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Crops Making the "Alternative" Scene

00:05:00.120 2018-12-11   
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.

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Some Changes Coming in School Meal Nutrition Rules

00:02:49.064 2018-12-11   
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

00:03:00.009 2018-12-11   
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

00:02:58.729 2018-12-11   
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

00:03:00.062 2018-12-11   
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

00:03:00.062 2018-12-11   
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.

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Agriculture Update

Remembering Bob Bergland

00:02:25.737 2018-12-11   
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

00:02:30.047 2018-12-11   
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

00:02:29.968 2018-12-11   
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

00:02:19.702 2018-12-11   
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

00:02:28.088 2018-12-11   
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
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