AgDay Daily Recap - September 3, 2018

September 3, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

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ON A SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY ... MEET A KENTUCKY FARM FAMILY FIGHTING FOR THEIR FUTURE TAKE A TRIP BACK TO THE HEY-DAY OF THE RAILROAD. A MICHIGAN DAIRY IS CLOSING THE PARLOR GATES AFTER A CENTURY OF TEACHING. AND THE STORY BEHIND A SHARP SHOOTING WILD WEST HEROINE.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO. 

FARMING THE HORIZON
GOOD MORNING WELCOME TO A SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY . I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE COMBINES START ROLLING IN ERNEST ACROSS THE  MIDWEST. AND ONE OF THOSE SPOTS, WILL BE AT CARRAWAY FAMILY FARMS IN MURRAY KENTUCKY. THIS HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM HAS TURNED THEIR LOVE OF FARMING IN TO A PROFITABLE BUSINESS, CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING THE TWISTS AND TURNS OF  EVERYDAY LIFE. AND THIS YEAR, HARVEST IS MAY BE EXTRA SPECIAL.  SCOUTING A CROP ON A HOT KENTUCKY DAY...  YEAH IT LOOKS GOOD, THE LEAVES LOOK GOOD I SEE A LITTLE BIT OF WORM DAMAGE. IT NEEDS SOME   WATER. YEAH MORE THAN ANYTHING IT JUST NEEDS WATER.  IS A CHANCE FOR CRAIG AND JOANNA CARRAWAY TO SEE THE RESULTS OF   ANOTHER SEASON'S HANDIWORK.  "THIS TOBACCO HAS GROWN JUST SINCE I SENT YOU THE PICTURE THE OTHER DAY. IT'S GROWN A LOT."  THEIR FARM IN MURRAY KENTUCKY HAS GROWN THANKS TO STEADY STRIDES IN  THE RIGHT DIRECTION.  WE JUST GOT A NOTEBOOK OUT AND I SAT DOWN AND I SAID, WHAT'S SOME THINGS YOU WANT TO   SEE ON THE FARM? WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? AND I JUST STARTED WRITING  THINGS DOWN. GOALS WRITTEN AND SET ASIDE -- LOST FOR 10 YEARS-- UNTIL JUST A  FEW   WEEKS AGO. SO I FOUND THAT NOTEBOOK AND I GOT IT OUT AND I SAID, YOU GOT TO LOOK AT THIS,   AND SHE STARTED READING THEM TO ME AND SAYING, YOU KNOW, AND I'M LIKE, WELL, WE'VE  DONE THAT WE'VE DONE THAT.   WE HAVE DONE EVERY SINGLE THING ON THIS LIST, BUT THREE.   AN ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT STARTED NEARLY 2 DECADES AGO... SO BY THE TIME WE WENT ON OUR FIRST DATE, WE WERE BASICALLY PLANNING OUR FUTURE, WE, WE   BOTH KNEW WE WEREN'T A FARM, THAT'S WHAT WE WANTED TO DO. AND SO THAT PART WAS EASY. BUT   THE LOGISTICS OF IT WAS A LITTLE BIT HARDER.   YOU KNOW, I SAID IN THE BEGINNING, I WASN'T GONNA DO IT. I WAS GONNA GO DO SOMETHING   ELSE. AND IT WAS IN MY BLOOD. AND I JUST FELT IT CALLING ME BACK.   BACK IN THE MID 2000'S THE PAIR WALKED AWAY FROM AG RETAIL...  GAVE UP WAS THE COMPANY TRUCK, A COMPANY CELL PHONE, BENEFITS, A GOOD SALARY  AND WE JUST BOTH AGREED THAT WE WOULD NEVER LET MONEY RULE OUR LIFE THAT THAT WOULD   NEVER MAKE OUR FINAL DECISIONS, YOU GOT TO HAVE MONEY TO LIVE. BUT YOU CAN LIVE ON A WHOLE   LOT LESS, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. SO WE DECIDED THAT WE WERE WILLING TO   LIVE ON LESS IF THAT'S IF IT MEANT WE GOT TO FARM  TAKING A CHANCE TO PARTNER WITH CRAIG'S PARENTS AND SETTING UP A LEASE  TO OWN PLAN WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER. AND THAT HELPED HER WITH TAXES. AND IT HELPED US TO TRANSITION IN AS A STAIR STEP. SO WE   WERE ABLE TO MAKE PAYMENTS OVER FIVE YEARS.  IT WORKED REALLY WELL FOR US  THEIR VERY FIRST YEAR, 2006 WAS A BUMPER CROP. THE VERY NEXT YEAR-- DROUGHT AND A COMPLETE CROP FAILURE.  WE HAD, SO WE BEANS THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET MADE 11.7 AS AN AVERAGE I HAVE A DEGREE   IN AGRONOMY AND I THOUGHT OUR TECHNOLOGY HAD SURPASSED THAT I DIDN'T EVEN, I MEAN, I JUST  DIDN'T THINK IT COULD EVER GET THAT BAD.   AFTER 2007 YOU NEEDED A BACKUP PLAN IS THAT FAIR TO SAY? WE DID. ESPECIALLY WITH US BOTH  HAVING ON FARM INCOME.   THEY NEEDED A PLAN B AND IRONICALLY, THEIR LIFELINE ENDED UP BEING   TOBACCO. SO WE REALIZED THAT TOBACCO, WE COULD IRRIGATE IT ON A SMALL SCALE. AND THAT WOULD WORK THAT   COULD BE OUR PLAN B, WE COULD CONTROL THE WATER WITH IT. AND THAT WOULD HELP.   WHAT I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE TOBACCO. IT CAN BE ANYTHING, IT CAN BE  CHICKENS, IT COULD BE HOGS, IT COULD BE A PREMIUM CROP OF SOMETHING IN YOUR SPECIFIC AREA.   THEY LEARNED TO BUTTON UP THEIR FINANCES...JOANNA CREATED  SPREADSHEETS TRACKING, ESTIMATING AND BUDGETING EVERY CORNER OF   THE OPERATION.  WE DIDN'T LIVE ABOVE OUR MEANS WE DIDN'T SPEND A LOT OF MONEY EXTRA MONEY...  WE REALIZE THAT EVERY DOLLAR WE EVER SPENT WENT TOWARDS SOMETHING TO MAKE MONEY.   AS FAR AS PURCHASES GO, WE NEVER BOUGHT BOATS, FOUR-WHEELERS, ATVS, ANY KIND OF  EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DID NOT HAPPEN IF IT DIDN'T MAKE MONEY. BECAUSE THAT WOULD TAKE   AWAY FROM OUR GOALS. AND ONCE HE...(VOICE CRACKS) AND I'M GONNA TRY NOT TO GET UPSET....  I WAS DIAGNOSED IN FEBRUARY OF 2016 WITH BRAIN CANCER.  ONCE HE WAS DIAGNOSED, WE REALIZED THAT MAYBE THAT WASN'T ALWAYS THE BEST CHOICE   CRAIG WAS GIVEN LESS THAN 14 MONTHS TO LIVE.  WHEN EVERYBODY IS CRYING THE BLUES ABOUT WHAT THE CROWD IS GOING TO DO, I ALWAYS STAY  OPTIMISTIC ALL THE WAY UNTIL YOU SLAPS ME IN THE FACE.  SHE FOUND SPECIALISTS IN HOUSTON, HELPED CRAIG GET IN A CUTTING EDGE   MEDICAL TRIAL AND THE TEAM WENT TO WORK.  BEFORE HIS FIRST BRAIN SURGERY, WE SIT DOWN. AND IT WAS NOT ABOUT THE FARM... THERE WAS NO   CONVERSATIONS OF I WISH WE'D HAVE FAR MORE ACRES. I WISH WE'D MADE MORE MONEY, WHICH WE   BUILT MORE BARNS WE DIDN'T THINK OF ANY OF THOSE.TWO SURGERY'S AND MORE THAN TWO AND HALF YEARS LATER, CRAIG IS STILL  HERE, STILL FACING THE FUTURE WITH HIS FAMILY.  IT JUST REALLY CHANGES YOUR MINDSET A LOT SO DAILY I GET UP AND JUST THANK GOD THAT I'M WAKING   UP AND I'M STILL HERE FOR ANOTHER DAY  AFTER THE LAST SURGERY CRAIG HAD TO RELEARN HOW TO WALK, WITH JOANNA   AND HIS KIDS ENCOURAGING EVERY STEP.   WE DIDN'T GET THERE WITH WORK WITH FOCUSING ON THE END. WE GOT THERE FOCUSING ON WHAT   WE GOT TO DO TODAY. AND TODAY MEANT SAVORING EVERY MOMENT, TAKING  WEEKENDS OFF, GOING   TO BALL GAMES AND CAMPING  SO WE REALIZED THEN THAT MAYBE NOW WE KNOW OUR TIME IS A LOT SHORTER. WE NEED TO  FOCUS ON SOME THINGS OF ENJOYMENT, HOSE GOALS SCRIBBLED INTO A NOTEBOOK TEN  YEARS AGO, AND THE PLANS   FOR DISASTER PROOFING A BUSINESS,   NOTHING'S IMPOSSIBLE. SO YOU GOT TO BE POSITIVE AND LOOK AT-- IT'S NOT THINGS THAT ARE  IMPOSSIBLE, IT'S THINGS TO WORK TOWARD. NOW JUST A STEP ALONG AN UNCERTAIN PATH WITH IMMEASURABLE RETURNS. CRAIG ISN'T OUT OF THE WOODS YET. HE'S STILL BATTLING A BRAIN TUMOR. THE FAMILY SAYS HE'S STARTING A NEW KIND OF CHEMO IN HOPES OF WINNING  THE WAR. WE WISH THEM THE BEST... 

TEASE
BEFORE AIRPLANES - AND CERTAINLY JETLINERS - MOST PEOPLE TRAVELED BY  TRAIN. BUT MANY OLD RAIL LINES HAVE BEEN ABANDONED. PASSENGER  TRAVEL  BY TRAIN IS RESERVED FOR A FEW SELECT ROUTES TODAY.  BUT AS ANDREW  MCCREA SHOWS US - AN OLD RAIL LINE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA  IS COMING BACK  TO LIFE, BRINING IT WITH  IT A WEALTH OF STORIES FROM THE GLORY DAYS OF  RAILROADS. 

FRENCH LICK, INDIANA
A CENTURY AGO, OVER A DOZEN PASSENTGER TRAINS AND PERHAPS OVER 100 PERSONAL RAIL CARS,  JUST LIKE THIS ONE, WERE TRAVELING THE RAILS TO FRENCH LICK, INDIANA. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE  COMING HERE FOR THE HEALING WATERS AND THE LEGAL GAMBLING THAT THE REGION HAD TO OFFER. WHILE  TIMES HAVE CHANGED, PEOPLE ARE STILL COMING HERE, TRAVELING THE SAME RAILS, TO EXPERIENCE THE FRENCH LICK SCENIC RAILWAY.  IN THE EARLY 1800S BUSINESS INTERESTS IN FRENCH LICK, IN BEGAN TO TOUT THE HEALING QUALITIES  OF PLUTO WATER DERIVED FROM THE NATURAL SPRINGS HERE. LARGE RESORTS SPROUTED FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE TO HOUSE THE MASSES WHO CAME FOR THEIR HEALTH …AND OTHER REASONS AS WELL. "AND THEN YOU ALSO HAD ABOUT 13 DIFFERENT LEGAL CASINOS THAT DOTTED THE AREA. SO  PEOPLE COMING IN FROM CHICAGO, ESPECIALLY, CAME DOWN TO GAMBLE TEH RESORTS AND THE  RAILROADS WERE NICE ENOUGH THAT IF YOU LOST ALL YOUR MONEY, YOU GOT A TICKET HOME. YOU AHVE PRIVATE CARS ALL OVER THIS AREA, AND IF YOU'RE UNFAMILIAR WITH WHAT THAT IS, IT'S YOUR  OWN BUSINESS CAR. IT'S THE SAME AS SOMEONE OWNING A LEER JET TODAY. DURING THE WEEK OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY RAIL TRAFFIC WOULD SWELL TO RECORD NUMBERS.  IN  ADDITION TO REGULARLY SCHEDULED TRAINS, MANY ADDITIONAL CARS WOULD CROWD THE TRACKS OF FRENCH LICK THE RAIL LINE RAN LITERALLY RIGHT TO THE FRONT PORCH OF THE FRENCH LICK SPRINGS HOTEL.  BUT OVER  TIME, BETTER ROADS AND WANING INTEREST IN THE SPRING WATER REDUCED THE NEED TO RIDE THE RAILS HERE. BUT THE TRAINS WERE FAR FROM FORGOTTEN.  THE INDIANA RAILWAY MUSEUM MADE ITS HOME HERE… AND YOU CAN FIND MANY EXAMPLES OF THE CARS THAT ONCE PLIED THE TRACKS IN THIS AREA.  THE OLD  FRENCH LICK TRAIN STATION WAS RESTORED, TRACKS READIED, AND THE TRAINS ONCE AGAIN BEGAN CARRYING PASSENGERS. (WE OPERATE AS THE FRENCHLICK RAILROAD TODAY, MAINLY OPERATING AS A SCENIC EXCURSION AND SPECIAL EVENTS. OUR NORMAL RIDES ARE ABOUT AN 18 MILE ROUND TRIP. WE TAKE YOU DOWN JUST A  LITTLE SHY OF CUZCO, INDIANA TO OUR STATION AT GRADMAN. THERE WE STOP FOR A FEW MOMENTS, LET  YOU STRETCH YOUR LEGS AND COME BACK. EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE THERE WILL BEATRIAN ROBBERY THERE  WHERE COWBOYS ROB THE TRAIN AND HOLD YOU UP.  JUST FOR SHOW OF COURSE.  IN FACT, THE RAILWAY HOSTS MANY SPECIAL EXCURSIONS, BUT ALSO OFFERS  REGULAR SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.  IT HARKENS TO A DAY WHEN GETTING TO FRENCH LICK WAS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE ONE RELISHED. YOU'LL SEE TEH ROLLING HILLS OF SOUTHERN INDIANA, AND BASICALLY JUS SIT BACK , RELAX AND ENJOY THE  WAY TRAVEL USED TO BE. TRAVEL USED TO BE PART OF THE OCCAISION, NOT JUST THE DESTINATION. THE BOX CARS HERE ARE STILL ADVERTISING PLUTO WATER. WHILE YOU CAN NO LONGER DRINK IT AS A  MEDICINE. PEOPLE ARE STILL COMING TO EXPERIENCE HTE RAILROAD, AND SEE A LITTLE BIT OF HTE HISTORY  AND SCENERY OF SOUTEHRNINDIANA. TRAVELING THE COUNTRYSIDE IN FRENCHLICKINDIANA. I'MANDREWMACRAE.  

MICHIGAN CENTURY FARM
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN IS DEEPLY ROOTED IN AGRICULTURE - FRUIT, VEGGIES AND LIVESTOCK. BUT DESPITE THE DIVERSITY, IT'S NOT IMMUNE TO A DOWNTURN  IN THE MARKET....LIKE IN DAIRY. AS BETSY JIBBEN REPORTS, A CENTURY-OLD FARM OWNED BY A LOCAL COLLEGE  IS NO LONGER ABLE TO WEATHER THE UN-CERTAINTY IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY. DAY-TO-DAY DAIRY OPERATIONS ARE POWERED BY ROUTINE...  "I DO A 3 AM SHIFT, AN 11 AM SHIFT AND THEN A 7 P.M."THAT RHYTHEM AND ROUTINE EQUALS SUCCESS FOR A DAIRY FARM.  "WE ARE PREG CHECKING RIGHT NOW AND THEN ALL THE COWS THAT ARE OPEN THAT DON'T HAVE A CALF,  THEY'RE GETTING SOME KIND OF A SHOT TO GET BACK TO HEAT AGAIN,"THE CYCLE OF LIFE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, GLOBAL CONSISTENCY AND GROWING PRODUCTION  IS CAUSING FINANCIAL STRESS.. EVEN IN BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN.  "WE'VE BEEN SHRINKING TOO. THERE'S ONLY A FEW LEFT IN OUR COUNTY,""I KNOW OF TWO FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT HAD TO STOP ALSO BECAUSE OF THAT SAME REASONING. IT HITS HOME FOR ME A LITTLE BIT."IT HITS CLOSE TO HOME FOR ALL OF THEM... FALLING MILK PRICES AREN'T JUST HURTING THE 'AVERAGE' DAIRY. IT'S FORCING ANDREWS UNIVERSITY TO CLOSE THE DOORS ON ITS  'EDUCATIONAL' DAIRY TOO.  "LIKE MUCH OF THE DAIRY INDUSTRY, THE DAIRY AT ANDREWS UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN OPERATING BELOW THE COST OF PRODUCTION. SO MUCH SO THE UNIVERSITY HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE ITS DAIRY OPERATIONS  THE SUMMER OF 20-19""TAKES A BREATH - I WISH THAT THE DECISION MAKERS, THE BOARD MEMBERS, THOUGHT DIFFERENTLY  BUT WE HAVE TO THINK OF THE OVERALL BUDGET OF THE UNIVERSITY. I DON'T WANT TO BE SELFISH BECAUSE  A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED IN THIS BUT - PAUSE- IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE - TAKES A LONG  PAUSE ,"THE DAIRY AT THE UNIVERSITY WAS NEVER DESIGNED TO BE A MONEY MAKER  BUT STALE FINANCIALS AND DSTAGNET MARKETS ARE MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO  STAY OPEN. "OVERALL, WE NEED ABOUT 16 DOLLARS PER HUNDREDWEIGHT TO BREAK EVEN, THE REALITY HAS BEEN  IN TEH LAST 2 OR 3 YEARS, IT'S BEEN 13 TO 14.""WE'VE GONE FROM THAT TO LOSING BETWEEN 700 TO 900 THOUSAND PER YEAR OVER THE LAST 3  YEARS."THREE YEARS OF PILING DEBT IS NOW HIGH ENOUGH TO TOPPLE A CENTURY OF  MILKING. "SIGHS, WELL, IT'S VERY DISAPPOIPNTING. VERY SAD. 111 YEAR HISTORY. THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AS YOU'VE  HEARD FROM OTHERS IS READJUSTING,"SHE WOULD KNOW- SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO WORK AT THE DAIRY  DECADES AGO. "I FED THE CALVES. VERY INTERESTING,"ANDREWS UNIVERSITY WAS FOUNDED IN BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN - LATER MOVED TO BERRIEN SPRINGS FOR MORE SPACE. "OUR HISTORY HERE IN SW MICHIGAN BEGAN IN 1901, WHEN WE MOVED HERE. THE FARM WAS  STARTED THE SAME YEAR AND SIX YEARS LATER, THE DAIRY, WHICH IS BEHIND US BEGUN,""ONE OF THE REASONS THIS SPOT WS CHOSEN WAS NOT JUST BECAUSE IT WASN'T JUST A GREAT SPOT FOR  A SCHOOL. IT WAS A GREAT SPOT FOR A FARM,"IT'S HARD TO KNOW HOW THE FACILITIES AT ANDREWS WILL LOOK A YEAR FROM  NOW..  "WE'RE WORKING ON A PLAN TO SEE IF WE CAN'T UTILIZE SOME OF THESE FACILITIES FOR OTHER SPECIES,  YOU KNOW, LLAMAS, GOATS, SHEEP, CHICKENS, DUCKS..."AND HOW MUCH CHANGE WILL COME WITH CLOSURE... "I'VE BEEN HERE A TOTAL OF 22 YEARS COME THIS FALL...""I ENJOY IT VERY MUCH. I ENJOY THE PRODUCTS, THE JOB, THE WORK, ENJOY THE COWS AND PEOPLE. IT'S  ALL A NICE PACKAGE.."BUT UNTIL DAIRY PRICES REBOUND...  "IN A PERFECT WORLD, WE'D HAVE AIR CONDITIONING BUT WE DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY." EVERYDAY LIFE ON U.S. DAIRIES... "AFTER THIS, I'M GOING TO RETIRE. LAUGHS. I'M OLD ENOUGH. I'VE BEEN DOING THIS ALL OF MY LIFE,"MAY SEE MORE DISRUPTIONS IN THE FUTURE.  REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  

WISCONSIN GINSENG
WISCONSIN IS KNOWN FOR ITS DAIRY FARMS AND CHEESE PRODUCTION. BUT DID  YOU ALSO KNOW IT LEADS THE COUNTRY IN GINSENG PRODUCTION. IT  PRODUCES ABOUT A MILLION POUNDS A YEAR. IT'S ONE OF THOSE LITTLE KNOWN CROPS IN THE U-S WITH A HUGE DEMAND IN  CHINA. UNFORTUNATELY IT'S THREATENED BY A 15-PERCENT RETALIATORY TARIFF ASSESSED BY CHINA. IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE WISCONSIN COUNTIES ASSOCIATION, WE SEE  WHY MARATHON COUNTY IS HOME TO SO MUCH COMMERCIALLY-GROWN  GINSENG. GEOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY, CLIMATE, AND PLANT GENETICS—PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN GINSENG  CULTIVATION, AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN GINSENG IS AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD. MARATHON COUNTY IS THE LEADER IN AMERICAN GINSENG PRODUCTION. INFACT 95% OF U.S. GINSENG IS EXPORTED FROM  MARATHON COUNTY ALONE. "THE AVERAGE PERSON EVEN IN MARATHON COUNTY PROBABLY DOESN'T  EVEN REALIZE HOW BIG IT IS. IT'S A BIG MARKET, IT'S A BIG CASH CROP HERE. AND IT'S NOT SOMETHING  WE NECESSARILY CONSUME OURSELVES SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S KIND OF DECEPTIVELY IMPORTANT TO  OUR ECONOMY." THE CITY OF WAUSAU HOSTS AN INTERNATIONAL WISCONSIN GINSENG FESTIVAL EVERY  YEAR IN MID-SEPTEMBER. MANY OF THE ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE RIGHT  ON DOWNTOWN WAUSAU'S 400 BLOCK. BUT THERE'S ALSO A WIDE VARIETY OF TOURS, DEMOS AND  ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE AREA. (WILL HSU) THERE ARE OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY OF GROWING GINSENG IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN. THIS IS AN AREA THAT THE SOIL AND THE MINERAL CONTENT REALLY HELPS BRING FORTH SOME OF THOSE UNIQUE FLAVORS IN GINSENG THAT CAN'T BE REPLICATED IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. HSU (SUE) GINSENG ENTERPRISES, A GINSENG FARM IN RURAL WAUSAU, IS ABLE TO SERVE CUSTOMERS AROUND THE WORLD. THE MAIN CONSUMERS OF GINSENG, HISTORICALLY AND TRADITIONALLY, HAVE BEEN  CHINESE CONSUMERS, BUT THAT'S QUICKLY CHANGING DUE TO ITS HEALTH BENEFITS. WHEN YOU TALK TO CHINESE CONSUMERS, THEY KNOW THAT WISCONSIN GROWS GINSENG, AND THAT'S  WHAT I THINK I FIND AMAZING WITH THIS PRODUCT IS IT HAS SUCH AN INTERNATIONAL APPEAL, BUT YET SO  MANY PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THIS STATE DON'T REALIZE THAT IT'S GROWN IN THEIR BACKYARD. FOLKS TRAVEL  TO WAUSAU FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE GINSENG AND IT'S HEALTH BENEFITS. I'VE BEEN USING IT THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, INCLUDING WHEN I WON THE FRENCH OPEN IN 1989 AS A  17-YEAR-OLD. SO I HAVE A LOT OF GOOD MEMORIES THERE AND GINSENG HAS BEEN PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN MY HEALTH AND LIFE EVER SINCE. 

ANNIE OKLEY
THE WILD WEST SPAWNED ALL MANNER OF NOSTALGIC HEROES AND HEROINES. FROM OUTLAWS LIKE BILLY THE KID, AND BUTCH CASSIDY TO SHOWMEN LIKE  BUFFALO BILL. ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS WAS ANNIE OAKLEY.  A SHARP SHOOTER WITH THE TALENT TO IMPRESS. AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE'S ANDREW MCCRAE PICKS UP THE TALE. ANNIE OAKLEY WAS BORN IN 1860 NEAR GREENVILLE, OHIO.  HER FATHER DIED WHEN SHE WAS JUST  FIVE AND THE YOUNG GIRL WANTED TO HUNT ANIMALS TO HELP PROVIDE FOR HER FAMILY. SHE STARTED HUNTING AND SHE WOULD HUNT PHEASANT AND BIRDS.  SHE WOULD HIT THEM IN  THE HEAD SO THERE WOULD BE NO BUCKSHOT IN THE BODY SO THEY IT MADE  VERY GOOD  EATING AND SHE WOULD SELL THE BIRDS TO THE HOTELS WE  NEED TO EDIT THIS CUT IN THE MIDDLE AS SHE COUGHS AND STUMBLES OVER HER WORDS.  WE NEED TO CUT IT AFTER "PHEASANT AND BIRDS" AND THEN JUMP TO "SHE WOULD HIT THEM IN THE HEAD…" MARILYN ROBBINS KNOWS ANNIE'S STORY WELL, HAVING WRITTEN SEVERAL BOOKS ABOUT THE  SHARPSHOOTER. ANNIE CAME TO FAME AS A YOUNG WOMAN WHEN SHE WAS ENTERED IN A SHOOTING  CONTEST AGAINST WELL-KNOWN MARKSMEN FRANK BUTLER.  THEY HAD TO SHOOT TWENTY FIVE BIRDS.  AND HE MISSED HIS LAST BIRD.  HE ONLY GOT TWENTY  FOUR AND SHE GOT TWENTY-FIVE .NOT ONLY DID THE YOUNG LADY FROM THE OHIO FRONTIER HIT MORE BIRDS THAT BUTLER, THE TWO FELL IN  LOVE AND GOT MARRIED.  THE PAIR WOULD BE TOGETHER FOR NEARLY FIFTY YEARS.  AT FIRST THEY  PERFORMED TOGETHER AND THEN THEIR ACT CAUGHT THE EYE OF BUFFALO BILL WHO HIRED ANNIE TO BE A PART OF HIS WILD WEST SHOW.  YOU CAN SEE ANNIE'S AMAZING ABILITIES ON DISPLAY HERE AT THE  GARST MUSEUM SUCH AS THE COMMORATIVE COINS THROWN INTO THE AIR FOR ANNIE TO SHOOT.ALL THE ONES THAT WE HAVE ON DISPLAY HERE HAVE HOLES IN THEM WHERE ANNIE HAS SHOT THE HOLES..  WE HAVE CARDS.  SHE WOULD SHOOT THE ACE OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF A CARD.ANNIE SHOT A CIGAR OUT OF THE MOUTH OF HER HUSBAND FRANK.  THE FAMILY DOG WAS EVEN PART OF  THE ACT.  THEY HAD A DOG NAMED DAVE AND HE WAS VERY TRUSTWORTHY TOO BECAUSE THEY WOULD  PUT AN APPLE ON HIS HEAD,  JUST SIT IT RIGHT THERE ON TOP OF HIS HEAD AND HE'D SIT THERE  AND SHE WOULD SHOOT THAT APPLE OFF.ANNIE PERFORMED IN FRONT OF KINGS, TSARS AND HEADS OF STATE IN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.   SHE WAS DEEPLY RELIGIOUS AND SAID HER TALENT CAME FROM GOD AND LOTS OF PRACTICE.  MANY OF US KNOW ANNIE FROM THE BROADWAY SHOW "ANNIE GET YOUR GUN."  MARILYN SAYS WE'VE GOT IT ALL  WRONG. OH DEAR IT WAS NOTHING LIKE THAT.  ANNIE WAS NOT ANYWHERE THAT TYPE OF WOMAN.  SHE WOULDN'T WEAR SHORT SLEEVES, SHE ALWAYS WORE LONG SLEEVES, OR LONGER SLEEVES.  AND OF  COURSE HER DRESSES WERE LONGER.  SHE WAS JUST NOT ANYTHING LIKE THAT ANNIE GET YOU  GUN :14) 16:43  WE NEED TO CUT THIS IN THE MIDDLE WHERE THE SOUND DROPS  OUT.  WE CAN COVER WITH VIDEO OF THE ANNIE GET YOUR GUND PICS OR PICS  OF HER CONSERVATIVE OUTFIT.MARILYN LOVES TO TELL ANNIE'S STORY. ANNIE CAME FROM A POOR FAMILY, BUT NEVER FORGOT HER ROOTS  AND WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP OTHERS.  FOR MARILYN IT'S A STORY THAT CONTINUES TO INSPIRE HER. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY IF YOU COULD JUST MEET ONE PERSON YOU WOULD WANT TO MEET JESUS  WELL I PLAN ON MEETING HIM SOMEDAY BUT I'D RATHER MEET ANNIE OAKLEY RIGHT NOW.  IT'S BEEN OVER A CENTURY SINCE ANNIE OAKLEY WAS PERFORMING IN FRONT OF AUDIENCES LITERALLY AROUND THE WORLD BUT HER STORY LIVES ON HERE IN HER HOMETOWN.  TRAVELING THE  COUNTRYSIDE, IN GREENVILLE, OHIO, I'M ANDREW MCCREA.   

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 GREAT DAY. 

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