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Promoting Elder Justice in Rural America
   2018-06-20 00:01:00.316
Rural seniors are more susceptible to abuse and scams, which is why USDA and the Justice Department are increasing efforts of protection and education. (Rod Bain and Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky)

USDA Resources a Part of Addressing Rural Elder Issues
   2018-06-20 00:00:59.559
The Agriculture Department has a wide range of programs available to rural areas seeking to improve quality of life for their senior citizens. (Rod Bain and Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky)

Both Sides Lose with Chinese Tariffs on U.S. Soybeans
   2018-06-20 00:00:54.961
An expert says both the U.S. and China would lose if China imposes tariffs on U.S. soybeans and if the tariffs stay in effect for very long. (Gary Crawford and Wally Tyner)

Long Term Chinese Tariffs on U.S. Soybeans Would Have Major Effects
   2018-06-20 00:00:59.768
What would be the economic effect if China were to impose tariffs on U.S. soybeans and if those tariffs were to remain for several years? (Gary Crawford and Wally Tyner)

The T.S.A. --- Tick Security Advice
   2018-06-20 00:00:59.820
If you are working or playing in areas where ticks abound, here's some advice on how to cut the chances of become a meal for a tick or two. (Gary Crawford, Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky Extension entomologist and tick rapper, Tanya Josek)

Smithsonian Celebrates Tractors
   2018-06-20 00:00:59.951
A Smithsonian museum is celebrating tractors, and the agricultural innovation they represent. (Stephanie Ho. Peter Liebhold, Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Max Armstrong, ag broadcaster)

An "Incredible" Crossover "Egg"actly like the Movies
   2018-06-19 00:00:59.820
What does the top grossing movie at this past weekend's box office have in common with a popular commodity promotion? (Rod Bain and Marc Dresner of the American Egg Board)

Actuality: How an "Incredible" Crossover Came About
   2018-06-19 00:00:56.816
Marc Dresner of the American Egg Board explains how a collaboration led to cross-promotion of both eggs and a blockbuster movie.

Actuality: An Example of a Commodity Promotion Program
   2018-06-19 00:00:44.930
Marc Dresner of the American Egg Board explains the purpose behind his commodity promotion and research board, similar to others also under USDA oversight.

Corn and Soybean Condition Ratings High, Even with High Temps
   2018-06-19 00:00:59.088
Even with some unusually hot weather, corn and soybean crops in most places are looking very good. (Gary Crawford and Eric Luebehusen)

Rains May Be Bringing Drought Relief to Many Areas
   2018-06-19 00:00:58.671
Rain, and lots of it this week, is expected to bring relief to some dry farming areas in the South Central U.S., including parts of the East Central Plains. (Gary Crawford and Luebehusen)

Top Soil Moisture Shortages May Shrink by the End of this Week
   2018-06-19 00:01:00.081
Over a third of the nation's top soil is short on moisture, but that percentage may drop during this next week. (Gary Crawford and Eric Luebehusen)

A Look at Condition Ratings for Pastures and Rangelands
   2018-06-19 00:00:48.587
The condition of the nation's pastures and rangelands may be better by this time next week. (Gary Crawford and Eric Luebehusen)

Actuality: Rain in Store for Millions of People this Week
   2018-06-19 00:00:47.830
Eric Luebehusen, USDA meteorologist, saying there are rains and storms in store for a wide area of the U.S. for the rest of this week.

Actuality: National Weather Forecast for June 26 - July 2
   2018-06-19 00:00:48.169
Eric Luebehusen, USDA meteorologist, with the national weather forecast for June 26th through July 2nd.

Chinese Tariffs on U.S. Soybeans Would Have Minimal Short Term Impacts
   2018-06-19 00:01:00.055
An expert says Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans would have little short term impact on U.S. exports. (Gary Crawford and Wally Tyner)


Features

Agriculture USA


U.S. Trade with China Continues on its Long Roller Coaster Ride
   2018-06-19 00:05:00.042
U.S. trade relations with China continues to be a roller coaster of up's and down's, especially when it comes to agricultural trade. On this edition of Agriculture USA Gary Crawford focuses in on the past year's wild and sometimes unpredictable events. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. President Donald Trump. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. Ohio State University analyst, Barry Ward. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade Ted McKinney. Classic movie actress, Bette Davis. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Purdue University economist, Chris Hurt. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Consumer Time


Showing Hospitality to Wild Bees and Other Pollinators
   2018-06-19 00:02:56.404
***Broadcasters--June 18-24 is National Pollinator Week*** You can lay out the welcome mat at your home for bumble bees and other important pollinators. Gary Crawford has this report on how to do it. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dr. Dolores Savignano with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

National Lender Partnerships and Rural Prosperity
   2018-06-19 00:02:31.431
USDA's Rural Development and lenders, both private and public, continue expanded efforts to support rural economic growth and prosperity. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. Chris Shaffner of CoBank.

A Collaboration In Water Sustainability
   2018-06-19 00:02:54.524
A New Mexico forest watershed serves as an example of how partners come together to improve water quality and sustainability. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Marcus Selig of the National Forest Foundation

Murky Miniscule Micro Green Mysteries
   2018-06-19 00:03:00.062
Tiny atoms can yield tremendous explosive power. Tiny micro greens can yield tremendous flavor. Gary Crawford is at the "micro"phone for this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Toiayna Thompson and Hallie Heinzen, USDA "vegugators". Microgreen farm owner, Mary Ackley. Washington, D.C. chef, Johnny Spero.

A "Nutty" Look At Calories And Nutrition
   2018-06-19 00:02:57.084
Many tree nuts are nutrient dense, but high in fat and calories, leading USDA researchers to study what those calories really offer. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and David Baer of the Agricultural Research Service

Agriculture Update


Dairy Issues Continue as Bones of Contention between U.S./Canada
   2018-06-19 00:02:25.893
The top agricultural leaders of the U.S. and Canada continue to talk, but has there been any change in their stances on trade? Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Canada's Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

USDA Trade Mission Spurs US Agri-Biz Deals in Japan
   2018-06-19 00:02:29.681
USDA led the largest-ever delegation of American agri-biz reps to a meet-and-greet in one of our most important trading partners -- Japan. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney.

A Little More Upbeat Outlook for U.S. Corn
   2018-06-19 00:02:29.733
The latest forecasts from the USDA show a little bit brighter outlook for U.S. corn growers. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer, Chairman of USDA's Outlook Board.

Livestock Related Disaster Assistance Programs Accepting Applications
   2018-06-19 00:02:29.760
Local Farm Service Agency offices are taking applications from livestock, honey bee, and farm-raised fish producers who suffered natural disaster related losses. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and FSA Acting Deputy Administrator Brad Karmen

Areas Of Potential Drought Concern
   2018-06-19 00:02:29.551
Three regions of the country started June with growing dryness, but with the seasonal transition to summer, do drought concerns in those areas continue? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey