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Dairy Margin Coverage Sign-Up Start Date Announced
   2019-06-14 00:00:59.924
Dairy producers can begin sign-up for the new Dairy Margin Coverage Farm Bill program on June 17th at their local Farm Service Agency offices (Rod Bain and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce)

Dairy Growers Have Key Tools in DMC Decision Making Process
   2019-06-14 00:01:00.264
Retroactive coverage and an online decision support tool are valuable to producers considering sign-up of the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, according to the head of the agency administering the program. (Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce)

Kansas City Region is Agricultural Innovation Hub
   2019-06-14 00:00:59.951
The Kansas City region is an existing hub of agricultural research. (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue)

USDA's ERS Will Not Be Realigned Under the Chief Economist
   2019-06-14 00:00:59.977
USDA has dropped plans to realign the Economic Research Service under the agency's Chief Economist. (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue)

Due to Late Planting USDA Stretching Acreage Data Collection to Last Minute
   2019-06-14 00:00:58.540
Because of planting delays this spring, USDA is stretching out its data collection period for the upcoming acreage report a little longer than normal. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig)

Actuality: USDA Asking for Farmers' Best Estimate of Planted Acreage
   2019-06-14 00:00:29.936
Lance Honig with the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, says some farmers may be unsure of what they will get planted this year, but in collecting data for the upcoming Acreage Report, USDA has been asking for farmers' best estimates.

Actuality: Farmers Still Best Source for Planted Acreage Information
   2019-06-14 00:00:45.008
Lance Honig with the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, saying that farmers are still the best source of information for things like planted acreage and grain stocks.

1890 Land Grant University Scholarship Initiative Celebrated
   2019-06-13 00:00:59.924
A 2018 Farm Bill program securing scholarship funds for 1890's land grant universities received recognition and created celebration at USDA headquarters this week. (Rod Bain. Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky. Secretary Sonny Perdue.)

Historic Happenings at 1890 Land Grant Celebration
   2019-06-13 00:01:00.264
The nation's 1890 land grant universities have recent reasons to celebrate and did so at USDA headquarters this week. (Rod Bain. Representatives David Scott (D-GA) and Alma Adams (D-NC). Council of 1890 Land Grant Institutions Chair Kent Smith.

Uncertain Times in the World of Agriculture
   2019-06-13 00:01:00.055
There seems to be general agreement that farmers are facing a time of growing uncertainty. (Gary Crawford, Rob Johansson and Senator's Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow)

Brighter Prospects for Wheat Growers
   2019-06-13 00:00:59.663
Wheat growers may reap the benefits of the problems with this season's corn crop. (Gary Crawford, Warren Preston and Seth Meyer)

Lower Projected Corn Crop Sends Ripple Effects Through Feed Industry
   2019-06-13 00:01:00.055
Cuts in projected corn production this season could send ripple effects to producers of other crops and to livestock producers as well. (Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer)

Official Says USDA Will Have to Ask Congress for More Trade Aid Funds
   2019-06-13 00:00:57.025
A USDA official says USDA will need to ask Congress for more money in order to pay for the 16 billion dollar trade mitigation plan now being crafted. (Gary Crawford and Under Sec'y Ted McKinney)

Kansas City Region Chosen For ERS, NIFA Relocation
   2019-06-13 00:00:56.894
The Kansas City region has been chosen as the new home for USDA's Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue)

Actuality: Relocated USDA Employees Can Move to Kansas City Soon
   2019-06-13 00:00:28.003
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says there will be enough workspace for some of the USDA employees who are with an agency that is set to move to Kansas City, and want to move there before the September 30th deadline.

Actuality: Not an Easy Decision to Relocate ERS, NIFA
   2019-06-13 00:00:22.700
Secretary Perdue acknowledges that moving ERS and NIFA was a hard decision to make.


Features

Agriculture USA


USDA's Has Multi-Front Efforts Against African Swine Fever
   2019-06-11 00:04:59.937
USDA has efforts on numerous fronts against African Swine Fever. Stephanie Ho has more on the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach. Congressman Collin Peterson. Burke Healey, Associate Deputy Administrator of Veterinary Services, APHIS. Congressman Don Bacon.

Consumer Time


Innovative Housing on Display for Rural America
   2019-06-11 00:02:32.711
An early June event in the nation's capital put innovative housing structures and models on display - housing that the Agriculture Secretary says has potential applications in rural areas. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Sonny Perdue

What's New with Efforts to Fight African Swine Fever?
   2019-06-11 00:02:53.061
What's new with efforts to keep African Swine Fever out of the country? Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach. Congressman Collin Peterson. Burke Healey, Associate Deputy Administrator of Veterinary Services, APHIS.

Farmers Want to Bring More Venison to our Dinner Tables
   2019-06-11 00:02:53.844
Sometimes we may have trouble finding venison at our local supermarket, but some U.S. farmers are trying to change that. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Hank Dimuzio, Vermont deer farmer. Shawn Schafer, North Dakota deer farmer and CEO of the North American Deer Farmers Association.

Speaking out for Spinach
   2019-06-11 00:03:00.062
Spinach is number 18 in U.S. vegetable popularity, but experts say it could climb as more people learn how to prepare it. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Rachel Schoenian and Chantel Oyi with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Classic entertainers, Jack Haley, Alice Faye and Shirley Temple.

Checking the Vitals of Vivacious Vidalias
   2019-06-11 00:03:00.062
They may be small in number, but Vidalia onions have a big reputation and an interesting history, unique in food history. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Chelsea Blaxton with the Vidalia Onion Committee.

Agriculture Update


USDA Proposes Changes to how New Biotech Crops are Tested/Approved
   2019-06-11 00:02:30.047
New biotech crops could be available a little faster if USDA's proposed rules for testing and approviing them become final. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Former Agriculture Secretary Chuck Connor. Former head of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture Dr. Roger Beachy.

What about the New W.O.T.U.S. Rule Proposal?
   2019-06-11 00:02:27.356
An Environmental Protection Agency official recently gave an update on consideration of the Waters of the U.S. replacement rule, and a reminder what this proposal contains. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and EPA Associate Administrator and Ag Advisory Tate Bennett

NRCS Prepares 2018 Farm Bill Programs
   2019-06-11 00:02:10.429
What is the latest on Natural Resources Conservation Service efforts to prepare rules and regulations connected to implementation of 2018 Farm Bill programs? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr

Service to Farmers - FSA County Committees
   2019-06-11 00:02:29.942
The producer-led, producer elected Farm Service Agency county committees play an important part in local FSA decision making and service to the growers they represent. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Steve Peterson of the Farm Service Agency

This Growing Season Could Bring more Crop Disease Problems than Usual
   2019-06-11 00:02:27.591
This year farmers may have to prepare to deal with more plant disease problems than normal. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. Marty Draper, Kansas State University Interim Associate Dean for Research, and Interim Director of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station.