MORNING-MidwestDigest-03-31-17

Max Armstrong talks about changes at McDonalds, distraction and Hogs and Pigs Report. (audio)

Distractions - it just doesn't involve driving distractions, pedestrian deaths reaching nearly 6,000 last year. We're driving more because of improved economy and lower gas prices and more people are walking for exercise. There was an 11% spike in pedestrian deaths last year. More drivers and walkers are distracted by cell phones.

Hogs and Pigs report confirmed expansion in the nation's hog herd. Talking about higher production of pork down the road. Trade was bracing for bearish report, which it really didn't get. Breeding herd expansion of 1%. Exports and slaughter capacity forecast to increase by 8%.

Chicago-based McDonalds said it will offer fresh beef quarter pounders beginning next year. It will be cooked to order. Also allow customer to customize with choice of bun and toppings.

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