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Rome Meetings This Week Setting Stage for World Food Summit This Fall.
   2021-07-28 00:00:57.208
The U.N. is planning a major summit meeting this fall on world food systems. Experts are in Rome this week for a "pre-summit". (Gary Crawford and Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh)

An Initiative that "AIMs" to Make World Agriculture More Climate-Smart
   2021-07-28 00:01:00.107
The U.S. is getting more countries to join an initiative to boost climate-smart innovation in agriculture. (Gary Crawford. President Joe Biden and Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh)

Actuality: Some Comments on This Week's Food System Meetings in Rome
   2021-07-28 00:00:47.281
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jewel Bronaugh talking with reporters from Rome where she has been leading the U.S. delegation at a special international meeting on improving the world's food system.

USDA Conducting Yield Surveys with Thousands of Farmers
   2021-07-28 00:00:57.652
This week USDA is beginning to survey thousands of farmers about their yield expectations. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service)

Recovery and Rebuilding the U.S. Beef Supply Chain
   2021-07-28 00:01:00.133
How is the beef industry responding after a series of impactful events, and what can be done to improve supply chain resiliency against future occurrences? (Rod Bain. Jayson Lusk of Purdue University. Dustin Aherin of Rabo AgriFinance. Jennifer van de Ligt of the University of Minnesota.)

Cybersecurity Improvements to Food and Ag Supply Chains
   2021-07-28 00:01:00.316
Bolstering our nation's food and farm supply chains from cyberattack grows in importance after a recent incident involving the world's largest meat processor. (Rod Bain and Jennifer van de Ligt of the University of Minnesota)

Big Jump This Week in Topsoil Moisture Shortages
   2021-07-28 00:00:58.853
There was a big jump this week in areas in the country where topsoil moisture is very short to short. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Overall Decline in Surplus Topsoil Moisture
   2021-07-28 00:00:59.977
There was an overall decline in surplus topsoil moisture, with a big jump in the numbers for moisture shortages. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Details on Notable Topsoil Moisture Surpluses
   2021-07-28 00:00:47.072
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, has details on where in the nation there are notable topsoil moisture surpluses.

USDA Continues to Show National Split in Pasture Conditions
   2021-07-28 00:00:59.977
USDA's latest Crop Progress report continues to show a national split in pasture conditions. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Details of Pastures in Poor Condition
   2021-07-28 00:00:39.131
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, points to where in the nation pastures are in particularly poor condition.

Actuality: Where are Pastures in Good Condition?
   2021-07-28 00:00:21.786
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says there are some places in the country where pastures are in notably good shape.

Vilsack: Infrastructure Improvements Essential for Rural Economics
   2021-07-27 00:00:59.742
The Agriculture Secretary emphasizes the importance of broad rural infrastructure improvements in efforts to build up rural communities and their commodities.

Improving Ag Transportation Infrastructure and Competitive Advantage
   2021-07-27 00:01:00.212
Upgrading our country’s agricultural transportation network and infrastructure will assure a continued competitive advantage in the global export market, according to the Agriculture Secretary. (Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Actuality: Ag Transport and Price Advantage for U.S. Producers
   2021-07-27 00:00:45.453
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explains the competitive price advantage U.S. farmers and ranchers have as a result of our nation's transportation system, and the need to improve transporation infrastructure to maintain that advantage.

Blazing Heatwave in the Northern Plains
   2021-07-27 00:00:59.977
Extreme heat is continuing to damage crops in the Northern Plains. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

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Agriculture USA

One Approach to Addressing Farm Labor Shortage
   2021-07-27 00:05:00.016
The agriculture labor force has decreased in recent years, while reliance has grown in the farm sector on migrant farm workers to handle everything from planting to harvest. Now with a shortage of available workers, stakeholders are looking at how to modernize the nation's farm guestworker program. Rod Bain looks at this topic and some of the thoughts of participants in this review in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. National Pork Producers Council President Jen Sorenson. United Farm Workers President Emeritus Arturo Rodriguez. Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Leon Sequeira. Illinois dairy farmer Linnea Kooistra. Oregon asparagus farmer Shay Myers. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Consumer Time

A Farm to School Connection
   2021-07-27 00:02:46.426
A USDA grant program recently funded its most recent group of projects designed to bring schools and students closer to their local farmers and ranchers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Stacey Dean.

Expanding Nanocellulosic Material Research and Development
   2021-07-27 00:02:57.946
Recent grants will support continued studies and product development related to wood-based nanocellulosic materials - products from cement additives to a component in tires. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Robert Moon of the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Lab

What to Do when a Tick Puts the Bite on You
   2021-07-27 00:02:58.834
What should you do if a tick forms an attachment to you and puts the bite on you? Gary Crawford has advice from an expert. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus of Entomology Lee Townsend.

Coffee and Caffeine---How Much Is too Much?
   2021-07-27 00:03:00.114
Coffee and caffeine---How much is too much? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Karen Blakeslee, Kansas State University Extension Food Scientist and coordinator of the Rapid Response Center for Food Science.

Making Plants into Bioproducts in the Microwave
   2021-07-27 00:02:33.913
A technology developed by USDA research improves the time and efficiency in producing biobased products such as polymers and films that become everyday household items. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and researcher Atanu Biswas

Agriculture Update

An Approach to Address Farm Labor Shortage
   2021-07-27 00:02:24.640
Modernization of farm guestworker programs is among the avenues under consideration by ag stakeholders as a means to resolve a shortage of workers on the farm and ranch. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: National Pork Producers Council President Jen Sorenson. Illinois dairy farmer Linnea Kooistra. Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Leon Sequeira. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

A Pandemic Assistance Program for the Timber Industry
   2021-07-27 00:02:30.230
The nation's timber industry now has its own USDA pandemic assistance program. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

All Clues Point to Start of Beef Cattle Liquidation Phase
   2021-07-27 00:02:22.106
All clues are pointing to the start of a downsizing of the beef cattle herd. Gary Crawford has more in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst

Ag Transport Open Data Platform Receives an Upgrade
   2021-07-27 00:02:26.729
A data platform for those involved in transport of our nation's ag goods recently upgrade to its 3.0 stage, which includes more real time information. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Adam Sparger of the Agricultural Marketing Service

Farm Credit Official Says Farm Economy in "Remarkably Good Shape"
   2021-07-27 00:02:30.099
How is the farm economy doing? Ask the farm lenders. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Glen Smith, Chairman of the Farm Credit Administration. Former President Woodrow Wilson. Broadcasters: The interactive timeline talked about in this report is available at