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AgDay Daily Recap -July 4, 2014

July 4, 2014
 
 

 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JULY 4, 2014
 
OPEN HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY CRISS CROSSING THE AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE…

FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL HOME OF EISENHAUER IN GETTY'SBURG TO THE OLD TRAIN DEPOT…AND TRIP TO ARIZONA TO MEET A MAN WHO HELPED THE ALLIES WIN WORLD WAR TWO. WHILE ACROSS THE STATE, A RANCHER IS SHARING STORIES FROM CENTURIES PAST--BEFORE THE DAYS OF MODERN MAN. AND VISIT A TOWN WHERE EVERYBODY IS SOMEBODY...LIFE THROUGH EYES OF LUCHENBACH TEXAS. AGDAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHEVY SILVERADO - THE 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR.

EISENHOWER FARM:
GOOD MORNING, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. TODAY WE'RE TAKING A BREAK FROM OUR USUAL PROGRAM REPORTING AGRICULTURAL NEWS. INSTEAD WE'RE FOCUSING ON STORIES AND PEOPLE THAT HELPED SHAPE THE AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE. FOLKS HELPING BUILD OUR GREAT NATION...SOME ON A GRAND SCALE...OTHERS WITH CONTRIBUTIONS MUCH SMALLER BUT YET NO LESS IMPACTFUL.
GETTYSBURG DEPOT:
 IF YOU TURN BACK THE CLOCK 150 YEARS TO JULY 4TH, 1864 IN GETTYSBURG, P-A, YOU'D FIND A SMALL TOWN STILL DEALING WITH THE AFTERMATH OF A BATTLE THAT TURNED THE TIDE OF THE CIVIL WAR. PERHAPS NO PLACE BETTER SYMBOLIZED THE LONG-ROAD TO RECOVERY FOLLOWING THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG THAN THE TOWN'S DEPOT. ONCE AGAIN, ANDREW MCCREA.
CODETALKER:
 IT WAS 70 YEARS AGO THAT ALLIED FORCES STORMED THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY DURING THE D-DAY LANDING. THAT INVASION WAS A DEFINING MOMENT OF THE WAR.

MEANWHILE, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLOBE, A GROUP OF NATIVE AMERICAN MEN WERE USING THEIR SKILLS TO HELP WIN THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC. ANDREW TAKES US TO THE NAVAJO RESERVATION IN ARIZONA TO MEET A MAN WHO FOUND HIMSELF IN THE THICK OF THE BATTLE.

PETROGLYPHS:
WELCOME BACK TO THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY. ON OUR TOUR WITH AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE ANDREW MCCREA TAKES US TO AN OLD RANCH WITH A STORY LINKED TO AGRICULTURE IN ANOTHER TIME ENTIRELY.  WRITINGS OF ANCIENT PEOPLE PROVIDE HINTS OF HOW LIFE USED TO BE. WE RETURN TO ARIZONA TO SEE AN AMAZING FIND, NOW BEING OPENED TO THE PUBLIC.
TEASE:
THANKS ANDREW. WHEN THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY CONTINUES, WE'LL STAY IN THE SOUTHWEST AS WE VISIT A TOWN THAT'S BARELY A TOWN. YET IT'S A FAMILIAR NAME FOR MANY COUNTRY MUSIC FANS.
LUKENBAUCH:
ABOUT 90 MILES WEST OF THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF AUSTIN TEXAS, YOU MIGHT STUMBLE UPON THE FABLED TEXAS TOWN OF LUCKENBACH. BRIGHT LIGHTS ARE FEW IN THIS TOWN. IT'S ACTUALLY PROBABLY CLOSER TO A GHOST TOWN. IT WAS MADE FAMOUS IN THE 1970'S WHEN COUNTRY STARS WAYLON JENNINGS AND WILLIE NELSON TALKED ABOUT "GETTING BACK TO THE BASICS OF LOVE" IN LUCKENBACH. AND EVEN THOUGHT THERE'S NOT EVEN A ZIP CODE THERE ANY LONGER, AS THE TOWN MOTTO IMPLIES - 'EVERYBODY'S SOMEBODY IN LUCKENBACH' - INCLUDING OUR OWN ANDREW MCCREA.
BB STRATEGO:
AGDAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY STRATEGO YIELD FUNGICIDE FROM BAYER. PUT'ER THERE EARLY SEASON FOR AN AVERAGE SIX POINT EIGHT BUSHELS AN ACRE BUMP IN CORN YIELD.
CLINTON COMMENTARY:
I HOPE YOU FOUND ANDREW'S WORK AS PROMISED--AMAZING STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE. TODAY IT SEEMS OUR NATION IS DESTINED TO CONCENTRATE ITSELF INTO HER CITIES...MORE AND MORE PEOPLE LEAVING BEHIND RURAL MAINSTREET FOR A LIFE OF QUOTE, "OPPORTUNITY" AMIDST THE COLLUMS OF CONCRETE AND ROLLING HIGH RISES OF URBAN AMERICA. TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES THE LAST FEW YEARS HAS SEEMED TO EXACERBATE THE PROBLEM. THE CENSUS BUREAU SAID IN 2013 THAT AS A WHOLE, RURAL COUNTIES DECLINED IN POPULATION FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. TODAY NON URBAN AREAS MAKE UP JUST 15 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION, BUT COVER NEARLY THREE QUARTERS OF OUR LAND. POPULATION SHIFTS MEAN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS AND STATE HOUSES NOW INCLUDE FEWER CHAMPIONS OF NONMETRO AMERICA. THESE FRUSTRATIONS MADE APPARENT BY TALKS OF COUNTY SUCCESSIONS DOTTING THE POLITICAL AND PHYSICAL LANDSCAPE. BUT FOR ME...I SEE HOPE ON THE FRUITED PLAIN. I SEE OPORTUNITY…A PLACE FOR MY KIDS TO RUN, TO PLAY, TO EXPLORE. LEARNING ABOUT THE LAND--THE IMPORTANCE OF DILIGENCE AND THE LIVES GIVEN TO PROTECT THIS AMERICAN BUT TOO OFTEN UNWANTED SOIL. FROM OUR PORCH, MY KIDS WILL HEAR TALES OF THEIR GREAT GRANDFATHER'S BRAVERY IN WORLD WAR TWO, ABOUT MY FATHER'S ABILITY TO BUILD THE AMERICAN DREAM OUT OF NOTHING MORE THAN HIS WITS AND INSATIABLE HARD WORK.

AS FUTURE GENERATIONS SEARCH FOR MEANING, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL CONNECTIONS MY HOPE IS THAT THEY'LL LOOK UP FROM THEIR PHONES, RUB THEIR EYES AND SEE AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL RACING TOWARD THE HORIZON...FINDING THAT THIS GREAT LAND--VAST IN ITS SIZE-- IS SMALL ENOUGH TO FILL HEARTS WITH PRIDE AND DRAPE PORCHES IN BRILLIANT HUGHS OF RED WHITE AND BLUE. THANKS FOR WATCHING…I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS...HAVE A GREAT DAY IN FARM COUNTRY.

STATION PROMO:
MONDAY ON AGDAY, A LOOK AT THE WEATHER WEEK AHEAD WITH METEOROLGIST MIKE HOFFMAN…PLUS THE LATEST CROP PROGRESS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY. PLUS STORIES FROM THE HEARTLAND AND MACHINERY PETE…JOIN ME WEEKDAYS FOR AGDAY.
RFD PROMO:
CLINTON…FRIDAY ON AGDAY..NOTHING SAYS JULY FOURTH LIKE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE. FROM THE FIELDS OF GETTYSBURG TO THE DESERT OF ARIZONA A SLICE OF AMERICANA THE UNIQUE PEOPLE AND PLACES OF RURAL AMERICA. JOIN ME 8 EASTERN ON RFD.
 

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