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Figuring Feed Transportation Costs for Drought Impacted Livestock Producers
   2021-10-15 00:01:00.238
A new online tool is now available for drought-affected livestock producers help them estimate feed transportation costs and their impacts caused by drought. (Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux)

Figuring Feed Transportation Costs for Drought Impacted Livestock Producers
   2021-10-15 00:00:56.790
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux explains the expansion of a program to cover feed transportation costs for drought impacted producers, and the online tool now available to assist in calculating such costs.

Vilsack's Philosophy about the Infrastructure and Reconciliation Bills
   2021-10-15 00:00:56.111
What are Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's thoughts about some of the cuts being proposed in the Infrastructure and Budget Reconciliation Bills? (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Investing in SNAP Efficiency and Integrity
   2021-10-15 00:01:00.290
USDA has a series of grants that can help improve program integrity, efficiency and delivery within USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (Rod Bain and SNAP Associate Administrator Jessica Shahin)

Actuality: Examples of SNAP Administration and Program Integrity Grants
   2021-10-15 00:00:59.637
USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Associate Administrator Jessica Shahin provides examples among eight grants designed to improve administration, efficiencies and program integrity within SNAP.

A Potential Decline in California Almond and Walnut Production
   2021-10-15 00:00:59.663
California almond and walnut growers face a smaller crop this season due in part to adverse, yet opposite, weather conditions. (Rod Bain and Jaclyn Kramer of the Economic Research Service)

Outlook for Domestic Grape and Peach Production
   2021-10-15 00:00:59.689
USDA's annual outlook for grape and peach production could eventually factor in how drought impacts those particular crops. (Rod Bain and research economist, Jaclyn Kramer)

Most of Us Don't Wash Hands Properly, even on Global Hand Washing Day
   2021-10-15 00:01:00.107
Studies show most meal preparers don't wash their hands when they need to and don't wash their hands the right way. (Gary Crawford and Meredith Carothers with USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service) October 15th was declared Global Handwashing Day by the group, Global Handwashing Partnership.

USDA Announces Investments in Rural Water Infrastructure
   2021-10-14 00:01:00.107
The USDA is investing 272 million dollars for 114 community projects to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater systems. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Actuality: Tom Vilsack's Announcement of Rural Water Loans and Grants
   2021-10-14 00:00:41.665
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, on a call with reporters, announcing new rural water loans and grants.

Actuality: USDA Rural Water Investments Address Many Rural Issues
   2021-10-14 00:00:25.704
Matt Holmes, CEO of National Rural Water Association, saying that USDA rural water programs help rural communities with many issues.

Actuality: USDA Water Loan/Grant Programs Aimed at Neediest Communities
   2021-10-14 00:00:40.803
Nathan Ohle, CEO of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, telling reporters he's happy that USDA's rural water loan and grant programs are targeting communities with the greatest need.

USDA Working with Food Industry on School Food Supply Issues
   2021-10-14 00:01:00.107
USDA is working with food industry leaders on reported school food supply and delivery problems. (Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and President Joe Biden)

USDA Forecasts Higher Corn Ending Stocks Than Expected
   2021-10-14 00:00:59.977
The latest USDA World Supply and Demand report is forecasting higher corn ending stocks than had been expected. (Stephanie Ho and WAOB Chair Mark Jekanowski)

USDA Incorporates Unexpected Data into Corn Balance Sheet
   2021-10-14 00:01:00.055
USDA's latest World Ag. Supply and Demand report takes into account unexpected corn data that came from the September 30th small grains report. (Stephanie Ho and WAOB Chair Mark Jekanowski)

Improved Export Opportunities for U.S. Corn
   2021-10-14 00:00:59.977
USDA is forecasting improved export opportunities for U.S. corn. (Stephanie Ho and WAOB Chair Mark Jekanowski)

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Agriculture USA

Mystifying Myths about Covid-19 Vaccinations
   2021-10-12 00:05:00.303
Medical experts are trying to dispel the many myths and misconceptions that have sprung up about the Covid vaccinations. Gary Crawford looks at a few of these on this edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. President Joe Biden. Dr. Fred Gerr, Professor Emeritus of the University of Iowa.

Consumer Time

More Support to Build Up Urban Agriculture
   2021-10-12 00:02:35.872
USDA recently announced funding awards and agreements associated with projects designed to create and build upon urban ag efforts across the country. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Terry Cosby

Frozen Food Foul-up's and Foibles
   2021-10-12 00:03:00.297
Food safey experts are urging consumers to carefully follow the cooking instructions on packages of frozen foods. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Meredith Carothers with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. ****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-6854)Listeners can also go online to***

Celebrating National 4-H and Its Continued Growth
   2021-10-12 00:02:40.052
The National 4-H organization, well over a century old, continues to broaden its extension in both locales and educational opportunities for youth across the country. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Brent Elrod of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Cooking Up Some Ways to Make Cooking a Little Easier
   2021-10-12 00:02:59.513
Some say that pre-pandemic, cooking was becoming a lost art. But many of us had to learn to cook in a hurry. Gary Crawford cooks up this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Lisa Martin with Kansas State University Extension. Brett Sciotto, CEO of Aimpoint. Plus, Curly Howard.

Safe and Healthy Trick-or-Treating
   2021-10-12 00:03:00.114
This year we may see more kids trick-or-treating than last year. Here are some tips to make it safe and healthy for everyone. Gary Crawford reports. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Karen Blakeslee with Kansas State University Extension.

Agriculture Update

Ag Within Realignment of U.S. Trade Policy with China
   2021-10-12 00:02:28.401
How might agriculture be included in the recently announced realignment of our nation's trade approach and strategy with China? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Vilsack on State of the Livestock Industry
   2021-10-12 00:02:27.826
The Agriculture Secretary recently expressed to lawmakers his views on the state of the livestock industry and explained USDA efforts to address challenges. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack

Partnership to Present FSA Programs to Historically Underserved Producers
   2021-10-12 00:02:29.603
The Farm Service Agency is joining with third party entities to provide outreach and technical assistance to historically underserved producers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux

Loan Product Updates from Farm Service Agency
   2021-10-12 00:02:29.002
The Administrator of USDA's Farm Service Agency says producers needing financing should know about updates regarding some of FSA's guaranteed and direct loan programs. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux

Drought Patterns and Commodities Covered by Drought
   2021-10-12 00:02:09.227
The latest look at the percentage of drought coverage over U.S. commodities continues to reflect long range weather patterns. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey