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Are Real Christmas Trees Staging a Major Comeback?

00:05:00.042 2019-12-10   
After years of sagging sales of real Christmas trees, there was a huge increase last year. Is this a fluke or a trend? If it's a trend, what's behind it? Gary Crawford takes a look on this holiday edition of Agriculture USA.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Tim O'Connor, Executive Director of the National Christmas Tree Association. Tree farmers, Jim Gehlsen and Larry Synder. Also several Christmas tree farm workers and customers. Plus, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon from the cast of A Christmas Story.

Don't Invite Bacteria to Your Holiday Potluck Dinner

00:03:00.062 2019-12-10   
The holiday season is prime time for potluck dinners and buffets. A food safety expert says don't invite bacteria to that meal. Gary Crawford has more.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Janell Goodwin with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline.
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Are You Stressed Out by the Holidays?

00:03:00.009 2019-12-10   
Are the holidays stressing you out? One expert has some ways to reduce the holiday stress level. Gary Crawford has more.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Ohio State Extension Family Wellness Expert, Dr. Jim Bates. Also Ellen Degeneres.

Holiday Gifting on a Low Budget

00:02:58.729 2019-12-10   
If you are facing the holidays with little money for gifts, Gary Crawford has a story on how to still enjoy the season on a low budget.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Amanda Woods, Ohio State University Extension family finance expert.

Some History about the Christmas Tree

00:02:59.722 2019-12-10   
The holiday tradition of the Christmas tree has a long and storied history. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Craig McKinley, retired Oklahoma State University Extension expert.

Be Aware, Dear, of Deer, While Driving

00:02:59.591 2019-12-10   
The chance of a collision between a motor vehicle and a deer increase in the winter months, so how can drivers avoid this? Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Terry Messmer of Utah State University Extension

CRP Sign-Up Periods Underway Including General Enrollment

00:02:30.099 2019-12-10   
The latest general sign-up of USDA's Conservation Reserve Program is among the highlights of various CRP acreage enrollment periods offered now and through 2020. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Assistant Deputy Administrator Brad Karmen

U.S. Ag Sector on U.S.-Japan Mini-Trade Agreement

00:02:14.373 2019-12-10   
Members of our nation's farm and food industry note the importance of a mini-trade deal with Japan, and their hopes going forward with further negotiations. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Jim Monroe of the National Pork Producers Council. Marty Smith of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Darren Armstrong of the U.S. Grains Council. Bill Gordon of the American Soybean Association.

Organic Farmers Discuss Importance of Soil Health

00:02:29.942 2019-12-10   
Soil health is critically important -- and organic farmers share some of the ways they've been working to maintain this natural resource. Stephanie Ho has the story.

PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Matt Lohr, NRCS Chief. Ben Whalen, Bumble Root Farms. Jeremy Brown, organic cotton producer. Jeff Huckaby, Grimmway Farms.

The Early Look at Western Mountain Snowpack Supplies

00:02:19.598 2019-12-10   
The main source of annual water supplies out West is starting to accumulate, but to what degree are mountain snowpack levels currently at throughout the region? Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

Tight Supply of Real Christmas Trees this Season

00:02:28.401 2019-12-10   
Supplies of real Christmas trees are tight this season. What's behind the tighter supply? Gary Crawford takes a look in this report.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Tim O'Connor, Executive Director of the National Christmas Tree Association. Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Grower, Larry Snyder.
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