHIBIT SHARES THE STORY OF THOSE NEEDS AND HOW WE WILL MEET THEM IN THE FUTURE. WHILE THE WORK HAS BEEN IMPRESSIVE WE KNOW BY 2050 WE WILL NEED TO GROW 70% MORE FOOD, HOW FARMERS FEEDING THE WORLD GOING TO ACCOMPLISH THAT? PART IS THROUGH EDUCATION, TELLING THE STORY THROUGH MOBILE EXHIBITS LIKE THIS. IT'S ALSO HELPING FARMERS AND RANCHERS BEING ABLE TO GROW THE FOOD HERE IN THIS NATION TO MEET DEMAND AND WE ARE WORKING TO HELP FARMERS MEET DEMANDS IN THEIR OWN AREAS AND WORKING WITH GROUPS. WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US HERE AT THE MOBILE EXHIBIT OR AT COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NASHVILLE OR THE TASTE OF CHICAGO. TO SEE ALL OF THE TOOLS WE USE GO TO FARMERS FEEDING THE WORLD.ORG. WE HOPE YOU WILL DREAM HUGE WITH US.

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY. OUR TEAM TRAVELED TO AFGHANISTAN TO SEE HOW IT CAN HELP BRING FOOD STABILITY TO THAT NATION. WE KNOW THAT THE SUCCESS OF THIS PROGRAM AND THE ABILITY OF AMERICAN FARMERS TO FEED THE GLOBE DEPENDS ON EFFORTS HERE AT HOME AND HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE. BY POOLING YOUR MONEY WITH OTHERS THE IMPACT CAN BE HUGE. YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL DIRECTLY SUPPORT OS THAT HAVE A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF PROVIDING SUCCESSFUL HUNGER SOLUTIONS, FOR ALL OF U, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING, AND THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING FARMERS FEEDING THE WORLD.

 

 

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