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The Picklewick Papers and Pride and Pickle Juice

00:05:00.042 2018-08-14   
The average American is consuming more cucumbers, partly due to increased interest in local foods and also due to a huge surge in the popularity of pickles. Gary Crawford takes a lighthearted look on this edition of Agriculture USA.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kayla Johnson with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Criselda Garcia, cucumber grower and pickle packer. Also Howard Duff as detective, Sam Spade.

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Consumer Time

Some Good News for Bacon Lovers

00:02:57.972 2018-08-14   
Monday, August 20th, is National Bacon Lovers Day. If you count yourself in that group, there's good news for you in this report from Gary Crawford.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam.

A Look at Sustaining Non-Timber Forest Product Industry

00:02:44.257 2018-08-14   
A recent U.S. Forest Service assessment looks at the economic opportunities from berries, pine cones, and other non-timber forest products, and sustainable management of such. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Leslie Weldon of the U.S. Forest Service

Pride and Pickle Juice (from the Novel not of the Same Name)

00:03:00.062 2018-08-14   
One of the hottest food fads today is the pickle. Experts say its resurgence is partly due to the local food movement. Gary Crawford has this report.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kayla Johnson with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Pickle practitioner and cucumber farmer, Criselda Garcia.

Packing your Child's School Lunch? Pack some Nutrition in it.

00:02:52.669 2018-08-14   
An expert says if we are packing a school lunch for our kids, we should make sure there's enough nutrition in that lunch. Gary Crawford reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Sandy Proctor, Kansas State University Extension food and nutrition specialist.

Human-Wildlife Encounters - Common Sense Over Curiosity

00:02:48.829 2018-08-14   
Reports of what seems to be increased wildlife attacks of humans also raises awareness of how one can avoid such an encounter. Rod Bain reports.

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

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Agriculture Update

USDA's Latest Corn/Soybean Forecasts Cause Quite a Stir

00:02:26.860 2018-08-14   
Corn and soybean futures were still dropping days after USDA projected larger than expected corn and bean production. Gary Crawford has more.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson. USDA Outlook Board Chairman Seth Meyer.

A Snapshot of Farm Economic 4-1-1

00:02:22.445 2018-08-14   
USDA's annual reports focused on the value of ag land, what producers pay for expenditures, and the amount of cash rent, are now out. Rod Bain has details in this report.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Agriculture Department Deputy Chief Economist Warren Preston

Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance Product Rolls Out

00:02:13.564 2018-08-14   
Sign up is now underway for new insurance plan for the dairy industry - one developed by private parties through a process under the Federal Crop Insurance Act. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre

A New Test For Soil Nitrogen

00:02:02.618 2018-08-14   
A recently developed testing tool is meant to better predict soil nitrogen, and in turn, help grain growers in input decision making. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Alan Franzluebbers of USDA's Agricultural Research Service

What Ginseng Growers Face

00:02:26.860 2018-08-14   
Growing ginseng can be very profitable for farmers, but a retired Extension expert says there are many challenges to consider. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Bob Beyfuss
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