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The Lights are On for USDA Holiday Tree
   2023-11-28 00:00:59.271
The Agriculture Department's Patio now has lighted and on display its 2023 holiday tree. (Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Ethan Reese.)

Signs of Winter over the Past Week
   2023-11-28 00:01:00.290
Even with meteorological Winter set to begin Friday, there have been signs of winter weather in parts of the country throughout the Thanksgiving holiday period. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Recent Warm Spell and Contrasting Cold Outbreak
   2023-11-28 00:00:38.478
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey explains how warmer than normal weather this fall has contributed to the feel of a recent string of cold outbreaks in parts of the country.

Actuality: Areas of Cold Outbreak This Week
   2023-11-28 00:00:49.423
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, talking about some areas that have seen some cold temperatures.

Actuality: 8 to 14 Day Weather Forecast
   2023-11-28 00:00:47.177
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says near to above normal temperatures and near to below normal precipitation are part of the forecast for the period of December 5 - 11.

Want that Perfect Real Christmas Tree? Shop Early.
   2023-11-28 00:01:00.316
If you want to find that perfect real Christmas tree this year, an expert says don't wait too long to buy it. (Gary Crawford and Tim O'Connor, Executive Director of the National Christmas Tree Association)

Actuality: Christmas Tree Buyers Are Hunting for Trees Earlier in the Season
   2023-11-28 00:00:43.546
Tim O'Connor, Executive Director of the National Christmas Tree Association, saying that just as holiday gift shoppers are starting sooner than they used to, so it is with folks looking to buy a real Christmas tree.

Rainmakers on the Way for Parts of the Nation
   2023-11-28 00:00:59.376
A Gulf Coast system and storms from the Pacific Ocean should contribute to increased precipitation in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Southeastern Storm Impacts to Soils and Waterways
   2023-11-28 00:00:40.907
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey looks at potential impacts a storm system coming in from the Gulf Coast this week will have on soils, pastures, and waterways important to agriculture.

U.S. Dairy Exports into Canada and Latest USMCA Challenge Ruling
   2023-11-27 00:00:59.533
A USMCA dispute settlement panel offered their ruling in our nation's latest challenge to Canadian dairy policy and its impacts to U.S. dairy exports into that market. (Rod Bain and Michael Torrey of EDGE Dairy Cooperative)

New Supply Chain Resilience Council Holds First Meeting
   2023-11-27 00:00:59.794
The White House Monday held the inaugural meeting of its Council on Supply Chain Resilience with participants including the Agriculture Secretary. (Rod Bain and President Joe Biden)

Good News on the Winter Wheat Crop
   2023-11-27 00:00:50.364
The USDA's final 2023 look at the winter wheat crop has some encouraging news. (Gary Crawford and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Average Corn Growing Season Producing Above Average Crop
   2023-11-27 00:00:58.749
An "average" corn growing season is producing above average results. (Gary Crawford and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: A Look at Winter Wheat Condition Numbers
   2023-11-27 00:00:39.183
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, with a look at the condition ratings for the winter wheat crop.

Actuality: Kansas, Texas and Oregon Wheat Condition Update
   2023-11-27 00:00:33.201
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, with a look at winter wheat condition ratings in Kansas, Texas and Oregon.

Actuality: Update on Winter Wheat Emergence
   2023-11-27 00:00:39.340
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, with an update on wheat emergence.

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Agriculture USA

Mapping a Path to a Potential Ag Career
   2023-11-28 00:04:59.911
A pilot program involving UDSA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and the U.S. Agency for International Development is providing Tanzanian youth an opportunity to apply learned geomapping skills to agriculture, and in turn, potential opportunities in ag based career. Rod Bain looks at this pilot involving the organization Youth Mappers in this edition of “Agriculture USA”. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Lisa Colson and Luke Nye of the Foreign Agricultural Service

Consumer Time

A New USDA Food Price Forecast for 2023
   2023-11-28 00:02:51.833
How much more than last year will shoppers end up paying for food this year? The USDA has a new forecast. Gary Crawford has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Megan Sweitzer

An Optimistic 2024 Food Price Forecast
   2023-11-28 00:02:54.236
What sort of food price inflation situation will shoppers see in 2024? Gary Crawford has the latest forecast from an expert. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Megan Sweitzer

"Mindful" Eating Can Help Prevent Holiday Weight Gain
   2023-11-28 00:02:53.923
Want to prevent holiday weight gain? One expert has an unusual way to do that. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Sharolyn Jackson with Kansas State University Extension.

How to Safely Ship or Receive Perishable Holiday Foods
   2023-11-28 00:03:00.035
There's still plenty of time to send or receive holiday gifts of perishable foods. An expert has tips on how to do that safely. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Meredith Carothers of USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. A famous cartoon bird. ****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-6854) Listeners can also go online to

On the Defensive Against Holiday Scams
   2023-11-28 00:02:55.490
What are some cons and scams consumers should watch out for as they shop or provide charity this holiday season? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Amy Nofzinger of the American Association of Retired Persons

Agriculture Update

Beef Herd Contraction Continues as Feedlot Placements Increase
   2023-11-28 00:02:24.195
Beef cattle herd contraction is still going on. Gary Crawford has more in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam

Helping Longleaf Pine Trees Make a Comeback
   2023-11-28 00:02:24.222
Longleaf pine trees are making a comeback in the Southeast, with some help from several dedicated groups. Gary Crawford has more. ' PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Carol Denhof, President of the Longleaf Alliance. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie.

Ag Trade Group Reaction to RAPP
   2023-11-28 00:02:29.524
What are some of the thoughts of farm and food commodity organizations and trade group about USDA’s recently announced Regional Agricultural Promotion Program? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Steve Mercer of U.S. Wheat Associates. Joe Schuele of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Brent Boydston of the U.S. Grains Council.

Soybean Commodity Market Analysis Reaction to Brazilian News
   2023-11-28 00:02:24.274
What has been the reaction of commodity brokers and analysis to recent news related to Brazil’s soybean crops from USDA reports to the latest weather events? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Commodity analyst Don Roose. Commodity broker Tommy Grisafi. Commodity analyst Mike Zuzolo.

A Pilot Program to Map Crop Data in Tanzania
   2023-11-28 00:02:30.282
USDA and the U.S. Agency for International Development have joined forces in a program that gives youth in Tanzania agricultural mapping skills and a way to enter a potential ag career. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Lisa Colson and Luke Nye of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service