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AgweekTV Full Show: Shipping fix plan, livestock facilities, Agronomy on Ice, Little I queen

This week on AgweekTV, two area senators are introducing a plan to fix shipping issues as ag exports climb. We'll take the stress out of building a livestock facility. We preview the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo. They call it Agronomy on Ice and it's no fish tale. And meet the new Little I queen.

This week on AgweekTV, two area senators are introducing a plan to fix shipping issues as ag exports climb. We'll take the stress out of building a livestock facility. We preview the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo. They call it Agronomy on Ice and it's no fish tale. And meet the new Little I queen.

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WELCOME TO AGWEEK TV, I'M MICHELLE ROOK.

THIS WEEK USDA ANNOUNCED AG EXPORTS HIT A RECORD $177 BILLION IN 2021 AND THAT'S DESPITE THE CURRENT SHIPPING CRISIS.

HOWEVER, SENATE AG COMMITTEE MEMBERS JOHN THUNE OF SOUTH DAKOTA AND AMY KLOBUCHAR OF MINNESOTA HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO UPDATE FEDERAL REGULATIONS FOR THE GLOBAL SHIPPING INDUSTRY.

SENATOR THUNE SAYS THE OCEAN SHIPPING REFORM ACT WOULD LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR AMERICAN EXPORTERS BY MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR OCEAN CARRIERS TO UNREASONABLY REFUSE GOODS READY TO EXPORT AT THE PORTS. IT WOULD ALSO GIVE THE FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION GREATER RULEMAKING AUTHORITY TO REGULATE HARMFUL PRACTICES BY CARRIERS AND ENCOURAGE RECIPROCITY.

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Sen. John Thune: To make sure that these carriers are operating in a way that doesn't discriminate based on the value of whatever their hauling is and taking these empty containers back where we could be putting exports on them. I think the bottom line is we just want to make sure that our producers are being treated fairly.

THUNE SAYS THE BILL WILL ALSO SET RULES ON WHAT FEES CARRIERS CAN REASONABLY CHARGE SHIPPERS AND TRANSPORTERS, PLUS FORCE OCEAN CARRIERS TO OPERATE UNDER FAIR AND TRANSPARENT RULES.

SENATOR THUNE ALSO LED THE SENATE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE IN URGING THE EPA AND THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO SUSPEND THE PENDING RULEMAKING TO REDEFINE THE WATERS OF THE U.S. THUNE SAYS THE AGENCY SHOULD NOT REVISIT THE SCOPE OF WATERS PROTECTED UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT UNTIL THE SUPREME COURT COMPLETES ITS CONSIDERATION OF SACKETT VERSUS EPA, A CASE THAT'S EXPECTED TO HAVE MAJOR IMPLICATIONS ON CLEAN WATER ACT ENFORCEMENT. HE SAYS THE RULEMAKING COULD BE INVALIDATED OR ALTERED AS EARLY AS THIS SUMMER.

AG GROUPS ARE GEARING UP TO ADVOCATE FOR THEIR PRIORITIES IN THE NEXT FARM BILL.

THE CURRENT FARM LEGISLATION EXPIRES IN 2023, AND RISING COSTS, FOOD SECURITY AND SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES ARE TOP CONCERNS.

LUTHER MARKWART, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN SUGARBEET GROWERS ASSOCIATION, SAYS THE U.S. SUGAR PROGRAM HAS WORKED VERY WELL FOR FARMERS, AND HE HOPES THAT'S REFLECTED IN THE NEW BILL.

Luther Markwart: BUT I THINK THE CHALLENGES THAT SUGARBEET FARMERS, AS WELL AS FARMERS IN OTHER COMMODITIES, ARE ALL THESE INCREASING INPUT COSTS, INTEREST RATES ARE GOING UP. ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE PUTTING MUCH GREATER PRESSURES ON OUR ABILITY TO MEET OUR COSTS AND GET OUR INCOME OUT OF THE MARKET. AND SUGAR HAS BEEN A NO COST AND WE WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY, BUT WE'VE GOT TO GET THAT INCOME OUT OF THE MARKETPLACE.

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MARKWART SAYS BECAUSE IT IS WORKING, HE DOESN'T EXPECT ANY MAJOR CHANGES TO THE SUGAR PROGRAM IN THE NEXT FIVE-YEAR FARM BILL.

THE FEBRUARY WASDE REPORT WAS RELEASED WEDNESDAY, WITH MOST OF THE FOCUS ON THE DROUGHT IMPACTED SOUTH AMERICAN PRODUCTION NUMBERS.

