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This Week in Agribusiness, August 5, 2017

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong look at the need for farmers to remain engaged with lawmakers, what's happening in the markets, one family's work to market to consumers and an interesting story of a World War II town in Illinois.

Part 1

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong open this week's show with a conversation with Zippy Duvall, president, American Farm Bureau Federation, who talks about the need for farmers to remain engaged in conversation with lawmakers. Max also talks with Kevin Paap, president, Minnesota Farm Bureau, who discusses healthcare costs. Farm Broadcaster Melissa Gregory, KFEQ Radio, St. Joseph, Mo., talks about top issues impacting farmers in that part of the country, including the dicamba issue.

Part 2

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong talk markets with Naomi Blohm, Stewart Peterson, who looks at crop conditions, and how those are impacting prices. In Samuelson Sez, Orion talks about an elaborate scam attempted against him, which shows the steps thieves will go to get to your money. Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the Western United States.

Part 3

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong share a report about an Illinois tractor collector with a penchant for Persian orange - the Allis-Chalmers brand. And Max offers a preview of the upcoming Half Century of Progress Aug. 24-27 - learn more at; and the Farm Progress Show Aug. 29-31 - learn more at

Part 4

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong open this segment with a report from Delaney Howell sharing the story of how one beef producer is working to sell directly to consumers. Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the Eastern United States. And in Max's Tractor Shed, Max shares the story of 1953 Farmall Super M, owned by Dave Kestel, Will County, Ill., which includes some history surrounding a wooden spinner knob on the steering wheel.

Part 5

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong contine their marketing conversation with Naomi Blohm, Stewart Peterson.

Part 6

Max Armstrong profiles Hayleyville FFA, Hayleyville, Ala., at the Hayleyville Center of Technology. Member Daniell Dobbins offers a look at the many ways the chapter works throughout the community. And Max shares an interesting historical fact about Hayleyville. And Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at the weather for the week ahead.

Part 7

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong wrap up the show with a report from Colleen Callahan who shares the interesting history of Camp Ellis, Ill., a town of 25,000 people that formed quickly during World War II as a training facility.

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