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Early Career Promise and Potential Solutions in the Ag Research Realm

The recent presentation of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers to USDA affiliated researchers demonstrates not just their leadership and efforts. Their research also reflects promising, and in some cases, already in practice, applications to address important issues in the ag realm. Rod Bain looks at these promising scientists and their related research in this edition of "Agriculture USA".

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Sara Lupton of USDA's Agricultural Research Service. Megan O'Rourke of Virginia Tech University. Sean Parks of the U.S. Forest Service.

A Rise in Atlantic Hurricane Activity for the Rest of 2019?

Weather and hurricane experts believe there will be more Atlantic Basin hurricanes than previously forecasted in the coming months. Rod Bain looks at some of the reasons why in this report.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

Keeping Safe While Assessing Flood Damage

What are some of the potential hazards one must consider when assessing damages to their home or building in the aftermath of floods? Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Ken Hellevang of North Dakota State University Extension

USDA Scientists Use Ancient Grains to Make Foods Healthier

USDA is working to improve the nutritional quality of the foods people eat, with the help of ancient grains. Stephanie Ho has the story.

PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. ARS researcher Sean Liu.

Torrents of Tomato Tangles and Tomfoolery

If you think tomatoes are a common and non-controversial food, you may be wrong. Gary Crawford has more.

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

The Pit and the Pendulum of Peach Popularity

For the last forty years the pendulum of popularity for peaches has swung to cut peach consumption, but that may be changing. Gary Crawford has more.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kay Rentzel, Executive Director of the National Peach Council. Biccardo Di Guglielmo as Mr. Whipple.

USDA's Latest Export Forecasts

Prospects for fiscal year 2019's agricultural exports are looking dimmer than was first thought, but 2020 may be a bit brighter. Gary Crawfors has more.

PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA Deputy Chief Economist Warren Preston.

Findings from Latest Farm Income Forecast for 2019

What's the outlook for farm sector profits and other farm income categories for this year, per USDA's latest update? Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Deputy Chief Economist Warren Preston

Can Soybean and Corn Crops Mature Before a Frost?

Can the nation's soybean and corn crops mature enough before the first frost of the winter? Stephanie Ho has the story.

PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey.

The Contents of a Calving Protocol

What are some of important information items those involved in the cow and heifer calving process should find in a calving protocol? Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Glenn Selk of Oklahoma State University Extension

Farm Safety Checklist for Any Season and Many Reasons

A new online resource available to farmers is designed to consider farm safety no matter the time of year, or what is happening on the farm. Rod Bain reports.

PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Scott Heiberger of the National Farm Medicine Center