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A Trade Trip to Thailand and the Philippines
   2018-11-16 00:01:00.055
Demand for U.S. agricultural products in Thailand and the Philippines is high, but so are barriers to some of those products. (Gary Crawford and Under Sec'y Ted McKinney)

Actuality: Optimism for Selling More Ag. Products to Philippines and Thailand
   2018-11-16 00:00:36.480
Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade Ted McKinney telling reporters that during his trip this past week to the Philippines and Thailand, U.S. commodity groups, so called "cooperators", told him they are optimistic about the chances to sell more U.S. agricultural products to those two nations.

An American Thanksgiving Promotion in Thailand
   2018-11-16 00:01:00.212
A visit by a USDA senior official to a Thai super store provided an example of the growing use by global retailers of American holidays to promote U.S. food products. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney)

Actuality: U.S. Thanksgiving Food Promotion at Thai Super Store
   2018-11-16 00:00:56.946
Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney describes some of the American food items sold at a super store in Thailand as part of a U.S. Thanksgiving promotion.

Actuality: U.S. Holidays as Global Promotion Opportunity
   2018-11-16 00:00:36.022
Agriculture Under Secretary Ted McKinney explains the growing trend of retailers around the world selling U.S. food products as part of promotions centered on American holidays, such as Thanksgiving-based promotion at a Thai super store.

Secretary Perdue Visits Three States in Hurricane-Hit South
   2018-11-16 00:00:59.846
Secretary Perdue goes to three southern states in one day, to survey hurricane damage. (Stephanie Ho and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue)

Defending America's Poultry is a Sustained Effort
   2018-11-16 00:00:59.951
USDA is launching a new campaign that highlights the importance of maintaining healthy poultry, be it private or commercial ownership. (Stephanie Ho and Alan Huddleston, Director of APHIS's Avian, Swine and Aquatic Animal Health Center)

Actuality: Coming Soon- A Webinar on New Poultry Safety Campaign
   2018-11-16 00:00:31.608
Alan Huddleston, with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, says his agency is hosting a webinar later this month to give more information about the new campaign on poultry health and safety.

Food Prices Take a Dip Down.
   2018-11-16 00:01:00.055
Food shoppers last month saw overall grocery prices decline slightly, but prices are still higher than a year ago. (Gary Crawford, his microphone double and Annemarie Kuhns)

More Milk, Higher Prices and Tighter Margins Projected for 2019
   2018-11-16 00:00:58.775
Milk production next year will climb again, but what is likely to happen to farm milk prices and dairy operator margins? (Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer)

Giving that Turkey a Shower---Not a Great Idea
   2018-11-16 00:01:00.081
Before you stick that turkey in the oven, should you give that turkey a shower in the kitchen sink to make sure it's clean? (Gary Crawford and Marianne Gravely) **The Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 1-888-MPHOTLINE. Or listeners can go online to**

Why Cranberries are Grown in Bogs
   2018-11-16 00:01:00.133
A "bog"-ling thought to consider ... that cranberries can be grown without the aid of bogs. So why use bogs? (Rod Bain and USDA vegucator Kayla Johnson)

Home Delivered Thanksgiving Meals Can Double the Costs
   2018-11-16 00:00:55.013
A new survey shows how much the convenience of a home delivered Thanksgiving meal can add to the cost. (Gary Crawford and Dr. John Newton)

A Change of Wind Could Help Firefighters in SoCal
   2018-11-15 00:00:58.984
The winds in the southern part of California will be less dry than the Santa Anas -- which is good news for firefighters. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Mark Brusberg)

Good Demand May Make 2019 a Better Year for Beef Producers
   2018-11-15 00:01:00.055
Beef producers could have more product to sell and at higher prices next year. (Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer)

Higher Pork Production/Lower Hog Prices Expected for 2019
   2018-11-15 00:00:58.775
For hog producers 2019 could end up being a lot like 2018, only more so. (Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer)


Agriculture USA

Creating Cranberry Considerations for your Cranium
   2018-11-13 00:05:00.251
Products created with cranberries are becoming increasingly creative in order to create consumers. And just as crazy are some of the tidbits about this growing in popularity product. Rod Bain talks with experts about some cranberry considerations in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. USDA "vegucator" Kayla Johnson. Karen Cahill of the Cranberry Marketing Committee.

Consumer Time

Cranberry Industry Poised to Stake New Territory
   2018-11-13 00:02:50.031
Yes, it's a Thanksgiving dinner staple, but growers and handlers of cranberries are pushing to expand consumption year-round, and all over the world. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Karen Cahill of the Cranberry Marketing Committee

Another Year of Lower Costs for that Thanksgiving Meal
   2018-11-13 00:02:49.464
Will your Thanksgiving meal cost more than last year? Gary Crawford has the answer from the experts. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam. USDA retail price economist, Annemarie Kuhns.

It's Sweet Potato Time
   2018-11-13 00:03:00.062
Besides turkey, there's one other food that really comes to the top of the holiday meal menu. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kayla Johnson with the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Kay Rentzel with the U.S. Sweet Potato Council.

Turkey Thawing Thoughts
   2018-11-13 00:02:57.475
If you are going to buy and cook a frozen turkey this Thanksgiving, you may need to plan ahead for the thawing process. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Marianne Gravely with the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline.

Turkey Fowl-ups and Foolishness Part Two
   2018-11-13 00:02:59.644
For some folks preparing the Thanksgiving turkey is a breeze, but others may have a more interesting time with that turkey. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Marianne Gravely with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. (1-888-MPHOTLINE)

Agriculture Update

U.S. Ag. Trade Mission to Korea Racks up Sales, but Trade Issues Remain
   2018-11-13 00:02:25.397
The more than 50 representatives of U.S. food and agriculture businesses are back from a successful trade mission to South Korea. Gary Crawford reports. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Ken Isley, Administrator of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.

Fiscal Year 2018 a "Good" Year for U.S. Agricultural Exports
   2018-11-13 00:02:28.532
How did U.S. agricultural trade fare in the 2018 fiscal year just ended? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA trade economist, Bryce Cooke. Plus...a little bit of Sinatra.

Rural Economic Development Initiative Helps Plan for Success
   2018-11-13 00:02:29.054
USDA is working to help rural communities plan for success -- including helping them identify what assets they have that they can take advantage of. Stephanie Ho has more on the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development. Nathan Ohle, Rural Community Assistance Partnership executive director.

Checkoff Groups Promoting Sustainability Efforts
   2018-11-13 00:02:01.991
Three commodity promotion and research boards are joining forces to advance producer sustainability efforts across agriculture. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Bill Even of the National Pork Board. Lewis Bainbridge of the United Soybean Board. Lynn Chrisp of the National Corn Growers Association.

Chilly Temperatures Hurt Winter Wheat Development
   2018-11-13 00:01:42.765
Cold weather will have a negative effect on winter wheat development. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist.