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Perdue on WOTUS Rule Redefinition
   2018-12-18 00:00:59.506
The Agriculture Secretary shared his thoughts on a proposed change to the "Waters of the U.S." rule during a roundtable discussion on the subject Tuesday in Tennessee. (Rod Bain and Secretary Sonny Perdue)

USDA Animal/Plant Protection Work Would Continue if Government Shuts Down
   2018-12-18 00:00:59.193
U.S. Crops, Livestock and Food Supply protection programs would continue unabated if there were to be a federal government shutdown. (Gary Crawford and Kevin Shea)

Actuality: Shutdown Would not Affect USDA Certification of U.S. Ag. Exports
   2018-12-18 00:00:15.647
Kevin Shea, Administrator of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, saying that a government shutdown would not stop USDA programs to certify U.S. agricultural products for export.

Actuality: Many Ongoing Pest/Disease Programs not Subject to Shutdown
   2018-12-18 00:00:48.274
Kevin Shea, Administrator of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, saying that several ongoing pest and disease programs would not be subject to a possible shutdown because they are on a different funding stream.

There's a Web Page to Help International Holiday Travelers and Gift Givers
   2018-12-18 00:01:00.055
There's a special USDA web page that can help Santa and other international holiday travelers and gift givers avoid some potential hassles. (Gary Crawford and Hallie Zimmers)

Above Normal Temps, Virtually Coast to Coast
   2018-12-18 00:00:59.350
The current mild weather is good for winter wheat development, but perhaps not so much for finishing up corn and soy harvests. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Milder Weather Could Portend El Nino
   2018-12-18 00:00:21.446
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, points to milder weather as one possible herald of El Nino.

Areas With Record Rainfall Totals Can Expect More Rain
   2018-12-18 00:00:57.965
Areas of the country where annual rainfall records have been broken can expect yet more rain before the end of the year. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Storms Expected in Drought-Stricken Northwest
   2018-12-18 00:00:24.868
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says there will largely be quiet weather across most of the country, except in some areas.

Not Likely to be a White Christmas for Most of the Country
   2018-12-18 00:01:00.029
Should you be dreaming of a white Christmas? (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: National Weather Outlook for Dec 25-31
   2018-12-18 00:00:45.374
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, has the weather outlook for Christmas week through the end of the year.

Virulent Newcastle Disease Confirmed in California Commercial Poultry Flock
   2018-12-17 00:01:00.055
Virulent Newcastle has shown up in a commercial California poultry flock. (Gary Crawford and Dr. Alan Huddleston with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)

Actuality: Symptoms of Virulent Newcastle to Look for in Poultry
   2018-12-17 00:00:23.379
Dr. Alan Huddleston with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service listing some symptoms of virulent Newcastle disease that birds may exhibit.

USDA Launches Second Round of Trade Mitigation Payments
   2018-12-17 00:00:58.148
Farmers will get that second round of trade mitigation payments. (Gary Crawford and Sec'y Sonny Perdue)

The Latest Meat Outlook for Next Year
   2018-12-17 00:01:00.003
Small changes are expected in the meat industry. (Stephanie Ho; USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson; World Ag Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer)

Why is 2019 a "Pork Trade Story?"
   2018-12-17 00:00:59.951
Pork exports are up, and price may be one reason. (Stephanie Ho and World Ag Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer)


Agriculture USA

Manic, Macabre Mushroom Machinations
   2018-12-18 00:05:00.042
Some of the hottest food items in the U.S. right now are mushrooms. Demand is so high that mushroom farmers can't keep up. On this edition of Agriculture USA Gary Crawford looks at the fun side and the serious side of mushrooms. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Meghan Klotzbach with Mother Earth Organic Mushroom Farm. Tina Ellor, mycologist with Phillips Mushroom Farms. Laura Phelps with the American Mushroom Institute.

Consumer Time

Here Comes the Santa Claus
   2018-12-18 00:02:59.722
U.S. founding father, Alexander Hamilton, is now a big star, thanks to the hit musical, but he hasn't eclipsed Santa in popularity. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA history expert Anne Effland. "Hamilton" Santa music by Eclipse 6.

For a Different Holiday Dinner Cook your Goose
   2018-12-18 00:02:58.729
Want to try a little something different for your holiday meal this year? Maybe you'd be down for a goose. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Marianne Gravely with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline.

Tree Farmer Keeps the Spirit of the Season Despite Craziness
   2018-12-18 00:02:45.642
In the midst of ice storms, late night missions and dog invasions, many Christmas tree farmers keep the spirit of the season. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Christmas tree grower, Tom Dull.

USDA Looks Into the Safety of One Food of the Future
   2018-12-18 00:02:57.789
USDA's number one concern about cell-cultured protein products? Ensuring that they are safe for consumers to eat. Stephanie Ho has more on the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety, Carmen Rottenberg. **EDS: Public comment period closes December 26th.**

Agriculture Update

Christmas Tree Farmers---Will There Be a Next Generation?
   2018-12-18 00:02:25.188
Christmas tree growers of today are worried that as they retire, there are no younger growers lined up to take over. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Christmas tree growers, Blake Rafeld, Jay Bustard and Jim Gehlsen.

A Busy Time for Farmers who Have Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farms
   2018-12-18 00:02:29.498
For most of the farmers who have choose and cut Christmas tree operations, this is a very happy season--a very busy season. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Growers and workers, Chris Gray, Jim Gehlsen, Tom Dull, Dave Vender Velden. And farm customers.

Genetics and Research Grows Christmas Tree Industry
   2018-12-18 00:02:24.979
Christmas tree farming is more than an industry, for several growers and researchers, it's a science. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Christmas tree grower Jim Rockis

What do Soybeans in Brazil Have to Do with US Soy Producers?
   2018-12-18 00:02:26.494
Why should American soybean farmers care that it's been an excellent year for soybeans in Brazil? (Stephanie Ho; WAOB Chair Seth Meyer; USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson)

Meet the New NRCS Chief
   2018-12-18 00:02:08.653
A Virginia native brings a lifetime of agriculture experience to his new post ... Chief of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and NRCS Chief Matt Lohr