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Developing the U.S. Drought Monitor

00:05:00.016 2022-08-16   
What goes into the developing of the U.S. Drought Monitor? It is a question more are asking as greater interest has developed in this weekly report - a by-product of increased drought over the past two years. Rod Bain talks with one of the authors of the Drought Monitor about the input and considerations involved, including public feedback, in this edition of "Agriculture USA".


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center

Expert Says Food Price Inflation May Not Have Peaked Just Yet

00:03:00.218 2022-08-16   
Have price increases at the supermarket finally peaked? Gary Crawford has this report.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Matt MacLachlan.

How to Pack a Safe "Brown Bag" School Lunch for your Child

00:02:58.468 2022-08-16   
An expert has some suggestions for making sure that brown bag school lunch doesn't make your child sick. Gary Crawford has more.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Meredith Carothers with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline.

****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-6854)Listeners can also go online to Ask.usda.gov***

The Development of the Weekly Drought Monitor

00:02:35.016 2022-08-16   
One of the authors of the U.S. Drought Monitor shares how this product is developed and produced on a weekly basis. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center

Data that Drives the U.S. Drought Monitor

00:02:41.232 2022-08-16   
The authors of the U.S. Drought Monitor derive their weekly reports from a variety of data sets. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Avocados to the Rescue

00:03:00.218 2022-08-16   
Each of us is consuming an average of three times more avocados now than we did in 1999. Gary Crawford has more about this fruit.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Tomi Ajiboye, with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.

What Yield Field Surveys Reveal About Spring Crops

00:02:03.533 2022-08-16   
USDA's first producer yield survey for this year's major spring crops show notable trends in forecasts for soybean and cotton production. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Chief Economist Seth Meyer

Forecasting Ukrainian Crop Production and Exports

00:02:30.282 2022-08-16   
There appears to be good news related to corn and wheat exports, and corn production, coming out of Ukraine, per USDA's latest global supply and demand estimates. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Chief Economist Seth Meyer. World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski.

Extending the Poultry Contracting Proposed Rule Comment Period

00:02:29.864 2022-08-16   
The public comment period has now been extended for proposed rule on greater transparency in poultry contracting and the poultry tournament system. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Andy Green of Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Explaining How Poultry Grower Contracting and Compensation Works

00:02:18.576 2022-08-16   
Unlike any part of farming is how a USDA official describes the contracting and compensation systems for poultry growers. He provides explanations of such to Rod Bain in this report.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Andy Green of Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Planning Now Can Avoid Propane Supply Problems Later

00:02:30.256 2022-08-16   
Planning now can help avoid last minute propane delivery problems later during grain drynig season. Gary Crawford has more.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Mike Newland with the Propane Education and Research Council.
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