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Input Costs Becoming a Big Factor in Farmers' Plans for 2022
   2021-12-02 00:00:59.663
Rising farm production input costs are becoming a major factor influencing producers' plans for next year. (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

2022 Input Costs May Increase. Crop Prices May Moderate.
   2021-12-02 00:00:53.342
What will 2022 bring in terms of crop prices and input costs? (Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer, USDA Chief Economist)

U.S. Drought Coverage Above Fifty Percent
   2021-12-02 00:01:00.029
Over half of the continental U.S. is now covered in drought - an event that could soon reach record territory. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

U.S. Drought Coverage Above Fifty Percent
   2021-12-02 00:00:39.053
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, talks about a current streak of consecutive weeks of the U.S. above forty per cent drought coverage, and how that soon could approach a record period.

Actuality: Commodities in Drought
   2021-12-02 00:01:00.473
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, discusses the latest U.S. Drought Monitor look at commodities covered in drought as of November 30th.

Actuality: La Nina and its Effects on Drought
   2021-12-02 00:00:52.793
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, discusses the recent development of La Nina and how that will affect drought conditions through the winter months.

Some Changes to Crop Insurance Rules for Hemp
   2021-12-02 00:00:58.697
USDA is making some changes to crop insurance rules for hemp. (Gary Crawford and Marcia Bunger, Administrator of USDA's Risk Management Agency)

Expanding Lamb's Presence in the Retail Sector
   2021-12-02 00:00:59.637
The lamb industry continues its efforts to grow its products in the retail sector, after a shift in marketing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rod Bain and Pete Camino of the American Lamb Board)

Actuality: Shifting Focus of Lamb Marketing During the Pandemic
   2021-12-02 00:00:29.048
Pete Camino of the American Lamb Board explains how his industry needed to shift marketing efforts from restaurant to retail as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how that has translated to a new customer base.

USDA Raises Farm Income Projections for 2021
   2021-12-01 00:01:00.212
The final farm income picture for 2021 is shaping up even better than had been expected. (Gary Crawford and Spiro Stefano, Administrator of USDA's Economic Research Service)

Actuality: USDA Makes Changes to Previous Income Forecast
   2021-12-01 00:00:47.569
Spiro Stefano, Administrator of USDA's Economic Research Service, outlining some of the changes in this week's new farm income forecast, compared to the last forecast three months ago.

USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum Promotes Productivity and Sustainability
   2021-12-01 00:00:59.977
USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum will focus on how farmers can achieve productivity growth and maintain sustainability, at the same time. (Stephanie Ho and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum to Highlight Agency's Breadth
   2021-12-01 00:01:00.055
USDA's annual Agricultural Outlook Forum will highlight the agency's breadth of responsibilities. (Stephanie Ho and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

A Huge Cut in Government Payments to Farmers in 2021
   2021-12-01 00:00:56.450
Farmers this year are getting a much smaller share of their income from direct government payments. (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

Ongoing Dryness in the Great Plains and Parts of the Northwest
   2021-12-01 00:01:00.055
USDA's last 2021 look at topsoil moisture shows notable dryness in the Great Plains and Northwest. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Last 2021 Look at Topsoil Moisture
   2021-12-01 00:00:59.977
Here's USDA's last 2021 look at the nation's topsoil moisture situation. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)


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Features

Agriculture USA


Don't Let Stress Steal the Holiday Good Times
   2021-11-30 00:05:00.094
The holidays can be a very stressful time, but there are ways to reduce that stress level. Gary Crawford talks with an expert on this edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Bradley Dirks, Kansas State University Extension behavioral health specialist.

Consumer Time


Holiday Stress Can Be a Mess
   2021-11-30 00:03:00.114
Stress can make a mess out of the holidays and one expert says most of that stress is self-induced. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Bradley Dirks, Kansas State University Extension behavioral specialist.

Some Techniques to Help Reduce the Effects of Extra Holiday Stress.
   2021-11-30 00:03:00.114
Do the holidays have you tired and stressed out? An expert says a five-minute daily routine can help you cope. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Bradley Dirks and Elizabeth Kiss, both with Kansas State University Extension.

Want a Real Christmas Tree? Start Hunting Now.
   2021-11-30 00:03:00.114
Want a real Christmas tree this year? Start hunting now. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Tim O'Connor with the National Christmas Tree Association. Also some tree shoppers.

Care Tips for Fresh Cut Christmas Trees
   2021-11-30 00:02:43.395
What are some of basics one should know care-wise if they bring a fresh-cut tree into their home for holiday decoration? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and John Kushla of Mississippi State University Extension

Navigating the Holiday Food "Enjoyment Curve"
   2021-11-30 00:02:54.001
An expert says we learn to navigate the food "enjoyment curve", we might keep from gaining weight during the holidays. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Sharolyn Jackson with Kansas State University Extension.

Agriculture Update


USDA Investing Money to Boost Regional and Local Food Systems
   2021-11-30 00:02:30.099
Investments in local and regional food systems can help farmers to sell more products locally and consumers to buy more. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Under Secretary of Agriculture Jenny Moffitt. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

USDA's New Forecast Projects Record High FY22 Ag. Imports/Exports
   2021-11-30 00:02:30.099
U.S. agricultural exports for this new 2022 fiscal year will be large, but may not be as high as was forecast a few months ago. Gary Crawford reports. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer

An Example of a RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangement Project
   2021-11-30 00:02:29.054
An aspect of USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program is illustrated through a recent program grant recipient and its project. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Brian Jennings of the American Coalition for Ethanol

Latest Challenges Related to Ag Labor
   2021-11-30 00:02:28.610
The complexity of hiring labor for the agricultural workforce has grown in the last few years due to various factors. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Brody Staple of EDGE Dairy Farmer Cooperative. Michael Marsh of the National Council of Agricultural Employers.

Collaboration, Innovation, Addressing Dryland Farming Challenges
   2021-11-30 00:02:27.853
USDA researchers and collaborators are turning to simulation models in efforts to help dryland farmers addresses issues related to water management and sustainability. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and researcher Robert Lescano