AgDay Daily Recap - December 31, 2010

December 31, 2010 02:55 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
DECEMBER 31, 2010

IN THE COUNTRY; CLINTON LAFLIN:
FROM TIME TO TIME WE LIKE TO PAUSE, OPEN UP THE VAULT AND RETURN TO THE COUNTRY. TODAY WE'VE PULLED TOGETHER A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE IN THE COUNTRY PIECES. STORIES THAT NOT ONLY TAKES US OUTSIDE BUT GIVES US A PICTURE OF HOW "THE REST OF AMERICA" LIVES. WE BEGIN BACK AT THE 2010 NATIONAL JUNIOR ANGUS SHOW IN DENVER COLORADO. 600 KIDS FROM 37 STATES AND CANADA WERE ON HAND FOR THE EVENT. IN AMONGST THAT HERD OF PEOPLE WE FOUND A FAMILIAR FACE. A FRIEND FROM KANSAS--GIVING HIS ALL FOR A SHOT IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE.

GRAIN BIN HOTEL:
NOW TO A STORY THAT MIGHT NOT BE AS INSPIRATIONAL, UNLESS IT INSPIRES YOU TO TAKE A VACCATION. REPORTER AL JOENS FROM OUR SIOUX CITY AFFILIATE KTIV, FOUND THE PERFECT FARMER'S PARADISE IN THE TOWN OF PRIMGHAR IOWA. LOCATED NEAR PRISTINE FAIRWAYS AND NESSLED AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF IOWA SKYS IS A HOTEL THAT'S FOUND NEW LIFE. THANKS AL, A NIGHT'S STAY AT BILL'S WILL COST YOU 130-DOLLARS THE FIRST NIGHT AND 100-DOLLARS FOR EACH ADDITIONAL NIGHT. THEY'VE ALSO WORKED OUT A DEAL WITH THE GOLF COURSE FOR PATRONS TO STAY AND PLAY. NO WORD ON IF HECKLING COSTS EXTRA.

EDSEL ACRES:
A TRIP TO THE COUNTRY WOULDN'T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT THE MEMORIES FROM THE PAST...THE GOOD OL' DAYS. IN FACT SOME CAR ENTHUSIASTS FROM THE GOOD OL' DAYS MIGHT REMEMBER THE FORD EDSEL. DURING ITS THREE YEAR RUN, ONLY ABOUT 120,000 WERE MADE. YET TO THIS DAY, THERE IS A LOYAL FOLLOWING. PERHAPS ONE OF THE BIGGEST FANS IS LEROY WALKER. HE HAS THE LARGEST COLLECTION IN THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA...AND FOR THAT MATTER, PROBABLY THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES. OUR OLE BUDDY CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AFFILIATE KFYR HAS THE STORY. COMMING UP NEXT ON THIS IN THE COUNTRY SPECIAL, WE CONTINUE OUR LOOK AT THE CLASSICS. THIS TIME TO CALIFORNIA FOR SOME CLASSIC IRON WHEN AGDAY RETURNS.

TRACTOR TALES CALIFORNIA:
THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS WAS BUILT ON THE BACKS OF STRONG AND HEARTY PEOPLE AND ON THE WHEELS OF THE MODERN MOTOR. AGDAY PHOTO JOURNALIST, MIKE BYERS TAKES US TO THE GOLDEN STATE WHERE STEAM IS DRIVING ONE MAN'S LOVE OF AGRICULTURE'S EARLY BEGINNINGS.

BALD EAGLES:
THE AMERICAN BALD EAGLE...PERHAPS THE GREATEST SYMBOL OF FREEDOM IN THE WORLD. FOR MOST OF US, SEEING ONE IS RARE, AND FOR YOUNG VET STUDENTS GETTING TO DOCTOR ONE...RARER STILL.  BUT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE HAS FOUND AWAY. CHUCK DENNEY EXPLAINS IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY UT. THANKS CHUCK, UP NEXT SEE HOW A COMMUNITY IN NORTHERN INDIANA IS SHOWING A 4-H FAMILY THAT THE MEMORY OF THEIR SON WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN IN THE SHOWRING. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

CANCER KID:
WE CLOSE TODAY FROM LAPORTE COUNTY INDIANA. IT’S A STORY ABOUT LONG TIME 4-HER CHRISTOPHER CUMMINGS. HE WON RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION FOR HIS HEREFORD HEIFER AT THE COUNTY FAIR BUT YET...CHRIS WASN'T THE ONE IN THE RING, NOR DID ACCEPT THE AWARD. THE 18 YEAR OLD DIED THREE WEEKS EARLIER FROM CANCER. FRIENDS SHOWED HIS ANIMALS FOR HIM. THOSE FRIENDS AND HIS FAMILY TELL STEPHANIE STANG FROM AFFILIATE WNDU-TV THAT CHRIS' FAITH IN GOD AND LOVE OF HIS CATTLE ARE WHAT KEPT HIM SMILING EVEN AS THE BIG JUDGE UPSTAIRS CALLED HIM HOME FOR THE GRAND DRIVE. THUS FROM A COMMUNITY SUPPORTING FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN TOUGH TIMES...TO A YOUNG MAN MAKING THE MOST OF TOUGH ROADS WITH HELP FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS...WE LEAVE YOU TODAY IN THE COUNTRY. THE PLACE, THE PEOPLE AND THE STORIES THAT MAKE AMERICA UNIQUE.
 

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