AgDay Daily Recap -April 2, 2018

January 23, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 2, 2018

HEADLINES

THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE SHARES HIS PLANS FOR USDA. ACROSS THE MALL, THE EPA LEADERSHIP TAKES A FARMER FRIENDLY TURN. PLANS ARE PUSHING FORWARD FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM INCLUDING A NEW  GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. AND HISTORY PLOWS INTO THE SMITHSONIAN. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

SIT-DOWN WITH SEC. PERDUE
GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO A SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY .  I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. TODAY, WE'RE TAKING TIME TO HEAR FROM SEVERAL OF OUR KEY LEADERS IN WASHINGTON. LAST MONTH, I TRAVELED WITH A DELEGATION FROM MISSOURI FARM BUREAU TO  THE HEART OF D.C.  EVERY YEAR THEY BRING AGRICULTURAL LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE  FOR IN DEPTH DISCUSSIONS WITH POLICY ANALYSTS, ADVOCATES AND LEGISLATORS.  IT'S A DIVERSE CROSS SECTION OF THE INDUSTRY BENT ON TAKING TIME TO FOCUS ON THE ISSUES AT HAND. ONE OF THOSE KEY FIGURES, AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE, TOOK TIME TO SIT  DOWN WITH AGDAY TO TALK ABOUT HIS PERSPECTIVE OF FARM COUNTRY.  YOU'VE BEEN IN WASHINGTON ALMOST A YEAR NOW. HOW DOES IT FEEL HAVE YOU GOTTEN USED TO IT. I HOPE THAT'S NOT THE EXPECTATION. YOU USED TO WATCH. YOU KNOW I DON'T THINK OUR CONSTITUENCY WANTS US TO GET USED TO WASHINGTON. I THINK THEY WANT ME TO BE OUT AND ABOUT AND WE  CLICKED ALL 34 STATES THIS LAST WEEKEND IN NORTH DAKOTA. SO WE'RE GETTING AROUND AND OUT IN  THE HINTERLANDS IN THE FARMLANDS AND FIELDS OF AMERICA THE FOREST OF AMERICA TO REALLY HEAR  WHAT'S ON THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF OF OUR CONSTITUENCY THE PRODUCERS OF AMERICA AND WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD FROM FOLKS OUT THERE. I MEAN IS THEIR OVERALL THEME. THERE IS AN OVERALL THEME  THERE'S A LOT OF ANXIETY OUT THERE. COMMODITY PRICES AGAIN CONTINUE TO FALL. IT'S A LOT OF  ECONOMIC ANXIETY AND A LOT OF ANXIETY OVER TRADE OVER A LABOR FORCE AND OVERREGULATION AND THIS IS A BURDEN THE ECONOMIC SITUATION WE FIND OUR AGRICULTURE IN TODAY. AND PEOPLE ARE  HURTING NOW FARMERS ARE THERE ARE STRONG THEY'RE RESILIENT THEY'RE OPTIMISTIC THEY'RE FAITHFUL  AND IT TAKES ALL OF THAT TO PUT THAT SEED IN THE GROUND EVERY SPRING BUT THEY'RE DUTIFULLY ANXIOUS  ABOUT THEIR SITUATION. HOW DOES THAT TRANSLATE INTO YOUR MINDSET WHEN YOU'RE HERE IN WASHINGTON AND VISITING WITH SOME OF THE FOLKS YOU KNOW HERE MAKING DECISIONS AND THINGS  THAT WILL AFFECT THEIR LIVES. WELL THE WAY I VIEW IT I HAVE AN AUDIENCE OF ONE WITH THE PRESIDENT  BUT I REALLY HAVE AN AUDIENCE TO REPRESENT HIM. BUT THOUSANDS OF PRODUCERS ACROSS THE  COUNTRY I BELIEVE IT'S MY JOB TO TRANSLATE THEIR CONCERNS THEIR DESIRES THEIR WISHES TO HIM AND  TO HIS POLICYMAKERS AND TO CONGRESS AS WELL. CERTAINLY YOU MENTIONED TRADE BEING A BIG ONE. WHERE DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE STAND TODAY ON THIS ISSUE OF TRADE AND THE NERVOUSNESS THAT'S OUT  THERE IN THE COUNTRY. I THINK WE STAND ON THE PRECIPICE OF A CLIFF AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN SEE OUR  WAY CLEAR AND BE SAFE. OBVIOUSLY THE PRESIDENT LEFT THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL BELIEVING THAT ALL OF  AMERICA DISLIKED NAFTA AND I THINK HE'S FOUND OUT SINCE NAFTA FROM THE AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY WAS WAS A BENEFIT GENERALLY. WE'VE SEEN EXPORTS GROW. WE'VE SEEN THE  RELATIONSHIPS GROW. NOT EVERY SECTOR OF AGRICULTURE BUT VIRTUALLY MOST OF THE SECTORS. I HEARD A  STORY ONCE ON NAFTA ABOUT YOU WALKING INTO THE WHITE HOUSE WITH A MAP. IS IS THAT A TRUE STORY. IT HAS A LOT OF BASIS IN FACT NOT BEEN SWORN IN. I THINK IT WAS A WEEK I WAS SWORN IN AND I  WAS CALLED AND SAID SUNNY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE WITHDREW FROM NAFTA. SO WILL IT BE  DEVASTATING. THEY SAID WELL YOU BETTER GET OVER THE WHITE HOUSE THAN. SO WE TOOK A COUPLE OF CHARTS WITH US TO SHOW THE PRESIDENT HOW WELL HE WAS THOUGHT UP IN THE HEARTLAND AND  HOW MUCH THEY DEPENDED ON THE TRADE RESULTING FROM NAFTA. AND I LIKE TO TALK ABOUT  PRESIDENT TRUMP. WHILE WE ALL KNOW HIM TO BE A VERY FORCEFUL DECISIVE MOVE AHEAD SOONER RATHER THAN LATER LEADER. HE ALSO LIKE ANY GOOD LEADER HAS SORT OF A BACK DOOR IN THE BACK. HE  WAS READY TO WITHDRAW FROM NAFTA AND HE TELLS ME HE ALREADY HAD IT DRAFTED BUT HE LISTENED  AND HE CHANGED HIS MIND IN THAT INSTANT. AND I THINK THAT'S THE ESSENCE OF A GOOD LEADER.  WHAT'S YOUR GOAL FOR YOUR TENURE. WELL IT'S THE SAME BROAD VISION WE HAD WHEN WE GOT HERE. MOST CITIZENS ARE NOT USED TO BEING SERVICED CUSTOMERS. THERE USED TO BE TREATED AS  FUNDERS. YOU KNOW THAT WAY AND THE RECEIVERS OF WHATEVER POLICY COMES. MY GOAL IS FOR THE  UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO BE THE MOST EFFICIENT AND MOST EFFECTIVE THE MOST CUSTOMER FOCUSED AGENCY IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND WE WANT TO BE JUDGED THAT WAY BY  OUR CUSTOMERS OUT IN THE FIELD THE FARMERS THE RANCHERS THE FORESTERS OF AMERICA WHO GROW  WHAT I BELIEVE IS THE MOST VALUABLE COMMODITY IN THE WORLD THAT'S OUR FOOD.

TEASE
UP NEXT, WE'LL HEAR FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE EPA AND WHY HE SAYS  ITS TIME FOR HIS AGENCY TO STOP BATTLING AMERICAN'S FARMERS AND  RANCHERS. AND LATER, GET THE LATEST ON A NEW GUEST WORKER PROGRAM FROM THE  LEGISLATION'S AUTHOR. AND WE'LL STOP BY THE SMITHSONIAN NOW CALL 2018 THE YEAR OF THE TRACTOR. 

SIT-DOWN WITH EPA ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT
TO SAY FARMERS AND RANCHERS HAVE HAD AN ADVERSARIAL RELATIONSHIP  WITH THE EPA OVER THE PAST DECADE MIGHT BE PUTTING IT NICELY. BUT THE  AGENCY'S NEW BOSS—OKLAHOMAN SCOTT PRUITT –A MAN WHO ONCE FOUGHT  FURIOUSLY AGAINST ITS POLICIES— IS NOW TRYING TO CHANGE THAT  PERCEPTION. IT'S BEEN ABOUT A YEAR. YOU'VE BEEN IN OFFICE HERE HE'S BEEN TRAVELING AROUND THE COUNTRY  TALKING WITH DIFFERENT FOLKS. WHAT IS THE MESSAGE THAT YOU'VE HEARD FROM AMERICA'S FARMERS  AND RANCHERS. WELL THERE'S MUCH OPTIMISM ACROSS THE COUNTRY I THINK IN LIGHT OF THE PRESIDENT'S LEADERSHIP AND THE CHANGES THAT WE'RE MAKING AT THE EPA. I THINK THE AGENCY  BEFORE THE PRESIDENT'S ELECTION AND BEFORE OUR ARRIVAL THERE WAS WEAPONIZED TO A CERTAIN  DEGREE AND ACTUALLY LOOKED AT FARMERS AND RANCHERS NOT AS AS PARTNERS BUT AS ADVERSARIES. AND I THINK THAT WAS TRANSLATED INTO A LOT OF DIFFERENT RULES. OBVIOUSLY THERE WERE SOME THAT THERE ARE MORE EGREGIOUS THAN OTHERS BUT I THINK THAT THE ATTITUDE BY WHICH THE AGENCY  CONDUCTED ITSELF AND NOT WORKING WITH FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN A CONSTRUCTIVE PARTNERING WAY  DIDN'T ACHIEVE GOOD OUTCOMES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND ALSO DIDN'T HELP INFORM DECISIONS IN A  PROPER MANNER. SO WE'RE TRYING WE'RE FIXING THAT AND FIXING IT I THINK THROUGH BETTER ATTITUDES  IT'S SAYING THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE A FIRST CONSERVATIONISTS THAT THERE ARE FIRST ENVIRONMENTALISTS THAT THEY CARE ABOUT THE LAND THE AIR THEY BREATHE THE WATER  THEY DRINK AND THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THEIR GREATEST ASSET IS THEIR LAND AND THEY WANT TO  PASS THAT TO FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH STEWARDSHIP MENTALITY AND WE GET THAT AND WE'RE TRYING  TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO RULEMAKING THAT WE INCORPORATE THAT INTO OUR PROCESSES. HAS THAT BEEN A CULTURAL CHALLENGE. I MEAN BECAUSE YOU'RE RIGHT. FARMERS AND RANCHERS HAVE FELT LIKE  THERE'S BEEN THAT ADVERSARIAL ROLE ON BOTH SIDES. AND YOU MENTIONED EVEN HAVING FARMERS  COME TO THE EPA TO VISIT WHICH IS WHICH IS NEW I THINK A NEW THOUGHT FOR MOST OF IT HAS BEEN  CULTURAL. I THINK IT'S UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE I THINK AGAIN IT'S THIS IT'S THIS MENTALITY THAT WE'VE  LIVED WITHIN THE LAST DECADE OR SO THAT WE'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH TREMENDOUS NATURAL RESOURCES. THERE ARE SOME ENVIRONMENTAL LEFT THAT SIMPLY SAYS DON'T USE THOSE NATURAL  RESOURCES PUT UP FENCES DO NOT TOUCH. AND LOOK THAT'S JUST NEVER WHERE BEEN AS A COUNTRY.  