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This Week in Agribusiness – January 18, 2020

Max Armstrong and Mike Pearson talk trade, markets and ag technology

January 18, 2020

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

Part 1 - China deal, potato meeting, markets in-depth

Max Armstrong and Mike Pearson open this week's show with reaction to the Phase One China deal signing with reaction from key commodity groups. Russell Nemetz reports from the National Potato Council meeting in Las Vegas where more than 2,000 people meet to talk potatoes. Max and Mike talk markets with Brian Basting, Advance Trading, talking China trade, the USDA report and South America.

Part 2 - Markets, CES and agtech

Max Armstrong and Mike Pearson continue their conversation with Brian Basting, Advance Trading. In Colby AgTech, Chad Colby shares what he saw at CES in Las Vegas, including advances in auto development.

Part 3 - Exports, crop technology

Max Armstrong opens this segment talking with Darren Armstrong, U.S. Grains Council, about the work to build export markets. Orion Samuelson talks with Sherry Koch, The Mosaic Company, about key input technologies exclusive to the company.

Part 4 - Corn markets, weather update

Max Armstrong and Mike Pearson open this segment talking with Kevin Ross, president, National Corn Growers Association, about 2019, and looking ahead to 2020. Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje offers a first look at weather for the week ahead. Mike Pearson shares what he's learned from growers in his talks already this season, as well as what he's sharing with farmers, including bright spots in domestic demand.

Part 5 - Greg Soulje, long-range weather

Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at the long-range weather forecast for agriculture including some major challenges in December.

Part 6 - Max's Tractor Shed, FFA Chapter Tribute

In Max’s Tractor Shed, Max Armstrong shares the story of a 1951 John Deere G owned by Bob Storm, Milford, Ill. Max shares how Storm got the bug for that G that started with fixing a neighbor's machine. Mike Pearson profiles Greenbrier East FFA in Lewisburg, W. Va., known for its processing facility that allows students to process their own hogs and make them into hams; and there are many other activities for this group. Member Kiah Hill talks about what has helped her through the year, including her work with animals and hands-on with mechanics.

Part 7 - New FFA drone rule discussion

Max Armstrong and Mike Pearson close this week’s show with a report on Federal Aviation Agency proposals to identify drones in flight. Chad Colby reports on the proposal that will impact any drone that weighs more than a half-pound. Farmers can comment at, and at

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