USDA CUT BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA PRODUCTION BY A TOTAL OF 6.5 MILLION METRIC TONS, CONFIRMING A SMALLER CROP. THEY ALSO LOWERED U.S. SOYBEAN ENDING STOCKS 25 MILLION BUSHELS DUE TO HIGHER CRUSH.

USDA LEFT ARGENTINA CORN PRODUCTION UNCHANGED AND LOWERED BRAZIL JUST 1 MILLION METRIC TONS. THEY ALSO LEFT U.S. CORN ENDING STOCKS UNCHANGED.

AND U.S. WHEAT CARRYOUT WAS RAISED 20 MILLION BUSHELS WHILE GLOBAL STOCKS WERE LOWERED 1.8 MILLION METRIC TONS.

CATTLE PRODUCERS ARE DISTURBED WITH NEWS MEAT PACKER JBS REACHED A 52.5- MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT REGARDING BEEF PRICE FIXING.

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THE SETTLEMENT WAS REACHED IN CIVIL COURT AND WHILE IT WAS NOT TIED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S ONGOING INVESTIGATION, CATTLE PRODUCERS ARE STILL UPSET WITH THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY BY THE GOVERNMENT.

NCBA OFFICIALS SAY IT'S UNACCEPTABLE THERE IS A SETTLEMENT OCCURRING WITHOUT DOJ HAVING RELEASED FINDINGS OR EVEN PROVIDING CATTLE PRODUCERS WITH AN UPDATE ON PROGRESS.

DOJ HAS IMPENDING PROBES FROM THE HOLCOMB, KANSAS FIRE IN 2019 AND PRICE DISCREPANCIES IN THE FED CATTLE MARKETS IN 2020.

THE BEEF CATTLE HERD HAS SHRUNK TO THE LOWEST LEVEL IN SEVEN YEARS DUE TO CULLING DURING THE RECENT DROUGHT IN MONTANA AND THE DAKOTAS.

ALL THREE STATES SHOW SIGNIFICANT DECLINES, VARYING FROM TWO TO TWENTY PERCENT IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES IN THE RECENT CATTLE INVENTORY REPORT.

NDSU LIVESTOCK MARKETING ECONOMIST TIM PETRY SAYS IT'S PART OF A CYCLICAL DECLINE IN THE TOTAL U.S. LIVESTOCK INVENTORY.

AT THE SAME TIME, PETRY SAYS EXPORT AND DOMESTIC DEMAND IS THE STRONGEST IT'S BEEN IN SEVERAL YEARS, SO THAT BODES WELL FOR PRICES.

THE U.S. SWINE HERD ALSO CONTINUES TO TIGHTEN, AS INDICATED BY USDA SLAUGHTER FIGURES, WHICH ARE RUNNING 11-PERCENT LOWER YEAR TO DATE THAN 2021.

AG ECONOMIST STEVE MEYER SAYS THERE ARE MANY OPEN FINISHING BARNS IN PRIME PORK PRODUCTION AREAS, LIKE IOWA AND MINNESOTA. HE SAYS A COMBINATION OF FACTORS HAVE LED TO THE DECLINE, BUT MOST NOTABLY DISEASE.

Meyer: We had a very unusual surge in PRRS cases in May and June and so those would still be impacting supplies right now and so that's kind of an interesting thing. Number one is that. Number two is we've had labor problems all over the place, including at the production level.

HE SAYS THE OTHER KEY FACTOR IS HERD EXPANSION HAS SLOWED WITH SHARPLY HIGHER BUILDING COSTS. HOWEVER, PRODUCERS ALSO SAY HIGHER FEED AND ISOWEAN PRICES, PLUS THE FEAR OF A POSSIBLE AFRICAN SWINE FEVER OUTBREAK IN THE U.S. ARE ALSO HOLDING THEM BACK.

FARM AND CITY INTERESTS ARE TRYING TO STRIKE A BALANCE REGARDING THE PROPOSED 52 MILLION BUSHEL SOYBEAN PROCESSING PLANT AT CASSELTON, NORTH DAKOTA.

CITY RESIDENTS SAY THEY'RE SUPPORTIVE OF GROWING AGRIBUSINESS, BUT WOULD LIKE THE PLANT TO BE BUILT FARTHER AWAY, ESPECIALLY WITH DAILY TRAFFIC OF 150 PLUS SEMIS PER DAY.

Sarah Johnson: The question comes, do we want to live in an industrial park, or do we want to live in a community. We're going to choose community all of the time. But I think it's possible to have both as long as it's done in a responsible and reasonable way.

MINNESOTA SOYBEAN PROCESSORS HAS A THIRD OF THE OWNERSHIP AND FARMER DIRECTORS SAY THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT MAKE THE SITE IDEAL FOR THE PLANT.

Ron Obermoeller: We've got access to two major rails and maybe a third, it's easy to get the water for, get the water in and get the water out probably out of the Fargo area.

HE SAYS THEIR PLAN WAS TO BREAK GROUND THIS SPRING AND BE BUYING BEANS BY THE FALL OF 2023.

NORTH DAKOTA CROPLAND SALES ROSE 28-PERCENT IN 2021, TO AN AVERAGE OF 3,172-DOLLARS PER ACRE STATEWIDE. THAT'S THE HIGHEST LEVEL EVER.

A NEW REPORT OF "ARMS-LENGTH" ACTUAL SALES, RELEASED BY A FARM APPRAISERS GROUP, SAYS NON-IRRIGATED CROPLAND SALES EXCEEDED THE 2013 RECORD BY MORE THAN SEVEN PERCENT, OR $219 PER ACRE. CROPLAND RENTAL RATES WERE ALSO UP, BUT EXPECTED TO HOLD STEADY IN 2022.

LAND VALUES INCREASED UNTIL PLANTING TIME, FUELED BY RISING COMMODITY MARKETS, BETTER THAN EXPECTED YIELDS, AND CONTINUED LOW LOAN INTEREST RATES.

COMING UP ON AGWEEK TV, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO A VERY "COOL" EVENT FOR AGRONOMISTS.

THE AGWEEK LIVESTOCK TOUR IS SPONSORED BY 701x,TRANS OVA AND FARMERS MUTUAL OF NEBRASKA.

BUILDING A NEW BARN OR STRUCTURE FOR YOUR FARMING OPERATION CAN BE STRESSFUL. NAVIGATING THE PROCESS WAS ONE OF THE TOPICS AT THE RECENT NORTH DAKOTA LIVESTOCK ALLIANCE SUMMIT.

EMILY BEAL WAS THERE, AND JOINS US NOW WITH MORE, AS OUR AGWEEK LIVESTOCK TOUR CONTINUES.

THERE CAN BE MANY HOOPS TO JUMP THROUGH, AND POSSIBLE ROADBLOCKS, AS YOU GO THROUGH THE BUILDING PROCESS. BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL PLACES YOU CAN GET ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS.

DEMAND FOR PORK, BEEF AND OTHER MEAT IS HIGH, AND IS EXPECTED TO KEEP GROWING. BUT IT CAN BE HARD FOR PRODUCERS TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND, ESPECIALLY WHILE BUILDING NEW FACILITIES. YOU MAY HAVE TO START WITH A PERMIT FROM YOUR TOWNSHIP, COUNTY AND UP TO THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL. SOME PRODUCERS FACE RESISTANCE FROM THEIR COMMUNITIES.

Zac Carlson: BEING REALLY PROACTIVE RATHER THAN REACTIVE IN THAT SENSE, AND MAKING SURE YOUR COMMUNITY'S INVOLVED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE PROCESS.

David Skaggs: IF YOU MADE IT THROUGH THE PERMIT PROCESS YOU'RE A SURVIVOR.

DAVID SKAGGS IS WITH CENTRAL CONFINEMENT SERVICES,A BUILDER OF LIVESTOCK FACILITIES OUT OF NEBRASKA. HE SAYS PICKING THE RIGHT SITE IS AN IMPORTANT START IN A SUCCESSFUL BUILDING PROJECT. ONE NOTE OF CAUTION, IS THAT RIGHT NOW BUILDING SUPPLIES AND LABOR ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY, AND COSTS ARE UP, SO ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME FOR YOUR PROJECT.

David Skaggs: IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A BUILDING THAT YOU WANT TO OCCUPY WITH LIVESTOCK BY THIS FALL, YOU BETTER BE IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING READY TO SIGN PAPERS HERE BEFORE THE FIRST OF MAY.

AND SKAGGS ADDS, EVEN IF YOU GET YOUR BUILDING BUILT, EQUIPPING IT MIGHT BE A DIFFERENT STORY.

David Skaggs: ONE OF OUR COMPANIES, MID PLAINS INDUSTRY, MANUFACTURES HOG EQUIPMENT, AND WE'RE BUILDING AS MUCH AS WE CAN AS FAST AS WE CAN.

ERNIE BARNES WORKS WITH PORK PRODUCERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. HE SAYS TALK WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS IN TOWN ABOUT LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION.

Ernie Barnes: IT DOESN'T HURT TO REMIND THEM THAT WE ARE TAKING CARE OF THE LAND, WE'RE DOING A GREAT JOB, AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO BE SUSTAINABLE.

ZAC CARLSON RECOMMENDS USING A CONSULTANT TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS.

THANKS EMILY.

WELL, THEY CALL IT "AGRONOMY ON ICE" AND IT MIGHT JUST BE ONE OF THE COOLEST EVENTS AROUND...OR AT LEAST THE COLDEST.

THIS WAS THE FOURTH YEAR FOR THIS ICY EVENT ON DEVILS LAKE, AND IT JUST KEEPS GROWING, DESPITE THE ELEMENTS.

MIKKEL PATES HAS MORE IN OUR AGWEEK COVER STORY.

Mikkel Pates: IF YOU WANT TO BE ONE OF THE COOL KIDS IN AGRICULTURE, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU.

Jason Hanson: OUR HIGH TODAY IS TEN BELOW.

SEVERAL HUNDRED AGRONOMISTS AND SELF-DESCRIBED "AG NERDS" BRAVED THE COLD, TO TALK ABOUT FARMING, AND DO A LITTLE ICE FISHING.

IT ALL STARRED A FEW YEARS AGO, WHEN JASON HANSON, OWNER OF ROCK N ROLL AGRONOMY, AND SOME FRIENDS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO GATHER WITH THE GANG AWAY FROM THE STANDARD SPOTS, LIKE FARGO OR BISMARCK.

Jason Hanson: WE DECIDED HEY LET'S HAVE A MEETING IN DEVILS LAKE, BUT THEN SOMEBODY FLOATING THE IDEA BY, HEY WHY DON'T WE HAVE IT ON DEVILS LAKE,

IT'S SORT OF A CROSS BETWEEN TAILGATING...

Lutefisk lager!

AND AN AG SHOW, WITH SIXTY HOUSES LINED UP FOR ICE FISHING, AND SOME "INTERESTING" FOOD AND DRINKS.

Jason Hanson: A STRONG PRESENCE OF SCANDINAVIAN FOOD, ROMMEGROT AND LEFSE AND KRUMKAKE, AND OF COURSE LUTEFISK.

Ryan Taylor: And then they get people from out of state who've never had lutefisk before. And we let 'em try it. Sometimes it goes down good and sometimes it ends up the garbage. But you know, that's lutefisk!

GREG DAHL , SENIOR RESEARCH MANAGER FOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AT WINFIELD UNITED, SAYS THIS IS A SOCIAL HAPPENING, YES, BUT LACED WITH FULL-ON TECHNO-CHATS INVOLVING NDSU SCIENTISTS LIKE MIKE OSTLIE AND ABBEY WICK, AND PODCASTERS LIKE TIM HAMMERICH.

Greg Dahl: THEY'RE WONDERFUL PEOPLE, THEY KNOW A LOT, YOU'RE GOING TO LEARN A LOT, MEET NEW PEOPLE, MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS, IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL EVENT AND THERE'S LOTS OF STUFF TO SEE AND DO.

Chris Kappes: IT'S A GOOD TIME TO GET TOGETHER, JUST CHAT ABOUT A FEW THINGS FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR, ANY PREPS PEOPLE ARE DOING, OR ANYTHING THEY'VE ACHIEVED OVER THE PAST YEAR, AND WHAT THEY CAN PREPARE FOR THE NEXT YEAR.

Mikkel Pates: SO FOR THE AG COMMUNITY THAT DOESN'T SEE MUCH OF EACH OTHER THROUGH THE YEAR, THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO DO IT, EVEN WITH A WIND CHILL OF THIRTY BELOW .

You need a little one, come on. C'mon grab a bowl!

FOR AGWEEK, THIS IS MIKKEL PATES AT DEVILS LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA.

YOU CAN READ MORE IN THE NEXT AGWEEK MAGAZINE, OR AT AGWEEK.COM .

COMING UP ON AGWEEK TV, WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT SOME IMPORTANT SEMINARS COMING UP AT THE NORTHERN CORN AND SOYBEAN EXPO.

IT ALMOST FELT LIKE SPRING AT TIMES THIS WEEK, BUT WHEN WILL THE NEXT REMINDER OF WINTER COME INTO OUR FORECAST?

HERE'S JOHN WITH OUR AGRI-WEATHER OUTLOOK.

AGWEEKTV SOY INSIGHT BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NORTH DAKOTA SOYBEAN COUNCIL

A BIG EVENT FOR CORN AND SOYBEAN GROWERS IS COMING UP THIS MONTH IN FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA. ROSE DUNN JOINS US NOW WITH MORE ON THE ANNUAL EXPO.

ROSE: THAT'S RIGHT. THE NORTHERN CORN AND SOYBEAN EXPO FEBRUARY 21ST AT THE FARGODOME. BACK LIVE AND IN PERSON THIS YEAR. JOINING ME NOW IS CO-CHAIR MIKE LANGSETH, LOTS OF GREAT EVENTS. LET'S FOCUS ON

ONE THAT REALLY IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO SO MANY PEOPLE. WE'RE CAREFUL TO SECURE OUR HOMES AND OUR VEHICLES, BUT ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSETS, OUR BUSINESS RECORDS, WE MIGHT NOT BE TAKING GOOD ENOUGH CARE OF.

Mike Langseth: YEAH THAT'S RIGHT ROSE. WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO BE BACK IN PERSON. LAST YEAR'S VIRTUAL EVENT WAS GOOD, BUT IT'LL BE REALLY NICE TO SEE EVERYBODY. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO FOCUS ON THIS YEAR IS CYBER SECURITY. A LOT OF FARMERS, YOU KNOW, DON'T REALLY TAKE A LOT OF TIME THINKING ABOUT THEIR OWN CYBER SECURITY, AND THIS SESSION WILL HAVE LOTS OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON HOW TO KEEP ALL THAT INFORMATION FROM GETTING INTO THE WRONG HANDS.

AND A REALLY IMPORTANT PART OF THE DAY, THE TRADE SHOW AND RESEARCH PAVILION TELL US ABOUT THAT.

Mike Langseth: IN THE VIRTUAL SETTING LAST YEAR WE COULDN'T HAVE A TRADE SHOW, WE COULDN'T HAVE THAT TIME TO MINGLE ON THE FLOOR, TALK TO ALL YOUR DIFFERENT SUPPLIERS, AND ONE OF THE PLACES THAT'S REALLY GOING TO BE FUN AND INTERESTING FOR GROWERS THIS YEAR, I THINK, I'M A LITTLE BIT OF A NERD, IS THE RESEARCH PAVILION. SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BUNCH OF FOLKS FROM NDSU, THE ENTOMOLOGY AND WEED SCIENCE DEPARTMENTS THERE ALL DAY, TO ANSWER FARMERS' QUESTIONS. SO IF YOU'VE GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT BUGS, ABOUT WEEDS, ABOUT KIND OF ANYTHING RELATED TO SPRAYING, OTHER THAN HOW TO DRIVE, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED IN PERSON, DIRECTLY.

ROSE: ALRIGHT, THANKS A LOT. MIKE LANGSETH, CO-CHAIR OF THIS YEAR'S NORTHERN CORN AND SOYBEAN EXPO FEBRUARY 21ST AT THE FARGODOME.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, AND TO PRE-REGISTER, GO TO NORTHERN CORN SOY EXPO.COM .

STILL AHEAD, WE'LL MEET THE NEW "LITTLE I" QUEEN.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY'S SADDLE AND SIRLOIN CLUB IS HOSTING ITS 96TH LITTLE INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK SHOW THIS WEEKEND.

THE ANNUAL EVENT BRINGS IN NDSU STUDENTS AND ALUMNI, THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND OTHERS IN AG BUSINESS.

HOPE WILLSON IS TAKING OVER THE REINS AS THIS YEAR'S LITTLE I QUEEN. SHE GREW UP ON HER FAMILY'S FARM IN WIMBLEDON, NORTH DAKOTA, AND IS A JUNIOR MAJORING IN ANIMAL SCIENCE.

WILLSON SAYS IT'S THE QUEEN'S DUTY TO PROMOTE THE EVENT, AND IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR HER.

Hope Willson: I'M REALLY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BE THE 96TH QUEEN. IT WAS A REALLY BIG THING FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO STEP OUTSIDE OF MY COMFORT ZONE.

MORE THAN 300 SADDLE AND SIRLOIN MEMBERS ON 30 COMMITTEES WORK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO PUT ON THIS EVENT.

STORIES YOU'LL ONLY SEE ON AGWEEK.COM AND AGWEEK MAGAZINE THIS WEEK,

MINNESOTA IS OFFERING A NEW CROP INSURANCE 'PILOT PROGRAM' TO REDUCE THE RISK OF APPLYING NITROGEN IN SPLIT APPLICATIONS.

AND THE EXTENSION CENTER IN MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA USES A GREENHOUSE TO KEEP IMPORTANT RESEARCH MOVING FORWARD YEAR-ROUND.

THANKS FOR WATCHING THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF AG WEEK TV.

REMEMBER, FOR ALL YOUR AG NEWS, GO TO AG WEEK.COM , YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM. YOU HAVE YOURSELF A GREAT AND SAFE WEEK.

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