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U.S. Re-entry into the TPP--Is it Still an Option?
   2018-09-25 00:00:58.357
Is U.S. re-entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership still an option? (Gary Crawford, Pres. Donald Trump and Under Sec'y Ted McKinney)

U.S. Trade Officials Concerned about EU's "Precautionary Principle".
   2018-09-25 00:00:59.141
Proponents of science-based risk assessment for agricultural inputs such as pesticides are concerned about a principle that seems to be catching on in the European Union. (Gary Crawford and Under Sec'y Ted McKinney)

Advancing Animal Disease Traceability
   2018-09-25 00:01:00.186
USDA Tuesday announced its latest efforts to advance and improve animal disease traceability to protect our nation's livestock industry. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach)

Actuality: Input into USDA Animal Disease Traceability Plan
   2018-09-25 00:00:57.443
Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach notes discussions with the livestock industry, and how it led to a recent announcement on improved animal disease traceability.

Actuality: USDA Role in Improving Animal Disease Traceability
   2018-09-25 00:00:58.017
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach discusses how USDA plans to work with the livestock industry to develop an advanced animal disease traceability system.

More Rain Possible for the Carolinas
   2018-09-25 00:00:55.092
***Broadcasters--this story was as of 12:30 EDT, Tuesday*** Atlantic weather system could shortly bring more UNneeded rain to the Carolinas. (Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey)

Disaster Snap Program Activated for North Carolina Disaster Areas
   2018-09-25 00:00:56.816
USDA and the state of North Carolina are activating a special disaster version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, called D-Snap. (Gary Crawford and Steve Hortin)

Decline in Retail Food Prices Unlikely this Year
   2018-09-25 00:00:59.271
An unprecedented third straight year of declines in retail food prices is not likely. (Gary Crawford and Annemarie Kuhns)

Pacific Storm Could Cause Problems for Upper Midwest Farmers
   2018-09-25 00:00:53.524
A developing Pacific storm could eventually cause problems for farmers in the upper Midwest. (Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey)

U.S. Has Three Pockets of very Wet Conditions
   2018-09-25 00:00:59.585
Three areas of the U.S. are suffering from too much moisture and the suffering may continue for a little longer. (Gary Crawford, Jim Gaffigan and Brad Rippey)

Major Frost and Freeze Event Coming to Nation's Midsection
   2018-09-25 00:00:51.513
Producers in parts of the nation's midsection could soon see a frost and freeze event. (Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey)

Actuality: West Will Get Heat Wave, Raising Risks of Wildfires
   2018-09-25 00:00:58.488
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, talking about the unusual heat wave that will smother the West, raising risks of wildfire.

Actuality: National Weather Outlook for the next Five Days
   2018-09-25 00:00:25.521
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, with the national weather outlook for the next five days.

Actuality: The Latest Look at Pasture and Rangeland Condition
   2018-09-25 00:00:59.376
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, with the latest look at pasture and rangeland condition ratings.

Actuality: Eleven Percent of the U.S. Reporting Excess Topsoil Moisture
   2018-09-25 00:00:49.371
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, looking at the 11% of the country reporting too much topsoil moisture.

Actuality: A Look at Areas with Short to Very Short Topsoil Moisture
   2018-09-25 00:00:36.963
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, with a look at areas reporting short to very short topsoil moisture.


Agriculture USA

Drones - "The Swiss Knife of Agriculture"?
   2018-09-25 00:04:59.964
As the technological capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles grow, so does versatility that is already on display in agriculture. However how far can the potential of these multi-use drones go in light of promising research and existing tech and regulatory limitations. Rod Bain looks at why some see drones as an ag tool that's the equivalent of a Swiss army knife in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Dan Swaford of Virginia Cooperative Extension. Victor Villegas of Oregon State University Extension. Guest appearances by MacGyver and Tim "The Toolman" Taylor.

Consumer Time

Can you Save Food or your Fridge after Flood Waters Invade?
   2018-09-25 00:03:00.062
If your home's been flooded or left without power for days, here are some tips for salvaging food and the refrigerator. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Marianne Gravely with USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Investment in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
   2018-09-25 00:02:40.705
USDA recently announced funding awards related to the rebuild and improvement of rural water and wastewater systems and infrastructure. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett

Celebrating Our Nation's Trails and Wild and Scenic Rivers
   2018-09-25 00:02:43.709
Two iconic land and resource acts celebrate their 50th anniversaries with year-long celebrations and collaborations. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Jamie Schmidt, Steve Chesterton, and Melissa Martinez of the U.S. Forest Service

Folklore or Fact? Can Animals Predict Upcoming Winter Severity?
   2018-09-25 00:03:00.062
Can animals and insects actually predict how severe or how mild the upcoming winter will be? Gary Crawford has this secret hush hush report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Mary Knapp, Extension climatologist with Kansas State University. Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist.

A Perplexing Pageant of Performing Peppers
   2018-09-25 00:03:00.062
Can bell peppers actually sing? What interesting uses are there for bell peppers? For the answers don't listen to this report from Gary Crawford. PARTICIPANTS; Gary Crawford. Kayla Johnson and Haille Heinzen with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.

Agriculture Update

USDA Gamut of Florence-Related Aid and Assistance
   2018-09-25 00:02:29.551
Agriculture Department agencies, and their related programs, are providing needed relief and recovery assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Sonny Perdue

First Ever National Direct Marketing Summit
   2018-09-25 00:02:30.047
The efforts of farmers to sell more products directly to customers could receive a boost from a national summit meeting. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Ken Keck and Arthur Neal with the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Under Secretary of Agriculture Greg Ibach. Dr. Janine Parker with North Carolina A & T University Extension.

Demand is Strong for Beef, Not so Much for Turkey
   2018-09-25 00:02:28.427
There's more meat in the country this year compared to last year, but demand is not the same for all different kinds of meat. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer.

The Swiss Army Knife of Agriculture?
   2018-09-25 00:02:16.646
There is a tool in farming and ranching whose multiple uses and future capabilities perhaps would make MacGyver proud. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Dan Swafford of Virginia Cooperative Extension. Richard Dean Anderson.

Limitations to Ag-Based Drones' Full Potential
   2018-09-25 00:02:23.673
An expert in unmanned aerial vehicles says this multi-purpose technology can be even more so once limitations are ... well ... limited. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Victor Villegas of Oregon State University Extension. Tim Taylor.