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This Week in Agribusiness – April 6, 2019

Max Armstrong and Steve Bridge offer reports on border issues, planter technology, weather and flood impact on transportation infrastructure

Note: Start the video and all parts will play through as the full show

Part 1

Max Armstrong and Steve Bridge open this week’s show with a look at the importance of U.S.-Mexico trade with Veronica Nigh, American Farm Bureau Federation. Max and Steve take a look at the livestock markets with Dennis Smith, Archer Financial Services.

Part 2

Max Armstrong and Steve Bridge continue their market conversation with Dennis Smith, Archer Financial Services, including a look at the potential extent of African Swine Fever in China. In Colby Agtech, Chad Colby visits with Agronomist Matt Foes to discuss spring planting and some changes he’s made to his planter this year.

Part 3

Max Armstrong and Steve Bridge share a report from Russel Nemetz looks at a new law in Montana designed to continue support of the wheat and barley checkoff. Chad Colby looks at the process of upgrading to a new phone, which he shares is a lot easier than in the past. Max shares some Tweets of the Week including veggie burgers and a price cut at Whole Foods.

Part 4

Max Armstrong and Steve Bridge open this segment with a look at blockchain, sharing what it is and what it can mean for ag in a conversation with Nigel Gopie and Jeff Keiser who discuss the Watson Decision Platform from IBM. You can learn more in a webinar at farmprogress.com/IBM2. Max and Steve visit with Farm Broadcaster Von Ketelsen, KCIM Radio, Carroll, Iowa. Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the week ahead.

Part 5

Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje offers his extended look at the weather including his four-week forecast.

Part 6

In Max’s Tractor Shed, Max recently attended the Meacum Gone Farming auction including news of a John Deere 8020 owned by Dave Holla, Sleepy Eye, Minn., sold the machine for $178,500; and the McCormick Deering Mule that went for $24,000. In the FFA Chapter Tribute, Steve Bridge shares the story of the Denmark FFA, Denmark, Wis., which is involved in several programs in the community. Member Joe Schlies offers a look at why it’s important for the group to be involved in the community, where the chapter connects with consumers and increase ag literacy.

Part 7

Max Armstrong and Steve Bridge wrap up this week’s episode with a look at the deeper impact of the floods that have hit Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri with a report from Delaney Howell. She shares that key transportation infrastructure in the region has been significantly impacted.

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