This Week in Agribusiness – Dec. 15, 2018

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong look back on a very busy week in U.S. agriculture

December 15, 2018

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

Part 1

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong open the show talking to Zippy Duvall, president, American Farm Bureau Federation who shares an important aspect of the newly passed farm bill – certainty. Orion reports from the Arizona Ag Roundtable with comments from Stephanie Smallhouse, president, Arizona Farm Bureau Federation, about changes to the rules governing Waters of the United States – or WOTUS. And Patrick Haggerty offers the back story on the 2018 Capital Christmas Tree, which came from Oregon this year. Orion and Max talk markets with Richard Brock, Brock Associates.

Part 2

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong continue their market conversation with Richard Brock, Brock Associates. Chad Colby, Colby AgTech, takes a look at a new FS Simulator at Growmark. The system is used for recruiting, training and safety information. Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather in the Western United States.

Part 3

In this segment, Max Armstrong talks with Jeremiah Nemechek, swine nutritionist, DSM, who discusses key swine nutrition products available from that company that help animals thrive, including VivoVitall, a eubiotic feed additive. Learn more at Max talks with the Phyllis and Bob Johnson, authors of another Christmas gift idea, the book Corn Pickers. They discuss news that the latest edition will come in two volumes. You can learn more at

Part 4

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong open this segment with an installment of Plan Smart, Grow Smart from BASF. This time Max travels to Marianna, Arkansas to talk with Jason Felton and his BASF Innovation Specialist Virgil “Doobie” Moore. Learn more at Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the Eastern United States. And in Max's Tractor Shed, Max Armstrong shares information about another entry in the Tractor Shed Wish List – Classic Oliver Tractors. It’s available from

Part 5

Max Armstrong continues his Best of the Farm Progress Show series with a look at Degelman. Max and Chad Colby talk with Laird McLeod, sales manager, about the company and its products.

Part 6

Orion Samuelson profiles Kiefer FFA, Kiefer, Okla., a younger chapter with 71 members that started two years ago. Member Justin Stark shares information on the group’s success in competitions; and other activities for the organization. In Samuelson Sez, Orion shares his insight on A Busy Ag Week, from the farm bill to trade to WOTUS; and he adds a thank you to those that made a lot happen in such a short time. And Ag Meteorologist Greg Soulje looks at weather for the week ahead, including the four-week outlook.

Part 7

Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong wrap up this week’s show with a report from Tom Brand who looks back at a Christmas star on an 90-foot silo on his family farm. And next week’s Christmas show comes from Frankenmuth, Mich.

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