WE'VE ALWAYS RECOGNIZED AS A COUNTRY THAT TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN MUCH IS REQUIRED THAT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY AND OBLIGATION. SOME WOULD SAY TO FEED THE WORLD WE ARE IN FACT FEEDING  THE WORLD THAT THE NATURAL RESOURCES THAT WE'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH HELP POWER THE WORLD. YOU  KNOW SO SO WHETHER IT'S ENERGY OR OTHERWISE WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION IN MY VIEW AS A COUNTRY TO RECOGNIZE THAT STEWARDSHIP SHOULD DRIVE THOSE DECISIONS AND THAT PROHIBITION AS WE TALK  ABOUT SOME OF THE PROJECTS OR THE THE REGULATIONS IN THE LEGISLATION THAT'S BEEN GOING THROUGH  THE EPA WOTAN HAS BEEN A BIG ONE. YOU'RE TAKING A VERY DIFFERENT APPROACH THIS ADMINISTRATION TAKING A VERY DIFFERENT APPROACH THAT IN FACT WE COULD HAVE MORE CLARITY ON  THAT THIS YEAR. RIGHT. IT WILL HAVE A FINAL RULE THIS YEAR ON A RULE MEANING THAT WE'LL HAVE A  SUBSTITUTE A REPLACEMENT DEFINITION. I MEAN YOU AS YOU KNOW WE'VE ACTUALLY HAD TWO DIFFERENT  RULES IN THE MARKETPLACE AT LEAST AT THIS POINT. ONE IS RESCINDING THAT 2015 RULE THAT 2015  DEFINITION OF WHAT THE UNITED STATES IS AND THEN WE'VE GOT A SEPARATE DEFINITION THAT PROVIDES  THE ANSWER GOING FORWARD BECAUSE WE NEED TO PROVIDE AN ANSWER AND THE ANSWER NEEDS TO RECOGNIZE THAT PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERSHIP AND HE'S RECOGNIZE THE ROLE OF STATES IT NEEDS TO IT  NEEDS TO HEW AND ACTUALLY LOOK AT THAT STATUTE THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND ASK AND ANSWER THE  QUESTION WHAT IS INTENDED BY THE UNITED STATES. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN. AND IT DOESN'T MEAN I  AGREE BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN AN INFERNAL DRAINAGE DITCH. IT DOESN'T MEAN A PRAIRIE POTTLE NORTH  DAKOTA. I MEAN YOU KNOW IT MEANS SOMETHING MUCH MORE LIKE A TRADITIONALLY NABAA WATER BECAUSE OF INTERSTATE COMMERCE AND THE REST AND THE INTENT THAT THE CLEAN WATER ACT  INGRAINED INTO THE LUNGS IS ACTUALLY RECOGNIZING THE ROLE OF STATES AND IN THESE MATTERS SO  WE'RE GOING TO GET THAT RIGHT GOING FORWARD. AND THE DEFINITION IS GOING TO PROVIDE CLARITY OBJECTIVE MEASUREMENTS BY WHICH WE KNOW WHERE FEDERAL JURISDICTION BEGINS AND ENDS.  THAT'S WHAT'S NEEDED. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE I MEAN THIS ISSUE THIS DECISION MAY BEFORE OUR  ARRIVAL ON NOTICE THAT RULE THAT WE ARE RESCINDING THAT I BELIEVE WAS SO DEFICIENT IT WAS TRULY  ABOUT POWER AND JURISDICTION. ULTIMATELY IT WAS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT AN AGENCY IN WASHINGTON D.C. HAD JURISDICTION OVER HOW YOU USE LAND AND STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN  WAYS THAT HAD NEVER BEEN CONTEMPLATED BEFORE. SO THAT'S WRONG. WE'RE FIXING THAT. WE'RE  GETTING RID OF THE DEFICIENT RULE THAT WE'RE PROVIDING CLARITY GOING FORWARD ON WHAT OUR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE AND RECOGNIZE THE ROLE THE STATES AND PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS> 

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MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US WITH OUR EXTENDED WEATHER FORECAST NEXT. AND LATER, A TRACTOR HELPING CULTIVATE AMERICAN HISTORY. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY I'M METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. ON THIS MONDAY MORNING AFTER EASTER STILL VERY DRY SOUTHWEST KANSAS INTO NORTHWESTERN TEXAS DROUGHT MONITOR IS GETTING WORSE AND WORSE AND UNFORTUNATE THERE'S NO END IN SIGHT TO THAT DRY WEATHER THAT EXTENDS BACK INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION AS WELL SOME DRY AREAS IN THE SOUTHEAST. A FEW DRY AREAS KIND OF LINGERING IN THE FAR NORTHERN PLAINS BUT WE'RE SEEING MORE MOISTURE IN THOSE AREAS AS WELL COMING UP. NOW GOING BACK A MONTH YOU CAN SEE IT WAS ALREADY GETTING PRETTY DRY IN THESE AREAS. BUT OVERALL IT'S CONTINUING TO GET WORSE AND WORSE BECAUSE WE'RE JUST NOT GETTING ANY MOISTURE WE'RE GETTING MOISTURE IN EASTERN TEXAS JUST NOT AREAS WEST OF THERE AND THAT'S SOMETIMES TYPICAL ONCE YOU GET INTO A PATTERN LIKE THIS THE DROUGHT JUST KIND OF KEEPS EXPANDING UPON ITSELF. HERE IS THE JET STREAM AND YOU CAN SEE MOST OF THE ENERGY IS GOING TO BE THROUGH THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES. TUESDAY ON INTO THE LATTER PARTS OF THE WEEK THERE'S PIECES OF ENERGY MOVING AROUND THIS BIG AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IN THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE IN EASTERN CANADA. BUT BEYOND THAT WE DON'T SEE A LOT OF A LOT OF ENERGY COMING SOUTHWESTWARD BUT AT THE VERY END NEXT WEEKEND IT IS TRYING TO SHOW A CUT OFF LOW FORMING IN THE SOUTHWEST. IT'S FIRST TIME IT'S SHOWN THAT SO TO SEE THAT IF THAT HAPPENS OR NOT BUT WE'RE GOING THROUGH A PATTERN TRANSITION HERE. AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE SEEING SOME CHANGES SO TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK BELOW NORMAL CENTRAL NORTHERN PLAINS GREAT LAKES DOWN TO THE OHIO VALLEY NORTHEAST ABOVE NORMAL THE FAR SOUTHEAST AND ALSO MUCH OF THE SOUTHWEST SOUTHERN TEXAS PRECIPITATION THIS WEEK BELOW NORMAL FOR NORTHERN PLAINS SOUTHWEST ABOVE NORMAL THEN FROM THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY THROUGHOUT THE NORTHEAST AND ALSO INTO THE NORTHWEST 90 DAY OUTLOOK WILL GO MONTH BY MONTH HERE FOR APRIL TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL STILL FROM THE GREAT LAKES NORTHERN HALF OF THE PLAINS ABOVE NORMAL SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA ON THROUGH THE SOUTHWEST PRECIPITATE OR NO MAY TEMPERATURES I SHOULD SAY HERE WE GET RID OF THE COLD AIR WE DO THINK WE GO INTO A WARMER PATTERN FROM THE SOUTHWESTERN GREAT LAKES ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SOUTHERN TIER OF STATES ABOVE NORMAL BELOW NORMAL. EASTERN MONTANA THAT KIND OF CONTINUES A WHILE INTO JUNE AS WELL BUT ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED FOR NEW ENGLAND MOST OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BACK INTO THE SOUTHWEST PRECIPITATION MORE OF THE SAME ABOVE NORMAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE GREAT LAKES BELOW NORMAL IN MOST OF THE SOUTHWEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS NEEDLES CALIFORNIA. FIRST OF ALL VERY WARM WITH LOTS OF SUNSHINE HIGH OF 92 DEGREES ABILENE TEXAS VARIABLY CLOUDY CHANCE OF A THUNDERSTORM HIGH 77 AND FINALLY BURLINGTON VERMONT PARTLY SUNNY RATHER CHILLY HIGH OF 42 DEGREES

TESAE
WHAT WOULD A NEW GUEST WORKER PROGRAM LOOK LIKE? WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT COMING UP AS OUR AGDAY ON THE HILL SPECIAL CONTINUES. AND LATER, 100 YEARS AGO THIS TRACTOR WAS MAKING HISTORY. TODAY ITS  PART OF HISTORY. 

IMMIGRATION TALK WITH GOODLATTE
WELCOME BACK TO OUR SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY -- ON THE HILL. IMMIGRATION REFORM HAS BEEN TALKING POINT IN WASHINGTON FOR DECADES.  AND UP UNTIL A MONTH AGO, MANY CORNERS OF THE COUNTRY EXPECTED  MAJOR REFORMS TO BE TIED TO THE OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL PASSED LAST MONTH. BUT A SUPREME COURT DECISION...EASING PRESSURE ON 'DREAMERS' PUSHED  IMMIGRATION OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT.  BUT WORK CONTINUES, INCLUDING WORK ON A NEW GUEST WORKER PROGRAM. THE BILL'S AUTHOR REPRESENTATIVE BOB GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA SHARED THE DETAILS. WHY DON'T WE START BY TALKING ABOUT THE AG ACT AND GIVE US JUST KIND OF A OVERVIEW OF HOW  IT'S DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE. SO WE TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE WHAT I THINK IS  A VERY VERY GOOD BILL THAT LOOKS AT THIS PROBLEM FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE FARMER. WE TAKE  THIS PROGRAM AWAY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TURN IT OVER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WHERE THE NEW SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE SONNY PERDUE IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT  WE'RE DOING. IT ALSO AND SOME OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE AGE TO A PROGRAM LIKE HAVING  PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION HOUSING HAVING TO DEAL WITH THE SO-CALLED ADVERSE EFFECT WAGE RATE WHICH IS A BUREAUCRAT DREAM TO TELL FARMERS THE IDEAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY NEED TO BE  PAYING TO ASSURE THAT THEY'LL GET AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL POSITIONS WHERE IT IS EXTREMELY  DIFFICULT TO FIND AMERICAN WORKERS AND THEY'VE GOT TO HAVE GUEST WORKERS WE WANT THEM TO BE  LEGAL HOWEVER WE ALSO HAVE A PROBLEM FOR THOSE SECTORS OF AGRICULTURE THAT DON'T CAN'T EVEN  QUALIFY FOR THE CURRENT AID TO A PROGRAM. DAIRY FARMERS. THEY NEED WORKERS YEAR ROUND NOT JUST TO HARVEST THE SEASONAL CROP. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL IS THAT IT GIVES THE CONTROL  OVER THIS TO THE FARMER NOT TO BUREAUCRATS BECAUSE THEY GET TO SELF CERTIFY THEIR NEED. IT'S ALSO  A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING HARD IN AGRICULTURE BUT ARE NOT LAWFULLY  PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO VERY EASILY BECOME LAWFUL. NOT WITH A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP BUT SIMPLY ALLOWING THEM TO GET LEGAL. WITH  A GUEST WORKER PROGRAM THAT IS GOOD FOR TWO YEARS AT A TIME IN DAIRY AND IN THE RAW FOOD  PROCESSING PLANTS IT'S THREE YEARS. AND I THINK THAT'S A GREAT THING FOR THEM AS WELL. TWO  CONCERNS HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED HAVE BEEN THE OVERALL CAP BUT THAT IS AN EASY ONE TO EXPLAIN. THIS CAP THIS PROGRAM ALLOWS 900000 OR MORE WORKERS OVER THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF THE  PROGRAM. PLUS IT WILL NOT COUNT ANYBODY IN THE CURRENT AGE TO A PROGRAM WHO CONVERTS OVER.  THAT DOESN'T COUNT AGAINST THE CAP. AND ANYBODY WHO'S UNLAWFULLY HERE AND DOES THE TOUCHBACK AND GETS LAWFUL THEY ALSO DON'T COUNT AGAINST THAT CAP. THEN IF THE CAP IS EVER MET  AND I DON'T BELIEVE IT WILL BUT IF IT'S EVER MET THEN THERE'S AN AUTOMATIC 10 PERCENT INCREASE.  THE OTHER AREA WHERE THEY'VE EXPRESSED SOME CONCERN ABOUT IS THE TOUCHBACK IN THIS BILL WE  DO TWO REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS ONE WE GIVE THEM THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION SO THAT THEY KNOW BEFORE THEY LEAVE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME BACK AGAIN. THEY WILL NOT HAVE  TO GO TO A U.S. CONSULATE THEY CAN GO TO ANY COUNTRY OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. THEY SIMPLY  HAVE TO GIVE PROOF THAT THEY HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY AND RE-ENTERED WHICH THEY CAN GET A STAMP  OR DOCUMENT WHEN THEY PRESENT THOSE PAPERS THAT ALLOW THEM BACK IN. AND THEN IN ADDITION WE IN THIS LEGISLATION MAKE SURE THAT WHAT ARE CALLED THE THREE YEAR AND 10 YEAR BARS ARE  REMOVED THEY'RE WAIVED ONLY FOR AGRICULTURE GUEST WORKERS> YOU CAN SEE THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH REPRESENTATIVE GOODLATTE ON  AGWEB DOT COM. 

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UP NEXT, A TRACTOR IN WASHINGTON IS CATCHING THE ATTENTION OF VISITORS. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA. TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE. VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY.WASHINGTON D.C. IS ALSO CELEBRATING THE BUSINESS OF AGRICULTURE IN  2018. BUT YOU WON'T FIND THAT STORY WITHOUT A TRIP TO THE SMITHSONIAN. UNDER THE LIGHTS, AND AROUND A CORNER AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SITS  THE BEGINNING OF A REVOLUTION. IT IS AMAZING. THE COLORS ARE BEAUTIFUL. A 1918 JOHN DEERE WATERLOO BOY-- PERCHED ATOP A PLATFORM--100 YEARS  SINCE IT FIRST BEGAN CHANGING THE WAY AMERICA FARMS. ENTREPRENEURS MANUFACTURERS AND TINKER'S AS FARMERS REALLY CHANGE THE TECHNOLOGY OF FARMING AND CHANGE THE WAY FARMING HAPPENED.A STORY BEING TOLD AT THE MUSEUM'S AMERICAN ENTERPRISE EXHIBIT. THE CURATORS FOR AMERICAN ENTERPRISE EXHIBITION WERE REALLY INTENTIONAL ABOUT INCLUDING  AGRICULTURE AND ESPECIALLY AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE LARGELY NOT FARMERS  TODAY OR ARE YOU KNOW DISTANT SEVERAL GENERATIONS FROM A FARMING PAST UNDERSTAND FARMING  AND UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY OF FARMING AS REALLY A CRUCIBLE OF INNOVATION. FROM THE EARLIEST DAYS OF THE TRACTOR..THE DISPLAY SHOWS THE BATTLE  BETWEEN EQUIPMENT MAKERS AND AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS LIKE FORD-- WHICH MADE THE FORDSON TRACTOR--WHICH IN 1923 SOLD 75 PERCENT OF ALL  THE TRACTORS PURCHASED THAT YEAR. WHO WOULD BE THE LEADING FORCE WOULD IT BE AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS, OR WOULD IT BE  EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS, SO THEY'RE COMPETING FOR THAT TERRITORY. AND I THINK THOSE TWO TRACTORS REALLY GET AT THAT. TODAY THAT BATTLE IS OVER PRECISION AGRICULTURE. THE DISPLAY INCLUDES INNOVATIVE MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE INDUSTRY...INCLUDING GPS AND  DRONES. HOW NEW TECHNOLOGIES ARE HELPING FARMERS REALLY SEE THEIR FIELDS THEIR CROPS THEIR  PRODUCTS IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND HELPING THEM BE MORE EFFICIENT IN THEIR PLANNING AND HOW THEY  MANAGE THE LAND. TECHNOLOGY NOW COMMON FOR FARMERS BUT FASCINATING FOR VISITORS...GETTING A PICTURE OF THE MOMENTS SHAPING OUR FUTURE. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY SAYS THE WATERLOO BOY WILL BE ON EXHIBIT FOR THE  NEXT YEAR--SO COME TAKE A LOOK. 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.HAVE A GOOD DAY.

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