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The Latest Buzz on What's Going on with the Bees

It's been about 13 years since the country was alarmed to learn that honeybee populations were declining rapidly and bee colonies were mysteriously dying or simply disappearing. On this edition of Agriculture USA Gary Crawford takes a look at the latest findings on bee losses and the latest bee research.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kyle Grubbs with USDA's Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland. Mary Kay Malinowski with University of Maryland Extension.

Wastewater Infrastructure is Important, even if You Can't See It

What's something that you can't see, but is essential to economic development? Stephanie Ho has the story.

PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Kris Warner, RD state director in West Virginia. Art Garcia, RD state director in New Mexico. Timothy Hobbs, RD state director in Maine.

Forest Service Seeks Public Comment on Environmental Proposals

The U.S. Forest Service wants to hear what you think about its proposed changes to environmental rules. But, as Stephanie Ho reports, the agency also is encouraging the public to find out accurate information.

PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Chris French, US Forest Service Deputy Chief. Christine Dawe, USFS Director of Ecosystem Management.

Mango Mania

It's a fruit Americans are just starting to discover. Per person consumption of it is small, but growing. What is it? Gary Crawford reveals all in this report.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Manuel Michel, Executive Director of the National Mango Board.

Rapid Raspberry Recipes

It's the height of fresh raspberry season and so Gary Crawford has an expert with some cool and refreshing ways to use those raspberries.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Chantel Oyi with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.

Beyond Video Games - Training Future Ag Equipment Operators Virtually

These are not video games that future ag equipment operators find themselves in - they are virtual simulation systems used as a training tool before taking that combine out into the field. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Eric Wilcox of Growmark

Challenges in Expanding Industrial Hemp Industry

Although legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill, the Agriculture Secretary says industrial hemp growers still face challenges regarding the growth and expansion of this industry. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Sonny Perdue

Bad Year for Main Crop Planting Could Be Boom Year for Cover Crop Planting

With so many farmers prevented from planting their main crops this could be a big year for planting cover crops. Gary Crawford has more.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Under Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. Matt Lohr, Chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Iowa farmer, Dennis Friest.

Growing Crop Seed Research

New innovations and the ability to reinvigorate germplasm has the crop seed industry excited about present and advancing research in their industry. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Andy LaVigne of the American Seed Trade Association. Todd Martin of the Independent Professional Seed Association.

Virtual Training for Ag Equipment Operators

Advances in virtual simulation systems are allowing operators of combines and other farm machinery to receive training without first entering the field. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Eric Wilcox of Growmark

R.O.P.S.' Role in Farm Equipment and Farm Safety

Rollover Protective Structures found on many farm tractors these days play an important role in keeping operators safe. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Chuck Schwab of Iowa State University Extension.