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Historic Happenings for 1890 Land Grant Universities

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The Agriculture Department headquarters recently played host to an event highlighting historical announcements related to the 1890 land grant university system, particularly when it comes to agriculture related programs, and issues facing farming here and abroad. Rod Bain looks at these historic happenings for 1890 land grants in this edition of "Agriculture USA".


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. U.S. Representative David Scott (D-GA). Agriculture Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky. Council of 1890 Land Grant Institutions Chair Dr. Kent Smith. U.S. Representative Alma Adams (D-NC).

Making Sure those Organic Foods You Buy Really Are Organic

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It's a very tough job to make sure that when we shell out premium prices for certified organic food, we actually get organic food. Gary Crawford has more.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Under Secretary of Agriculture Greg Ibach. Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program Dr. Jennifer Tucker.

Going Ape over Apricots

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It ranks as only the 17th most popular fruit in the U.S. But some experts hope to raise that ranking for this stone fruit. Gary Crawford has this report.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Rachel Schoenian and Chantel Oyi with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Comedians Leo Flowers, Gary Gulman and James Acaster,

A Blitz of Blazing Blueberries Part 1

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Blueberries are very common in the U.S., but there are still blueberry mysteries to solve. Gary Crawford has this report.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Rachel Schoenian and Chantel Oyi with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Also, Ed Brainfeeble of Dismal Seepage, Ohio.

History of USDA Weather Forecasting Unit

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USDA has formally had weather forecasting services since the late 1800's, and much history involved in predicting the weather for farmers and citizens. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Chief Meteorologist Mark Brusberg

Organizational Tips to Keep Clutter at Bay

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Where and how to place, store, and organize items is essential in preventing clutter from growing in your home or work space. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and retired University of Illinois Extension expert, Karen Chan

Heat in the Night Not Right for Corn and Soybeans

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Searing daytime heat can be hard on crops like soybeans and corn, but heat in the night can add to the damage. Gary Crawford has more.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey. Plus, Ray Charles

To Expand the Beef Herd or Contract? That is the Question.

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Are beef producers finally taking action to reduce herds and production? One analyst says, "maybe" or..."maybe not". Gary Crawford has more.


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

USDA Seeks to Fund Rural Energy Projects

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USDA is seeking to fund rural projects that help improve energy efficiency. Stephanie Ho has the story.

PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Bette Brand, Rural Business Cooperative Service Administrator

Need Help Figuring Out Which USDA Farm Loan is Right for You?

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Do you need help figuring out which USDA farm loan is right for you? Stephanie Ho tells you about an online tool to help you navigate the process.

PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce

More Census of Ag Related Reports Readied for Release

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Many findings from the 2017 Census of Agriculture will be released over the next few months in specialized reports and subject focuses. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Joe Parsons of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service