TODAY ON AGDAY
NOVEMBER 15, 2012
Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. A little more than a week after winning reelection, President Obama is addressing the country regarding his plans for the next four years.
Immigration reform is an important topic for many farmers, especially those who rely on migrant workers in dairy operations or hand-picked crops. We talked with Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley about immigration. He criticizes the President for the lack of action his first term.
We also asked the Senator about the un-finished Farm Bill. He serves on the Senate AG Committee. Grassley says he prefers Congress pass the five year Farm Bill before Christmas. But he expects Congress will pass a one year extension of the current bill which expired at the end of September.
AG COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP:
As far changes in the leadership of the Senate AG Committee. Grassley says Senator Debbie Stabenow will remain as chair of the committee.
Now to production news - the condition of the winter wheat crop continues to decline. The AG Department says 42% of the crop is rated as fair. That's the same as last week. However, we saw a three point downward shift in the "good" category. And a three point climb in the "poor" category. We talked to a Nebraska farmer about the drought which continues to stifle the plains.