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Poultry Producers Beefing up Efforts to Keep Avian Influenza out of Flocks.
   2022-01-19 00:01:00.212
USDA's Wild Bird Surveillance system is giving U.S. poultry producers early warning of the arrival in the U.S. of highly pathogenic avian influenza being carried in on migrating birds. (Gary Crawford and Dr. Julianna Lenoch with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)

Reduction in Pork Exports Dominates Lower Overall US Meat Trade Forecast
   2022-01-19 00:00:59.977
A reduction in U.S. pork exports is dominating USDA's forecast for an overall reduction in U.S. meat exports in 2022. (Stephanie Ho and World Ag Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski)

USDA Makes Modest Changes in U.S. Meat Production Forecast
   2022-01-19 00:00:59.977
USDA makes small changes in the outlook for U.S. meat production. (Stephanie Ho and World Ag Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski)

Good Strength Reflected in Meat Price Forecasts
   2022-01-19 00:00:59.977
USDA's January WASDE report forecasts continuing strong prices for meat products. (Stephanie Ho and World Ag Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski)

A New Partnership in Climate Smart Research
   2022-01-19 00:00:59.585
Funding support was recently granted to regional partnerships between USDA Climate Hubs and Cooperative Extension systems to advance climate research. (Rod Bain and National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Carrie Castille)

Actuality: Regional Climate Hubs and New Extension Partnership
   2022-01-19 00:00:55.196
National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Carrie Castille discusses USDA regional Climate Hubs, and new partnerships between Hubs and local Cooperative Extension systems.

Actuality: Climate Hub - Cooperative Extension Partnerships
   2022-01-19 00:01:00.186
National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Carrie Castille provides examples among the six regional Climate Hub - Cooperative projects that recently received funding support.

Double Whammy for Central and Southern Plains
   2022-01-18 00:00:59.977
There's a double whammy of weather conditions that negatively impact crops in the central and southern plains. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Severe Wintry Weather Was a Shock for Some Areas of the Country
   2022-01-18 00:00:59.977
The messy, wintry weather was a shock for some areas of the country. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: More Storms Expected in Already Storm-Hit South
   2022-01-18 00:00:56.346
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, notes two storms that could possibly bring more wintry weather to already storm-hit areas in the South.

Quiet Weather Prompts Concern in Western Water Areas
   2022-01-18 00:00:59.977
Weeks of quiet weather are prompting concern in western areas about whether key watershed areas will be able to pick up enough badly needed moisture. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: National Weather Outlook for Jan 25 -31
   2022-01-18 00:00:46.419
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, has the National Weather Service's forecast through the end of this month.

USDA Announces Ten-Year Plan to Respond to the Wildfire Crisis
   2022-01-18 00:01:00.107
The wildfire situation in this country is at a crisis level, but there's a plan to do something about it. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Regional Conservation Partnership Funding Application Process Underway
   2022-01-18 00:00:59.977
Applications are being accepted through local Natural Resources Conservation Service offices for the latest round of Regional Conservation Partnership Program funding. (Rod Bain and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Terry Cosby)

Actuality: Regional Conservation Partnership Program Offerings
   2022-01-18 00:00:48.091
Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Terry Cosby discusses the two forms of funding available through USDA's Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Never Too Early to Speculate on Upcoming Spring Planting
   2022-01-18 00:01:00.107
In the battle for acres which crop is likely to come out on top this spring? (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)


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Features

Agriculture USA


Collaborative Efforts to Address Rural Mental Health Issues
   2022-01-18 00:04:59.546
Rural America’s susceptibilities to stresses and mental health issues, in some cases in extremes, has prompted various efforts address this concern – such as increased and greater awareness of resources, and removing stigmas associated with mental illness. Rod Bain looks at some of the many efforts to combat rural mental health stresses and concerns in this edition of “Agriculture USA”. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Brent Elrod of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Farm Broadcaster Brian Winnekins. Terri Moore of the American Farm Bureau Federation. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Kentucky State Governor Andy Beshear. Scott Heiberger of the National Farm Medicine Center. National Farmers Union President Rob Larew.

Consumer Time


New Report Shows What Happened to Our Grocery Bills in 2021
   2022-01-18 00:03:00.114
A new report shows that in 2021 we saw one of the biggest hikes in food prices in decades. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA economist, Matt MacLachlan. USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer. Classic cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker.

Examples of Support for School Meal Programs
   2022-01-18 00:02:51.807
A recent readjustment to school meal reimbursement rates is the latest in a series of USDA efforts to strengthen the nation’s school meals program in the wake of various challenges. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Cindy Long

Food and Farm Innovation Importance in Economic Terms
   2022-01-18 00:02:53.061
The significance of food and agricultural research and innovation in a total economic sense is not lost on USDA’s Director of its research funding institute. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Carrie Castille

Breaking Down Sustainability in the Pork Industry
   2022-01-18 00:02:51.258
How might consumers, as well as producers, better understand concepts of sustainability? Pork producers are working on ways to better communicate what sustainability means to them. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Brett Kaysen and Scott Phillips of the National Pork Board

Tips for Growing Your Own Garden Transplants from Seed this Winter
   2022-01-18 00:03:00.323
Want to try growing your own garden transplants from seed this winter? Gary Crawford has some tips from an expert. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Ward Upham, Kansas State University Extension horticultural expert.

Agriculture Update


USDA in 2022 - Some Upcoming Announcements
   2022-01-18 00:02:26.416
The Agriculture Secretary recently revealed some of the potential activities and programs USDA will announce in the coming months. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack

Some Climate Smart Ag Offerings for Conservation Programs
   2022-01-18 00:02:27.879
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer climate smart agriculture components within some of its conservation programs this year. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. NRCS Chief Terry Cosby. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Application Deadlines Looming for Two USDA Farm Programs
   2022-01-18 00:02:30.334
Producers have only a few more days to apply for two of USDA's disaster-related assistance programs. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Zach Ducheneaux, Administrator of USDA's Farm Service Agency

USDA Investing Two Million Dollars in Farm Risk Management Training
   2022-01-18 00:02:30.334
The USDA is looking to invest money in new farm risk management education projects. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Marcia Bunger, Administrator of USDA's Risk Management Agency. Also, classic comedian, Groucho Marx

Efforts in Addressing Rural Mental Health Issues and Stigmas
   2022-01-18 00:02:25.502
Various efforts originating from a wide range of rural stakeholders are attempting to bring resources, programs, and training to address rural mental health concerns and remove stigmas. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Terri Moore of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Rob Larew of the National Farmers Union. Scott Heiberger of the National Farm Medicine Center. Farm broadcaster Brian Winnekins.