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Some High Level Thanks This Week to Farmers and Food Industry Workers
   2020-04-02 00:00:59.245
The nation's farmers and food industry workers are getting thanks and praise from a high level. (Gary Crawford. Vice President Mike Pence and Ag. Sec'y Sonny Perdue)

Prospective Plantings Report Far from the Last Word
   2020-04-02 00:01:00.107
USDA's report on farmers' planting intentions can be right on target with actual plantings or very much different. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig)

Why Do Farmers Need So Much Labor?
   2020-04-02 00:00:59.480
One farmer has an example of why farming is so labor intensive. (Stephanie Ho and Jeff Huckaby, Grimmway Farms)

How Do Farmers Innovate to Deal with Labor Shortages?
   2020-04-02 00:00:59.533
How do farmers innovate in order to deal with labor shortages? (Stephanie Ho and Jeff Huckaby, Grimmway Farms)

USDA Support for Specialty Crop Innovation R and D
   2020-04-02 00:01:00.238
A study has looked into Agriculture Department research support for specialty crop automation and mechanization technologies. (Rod Bain and USDA economic researcher Greg Astill)

Actuality: Categories of Specialty Crop Innovation Research
   2020-04-02 00:01:00.055
Economic researcher, Greg Astill, offers examples of various categories of research conducted by USDA in the realm of specialty crop automation and mechanization technologies.

Actuality: Rural Broadband and Specialty Crop Technologies
   2020-04-02 00:00:45.087
Greg Astill of USDA's Economic Research Service explains how Rural Development programs play a role in expanding use of automation and mechanization innovations to the specialty crop industry.

How to Clean Kitchen Sponges, if You Can't Go Out to Buy New Ones
   2020-04-02 00:00:57.338
How can you clean your kitchen sponge if you're stuck at home and can't go out to buy a new one? (Stephanie Ho and Manan Sharma, ARS)

Actuality: How to Disinfect Your Kitchen Sponge at Home
   2020-04-02 00:00:49.998
Manan Sharma, with the Agricultural Research Service, details a 2007 experiment he took part in that helped to show how people could disinfect their kitchen sponges -- at home.

Stocks of Most Grains Lower than a Year Ago
   2020-04-01 00:01:00.107
Stocks of old crop grains and soybeans are smaller than they were a year ago. (Gary Crawford and Rob Johansson)

Planting Intentions Report Covered 22 Crops-not just Corn and Soybeans
   2020-04-01 00:00:56.868
Plantings for many crops this spring could be higher than 2019. (Gary Crawford and Rob Johansson)

Outlook for Meat Animal Forage and Feed
   2020-04-01 00:01:00.264
Dry Weather Allows Some Areas to Make Early Planting Progress
   2020-04-01 00:00:59.977
Dry weather has allowed some areas to make early planting progress. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Winter Wheat Condition Mostly Favorable
   2020-04-01 00:01:00.055
The initial outlook for overall winter wheat condition is mostly favorable. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Where in the Country is Topsoil Moisture Short?
   2020-04-01 00:00:59.977
Where in the country is topsoil moisture short? (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Ag's Growing Reliance on High Speed eConnectivity
   2020-04-01 00:01:00.160
As technology and innovation advances on the farm and ranch, so does the need to have high speed broadband in place to take full advantage of these systems and equipment. (Rod Bain and consultant Bob Knight)


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Features

Agriculture USA


Are Supermarkets an Endangered Species?
   2020-03-31 00:05:00.094
Some new consumer surveys show some interesting and sometimes amusing trends in food shopping. Do those trends spell the end of the supermarket as we know it? Gary Crawford hears from an expert on this edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Andy Harig with the Food Marketing Institute.

Consumer Time


Will Online Grocery Shopping Make Supermarkets Obsolete?
   2020-03-31 00:02:59.800
Will online grocery shopping eventually make supermarkets obsolete? Gary Crawford has one expert's opinion in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Andy Harig with the Food Marketing Institute. Also, classic entertainer, Fannie Flagg.

Making Sure Children Get the Food they Need When Schools are Closed
   2020-03-31 00:02:42.351
Grocery Shopping in your Home
   2020-03-31 00:02:43.709
How can you save money, time and hassle on trips to the grocery store? The answer may be within the confines of your residence. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Julie Garden-Robinson of North Dakota State University Extension

Were Your Yard Plants Damaged by the Weird Winter Weather?
   2020-03-31 00:02:51.964
How did your trees and other yard plants handle the weird winter? Were they damaged? There are ways to check. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Extension Horticulturist.

If Your Trees Were Damaged this Winter, Don't Delay Repairing Them
   2020-03-31 00:03:00.166
The weather this past winter may have done a number on the trees in your yard. Here's how to evaluate damage and repair it. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Extension Horticulturist.

Agriculture Update


USDA Selects New General Conservation Reserve Program Acres
   2020-03-31 00:02:29.969
USDA names its first new general Conservation Reserve Program acres in four years. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and USDA Farm Servoce Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce.

Drought Threat Not Completely Gone Amid Improving Snowpack
   2020-03-31 00:02:29.969
The threat of drought in California is lessened, but still a possibility, even as the snowpack situation there improves. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey.

New USDA Funding Option Could Boost Conservation Innovation
   2020-03-31 00:02:29.106
USDA is rolling out a new way to pay for conservation projects and to carry them out. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kari Cohen with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. President Donald Trump. Former Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama. Also Roy Rogers.

Varying Perspectives of What is Regenerative Agriculture
   2020-03-31 00:02:30.151
One of the new buzzwords in farming is "regenerative" ag. but how it's defined differs among those involved in this form of sustainability. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Shauna Sadowski and Tom Rabaey of General Mills. Ag producers Shane New and Cortney Van Oeffelen.

What's Now and What's Next for the Pork Industry?
   2020-03-31 00:02:30.099
What's going on now in the pork industry and what's next? A new USDA report has some clues. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst.