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Winter Wheat Conditions Unexpectedly Improved from November
   2020-04-06 00:00:59.977
What did winter wheat do over the winter that you don't see happen that often? (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

The World Has Changed, but Ag Goes On -- Including Cotton Planting
   2020-04-06 00:00:54.674
What are the latest numbers with cotton planting? (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

USDA Resumes Weekly Crop Progress Report
   2020-04-06 00:00:58.279
After a four month break, USDA is resuming its regular Monday Crop Progress Report. . (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig)

Actuality: Rice Planting Progress
   2020-04-06 00:00:54.256
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, with a report on rice planting.

Actuality: A Look at Rice Emergence
   2020-04-06 00:00:23.849
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist,with a look at rice emergence.

Actuality: A Look at Oats Planting Progress
   2020-04-06 00:00:57.234
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, with a look at oats planting progress.

Actuality: A Look at Sorghum Planting Progress
   2020-04-06 00:00:34.638
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, with a look at sorghum planting progress.

Taking Inventory of Farm Based Windbreaks
   2020-04-06 00:00:58.775
High tech innovation is now being used to take count of windbreaks and other agroforestry practices within farmlands. (Rod Bain. Richard Straight and Todd Kellerman of the U.S. Forest Service)

Actuality: Innovation to Inventory Windbreaks
   2020-04-06 00:00:59.768
Todd Kellerman of the National Agroforest Center explains the use of tech to inventory windbreaks and riparian buffers on farmlands in the Northern and Central Plains.

Actuality: Benefits of Windbreaks
   2020-04-06 00:00:59.846
Richard Straight of the National Agroforestry Center discusses the intent and many benefits windbreaks can provide landowners, particularly ag producers.

Sheepish about Preparing Lamb for the First Time?
   2020-04-06 00:01:00.133
It's a special time of year and you've decided to serve something a little different this year. You are going to cook some lamb. Here are a few tips for you. (Gary Crawford and Janell Goodwin) ****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-5463) Listeners can also go online to AsK.usda.gov ****

China's Purchases of U.S. Ag. Products Much Higher than Last Year
   2020-04-03 00:00:59.089
Despite a slowdown in February, U.S. sales of agricultural products to China so far this fiscal year are far higher than the year before. USDA announced another big sale on Friday. (Gary Crawford and Bart Kenner)

Barking Out the News about Higher U.S. Agricultural Exports
   2020-04-03 00:01:00.055
With dogged determination, USDA economists track the pace of U.S. farm exports and bark them out for us. (Gary Crawford, Bart Kenner and Leroy, the hound dog)

Actuality: A Look at Corn, Wheat & Soybean Exports Oct.- Feb.
   2020-04-03 00:00:24.398
Bart Kenner, USDA economist, talking about how exports of wheat, soybeans and corn are doing in the first five months of the 2020 fiscal year.

Actuality: Ag. Export/Import Numbers 1st 5 Months of FY2020
   2020-04-03 00:00:28.107
Bart Kenner, USDA economist, with the U.S. agricultural export and import numbers for the first five months of fiscal 2020.

Actuality: Cotton Exports Ahead of a Year Ago
   2020-04-03 00:00:30.302
Bart Kenner, USDA economist, with a look at how U.S. cotton exports have done in the first five months of FY 2020.


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Features

Agriculture USA


Crops Making the "Alternative" Scene
   2020-04-07 00:05:00.355
More farmers are looking at growing alternative crops for profit as well as other benefits. But what is an alternative crop? And what are some examples? Rod Bain looks at alternatives crops and their potential for ag producers in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Pennsylvania Deputy Agriculture Secretary Fred Strathmeyer. Dr. Rob Myers.

Consumer Time


Breaking News on Eggs
   2020-04-07 00:02:45.903
Your supermarket egg case may not be as full as normal these days, but one expert says the situation will gradually improve. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst.

Decorated Eggs---One Shell of a Food Safety Story
   2020-04-07 00:03:00.114
While staying at home, do you still plan to decorate some eggs this year and eat them later on? One expert says be careful. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA history expert, Anne Effland. Janell Goodwin with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. ***Broadcasters, USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) Listeners can also chat live at ask.usda.gov from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. ***

Locust Swarms Threaten Crops in Africa
   2020-04-07 00:02:57.946
Swarms of desert locust -- the largest seen in decades -- is ravaging crops in Africa. Stephanei Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Ambassador Kip Tom. David Hughes, associate professor at Penn State University.

More Time at Home Gives Us More Time for Spring Yard Work
   2020-04-07 00:02:48.568
With many of us staying at home, there's more time to do some needed spring yard work. Gary Crawford springs into action with this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Kansas State University Extension yard and garden expert, Dennis Patton.

Food Shopping--Why Do We Shop Where We Shop?
   2020-04-07 00:03:00.088
Why do we choose one supermarket over another for our regular food shopping? Surveys reveal a lot of reasons. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Andy Harig with the Food Marketing Institute.

Agriculture Update


What Factors Will Determine Farmers' Planting Decisions?
   2020-04-07 00:02:06.955
Prices, input costs and weather are the usual things guiding farmers' planting decisions. This year there's another big factor. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.

U.S. Agricultural Exports Running Ahead of a Year Ago
   2020-04-07 00:02:30.334
U.S. agricultural exports are running ahead of last year. What part is China playing in the export situation? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Bart Kenner. Also, Leroy, the dog.

Testing to Improve Planted Acres Data Collection
   2020-04-07 00:02:27.095
USDA currently has a pilot study underway in Illinois incorporating technologies and non-producer survey data to better forecast planted crop acreage. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Linda Young of the National Agricultural Statistics Service

Innovative Machinery Helps with Farming Activities
   2020-04-07 00:02:15.810
How do farmers cope with labor shortages? Stephanie Ho has one example. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Jeff Huckaby, Grimmway Farms.

The "Alternative" Scene Involving Crops
   2020-04-07 00:02:27.591
Some farmers are paying closer attention to, and even delving into, growing what could be called alternative crops for several benefits ... including economic ones. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Rob Myers