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Details of the Second Trade Mitigation Package for Ag Producers

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The Agriculture Department recently announced another trade mitigation package for producers impacted by trade disruptions. And while based on a similar package offered last year, there are some modifications that officials believe will improve the program. Rod Bain looks at this second trade mitigation package in this edition of "Agriculture USA".

An Old, but "New" Crop May Bring New Consumer Products

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An old, but "new" crop for farmers may eventually bring new products for consumers. Gary Crawford has more.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Former Presidents Richard Nixon and Barack Obama. President Donald Trump. Senator Debbie Stabenow. Dr. Amy Abernethy with the Food and Drug Administration.

The Growing Demand for New Apple Varieties

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Once the standard bearer for the U.S. apple industry, Red Delicious in recent years has faced competition from newer varieties - both among growers and consumers. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Jim Bair of the U.S. Apple Association

Crawfish Farming from a Bayou Perspective

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A Louisiana crawfish farmer, and USDA employee, offers background about this industry and what it takes to raise this tasty crustacean. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Guy Patout of the Natural Resources Conservation Service

A Blitz of Blazing Blueberries Part 2

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In the blazing heat of Washington, D.C. intrepid blueberry experts are showing people some great ways to use blueberries. Gary Crawford has this hot story.


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

Searching the Research on Sugar Related Products

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R and D continues to drive the U.S. sugar industry in developing new, value-added products from bioenergy to road de-icers. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Philip Hayes of the American Sugar Alliance

A Second Trade Mitigation Package for Farmers

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USDA recently announced details of the latest mitigation package designed to assist ag producers impacted by trade disruptions. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Sonny Perdue. Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Brandon Lipps.

What's New with MFP for 2019?

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USDA's latest offering of its Market Facilitation Program includes some changes from the original program from last year. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Sonny Perdue. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson. Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey.

Many Unknowns Face Fledgling Hemp Industry

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For those involved in the newly authorized U.S. hemp growing industry, there are more questions than answers at the moment. Gary Crawford has more.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Senator Pat Roberts. Under Secretary of Agriculture Greg Ibach. Alexandra Dunn with the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Piloting" Efforts to Control Feral Swine Populations

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A Farm Bill based pilot project is bringing partnerships together, including two USDA agencies, to address growing feral swine populations. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting Associate Chief Kevin Norton. Dale Nolte of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Wildlife Services.

Emergency Watershed Protection Funding Available for Flood Prone Areas

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Flood prone easements, particularly in states hit by recent flooding, can be restored and improved via a USDA emergency watershed protection program. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Matthew Lohr