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Composting is Cooler Than You May Have Thought

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USDA is working to make composting mainstream -- by trying to prep as much of its food waste as possible to keep it out of landfills. Stephanie Ho has the story.

PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Meaghan McDonnell, USDA Concessions Specialist. Janice Barnes, USDA Office of Operations.

Did You Know There's a Rap Song About Composting?

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Composting is going mainstream -- at least if you're eating at the Agriculture Department cafeteria in Washington, D.C. Stephanie Ho has the story.

PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Meaghan McDonnell, USDA Concessions Specialist. Janice Barnes, USDA Office of Operations.

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service Marks 50th Anniversary

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USDA's Food and Nutrition Service -- which runs a host of food assistance programs -- is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Stephanie Ho has the story.

PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. Pat Dombroski, FNS Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator. Tori Cappiello, Pennsylvania high school student. Jo Ann Mattson, Light House. Brandon Lipps, FNS Administrator.

Smokey Bear Celebrates 75th Birthday

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Smokey Bear turns 75 -- with a time-tested wildfire prevention message that is still relevant today. Stephanie Ho has the story.

PARTICIPANTS: Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. Steve Censky, Deputy Ag Secretary. Penny Atkinson, 10-year-old student poster winner from Utah.

Supporting Infrastructure Improvements in Rural America

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USDA is helping pay for improvements to rural water and electric infrastructure. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Rural Development State Directors Phil Leary (Florida), Carrie Castille (Louisiana), Lynne Hinrichsen (Kansas), and Grant Menke (Iowa)

Sweet Potato Sweepstakes

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Looking for foods to help keep you cool in the heat of mid-summer? Here's one you probably wouldn't think of. Gary Crawford has more.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kelly Mciver, North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission. Sylvia Clark, Mississippi Sweet Potato Council.

USDA New Corn and Bean Production Survey Numbers

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How did USDA's latest resurvey of corn and soybean growers impact forecasts for crop output and trade? Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Chief Economist Rob Johansson

Drought Monitor--20 Years Old and Getting Better Every Year

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This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Drought Monitor which keeps a weekly tab on drought in the U.S. Gary Crawford has more.


PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey. USDA Deputy Chief Economist Warren Preston. Dr. Neil Jacobs with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Unusual Ag Income Sources and 2019 Tax Implications

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Farmers getting payments for things like prevented planting indemnities need to consult their tax expert about impacts on their tax filings. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Barry Ward of Ohio State University Extension

Forage a Growing Feature of Custom Harvester Work

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More custom harvesters are finding year-round work by harvesting forage and silage for their customers. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Raph Jolliffe of U.S. Custom Harvesters

Commodity Carnival Creating Knowledge About Ag Production

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A joint effort by National 4-H and a global market company is helping fairgoers learn what it takes a farmer to grow their food. Rod Bain reports.


PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Tim Andressen of CME Group