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More Money for Efforts to Reduce Wildfire Risks
   2024-02-20 00:00:56.711
USDA is investing more money into reducing wildfire risks. (Gary Crawford, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot)

Spending to Reduce Wildfires Will Bring Big Return on Investment
   2024-02-20 00:00:56.267
The Agriculture Secretary says spending now on reducing wildfire risks will pay off in future years. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Actuality: Hundreds of Communities Will be Safer Due to Wildfire Program
   2024-02-20 00:00:19.435
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA Wildfire Stategy will make hundreds of communities safer from wildfires.

Warmer Temperatures Bring Spring Early
   2024-02-20 00:00:59.167
Several parts of the Southern U.S. are experiencing high temperatures this week that more reflect early Spring than late Winter. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Potential Record Setting Temperatures?
   2024-02-20 00:00:57.600
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey discusses above normal temperatures in parts of the South for the remainder of the month, and what it might mean regarding a record February for high temperatures nationwide.

Snow Drought Update from Up North
   2024-02-20 00:01:00.421
A long stretch of the Northern tier of the nation reports an appreciable lack of snow accumulation so far this winter, yet what might this mean from an ag perspective? (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Freeze Threats to Early Developing and Blooming Crops
   2024-02-20 00:00:37.224
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey discusses how warmer than normal weather in parts of the South could leave early maturing small grains and fruit trees vulnerable to damage from a freeze event.

Actuality: Sierra Nevada Snowpack Improvements
   2024-02-20 00:01:00.238
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says areas of California that have suffered snow drought this winter, particularly the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, are now receiving beneficial moisture.

Actuality: 8 to 14 Day Weather Forecast
   2024-02-20 00:00:55.431
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says the nation will be divided regarding temperatures and precipitation for the period of February 27 to March 4.

More Diverse Ag Export Opportunities and Efforts
   2024-02-16 00:00:59.585
U.S. government officials provided their take on how diversification of agricultural export opportunities is taking place at the 100th USDA Ag Outlook Forum. (Rod Bain. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai.)

Examples of Diverse Ag Export Opportunities
   2024-02-16 00:01:00.238
Whether through trade barrier removal or introduction a product to a new market, the Agriculture Secretary notes there are several examples of how our nation diversifies its ag export customer base. (Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Actuality: The Need to Diversify Ag Export Opportunities
   2024-02-16 00:00:43.964
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discusses how our nation must diversify the number of agricultural export markets and products entering those markets to grow export opportunities.

Nations Representing U.S. Ag Export Diversification
   2024-02-16 00:01:00.368
Two Asian region markets are seen as success stories in the diversification of our country’s diversification of ag export opportunities. (Rod Bain. U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson. U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Marc Knapper.)

Farm Income Expected Down for This Year
   2024-02-16 00:00:59.846
USDA projects farm income categories down for 2024 but what are some of the factors behind the forecast? (Rod Bain and research economist Carrie Litkowski)

Actuality: Farm Income Indicators for 2024
   2024-02-16 00:00:56.868
USDA research economist Carrie Litkowski covers some of indicators regarding farm income forecasts for this year.

Another Year of Food Price Increases in 2024?
   2024-02-16 00:00:59.402
What does USDA forecast regarding potential food prices for this year, and whether the trend is higher or lower overall prices? (Rod Bain and economist Megan Sweitzer)

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Agriculture USA

The Initial Look at the 2022 Census of Agriculture
   2024-02-20 00:05:00.094
The results are now available for the latest edition of USDA's Census of Agriculture - the nation's most comprehensive study of farming and ranching. What do the results say about how many farmers there are, who they are, and what they raise? Rod Bain looks at some of the data points from the 2022 Census of Ag in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Bryan Combs of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Consumer Time

The Social Component of a Value-Added Rural Economy
   2024-02-20 00:02:49.717
The Agriculture Secretary recently explains how a circular ag economy could provide not only financial, but social, benefits to rural America. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack

Census Shows Ag Importance in Everyday Life
   2024-02-20 00:02:53.139
The Census of Agriculture offers examples of not just farming and ranching, but of ag's significance to all consumers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Bryan Combs of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The Up's and Down's of Food Prices
   2024-02-20 00:02:54.053
The latest Consumer Price Index report has both good and bad news for food shoppers. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Megan Sweitzer.

Identity Theft - Someone Wants to be You.
   2024-02-20 00:03:00.297
Bad guys want to take your identity, but here are some ways to prevent identity theft or spot it early. Gary Crawford and the "other" Gary Crawford have this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and the "other" Gary Crawford and Janae McNally, Kansas State University extension expert.

We are Consuming Growing Amounts of Caffeine
   2024-02-20 00:02:59.800
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.

Agriculture Update

First Glimpse at 2022 Census of Agriculture Results
   2024-02-20 00:02:26.703
The release of USDA’s latest Census of Agriculture provides an initial look at the state of our nation’s agriculture at time of the survey. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Bryan Combs of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The Agricultural Outlook for 2024
   2024-02-20 00:02:29.106
USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum as always provided a first take on what the current year might look like regarding ag production, prices, and other factors in the farm sector. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Chief Economist Seth Meyer

USDA Ag Baseline Projections for Coming Decade
   2024-02-20 00:02:06.798
The Agriculture Department recently released the latest edition of its ten-year ag production and economic projections, yet what were some of the key findings? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Joe Cooper of the Office of the Chief Economist

An Update on HPAI
   2024-02-20 00:02:22.785
What is the latest information concerning Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in our nation, its impacts on poultry flocks, and prevention and mitigation efforts? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA Chief Veterinarian Rosemary Sifford

NRCS Connection to OTI
   2024-02-20 00:02:11.213
What role does USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service play in supporting growers wishing to move towards organic commodity production via the Organic Transition Initiative? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Lindsay Haines of USDA-NRCS