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Rising Input Prices Could Put a Big Squeeze on Producer Returns
   2021-11-26 00:00:56.946
Rapidly rising input costs could have significant effects next season on producers' bottom lines and planting plans. (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

Latest Challenges Related to Ag Labor
   2021-11-26 00:00:59.977
The complexity of hiring labor for the agricultural workforce has grown in recent months. (Rod Bain. Brody Staple of EDGE Dairy Farmer Cooperative. Michael Marsh of the National Council of Agricultural Employers.)

Ag Guestworkers, The Pandemic, and Vaccinations
   2021-11-26 00:00:59.846
Farm guestworkers and their employers have been impacted by COVID-19 vaccination requirements. (Rod Bain and Michael Marsh of the National Council of Agricultural Employers)

Developing Simulation Models to Tackle Dryland Farming Issues
   2021-11-26 00:01:00.029
USDA researchers and collaborators are turning to simulation models in efforts to help dryland farmers address issues related to water management and sustainability. (Rod Bain and researcher, Robert Lescano)

Taking Care of Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree
   2021-11-26 00:00:59.898
What are some important ways to keep your fresh-cut Christmas tree healthy during the holiday season? (Rod Bain and Mississippi State University Extension's John Kushla)

Americans' Appetite for Imported Ag. Products Rapidly Growing
   2021-11-24 00:01:00.160
U.S. agriculture is expected to build a large trade surplus with other nations, despite a growing U.S. appetite for imported food and agricultural products. (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

Quiet Weather Leads to Slight Uptick in Topsoil Moisture Shortages
   2021-11-24 00:00:59.585
There is a slight uptick in topsoil moisture shortages across the country. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

What State Leads the Country for Topsoil Moisture Shortages?
   2021-11-24 00:00:59.977
States in the western half of the country have the highest topsoil moisture shortages. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

All Tools Approach Regarding AIM for Climate
   2021-11-24 00:01:00.342
A comprehensive and all-inclusive effort in climate mitigation efforts is how a member of the ag community sees the recently announced Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate. (Rod Bain and Ernie Shea of Solutions from the Land)

Actuality: Farmer Incentives to Produce Ecoservices
   2021-11-24 00:00:59.089
Ernie Shea of Solutions from the Land discusses what he feels is needed to get ag producers on board with various innovations and technologies that address issues such as natural resources conservation and climate mitigation.

Actuality: Innovation Examples in Climate Smart Agriculture
   2021-11-24 00:00:57.913
Ernie Shea of Solutions from the Land discusses some innovations that could make up the many tools in the climate smart agriculture toolbox to create sustainable, resilient ag production on the farm level.

An Example of RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangement Project
   2021-11-24 00:00:59.898
An aspect of USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program is illustrated through a recent program grant recipient and its project. (Rod Bain and Brian Jennings of the American Coalition for Ethanol)

Actuality: RCPP Project Example
   2021-11-24 00:00:24.137
Brian Jennings of the American Coalition of Ethanol discusses the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program project his organization is heading – a project designed to expand soil health through carbon markets for corn growers near a South Dakota ethanol facility.

Actuality: Partners and their Roles within RCPP Project
   2021-11-24 00:00:59.715
Brian Jennings of the American Coalition for Ethanol discusses the many partners involved in a USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program project in South Dakota, and the roles they will play in expanding soil health through carbon markets.

Safely Handling Those Thanksgiving Leftovers
   2021-11-24 00:01:00.316
***Broadcasters---this story for use only on Friday, Nov. 26.*** The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-6854) Listeners can also go online to Ask.usda.gov *** How do you safely handle those turkey, ham and beef leftovers? (Gary Crawford and Meredith Carothers, with the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline)

Turkey Still Frozen? Can We Cook it, Anyway?
   2021-11-24 00:01:00.133
Did you wait too long to thaw that Thanksgiving turkey? The meal is only hours away. Are you doomed? (Gary Crawford and Meredith Carothers with the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline) ****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-6854) Listeners can also go online to Ask.usda.gov ****


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Features

Agriculture USA


Protecting Precious Food Crops in Space and on Mars
   2021-11-23 00:05:00.094
Astronauts would have to grow food on a three year Mars mission. What happens if an insect hitchhikes and starts destroying the crops? Gary Crawford has one possible answer on this edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. David Shapiro-Ilan, with the USDA's Fruit and Tree Nut Lab in Byron, Georgia. Dr. Luis Rodriguez with University of Illinois. Plus, snippets from William Shatner and Marvin the Martian.

Consumer Time


Four Cooking No-No's that Could Make for Holiday Dinner Disasters
   2021-11-23 00:03:00.323
Want to really sabotage that holiday dinner you're preparing? Here are some simple things that could do just that. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Meredith Carothers with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. ****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-6854) Listeners can also go online to Ask.usda.gov ****

Keys to Responsible Holiday Shopping
   2021-11-23 00:03:00.323
Does holiday shopping dig you into a financial hole every year? Gary Crawford has an expert that can help us stay out of that hole. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Kansas State University Extension family finance expert, Elizabeth Kiss

The Holidays---A Marathon of Food
   2021-11-23 00:02:52.068
Most marathon runners lose weight in the process, but the holiday season food marathon can have the opposite effect. Gary Crawford has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford...and his stomach. Sharolyn Jackson, Kansas State University Extension.

Rural America at a Glance - the 2021 Edition
   2021-11-23 00:02:38.328
What were some of the focal points and findings regarding USDA’s latest edition of its “Rural America at a Glance” series of reports. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and economic researcher Elizabeth Dobis

Protecting Food Crops on a Three Year Mars Mission
   2021-11-23 00:03:00.114
On a mission to Mars astronauts would have to grow food. What happens if an insect stowaway starts destroying the crops? Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. David Shapiro-Ilan, with the USDA's Fruit and Tree Nut Lab in Byron, Georgia. Dr. Luis Rodriguez with University of Illinois. Plus, snippets from William Shatner and Marvin the Martian.

Agriculture Update


Possible Solutions Regarding Rising Input Costs
   2021-11-23 00:02:29.786
The Agriculture Secretary recently explored some potential short and long term solutions regarding the rise of grower input costs. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack

Vastly Different Market Conditions for Beef Cattle Vs. Hogs
   2021-11-23 00:02:30.099
U.S. beef producers are dealing with a vastly different market situation compared to their friends in hog production. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer. USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski.

Coming Across an Updated "CroplandCROS"
   2021-11-23 00:02:23.151
A USDA geospatial data web portal recently received a new name and enhanced tools to help users gain information about ag commodities across the country. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Rick Mueller of the National Agricultural Statistics Service

Bringing Ag to the Forefront of Climate Solutions
   2021-11-23 00:02:29.551
The recent COP26 brought the concepts of agriculture as a solution to climate challenges and other global issues to the forefront. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Ernie Shea of Solutions from the Land

Farm Transition - Some Questions and Concerns
   2021-11-23 00:02:24.457
Farm transfers from an older to younger generation - family or non-family - usually includes questions and concerns from both sides of this succession. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Jim Salfer of University of Minnesota Extension