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McKinney: Progress Steady in U.S.-China Talks
   2019-03-19 00:01:00.029
The Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs observes that negotiations between our nation and China are advancing at a modest, yet positive pace. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary Ted McKinney)

Beyond "Do No Harm" for Ag in USMCA
   2019-03-19 00:00:59.271
The Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs cites examples of how the recent USMCA trade deal went beyond what the ag industry was asking for in this deal. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary Ted McKinney)

Some Ideas What a 2040 Farm Bill Might Look Like
   2019-03-18 00:00:59.506
What might be some of the patterns and trends associated with a Farm Bill crafted and signed into law twenty plus years from now? (Rod Bain and USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson)

Get Ready for Many More Stories of Floods in the Coming Months
   2019-03-18 00:01:00.055
The historic flooding this week in Nebraska and other states is likely just round one of what could be many rounds of flooding in many areas this spring. (Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey)

Saturated Soils and Flooding Adding to Farmers' Woes
   2019-03-18 00:00:56.476
Saturated soils and flooding will be adding to the woes of many farmers in many areas. (Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Flood Situation Has Been Building all Winter
   2019-03-18 00:00:43.102
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, saying the floods this week are the result of several situations that have been building up all winter.

Floods and Poor Field Conditions Could Make for a Stressful Planting Season
   2019-03-18 00:00:57.652
Planting delays this year could plague farmers in many areas of the country. (Gary Crawford, Brad Rippey and Lance Honig)

The Farm Economy: "Bad, But Not As Bad As In the Past"
   2019-03-18 00:00:58.305
What is the current state of the farm economy? (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue)

Actuality: China Talks Continue
   2019-03-18 00:00:53.681
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says China has made attractive ag purchase offers, but he added that the trade talks are still ongoing.

Nebraska Floods and Potential Impacts on Livestock
   2019-03-18 00:00:59.245
A senior USDA official and Nebraska native shared news of livestock losses from recent flooding in his state and others, and some impacts livestock producers are going through. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach)

USDA Wrapping up Farmer Survey Work for Prospective Plantings Report
   2019-03-18 00:00:59.010
Farmers have told USDA what they intend to plant this spring. Later this month we will find out what they said. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig)

USDA Inspectors Will Be Trained to Ensure Safety of Cell-Based Food
   2019-03-18 00:01:00.003
USDA inspectors will need to be trained in order to be able to ensure the safety of cell-based food products. (Stephanie Ho and FSIS Administrator Carmen Rottenberg)

Anxious Times for Farmers with Planting Decisions to Make
   2019-03-15 00:01:00.055
A wrong planting decision this spring could severely damage a farmer's financial situation. And making that decision in a time of many unknowns can create quite a lot of angst. (Gary Crawford, Seth Meyer and Mel Brooks.)

A New App Aims to Provide Accurate Broadband Access Data
   2019-03-15 00:00:59.402
If you want to find out how fast or slow your internet connection really is, especially if you're in a rural area, there's a new app to help you. (Stephanie Ho and Nathan Ohle, Rural Community Assistance Partnership)

Mobile Devices Help With Crowdsourcing Broadband Data
   2019-03-15 00:00:57.965
Mobile devices are helping to people track internet connectivity -- even when they don't have it. (Stephanie Ho and Nathan Ohle, Rural Community Assistance Partnership)

Encouraging Young Veterans to Ag Truck Driving Careers
   2019-03-15 00:00:59.637
A pilot program sponsored by the ag trucking industry could help steer younger military veterans and reservists to driving careers and minimize a drivers' shortage. (Rod Bain and Jon Samson of the American Trucking Associations)


Features

Agriculture USA


What's the Poison Squad, and What Has it Done for You?
   2019-03-19 00:04:59.859
Remember when there were no rules for food safety? On this edition of Agriculture USA Stephanie Ho takes you back a century or so to see how things used to be. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Deborah Blum, author of "The Poison Squad." Carmen Rottenberg, Administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. (She was Acting USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety at the time of this recording.) Harvey Wiley impersonator.

Consumer Time


Don't Like Borax in Your Food? Thank the Poison Squad.
   2019-03-19 00:03:00.035
If you're glad that there is no borax or formaldehyde in your food, you can thank the Poison Squad. Stephanie Ho has more on the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Deborah Blum, author of "The Poison Squad." Carmen Rottenberg. (She was Acting USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety at the time of this recording.) Harvey Wiley impersonator.

More Choices at the Gas Pump?
   2019-03-19 00:03:00.062
Most of us can only find gasoline with the usual 10% ethanol in it, not 15% or higher; But that may slowly be changing. Gary Crawford pumps out this story. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Geoff Cooper, Pres. Renewable Fuels Association. Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Mike Lorenz with Sheetz.

Clearing out the Clutter
   2019-03-19 00:02:36.604
So you have parts of your house or work space full of clutter? How do you take care of it? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and retired University of Illinois Extension expert Karen Chan

Millennials--Not Your Traditional Food Shopper
   2019-03-19 00:02:59.591
Members of the so called "millennial" generation are not your traditional food shoppers. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Andrew Harig with the Food Marketing Institute

New App Aims to Provide Clearer Broadband Connectivity Picture
   2019-03-19 00:02:59.957
If you want to find out how fast or slow your internet connection really is, there's a new app to help you. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Nathan Ohle, Rural Community Assistance Partnership.

Agriculture Update


Freezing Temperatures May Have Damaged Crops in the South
   2019-03-19 00:02:07.791
Unusual February warmth followed by an early March cold spell may have hurt some Southern crops. Stephanie Ho has more on the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey.

We Just Had the Wettest Winter on Record
   2019-03-19 00:02:26.755
It's raining, it's pouring it's snowing -- and we just had the wettest US winter on record. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey

The WTO at 25 and Challenges Going Forward
   2019-03-19 00:02:20.303
A senior U.S. trade official says the 25-year-old World Trade Organization is important, but has issues. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

Pre-Planting Anxiety
   2019-03-19 00:02:30.021
Unknowns in the commodity markets, and on the trade front, are making it tough for farmers to make planting decisions. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Seth Meyer, USDA Outlook Chairman. Warren Preston, USDA Deputy Chief Economist. Lance Honig with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. President Donald Trump.

Changes Coming in how USDA Forecasts Crop Production
   2019-03-19 00:02:13.982
Starting in August USDA will collect less data to make its crop forecasts. Officials say it won't mean less accuracy. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Lance Honig, Chief of the Crops Branch of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.