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USDA Taking Applications/Proposals for ReConnect Broadband Pilot Program
   2019-04-23 00:01:00.055
What are the best ways to bring high speed internet access to rural areas? USDA is now accepting funding applications for pilot project proposals to find out the best ways. (Gary Crawford, Neil Armstrong and Sec'y Sonny Perdue)

Increasing 4-H Exposure to Ag Research and Ag Careers
   2019-04-23 00:01:00.290
A land grant university leader says its not just about recruiting new members to youth ag groups like 4-H, but more importantly, providing complete training for the changing work requirements in the ag sector. (Rod Bain and Cathann Kress of Ohio State University)

Actuality: 4H History and First-Hand Ag Research
   2019-04-23 00:00:59.324
Cathann Kress of Ohio State University explains why 4H was originally created and its importance early on in passing on direct agroscience information and education.

Actuality: Weather Opportunity for Spring Wheat Planting
   2019-04-23 00:00:36.806
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says there will be good weather this week for spring wheat planting.

Actuality: National Weather Service Outlook for Apr 30 - May 6
   2019-04-23 00:00:48.222
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, has the weather outlook for the first week of May.

Flip-Flopping Weather Across the Country
   2019-04-23 00:00:59.951
Opposite weather patterns affect different planting regions. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Topsoil Moisture Surplus Drops Slightly, Nationwide
   2019-04-23 00:00:58.984
Where in the nation is there still excessive topsoil moisture? (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

USDA Launches New Student Contest on Reducing Food Waste
   2019-04-23 00:00:59.951
Food waste is a huge problem, and USDA wants more young people to be aware of it. (Stephanie Ho and Kailee Tkacz, REE Chief of Staff)

Actuality: Ace the Waste's Four Main Food Waste Ideas
   2019-04-23 00:00:26.958
USDA's Kailee Tkacz (ta-kotch) says the new USDA contest is aimed at letting young people know about four main topics -- or buckets of ideas -- around food waste.

Actuality: Latest Sugarbeet Numbers
   2019-04-23 00:00:43.624
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, has the latest on the nation's sugarbeet crop.

49 Years of Earth Days
   2019-04-22 00:00:59.141
Earth Day has been around for almost a half century. In that time farmers have played a major role in improving the environment. (Gary Crawford. Walter Cronkite. Ken Norton and Sec'y Sonny Perdue)

Eggs and Kids in the Spotlight at the White House
   2019-04-22 00:01:00.055
Kids, eggs and bunnies---those have taken over the White House lawn. (Gary Crawford, President Donald Trump and Anne Alonzo)

Farm Labor and a Global Perspective
   2019-04-22 00:00:59.977
When it comes to ag labor, the U.S. is not the only nation that relies on a work force from other countries. (Rod Bain and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte)

Tech and Dwindling World Farm Labor Work Force
   2019-04-22 00:00:59.924
New Mexico's Ag Secretary says technology in harvesting global crops becomes more important as available farm labor continues to decrease. (Rod Bain and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte)

Storms Cause Significant Fieldwork Delays for Corn, Soy
   2019-04-22 00:00:59.951
Storms lead to significant fieldwork delays for corn and soy. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Rice Planting Progress Behind Schedule
   2019-04-22 00:00:53.420
Rice planting progress is behind schedule. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)


Agriculture USA

Innovation and Opportunity Expands for Wood Products
   2019-04-23 00:04:59.937
New innovations regarding wood products are making new creations possible ... from tall buildings to tornado shelters to a wood-based college basketball arena. Rod Bain looks at the research into wood products and what it means for the future landscape in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Steve Marshall of the U.S. Forest Service. Adam Senalik of the Forest Products Lab.

Consumer Time

Find Ways to Safely Dispose of Excess Prescription Medication
   2019-04-23 00:02:59.957
This Saturday, April 27, is Take Back Drug Day -- which is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of safely disposing of unused prescription medications. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Anne Hazlett, a senior advisor with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

SNAP Buying Goes Online -- First Stop, New York
   2019-04-23 00:02:53.139
A pilot program allows SNAP recipients in parts of New York state to use their benefits online. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and SNAP Associate Administrator Jessica Shahin

Products that Reduce Food Waste are in Grocery Stores Now
   2019-04-23 00:02:57.319
Did you know there already are a wide variety of edible products out in the market that help reduce food waste? Stephanie Ho tells you about some of them. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Elise Golan, director of sustainable development, office of USDA Chief Economist.

Today's Food Shoppers Looking for More than just Dollar Value
   2019-04-23 00:03:00.062
Food stores are having to deal with consumers who want more than just dollar value---much more. Gary Crawford has this report on different kinds of values. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Andy Harig with the Food Marketing Institute.

Testing a Wood-Built Tornado Shelter
   2019-04-23 00:02:58.912
A U.S. Forest Service research lab is developing an in-home tornado shelter made of wood, with testing yielding promising results so far. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Adam Senalik of the Forest Products Lab

Agriculture Update

The Incredible Volatile Egg
   2019-04-23 00:02:27.722
Eggs are living up to their reputation as a very volatile and unpredictable commodity pricewise. Gary Crawford lays another egg with this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst.

Advanced Info for Dairy Margin Coverage Producer Consideration
   2019-04-23 00:02:23.647
Although dairy producers can sign up for a new Farm Bill dairy margin coverage program in June, the application of coverage through all of 2019 gives growers valuable information in making their sign-up decision. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Farm Service Agency Acting Associate Administrator Steve Peterson. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.

Bringing Blockchain and its Benefits to the Livestock Sector
   2019-04-23 00:02:28.950
How might livestock producers and meat processors benefit both monetarily and information-wise from blockchain technologies? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Rob Jennings of Beefchain

Snapshots of Farm Economy as Viewed by Lenders
   2019-04-23 00:02:19.311
What are some of the positives that ag lenders takeaway about different aspects of the farm economy and the economic potential of producers? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Will Secor of CoBank. Tim Koch of Farm Credit Service. Randy Dickhut of Farmers National Company.

The Broad Services of USDA within Specific Commodities
   2019-04-23 00:02:27.226
How do the various aspects of the Agriculture Department converge to help producers and supporters of a specific commodity succeed? Rod Bain provides one example in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Dave Carter of the National Bison Association