This Week in Agribusiness, December 17, 2016

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong share reports on the new Ambassador to China, the Renewable Fuel Standard, crop production and swine health in this week's episode.

Part 1

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong open this week's show insight from Secretary of Agriculture on President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Ambassador to China - Gov. Terry Branstad. Brad Greenway, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, talks about the group's Faces of Farming and Ranching Program. In This Week's Farm Challenge of the Week Kyle Dopp, sales agronomist, Heartland Co-op talks about soybean Sudden Death Syndrome. And Farm Broadcaster Mike Hergert, Red River Farm Network, Grand Forks, N.D., talks about issues for that parts of the country, including the rumor that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. has been listed as a candidate for Secretary of Agriculture.

Part 2

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong look at the commodities markets with Naomi Blohm, Stewart-Peterson. In Samuelson Sez, Orion Samuelson offers his take on what farmers want for Christmas - and he's not talking about things you can buy. And Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the Western United States.

Part 3

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong share a report from Lynn Ketelsen looking at the Renewable Fuel Standard volume rules set by EPA - at 15 billion gallons. Tom Rodgers, Firestone, talks with Orion about new farm tire technology from that company - AD2 - which allows farmers to carry more load with less pressure.

Part 4

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong open this segment with a Best of the Farm Progress Show look at crop yields with Jenny Goodman, DuPont Crop Protection. And Austin Studer, DuPont Crop Protection shares insight on controlling herbicide-resistant weeds. Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the Eastern United States. In Max's Tractor Shed, Max tells the story of a 1959 Farmall 560 LP owned by Bettenhausen Farms, Beecher, Ill. And Max shares a video of a New Idea corn picker being pulled by a Caterpillar, from TractorVideos.com.

Part 5

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong continue their market conversation with Naomi Blohm, Stewart-Peterson. They talk about the 2016 market and the pricing opportunities that popped up during the season, and she offers insight for tactics in 2017.

Part 6

Orion Samuelson opens this segment with the FFA Chapter Tribute, which profiles the Troy FFA, Troy, Texas, with 312 members. Member Megan Newman shares information about the group's activities in the community. And Ag Meteorologist Greg Soule looks at weather for the week ahead including the four-week forecast.

Part 7

Max Armstrong wraps up this week's show with a look at swine health and work to prevent disease. He talks with Dr. Megan Inskeep, Merck Animal Health, who works with the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure to keep animals in that operation healthy. This facility is a tourist-focused operation designed for teaching. It's located southeast of Chicago in northwest Indiana. And next week, This Week in Agribusiness offers its special Christmas Show.

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