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Farmers to Families Food Box Program Will End Soon
   2021-04-14 00:01:00.107
USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box Program will end this month. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Vilsack Wants to Resurrect the "Strike Force" Anti-Poverty Effort
   2021-04-14 00:00:57.861
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants to resurrect the "Strike Force" approach to fighting rural poverty. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Vilsack Calls for More Incentives for Farmers to Boost Conservation Efforts
   2021-04-14 00:00:57.155
What do farmers need to make huge leaps in soil and water conservation? (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Actuality: Vilsack Talks about Giving Farmers More Ways to Profit
   2021-04-14 00:00:24.816
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during a House Appropriations hearing, talking about the need for agriculture to be resilient and profitable.

Actuality: Vilsack Talks about Bringing Broadband to Rural Areas
   2021-04-14 00:00:57.208
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during a House Appropriations hearing, talking about bringing broadband to rural areas.

WHIP Plus is Part of Producer Assistance in Klamath Basin
   2021-04-14 00:01:00.160
Eligible producers in a California and Oregon watershed can apply for funding for losses from recent drought through USDA's Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus. (Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Widespread Notable Topsoil Moisture Shortages
   2021-04-14 00:00:59.977
Despite a slight improvement in the nation's topsoil moisture numbers, there are still widespread shortages around the country. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Topsoil Moisture Surpluses Mostly in Eastern U.S.
   2021-04-14 00:00:39.836
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, points to the areas in the country that have noticeable topsoil moisture surpluses.

The Pros and Cons of Black Vultures
   2021-04-14 00:00:59.977
There are pros and cons with black vultures. (Stephanie Ho; Lee Humberg, Wildlife Services; Bryan Kluever, Wildlife Services)

Black Vultures Are Primarily Located in Southeastern US
   2021-04-14 00:00:59.480
Black vultures are primarily located in the southeastern part of the country, but their range is expanding. (Stephanie Ho and Bryan Kleuver, Wildlife Services)

Cold Wave Hitting Winter Wheat Areas in the Middle of the Country
   2021-04-13 00:01:00.029
A cold wave is hitting winter wheat production areas in the middle part of the country. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Cold Weather Potentially Damages Stone Fruits in Northwest
   2021-04-13 00:00:59.977
Significantly cold weather may have damaged stone fruit trees in the northwestern part of the country. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Southeastern US Freezes Damage South Carolina Peaches
   2021-04-13 00:00:59.637
Freezes earlier this month damaged peaches in South Carolina. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Drought Causes Challenges for Northern Farmers
   2021-04-13 00:00:59.951
Farmers in the northern United States are challenged by drought-parched soils. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Parts of Texas Remain Critically Dry
   2021-04-13 00:00:38.321
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says besides drought in the Northern Plains, there are parts of the Southern Plains that are suffering from lack of moisture too.

Actuality: Some Precipitation is Expected This Week, Though Not Much
   2021-04-13 00:00:54.386
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, has an overview of where in the United States there is likely to be any precipitation this week.


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Features

Agriculture USA


What's in the American Jobs Plan for Farmers and Rural Residents?
   2021-04-13 00:05:00.225
President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan, the American Jobs Plan, has quite a bit in it for rural residents and farmers. Gary Crawford takes a look on this edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. President Joe Biden. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Consumer Time


Are You Looking Out for Signs of Hungry Pests?
   2021-04-13 00:02:58.233
You can help USDA find signs of damaging hungry pests, which can cost billions of dollars each year. Stephanie Ho has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Samantha Simon, Executive Director for Emergency and Domestic Programs with Plant Protection and Quarantine

New Study Confirms Big Western Weather Changes during Last 50 Years
   2021-04-13 00:03:00.297
A new study is showing scientifically what many people anecdotally have observed about weather patterns in the West. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Joel Biederman with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Tucson, Arizona

USDA Seeks Partners to Help Get Out the Word on Pandemic Assistance Efforts
   2021-04-13 00:02:59.983
USDA is seeking partners to help with outreach efforts regarding USDA pandemic assistance for ag producers. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Zach Ducheneaux, FSA Administrator

Gull Management in Maine Water Quality Efforts
   2021-04-13 00:02:57.031
The problem of roosting gulls threatening a Maine lake's water quality and its unique status is being resolved, courtesy of USDA. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Ben Nugent of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services.

Some Suggestions for Spring Yard Work
   2021-04-13 00:02:48.594
Many of us are still working from home and that means more time to maybe do some needed work on the yard. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Extension yard and garden expert.

Agriculture Update


Highlights from USDA's April Monthly Crop Reports
   2021-04-13 00:02:29.969
What are the highlights of USDA's latest monthly crop reports? Stephanie Ho has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer. USDA World Ag Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski.

The Importance of Building Up Ag and Rural Transportation Infrastructure
   2021-04-13 00:02:11.448
The Transportation Secretary says transportation infrastructure of rural America is in need of significant improvements. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

Connecting Climate Smart Ag and Crop Insurance
   2021-04-13 00:02:21.871
How is federal crop insurance policy factoring in both changing climate conditions and climate smart farming practices? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA Risk Management Agency Chief Accuary Thomas Werth.

Examples of Integrated Livestock Protection Methods
   2021-04-13 00:02:16.150
What are some of the tools that livestock producers have available to protect their animals from predators? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Julie Young and Elizabeth Miller of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services.

Innovations Making the 4R's of Nutrient Stewardship even Better
   2021-04-13 00:02:23.151
A existing set of ag. nutrient stewardship practices are being further enhanced through continued research and innovations. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Lara Moody of The Fertilizer Institute