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Proposed Government Makeover Would Affect USDA
   2018-06-22 00:00:58.644
The Administration is proposing a sweeping reorganization of the federal government. (Gary Crawford and Mick Mulvaney)

Actuality: Some Key Numbers from USDA's Cattle on Feed Report
   2018-06-22 00:00:35.578
Seanicaa Herron, USDA livestock analyst, with key numbers in Friday's USDA report on cattle feedlot activity.

Partnership Puts Together Predictive Model for Livestock Producers
   2018-06-22 00:00:59.506
Several organizations in the USDA spectrum have collaborated on a forecast model - one to help livestock producers in the Northern Plains with grassland forage management. (Rod Bain and USDA researcher, Dannele Peck)

Planting Soybean Varieties for Crop Management
   2018-06-22 00:01:00.029
Some soybean growers may consider traits such as herbicide and disease resistance rather than yield potential when selecting varieties. (Rod Bain and Shawn Conley of University of Wisconsin Extension)

Researchers Find Evidence of 27 New Viruses in Bees
   2018-06-22 00:01:00.055
New cheaper and faster genetic technology has helped scientists to discover never-before-seen viruses in bees. (Gary Crawford and Jay Evans)

Planning Can Help Make Fourth of July Cookout and Picnic Safer
   2018-06-22 00:00:56.764
Some planning now could help prevent a lot of problems later with your Fourth of July cookout and picnic. (Gary Crawford and Marianne Gravely)

House Passes Farm Bill
   2018-06-21 00:00:50.494
The House passed the farm bill. The Senate could take up a bill soon. (Gary Crawford and Sen. Mitch McConnell)

Farm Worker Reform Still Has a Chance in the House
   2018-06-21 00:00:46.889
Despite the defeat of one House immigration bill which contained improvements in farm worker provisions, there's still a chance farm operators might see a bill making it easier to find workers. (Gary Crawford and Rep. Dan Newhouse)

Will Actual Corn and Soybean Plantings Match Farmers' March Intentions?
   2018-06-21 00:00:59.794
A lot has happened since March, when farmers reported their planting intentions to USDA. Will actual plantings be much different from those intentions? (Gary Crawford, Rob Johansson and Lance Honig)

Grass-Cast - Looking at Available Livestock Forage
   2018-06-21 00:00:59.768
A new forecast model covering Northern Plains forage potential is assisting producers with livestock management planning this summer. (Rod Bain and USDA researcher Justin Derner)

Actuality: Grass-Cast Intent and Application
   2018-06-21 00:00:54.125
USDA researcher, Justin Derner, explains a new forecast model developed to help Northern Plains livestock producers plan for forage availability for their animals during the growing season.

National Forests Part of Nation's Natural Water Infrastructure
   2018-06-21 00:00:59.141
Our nation's forests work in many ways like infrastructure systems in providing, filtering and distributing water. (Rod Bain and Marcus Selig of the National Forest Foundation)

An Example of Water Sustainability Efforts
   2018-06-21 00:00:59.951
A public-private partnership, including the U.S. Forest Service, is working to restore watersheds in New Mexico - an illustration of attempts to reestablish water sustainability in the area. (Rod Bain and Marcus Selig of the National Forest Foundation)

Promoting Elder Justice in Rural America
   2018-06-20 00:01:00.316
Rural seniors are more susceptible to abuse and scams, which is why USDA and the Justice Department are increasing efforts of protection and education. (Rod Bain and Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky)

USDA Resources a Part of Addressing Rural Elder Issues
   2018-06-20 00:00:59.559
The Agriculture Department has a wide range of programs available to rural areas seeking to improve quality of life for their senior citizens. (Rod Bain and Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky)

Both Sides Lose with Chinese Tariffs on U.S. Soybeans
   2018-06-20 00:00:54.961
An expert says both the U.S. and China would lose if China imposes tariffs on U.S. soybeans and if the tariffs stay in effect for very long. (Gary Crawford and Wally Tyner)


Agriculture USA

U.S. Trade with China Continues on its Long Roller Coaster Ride
   2018-06-19 00:05:00.042
U.S. trade relations with China continues to be a roller coaster of up's and down's, especially when it comes to agricultural trade. On this edition of Agriculture USA Gary Crawford focuses in on the past year's wild and sometimes unpredictable events. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. President Donald Trump. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. Ohio State University analyst, Barry Ward. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade Ted McKinney. Classic movie actress, Bette Davis. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Purdue University economist, Chris Hurt. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Consumer Time

Showing Hospitality to Wild Bees and Other Pollinators
   2018-06-19 00:02:56.404
***Broadcasters--June 18-24 is National Pollinator Week*** You can lay out the welcome mat at your home for bumble bees and other important pollinators. Gary Crawford has this report on how to do it. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dr. Dolores Savignano with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

National Lender Partnerships and Rural Prosperity
   2018-06-19 00:02:31.431
USDA's Rural Development and lenders, both private and public, continue expanded efforts to support rural economic growth and prosperity. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. Chris Shaffner of CoBank.

A Collaboration In Water Sustainability
   2018-06-19 00:02:54.524
A New Mexico forest watershed serves as an example of how partners come together to improve water quality and sustainability. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Marcus Selig of the National Forest Foundation

Murky Miniscule Micro Green Mysteries
   2018-06-19 00:03:00.062
Tiny atoms can yield tremendous explosive power. Tiny micro greens can yield tremendous flavor. Gary Crawford is at the "micro"phone for this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Toiayna Thompson and Hallie Heinzen, USDA "vegugators". Microgreen farm owner, Mary Ackley. Washington, D.C. chef, Johnny Spero.

A "Nutty" Look At Calories And Nutrition
   2018-06-19 00:02:57.084
Many tree nuts are nutrient dense, but high in fat and calories, leading USDA researchers to study what those calories really offer. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and David Baer of the Agricultural Research Service

Agriculture Update

Dairy Issues Continue as Bones of Contention between U.S./Canada
   2018-06-19 00:02:25.893
The top agricultural leaders of the U.S. and Canada continue to talk, but has there been any change in their stances on trade? Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Canada's Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

USDA Trade Mission Spurs US Agri-Biz Deals in Japan
   2018-06-19 00:02:29.681
USDA led the largest-ever delegation of American agri-biz reps to a meet-and-greet in one of our most important trading partners -- Japan. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney.

A Little More Upbeat Outlook for U.S. Corn
   2018-06-19 00:02:29.733
The latest forecasts from the USDA show a little bit brighter outlook for U.S. corn growers. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer, Chairman of USDA's Outlook Board.

Livestock Related Disaster Assistance Programs Accepting Applications
   2018-06-19 00:02:29.760
Local Farm Service Agency offices are taking applications from livestock, honey bee, and farm-raised fish producers who suffered natural disaster related losses. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and FSA Acting Deputy Administrator Brad Karmen

Areas Of Potential Drought Concern
   2018-06-19 00:02:29.551
Three regions of the country started June with growing dryness, but with the seasonal transition to summer, do drought concerns in those areas continue? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey