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Farm Safety Net Details in Final Version of New Farm Bill
   2018-12-11 00:01:00.395
What are some of the particulars of the commodities title and crop insurance portions of Congress's final version of the 2018 Farm Bill under consideration in Congress this week? (Rod Bain. Kevin Ross of the National Corn Growers Association. Mickey Paggi of National Crop Insurance Services)

Some of the Proposed Farm Bill Provisions
   2018-12-11 00:00:59.506
What are some of the notable aspects found in the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill reported to, and under consideration by, Congress this week? (Rod Bain. Brett Van Dyke of the National Association of Conservation Districts. Scott Hayes of the National Pork Producers Council.)

Not much Change from last Month in Tuesday's USDA Crop Forecasts
   2018-12-11 00:00:57.782
The new round of USDA crop supply and demand forecasts are almost identical to the forecasts made a month ago. (Gary Crawford)

USDA's Latest Crop Report is a Quiet One
   2018-12-11 00:00:59.951
USDA's last crop report for 2018 contains few major surprises. (Stephanie Ho and USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson)

NEW TAKE USDA's Latest Crop Report is a Quiet One
   2018-12-11 00:00:59.951
USDA's last crop report for 2018 contains few major surprises. (Stephanie Ho and USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson) EDS: YOU MAY SEE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS STORY. iF SO, PLEASE USE THIS ONE INSTEAD -- BETTER QUALITY ACTUALITY

Florida's Citrus Crop May Be Stabilizing
   2018-12-11 00:00:58.331
There is not a great deal of change in this month's estimates for citrus production. (Stephanie Ho; Mark Hudson, USDA Florida state statistician; USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson)

A New Proposal for "Waters of the U.S."
   2018-12-11 00:00:58.906
The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday announced their proposed rule to clarify part of the Clean Water Act. (Rod Bain. Don Parrish of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Secretary Sonny Perdue)

A Calm before Another Storm
   2018-12-11 00:00:59.585
A few days of mild, quiet weather will give way later this week to a storm system with much activity expected in the Southeast and much of the East Coast. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: 8 to 14 Day Weather Forecast
   2018-12-11 00:00:28.708
Warm and wet weather is expected for much of the nation during the week- long period before Christmas Day - December 18 - 24.

Scientists Working on Heat Tolerant Soybeans
   2018-12-11 00:00:53.942
Soybean plants don't like heat that tops the ninety degree mark, but we may soon have varieties that can handle the heat a little better. (Gary Crawford and Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young)

Senate Passes Farm Bill
   2018-12-11 00:00:49.815
The Senate has passed the Farm Bill and sent it on to the House. (Gary Crawford, Senator's Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts)

Remembering Bob Bergland
   2018-12-10 00:01:00.055
The man who served as the twentieth U.S. Secretary of Agriculture passed away over the weekend. (Rod Bain and former Secretary Bob Bergland)

USDA Looks into the Safety of One Food of the Future
   2018-12-10 00:01:00.003
USDA is looking into a new foodstuff to ensure that it's safe for consumers and that it's clearly labeled. (Stephanie Ho and Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety, Carmen Rottenberg)

If It's Made in a Lab, Can You Still Call It Meat?
   2018-12-10 00:00:59.951
USDA is still accepting public comments on the issue of cell-cultured products that supporters are calling meat. (Stephanie Ho and Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety, Carmen Rottenberg)

Actuality: Federal Regulators Guard Food Safety
   2018-12-10 00:00:49.763
USDA's Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety, Carmen Rottenberg, says federal officials have an important job protecting the safety of the country's food system.

USDA Begins a Program to Buy Fresh Milk and Donate it to Food Banks
   2018-12-10 00:01:00.055
A new USDA milk donation program should help dairy producers reduce their surplus and help more low income families have the benefits of fresh milk. (Gary Crawford. Under Secretary Greg Ibach. Bruce Summers and Jody Tick)


Features

Agriculture USA


Crops Making the "Alternative" Scene
   2018-12-11 00:05:00.120
More farmers are looking at growing alternative crops for profit as well as other benefits. But what is an alternative crop? And what are some examples? Rod Bain looks at alternatives crops and their potential for ag producers in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Dr. Rob Myers. Michael Bowman of the National Hemp Association.

Consumer Time


Some Changes Coming in School Meal Nutrition Rules
   2018-12-11 00:02:49.064
A nutritious, but tastier, meal for school students--That's what some new USDA rules are designed to provide. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Former Presidents Harry Truman and Barack Obama.

This Year's Capitol Christmas Tree Comes From Oregon
   2018-12-11 00:03:00.009
An annual tradition for more than 50 years, this year's Capitol Christmas Tree comes from a national forest in Oregon. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Brigette Harrington, Oregon 4th grader. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. US Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. Willamette National Forest project lead Nikki Swanson. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Chuck Leavell, traveling keyboardist with the Rolling Stones.

USDA Food Safety Checks Help Catch Tainted Beef
   2018-12-11 00:02:58.729
USDA food safety officials are remaining vigilant as more raw ground beef is recalled because of a nationwide salmonella outbreak. Stephanie Ho has more on the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety, Carmen Rottenberg.

New Forecast for 2019 Shows Eggs Are Breaking out of their Shells
   2018-12-11 00:03:00.062
After decades of cutting back on eating eggs, we are now reversing that trend, with a big leap in consumption forecast for 2019. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Anne Alonzo, President of the American Egg Board. Howard Helmer, record breaking omelet maker and egg promoter.

Eating Your Holiday Gifts
   2018-12-11 00:03:00.062
Even with all the high tech toys available, food is still among the top holiday gift items. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Ana Serafin Smith with the National Retail Federation.

Agriculture Update


Remembering Bob Bergland
   2018-12-11 00:02:25.737
The recent passing of the Carter Administration's Secretary of Agriculture has brought attention to some of the issues and accomplishments during Bob Bergland's time in office. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and former Secretary Bob Bergland

Progress on Two Trade Fronts
   2018-12-11 00:02:30.047
Two events in the agricultural trade world could be reasons for a little bit of holiday celebration. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Ted McKinney, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade.

USDA Stores Genetic Resources That May Be Handy Later
   2018-12-11 00:02:29.968
USDA maintains genetic resources storage banks -- since you never know when this material may come in handy. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Peter Bretting, National Program Leader for Plant Genetic Resources, ARS.

El Nino and Western Snowpack Level Implications
   2018-12-11 00:02:19.702
A building El Nino weather system is already showing how it may affect the now-underway Western mountain snowpack season. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

The "Alternative" Scene Involving Crops
   2018-12-11 00:02:28.088
Some farmers are paying closer attention to, and even delving into, growing what could be called alternative crops for several benefits ... including economic ones. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Rob Myers