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USDA Extends Poultry Contracting Proposed Rule Comment Period
   2022-08-11 00:00:59.872
The public comment period has now been extended for the proposed rule on greater transparency in poultry contracting and the poultry tournament system. (Rod Bain and Andy Green of Marketing and Regulatory Programs)

Actuality: Poultry Contracting and Tournament System Explained
   2022-08-11 00:00:58.958
Andy Green of USDA's Marketing and Regulatory Programs mission area explains how poultry contracting and the tournament system of compensation works.

Actuality: Proposed Poultry Contracting Rule and Areas of Focus
   2022-08-11 00:00:59.141
Andy Green of USDA's Marketing and Regulatory Programs mission area explains two changes in poultry contracting and the tournament system of compensation within a proposed federal rule under public comment through August 23rd.

Growers Urged to Inform Propane Suppliers of Expected Propane Needs
   2022-08-11 00:00:59.768
Corn producers are being urged to let their propane suppliers know if they will need more propane than normal for grain drying this year. (Gary Crawford and Mike Newland with the Propane Education and Research Council)

Actuality: An Online Tool to Gauge Your Grain Drying Propane Needs
   2022-08-11 00:00:41.586
Mike Newland with the Propane Education and Research Council, talking about its website which has a tool to help corn producers determine how much propane they may need for drying this year's crop.

Public Input in Crafting Drought Monitor Reports
   2022-08-11 00:01:00.186
There is an online tool available for citizens to report what they see on the ground level to help authors as they put together the U.S. Drought Monitor every week. (Rod Bain and Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center)

Newest DC Eagle is not Camera-Shy
   2022-08-11 00:00:59.872
DC-9 is the latest member of a family of bald eagles at Washington DC's National Arboretum. It seems he's not afraid to pose in front of a camera. (Rod Bain and Sue Greeley of the National Arboretum)

Actuality: A Look at the DC Bald Eagle Family Tree
   2022-08-11 00:00:59.924
Sue Greeley of the National Arboretum shares the family history of a group of bald eagles that have nested in the arboretum since 2014.

Actuality: The View of the DC Bald Eagles
   2022-08-11 00:00:59.784
The National Arboretum's Sue Greeley discusses how online cameras capturing the activities of a bald eagle couple translates to viewer interest to see them in person in Washington, DC. * - The DC Eagle Cam can be found at "www.hdontap.com" - type in the search words "National Arboretum" to view online - *

Friday's USDA Yield Forecasts Will Come Partially from Farmer Surveys
   2022-08-10 00:00:59.742
Grain and cotton traders will likely have a much better idea of this year's expected yields and production when they see this Friday's new round of USDA forecasts. (Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

Actuality: Farmers Supplying Data for Friday's USDA Crop Yield Estimates
   2022-08-10 00:00:24.528
Mark Jekanowski, USDA Outlook Board Chairman, saying this week's new crop production estimates will be made mostly from surveys of farmers about their expected yields. REPORTERS: USDA will release its new U.S. crop production forecasts and its world ag. supply and demand forecasts this Friday, August 12, Noon EDT.

Actuality: A Busy Time for USDA's Outlook Board
   2022-08-10 00:00:28.447
Mark Jekanowski, Chairman of USDA's Outlook Board, saying that this Friday's round of supply and demand forecasts will be based on a lot of new information and that the forecasting process will get even more intense each month until the harvest is over..

Latest Changes in Latest Topsoil Moisture Condition Ratings
   2022-08-10 00:00:59.376
What were some of the adjustments in USDA's weekly look at topsoil moisture condition ratings for the nation and within several states? (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: State Highlights in Topsoil Moisture Condition Report
   2022-08-10 00:00:57.576
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, discusses some of the states features in the latest topsoil moisture condition report for the period ending August 7th.

Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Remain Steady
   2022-08-10 00:01:00.395
Consistency is the trend week-over-week in USDA's latest look at national pasture and rangeland condition ratings. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

CPI Report Shows Food Price Inflation Still Hot
   2022-08-10 00:00:57.652
Forces pushing food prices upp are still at work. (Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Matt MacLachlan)


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Features

Agriculture USA


New Program Will Bring Safe Water/Sewage Systems to Underserved Areas
   2022-08-09 00:05:00.146
Millions of Americans don't have indoor plumbing or safe wastewater systems. There's a new push to change that. Gary Crawford has more on this edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. EPA Administrator Michael Regan. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu.

Consumer Time


A Big Push to Bring Safe Water/Wastewater Systems to Underserved Areas
   2022-08-09 00:03:00.218
Millions of Americans don't have indoor plumbing or safe wastewater systems. There's a new push to change that. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. EPA Administrator Michael Regan. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu.

Data Solutions to Foster More Resilient Food Systems
   2022-08-09 00:02:50.136
How is data playing a role in strengthening the resiliency of local and regional food systems? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Lilian Breslin and Becca Jablonski of Colorado State University, Hilary King of Emory University and Community Farmers Markets, Lacy Stephens of the National Farm to School Network.

Two-Year-Old Law Improving Things for National Forest Visitors
   2022-08-09 00:03:00.166
A law passed two years ago is helping improve the experience of millions of National Forest visitors. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Jeffrey Vail, Director of Forest Service Implementation of the Great American Outdoors Act

Your Trees and This Summer's Heat Waves and Drought
   2022-08-09 00:02:37.701
Are the trees in your yard in danger from this summer's brutal heat waves and drought? Gary Crawford has this report on thirsty trees. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Charles Barden, Kansas State University extension forester.

Following the DC Eagle Family
   2022-08-09 00:02:57.841
A recent selfie served as a reminder of a popular family of eagles living at Washington DC's National Arboretum, and their lives viewed online by several followers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Sue Greeley of the National Arboretum

Agriculture Update


Ag. Exports Climbing---So Are Imports
   2022-08-09 00:02:30.256
Agricultural export values are climbing, but so are imports. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Bart Kenner, USDA economist.

Comparing Farmland Values and Cash Rents for 2022
   2022-08-09 00:02:29.707
What were some of the notable findings of USDA's look at farmland real estate values and cash rents for this year? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Chief Economist Seth Meyer

A Wide Range of Drought Conditions and Coverage of Crops
   2022-08-09 00:02:26.832
The U.S. Drought Monitor has seen a slight total increase in drought coverage month-over-month, but coverage over regions and by crops has widely varied. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

Water Use Efficiency in Chicken
   2022-08-09 00:02:11.400
Research is underway on genetic selection of chicken to produce traits that lead to poultry with greater water use efficiency. Rod Bain reports. PARTICPANTS: Rod Bain and Sara Orlowski of University of Arkansas Extension

Challenges to Consider for Agritourism Operators
   2022-08-09 00:02:24.408
Those already in or are considering agritourism as a business might note some challenges that must be addressed. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Audrey Comerford of Oregon State University Extension.