AgDay Daily Recap - December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 8, 2017


HEADLINES
THE U.S. ECONOMY MAY BE HOT, BUT RURAL AMERICACONTINUES TO SPUTTER. PLUS THE BUSINESS OF CHRISTMAS TREES. IN AGRIBUSINESS...LIVESTOCK HERDS ARE GETTING  BIGGER. FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV CONTINUES TO TALK TOW  STRAP SAFETY. AND NEW CONNECTIONS BETWEEN HUNGER AND  POLITICAL TURMOIL. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG  LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

RURAL ECONOMY
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WITH A STOCK MARKET SETTING RECORDS AND  UNEMPLOYMENT AT A 17 YEAR LOW OF 4 POINT 1  PERCENT THE NATION'S ECONOMY LOOKS ROBUST. BUT THE STORY IN RURAL AMERICA IS DIFFERENT  ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT.  THIS COMES TO US FROM OUR REPORTING PARTNERS  OVER AT DROVERS. ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS AMERICA'S RURAL COUNTIES HAD 770-THOUSAND  FEWER JOBS IN OCTOBER THAN THEY DID IN 2007--JUST  BEFORE THE START OF THE GREAT RECESSION. SINCE THEN URBAN AREAS HAVE FAIRED MUCH  BETTER...RECOVERING MORE QUICKLY. ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THERE ARE JUST OVER 9  MILLION MORE JOBS IN THE U.S. NOW THAN IN 2007, BUT  NEARLY 90 PERCENT OF THAT GAIN HAS BEEN IN URBAN  AREAS OF A MILLION PEOPLE OR MORE. THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS SAYS THE TOTAL  NUMBER OF PEOPLE LOOKING FOR A JOB IN RURAL  COUNTIES HAS DROPPED BY MORE THAN 1 MILLION  PEOPLE. A SPUTTERING FARM ECONOMY ISN'T HELPING. ANALYSTS SAY STRESS IS GOING TO BE VERY REGIONAL  IN THE YEAR AHEAD. EHMKE SAYS DIVERSIFICATION COULD HELP AND IF  NOTHING ELSE LOOK FOR AN OFF FARM JOB. TRADE CONTINUING TO BE A MAJOR SUPPORTER OF  THE FARM AND RURAL ECONOMIES IN THE LAST COUPLE  OF YEARS. JUST LOOKING AT NAFTA, A NEW REPORT FROM NEBRASKA FARM  BUREAU SHOWS THAT PULLING OUT OF THE TRADE PACT  COULD COST THE STATE'S FARMS MILLIONS OF  DOLLARS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN PHELPS COUNTY ON A PER FARM OR  RANCH BASIS -- THE TRADE AGREEMENT IS ESTIMATED  TO BE WORTH MORE THAN $55-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO  THE AVERAGE OPERATION.  NEBRASKA PRESIDENT STEVE NELSON SAYS THE IDEA  OF WITHDRAWING FROM NAFTA IS UNFATHOMABLE  ADDING THAT IT WOULD BE A DISASTER FOR NEBRASKA  AND AMERICAN AGRICULTURE.

CANADIAN SOFT LUMBER
SPEAKING OF CANADIAN TRADE, THE U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION VOTING  THURSDAY THAT CANADIAN SOFTWOOD LUMBER  IMPORTS ARE HURTING THE AMERICAN LUMBER  INDUSTRY. THE AGENCY VOTING 4 TO 0, SIDING WITH THE U.S.  LUMBER COALITION SAYING CANADA UNFAIRLY  SUBSIDIZES ITS PRODUCERS. CANADIAN PRODUCERS WILL PAY A COMBINED  COUNTERVAILING AND ANTI-DUMPING RATE OF ABOUT  20 PERCENT. TRADE DATA FROM USDA SHOWS CANADIAN SOFTWOOD  IMPORTS FELL EIGHT PER CENT FOR FIRST NINE  MONTHS OF 2017, COMPARED TO 2016.

 

A DENVER POST REPORT SAYS THE MASSIVE OGALLALA  AQUIFER IS DRYING UP. THE POST REPORTING THAT ITS ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL  DATA SHOWS THE OGALLALA SHRANK TWICE AS FAST  OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS COMPARED WITH THE  PREVIOUS 60. IT SAYS STREAMS IN THE 8 STATE ARE DRYING UP AT A  RATE OF 6 MILES PER YEAR AND SOME FISH ARE  DISAPPEARING.  IN JUNE THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SAYS THE  AQUIFER LOST NEARLY 11 MILLION ACRE-FEET OF  STORAGE BETWEEN 2013 AND 2015.

CROP COMMENTS
COLD WEATHER DRAPING ACROSS MUCH OF THE  LOWER 48 THIS WEEK. AND THAT INCLUDES SOME SNOW. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS MORE IN TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. WINTER HAS ARRIVED IN THE GREAT LAKES. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PICTURE FROM REESE FARM ON  TWITTER. THEY ARE TRYING TO FINISH UP FIELD WORK BEFORE  THE GROUND GETS HARD NEAR LANSING MICHIGAN. THEY SAY THEY JUST GOT STARTED RIPPING AGAIN  LAST SUNDAY. IT HAD BEEN SIX WEEKS SINCE THE TRACTOR HAD RUN  BECAUSE FIELDS WERE SO WET.  SO FAR, THERE'S JUST A LITTLE BIT OF FROST. WITH 2 TO 3 DAYS WORTH OF WORK LEFT, THEY SAY IT'S  GOING TO BE CLOSE  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP TODAY THE  DROUGHT MONITOR YOU CAN SEE IT'S GETTING EVEN  WORSE IN ARKANSAS AND SURROUNDING STATES WE'LL  TALK ABOUT THAT COMING UP AND HAVE YOUR  FORECAST BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN  TEMPS FARM JOURNAL ON AIR IS THE GO-TO APP FOR AMERICAN  AGRICULTURE.  AGDAY, AGRITALK, U.S. FARM REPORT AND MORE -  24/7 ACCESS TO ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS. TV AND RADIO...IN YOUR  HANDS, ON DEMAND.  FARM JOURNAL ON AIR - DOWNLOAD THE APP  TODAY. 

TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS TREE GROWER
FOR CHRISTMAS TREE FARMERS THROUGH-OUT THE  COUNTRY, IT'S "GO TIME". THEY HAVE ABOUT TWO  WEEKS LEFT BEFORE CHRISTMAS ARRIVES.  IN THIS REPORT FROM THE U-T INSTITUTE OF AG,  CHARLES DENNEY TAKES US TO A TREE FARM WHERE  THE OWNER IS PULLING DOUBLE DUTY.WHEN YOU VISIT THE MARK 4 CHRISTMAS TREE FARM IN COOKEVILLE,  PREPARE TO SPEND SOME TIME BROWSING THE MERCHANDISE. IT'S NOT EASY TO PICK THE PERFECT TREE WHEN YOU HAVE SO MANY  OPTIONS. THERE'S MORE THAN A THOUSAND TREES HERE – A HALF DOZEN  DIFFERENT TYPES. "THE TWO BIG ONES TO US ARE THE EASTERN WHITE PINE BECAUSE A LOT  OF FOLKS LIKE THOSE SOFT NEEDLES THAT ARE EASY TO DECORATE. BUT FOR  FOLKS THAT HAVE THE LARGER, HEAVIER ORNAMENTS, THEY LIKE A STIFFER  TREE, SO THE NORWAY SPRUCE OR THE CANAAN FIR COMES IN BECAUSE  THEY'VE GOT STIFFER LIMBS, EASIER TO HOLD UP THE BIG ORNAMENTS." OWNER ALLEN  GALLOWAY GETS READY FOR THE COMING SEASON,  WITH CHRISTMAS 2017 HIS 25TH YEAR IN BUSINESS.  HE KNOWS TREES AS WELL AS THE MONEY SIDE OF AGRICULTURE. HIS  OTHER CAREER IS AREA FARM MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST WITH UT  EXTENSION, SERVING FARMERS IN THIS AREA OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE.  HOWEVER, UNLIKE A SEASONAL ROW CROP, GROWING CHRISTMAS TREES  IS A LONG TERM PROJECT – PATIENCE REQUIRED THROUGH YEARS OF  DIFFERENT GROWING CONDITIONS. (ALAN GALLOWAY) "TO GET A SEVEN TO EIGHT FOOT TREE, YOU'RE  LOOKING AT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN FIVE AND EIGHT YEARS FOR MOST  VARIETIES, A FEW MIGHT TAKE JUST A LITTLE LONGER THAN THAT." "THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAYS WE HAVE MORE THAN 100  CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS ACROSS TENNESSEE. MANY OFFER CUSTOMERS  THE OPTION OF CUTTING THEIR OWN, SELECTING ONE THAT'S ALREADY CUT  OR PICKING ONE THAT'S ALREADY BURLAPPED TO TRANSPLANT AFTER THE  SEASON."   AS FOR THOSE OTHER TREE FARMS, CHANCES ARE THEY'RE  GROWING A NICE PRODUCT. TENNESSEE'S CLIMATE WORKS WELL FOR TREE PRODUCTION. "PRACTICALLY ANYWHERE IN THE STATE CAN GROW SOME VARIETIES.  THERE'S CERTAIN VARIETIES THAT WILL GROW BETTER IN WEST TENNESSEE - THE VIRGINIA PINES, THE LELAND CYPRESS, FOR EXAMPLE, BECAUSE  THEY CAN STAND THE HOT WEATHER JUST A LITTLE BETTER. BUT MIDDLE AND  EAST TENNESSEE, WE'VE GOT A LARGE NUMBER OF VARIETIES THAT WILL  GROW FAIRLY WELL IN MOST OF OUR CONDITIONS. NEXT YEAR, ALAN WILL REPLANT MORE TREES FOR FUTURE SEASONS.  MEANTIME, HE EXPECTS A BUSY FEW WEEKS. SO YES, YOU MAY HAVE A HARD TIME FINALLY MAKING UP YOUR MIND  HERE. BUT CHANCES ARE PRETTY GOOD YOU WON'T GO WRONG WITH ANY  CHOICE. THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING,  ) THANKS CHARLES.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK LIVESTOCK MARKETS  AND GROWING HERD SIZES WITH JULIANNE JOHNSTON  OF PRO FARMER. PLUS, PART TWO OF TOW STRAP SAFETY ON FARM  JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. AND LATER, THE U.N. RELEASING FRESH PERSPECTIVE  ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN HUNGER AND  POLITICAL INSTABILITY AROUND THE WORLD.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS SOYBEANS WERE IN A SLIDE DURING  EARLY TRADE THURSDAY. LETS SEE WHERE THINGS FINISHED UP FROM THE  FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. 0WE WERE SEEING CORN REVERT RIGHT BACK TO THAT 350 LEVEL. THIS  WAS A BIG MAGNET IN THE MARKET FOR THAT DECEMBER CONTRACT. AND  I THINK HE'S GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE FOR THIS MARCH CONTRACT.  THERE'S PRETTY GOOD SUPPORT DOWN HERE I THINK 348 THE 350 I  THINK OFFERS SOME VALUE GOING INTO THE BRAZILIAN AND ARGENTINIAN  CROP PROGRESSION. I THINK THERE ARE SOME WEATHER CONCERNS  SURROUNDING LA NIÑA THAT COULD LOWER SOME POTENTIAL YIELDS THERE  AND PROVIDE SOME PREMIUM TO THE MARKET. NOW ON THE SOYBEAN  SIDE OF THINGS WE SAW A BIG WHOOSH LOWER YESTERDAY CLOSE THAT  GAP 995 AND THREE QUARTERS NOW EXCITE THE MARKET WANTING TO  MAKE ITS WAY BACK TO THE 50 PERCENT RETRACEMENT ON THE YEAR  AND THE 100 DAY MOVING AVERAGE EXCUSE ME A 50 DAY MOVING  AVERAGE THAT COMES IN BETWEEN 984 AND 988 THINK THIS POCKET  REPRESENTS GOOD VALUE ON THE FIRST TEST. HOWEVER WE DO WINGARD  DOWN HERE AND CLOSED DOWN HERE POTENTIALLY OPENS THE DOOR TO  SOME LONG LIQUIDATION FROM THE FUNDS. THE CATTLE MARKET HAS  BEEN UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE OVER THE PAST FIVE WORKING ON  SUCCESSION. IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO GET SOME EXHAUSTION AND  POTENTIALLY A LITTLE SHORT COVERING RALLY. IT'S BEEN ALL OVER SOPE WITH  BLUE LINE FUTURES FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME.

AGRIBUSINESS
BIG HERDS AND INCREASING NUMBERS OF BOTH  CATTLE AND HOGS HAS ANALYSTS TAKING A CLOSER  LOOK AT MARKET EXPECTATIONS. TYNE MORGAN HAS MORE IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS FROM  THE ROAD. HERE NOW WITH JULIANNE JOHNSON OF PROFARMER. JULIANNE WE'VE  BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS GROWING PROTEIN SUPPLY. I MEAN  IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS IN THE LATEST CATTLE ON FEED REPORT. WHEN  YOU LOOK AT THAT THE AMOUNT OF HOGS THAT WE HAVE ON HAND NEAR  RECORD LEVELS IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE THAT SLOWING DOWN. YOU KNOW  WE'RE GOING TO SEE PRODUCTION GROW IN THE RANGE OF AROUND 4  PERCENT FOR BOTH BEEF PRODUCTION AND PORK PRODUCTION IN 2018.  THAT PUTS A LOT MORE PRESSURE ON DEMAND RIGHT TIME. BUT WE'VE  GOT SOME GOOD THINGS GOING ON WITH DEMAND. WE HAVE GROWTH IN  DOMESTIC DEMAND BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMY IS GETTING SPURRED  AND YOU KNOW WE'RE IN A PERIOD RIGHT NOW WHERE BEEF DEMAND  SHOULD SEE ANOTHER SPURT FOR THE HOLIDAYS. SO WE SHOULD  CONTINUE TO KEEP SUPPLIES FAIRLY CURRENT IN THE PIPELINE RUNNING  PRETTY SMOOTHLY AND YOU KNOW KEEP MOVING FORWARD IS GOING TO  BE THE DOLLAR. AND OF COURSE LIKE I SAID THE ECONOMY BUT THE  DOLLAR'S RELATIVELY LOW SPECIALLY WHEN YOU COMPARE IT WHERE IT  WAS A YEAR AGO AND THAT SHOULD HELP GET GROWTH IN THE EXPORT  MARKETS USDA IS PROJECTING GROWTH IN BOTH BEEF EXPORTS IMPORT  EXPORTS IN 2018. SO IT'S GOING TO BE KEY. THE OTHER KEY IS TO KEEP  YOUR FEEDLOTS CURRENT. WE'VE GOT TO KEEP THESE GUYS KEEPING  THEIR CATTLE AND THEIR HOG MARKETINGS CURRENT BECAUSE EXTRA  WEIGHT IS GOING TO ADD AN EXTRA TONNAGE AND MORE PRESSURE ON  DEMAND I SEE THAT AS A REAL KEY IN 2018 BUT LOOKING AT DEMAND  TODAY LOOKING AT SUPPLY TODAY DO YOU THINK THE DEMAND IS  ENOUGH TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PRICES THROUGH SPRING. I THINK WHAT  WE'RE GOING TO SEE ESPECIALLY IN SPRING WE GET THAT LITTLE DEMAND  SPURT BEFORE WE GET INTO GRILLING SEASON THERE SHOULD BE A REALLY  GOOD OPPORTUNITY POSSIBLY TO ADD SOME HEDGES PERHAPS BUT  WHAT I'M REALLY SEEING RIGHT NOW IS PRICES STEADY TO LOWER THAN  LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF A LITTLE BIT OF GROWTH IN PRODUCTION. PUT A  LITTLE MORE PRESSURE ON DEMAND SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO KEEP  PRICES NOT TOO FAR AWAY FROM WHERE THEY'VE BEEN IN 2017. AND  REAL QUICK HOG PRICES ARE THE SAME THING I THINK IS STEADY TO  LOWER THAN WHERE WE WERE A YEAR AGO AND THE CATTLE AND THE HOG  MARKET. ALL RIGHT JULIANNE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. LET'S  TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND THEN WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A CHECK OF  WEATHER.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN  AND LOOKING AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR MIKE. BUT I THINK ONE OF THE  MOST INTERESTING PARTS OF THIS STORY IS WHERE THE MOISTURE IS GOING  TO BE AND IS GOING SOUTH OF THE REALLY BAD DROUGHT IN ARKANSAS.  BUT THERE'S GOING TO BE SNOW ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE GULF COAST  ACCORDING TO OUR MODEL. KIND OF AMAZING. BUT FIRST THE DROUGHT  MONITOR IF YOU'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS YOU'VE NOTICE THAT THIS HAS  JUST BEEN EXPANDING IN ARKANSAS MISSOURI PARTS OF OKLAHOMA  TEXAS NORTHERN LOUISIANA. GOING BACK ONE MONTH TO SEE HOW  MUCH SMALLER THAT AREA WAS BUT WE WERE ALREADY CONCERNED  ABOUT IT. IT'S JUST GOTTEN WORSE IT'S ALSO GOTTEN WORSE IN THE  CAROLINAS. KIND OF STAYED THE SAME UP ACROSS THE DAKOTAS INTO  MONTANA. BUT YOU CAN SEE OVER THE LAST FOUR WEEKS AS WE GO  WEEK BY WEEK WE'VE JUST SEEN THIS AREA EXPANDING IN THE  SOUTHEASTERN PLAINS WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER SO THAT'S A  CONCERN AS WE HEAD THROUGH A WINTER THE CURRENT PATTERN EXCUSE  ME WOULD NOT BRING YOU MUCH MOISTURE AS WE HEAD THROUGH  TIME. NOW YOU'RE GETTING A LOT OF MOISTURE DOWN TO THE SOUTH AS  YOU CAN SEE WITH THIS SYSTEM. AND HERE'S WHERE OUR COMPUTER  MODEL SHOWS SNOW ALL THE WAY TO THE COAST IN LOUISIANA. NOW  JANUARY ONCE IN A WHILE THAT HAPPENS. BUT THIS IS UNUSUAL FOR THIS  TIME OF THE YEAR. THIS A PRETTY POTENT STORM SYSTEM MOST OF IT'S  GOING TO BE RAIN. YOU'RE NOT TALKING BIG ACCUMULATIONS ON THE  NORTH SIDE OF THIS BUT SOME AREAS WILL GET SOME ON THE GRASS. I  DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY DOUBT THIS MORNING. AND IN THIS STORM  SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTHEAST. NOW THAT'S A DECENT  STORM SYSTEM AS WELL COMING INTO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES. THIS  FIRST ONE DIDN'T AMOUNT TO TOO MUCH IT'S PUTTING DOWN A LITTLE BIT OF  SNOW IN EASTERN GREAT LAKES SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF CANADA THERE.  BUT THIS SYSTEM HERE WILL CONTINUE TO DIVE THROUGH THE GREAT  LAKES SO SOME AREAS ARE WAY FROM THE LAKES WILL GET SOME LIGHT  SNOW ONE TO THREE INCHES. BUT LAKE EFFECT AREAS MAY GET OVER  HALF A FOOT IN SOME AREAS. HIGH PRESSURE THOUGH YOU CAN SEE BY  TOMORROW MORNING KIND OF DOMINATING THE WESTERN HALF OF THE  COUNTRY. WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI MOST OF THESE ARE PRETTY COLD AIR  MASSES AS WELL. YOU CAN SEE THAT STORM SYSTEM THEN BY LATE IN  THE DAY TOMORROW STILL JUST KIND OF TOUCHING THE FAR SOUTHEASTERN  PORTIONS OF NEW ENGLAND WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW AND RAIN.  THERE'S THE RAINFALL ESTIMATE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATIONS SHOULD SAY  PAST 24 HOURS. ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 YOU SEE PARTS OF FLORIDA  PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST GET TWO INCHES OR MORE OF RAINFALL OR  MELTED SNOW. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT'S ALL SNOW ACROSS THE GREAT  LAKES AND WE'LL ADD ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS YOU CAN SEE JUST A  LITTLE BIT ON THE NORTHERN FRINGE OF THE RAIN DOWN SOUTH BUT MOST OF  IT'S GOING TO BE IN THE GREAT LAKES AREA. HIGH TEMPERATURES  TODAY ONLY IN THE 30S AND 20S IN THOSE AREAS WHERE IT'S SNOWING  LOWS TONIGHT INTO THE MID 30S ALL THE WAY TO NEW ORLEANS. THAT'S  AMAZING AS WELL AND VERY COLD AIR COMING INTO THE NORTHERN  PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY AGAIN TOMORROW ALL BECAUSE OF THESE  SHOTS OF ENERGY COMING IN THE JET STREAMING SEE HOW IT JUST  KEEPS THE TROUGH AND THE EAST RIDGE IN THE WEST SO THE FAR WEST  CONTINUES TO BE ON THE MILD SIDE EVERYBODY ELSE IS KIND OF COLD.  THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL  FORECASTS. WE HAD TO EUGENE OREGON FIRST OF ALL AREAS OF FOG  THEN SUNSHINE. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 48 DEGREES. DENTON TEXAS  LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND A BIT MILDER HIGH OF 53 AND ROCHESTER NEW  YORK MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A FEW FLURRIES AROUND HIGH AROUND 35  DEGREES.  THANKS MIKE.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, IT'S NOT THE JUST THE STRAP  THAT'S IMPORTANT TO SAFETY WHILE GETTING  UNSTUCK. FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV IS NEXT. AND LATER, THE CONNECTION BETWEEN HUNGER,  FOOD SECURITY AND POLITICAL TURMOIL.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
WITH WINTER WEATHER, SNOW AND MUD THE  SEASONAL NORM--GETTING UNSTUCK IS USUALLY IN  THE CARDS AT SOME POINT. BUT PULLING TRUCKS, TRAILERS AND MACHINERY WITH  THE RIGHT TOOLS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN  YOUR SAFETY WHILE DOING THE JOB. HERE'S PURDUE UNIVERSITY'S FRED WHITFORD. 0I HAD TO LEARN SOMETHING I THOUGHT WAS PRETTY COOL I THOUGHT YOU  KNOW IF YOU LOOKED AT THESE KINDS OF LOTS OF THINGS THAT WE HAVE  ON THE FARMS. RIGHT. AND THESE ARE JUST LIKE TYPICAL CLEVIS. YOU'VE  GOT A PLAN. YOU'VE GOT A PLAN THAT GOES THROUGH IT. AND THE ONLY  THING THAT HOLDS THIS TOGETHER IS THIS PIN RIGHT. SO WHEN YOU ARE  PULLING WHEN YOU HAVE THIS WHEN YOU HAVE THIS YOU KNOW IN  PLACE AND YOU ARE PULLING WITH THIS LOTS OF TIMES THIS THIS GETS TOLD  AND IT ACTUALLY PULLS THAT OUT KNOCKS THE PIANO OUT AND THEN  SLINGS THIS OH. THIS HAS KILLED MORE FARMERS GOING THROUGH  WINDSHIELDS HITTING THEM IN THE HEAD HITTING THEM IN THE CHEST.  THESE ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. THEY'RE NOT MEANT FOR WHAT  WE'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS IS A SMALL ONE.  THESE ARE CALLED SHACKLES. OK. AND THESE ARE IF YOU NOTICE HOW  THEY'RE MADE THEY'RE MADE MUCH DIFFERENTLY UNDER THREAT. THAT'S  CORRECT. OK. VERSUS JUST HAVING A PEN THAT'S GOING THROUGH. OK  SO HAVING THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. THIS ONE HERE  THAT WAS SO RIGHT WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE FARMERS BUY SOME OF  THESE SHACKLES PEOPLE SO HOW DO YOU KNOW THEY'RE STRONGER. I  SAID WELL THE OWNER I KNOW PEOPLE WHO OPERATE CRANES AND THIS  IS HOW THEY HOPE TO PIECES THE CRANES TOGETHER. AND THEY TELL ME  THERE'S NO DOUBT THEY'RE NOT EVEN CLOSE THAT THESE ARE SO MUCH  STRONGER SO MUCH BETTER. AND SO WHAT I'D LIKE TO SEE OUR FARMERS  DO IS TO AT LEAST LOOK ONLINE LOOK UP RECOVERY STROKES RECOVERY  ROPES RECOVERY STRAPS GET THE SHACKLES THAT'S GOING TO BE GET THE  WEIGHTS THAT'S GOING TO PULL THEIR EQUIPMENT OUT. 

TEASE
TACKLING THE ISSUE OF GLOBAL HUNGER--INCLUDING  WHAT NEW RESEARCH SAYS IS A MAIN CAUSE--NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
FOOD SECURITY OR INSECURITY IS STILL A MAJOR  ISSUE FOR OUR NATION AND PRETTY MUCH ALL OTHERS- -EVEN WITHIN THE MOST DEVELOPED OF ECONOMIES. EARLIER THIS YEAR WE TOLD YOU ABOUT LUKE BRYAN  AND SPONSOR BAYER AND THEIR "HERE'S TO THE  FARMER" CAMPAIGN ON BRYAN'S ANNUAL FARM TOUR. THEY JUST ANNOUNCED THE EFFORT PROVIDED MORE  THAN ONE MILLION MEALS TO HUNGRY FAMILIES  ACROSS AMERICA. AND AS I SAID THIS ISN'T JUST AN AMERICAN ISSUE--FAR  FROM IT. ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT FROM THE WORLD  FOOD PROGRAM-- FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE, THE NUMBER OF  HUNGRY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD IS ON THE RISE. IN 2016, 815 MILLION PEOPLE WERE UNDERNOURISHED  AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ACUTELY FOOD- INSECURE-- OR IN NEED OF EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE--  ROSE FROM 80 MILLION IN 2016 TO 108 MILLION IN  2017—A 35 PERCENT INCREASE IN A SINGLE YEAR. THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM ALSO REVEALING WHAT IT  BELIEVES IS THE STRONG CONNECTION BETWEEN  HUNGER AND GOVERNMENT INSTABILITY. IT SAYS ABOUT 80% OF COUNTRIES THAT WERE  SEVERELY FOOD INSECURE IN 2016 ALSO WERE  CLASSIFIED POLITICALLY AS "FRAGILE" OR "EXTREMELY  FRAGILE." IT ECHOS WHAT PEOPLE LIKE HOWARD G BUFFETT HAVE  BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS. TODAY MORE THAN 65 MILLION PEOPLE ARE DISPLACED  BECAUSE OF VIOLENCE, CONFLICT AND  PERSECUTION—MORE THAN ANY OTHER TIME SINCE  WORLD WAR II. AND OFTEN -- ACCORDING TO THE WORLD FOOD  PROGRAM-- THE DRIVER OF THAT VIOLENCE AND  CONFLICT CAN BE TRACED STRAIGHT BACK TO  AGRICULTURE--DROUGHT, COMPETITION FOR LAND OR  WATER, WEATHER AND FOOD PRICE VOLATILITY. ITS A VICIOUS CYCLE...WITH VERY FEW QUICK, SIMPLE  OR EVEN EASY ANSWERS.  DOES IT MEAN WE DON'T TRY? OF COURSE NOT--WE'RE FARMERS, WE'RE RANCHERS,  WE'RE GROWERS AND AGRIBUSINESSES.  IF WE CARE ABOUT THE FOOD WE PRODUCE AND THE  PEOPLE WE'RE PRODUCING IT FOR--THEN THIS IS A  CHALLENGE WORTH FACING. THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AND EVEN IN TOUGH ECONOMIC  TIMES-- LETS REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE LESS AND  DO OUR BEST TO GIVE MORE FROM THE ABUNDANCE OF  AMERICA'S FARM COUNTRY.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE  GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  

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