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This Week in Agribusiness, May 16, 2020

Max Armstrong and Mike Pearson host this week as they look at continuing challenges and opportunities facing agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part 1

Note: The video automatically plays through all show parts once you start.

Max Armstrong starts off with an interview with Zippy Duvall, head of the American Farm Bureau Federation to talk about recovery in the livestock supply chain. Mike Pearson is on the desk and chats quickly with Greg Soulje previewing the weather report. Dennis Smith of Archer Financial Services joins the show to talk about the markets. He’s seeing some positive signs in the cash markets and more broadly even with some wild volatility. On the livestock side however, he’s expecting a long slog to get out of the processing plant struggles.

Part 2

Dennis Smith of Archer Financial Services rejoins Mike to discuss the challenges with international trade. In the Colby Ag Tech segment Chad Colby is showing how tech can help with application efficiency.

Part 3

Max is talking to Jennifer Ose at John Deere to talk about connectivity between customers, dealers, suppliers and others. They also take a look at how important rural broadband is to the farm economy. Going back to last summer’s Half Century of Progress Show Max visits with Paul Maurer, owner of a Keck Gonnerman tractor.

Part 4

Max Armstrong checks in Richard Brock of Brock Associates to get his view of the oversupply of corn and how the ethanol collapse is harming the future for corn growers. Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje joins Max and Steve to look at the forecast for the week ahead.

Part 5

Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje returns to take a look at the long-range weather picture.

Part 6

In Max’s Tractor Shed, Max introduces a sixth-generation tractor, this 1938 Allis-Chalmers WC owned by Tim Fliehs of Conde, South Dakota. Mike Pearson profiles Thackerville FFA in Thackerville, Oklahoma where this very active club raises all types of livestock, has strong shooting skills and helps feed and care for their local community.  Member Cameron Shurbert discusses his SAE project sows. In Samuelson Sez, Orion Samuelson is skipping COVID-19 talk and is sharing positive saying and thoughts on American farmers.  

Part 7

Mike Pearson and Max Armstrong a report from Jamie Johansen who follows up on her recent story about Clover Meadows direct-to-consumer business, which is seeing a boom. They have beef booked through November.

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