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Hundreds of Food Safety Experts about to Converge on Louisville, Kentucky
   2019-07-19 00:00:56.293
Coming up, a huge meeting of top food safety experts from around the world. They will conveen in a U.S. city famous for its food and drink. (Gary Crawford and Carmen Rottenberg) **Broadcasters--the meeting of the International Association for Food Protection takes place July 21- 24 in Louisville, Kentucky***

Actuality: What Type of Person Is USDA Seeking as Entry Level Food Inspectors?
   2019-07-19 00:00:24.267
Carmen Rottenberg, Administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, describing what type of candidates USDA is looking for in filling entry level food inspector jobs.

Research Relocation Plans and Continuity of Reports
   2019-07-19 00:00:58.462
A USDA official says continuity of mission, including USDA outlooks and reports, is a priority within plans to relocate headquarters of two research-based agencies. (Rod Bain and Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Scott Hutchins)

Actuality: Latest on Market Facilitation Program
   2019-07-19 00:00:26.017
Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce says not to expect details about the Market Facilitation Program until after all the 2019 planted acres have been reported. (EDS: The deadline is June 22)

USDA Reports Indicate Possible Small Upcoming Contraction in Beef Herd
   2019-07-19 00:01:00.055
Do USDA's cattle reports show an upcoming contraction of the beef herd, or a buildup? (Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam)

Actuality: A Few of the Key Numbers in USDA's Cattle Inventory Report
   2019-07-19 00:00:52.532
Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst, with some of the key numbers in Friday's USDA Cattle Inventory Report.

Actuality: Cattle Report Gives Calf Crop and Feedlot Numbers
   2019-07-19 00:00:26.096
Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst, giving the calf crop numbers and feedlot inventory numbers.

USDA Seeks To Fund More Rural Energy Projects
   2019-07-19 00:00:59.951
USDA is seeking to fund more rural energy projects. (Stephanie Ho and Bette Brand, Rural Business Cooperative Service Administrator)

USDA Funds Rural Energy Projects Around the Country
   2019-07-19 00:00:59.951
USDA's Rural Energy for America Program funds a wide variety of projects around the country. (Stephanie Ho and Bette Brand, Rural Business Cooperative Service Administrator)

Actuality: States Help USDA's Renewable Energy Efforts
   2019-07-19 00:00:40.333
Bette Brand, Rural Business Cooperative Service Administrator, says states are helping with USDA efforts to encourage more renewable energy around the country.

USDA Holding Events in Iowa and Nebraska to Recruit New Food Inspectors
   2019-07-18 00:00:59.297
If you are looking for an entry level government position in the food safety field, there are plenty of jobs available. (Gary Crawford and Carmen Rottenberg) **broadcasters--dates for the Storm Lake, Iowa recruitment event are July 23-25. For Grand Island, Neb. Aug. 6-8--**

USDA Wants to Make Borrowing Money Less Intimidating
   2019-07-18 00:00:59.533
USDA is seeking to make the process of borrowing money less intimidating to farmers and ranchers. (Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce)

California Virulent Newcastle Disease Outbreak May Finally Be Finished
   2019-07-18 00:01:00.055
California poultry and egg producers are hoping that the outbreaks of Virulent Newcastle disease have come to an end. We've had five straight weeks with no new detections. (Gary Crawford and David Will)

Is El Nino on its Last Legs?
   2019-07-18 00:01:00.107
If El Nino is on its last legs, what does that mean for the summer growing season? (Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey)

Adding Forage and Silage to the Harvest
   2019-07-18 00:00:58.958
Custom harvesters are not just bringing in the grain crops these days, are more are harvesting forage and silage crops for their customers across the country. (Rod Bain and Raph Jolliffe of U.S. Custom Harvesters)

Need Help Finding the Right USDA Farm Loan?
   2019-07-17 00:00:59.506
If you need help finding the right USDA farm loan, USDA has a new online tool for you. (Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce)


Features

Agriculture USA


The Slightly Crazy World of Milk and Dairy
   2019-07-16 00:05:00.146
Milk drinking by Americans has taken a crazy dive downward over the years, but it may be coming back in style. Gary Crawford has a dairy interesting story for you on this edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dairy farmers, Ken Smith and Marilyn Hershey. Jessica Learman with Incredibly Dairy and the Real Love Convoy.

Consumer Time


Floods, Freezers, Fridges and Foods
   2019-07-16 00:03:00.062
If you've just had a power outage or if you are warned about a possible outage, here is some food safety information you need. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Janell Goodwin with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. **broadcasters--the story briefly references Hurricane Barry, but is good for anytime and anyplace**

Can You Salvage Food Items Touched by Flood Waters?
   2019-07-16 00:03:00.062
If your home is ever invaded by floodwaters, Gary Crawford has this advice from an expert on salvaging food items after the waters recede. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. Chad Roy, with Tulane University. Janell Goodwin with USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The Crazy World of Milk
   2019-07-16 00:03:00.062
Milk drinking by Americans has taken a crazy dive downward over the years, but it may be coming back in style. Gary Crawford has a dairy interesting story. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dairy farmers, Ken Smith and Marilyn Hershey. Jessica Learman with Incredibly Dairy.

Oh Honey! Are More People in Love with You?
   2019-07-16 00:02:41.671
It appears an increase in honey use on the consumer level is an indicator of how much more we seem to be enjoying this sweet delicacy. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Margaret Lombard of the National Honey Board

Mango Mania - Part 2
   2019-07-16 00:03:00.062
A group of mango farmers and others in the mango business are trying to get more of us to buy and try this tropical fruit. Gary Crawford has this ripe story. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Manuel Michel, CEO of the National Mango Board.

Agriculture Update


What Was in USDA's Latest Crop Production Report?
   2019-07-16 00:02:30.047
What crops were featured in USDA's July Crop Production report? Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.

Something to Look Forward to in August? New Acreage Numbers.
   2019-07-16 00:02:29.942
Resurveyed corn and soy acreage numbers will be reflected in USDA's August Crop Production report. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Outgoing World Ag Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.

Crop Acreage Reporting Deadline Extended in Some States
   2019-07-16 00:02:19.598
Producers in twelve states impacted by the extreme rains and moistures of the Spring and early Summer will have an extra week to report their planted acres for spring-seeded crops. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce

U.S. Rice Purchased by China for the First Time
   2019-07-16 00:02:30.151
A historic purchase has been years in the making and came about because of various USDA efforts and programs. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Betsy Ward of U.S. Rice

Enrollment Update on Dairy Margin Coverage
   2019-07-16 00:02:05.936
What are some enrollment takeaways as the new Dairy Margin Coverage safety net program approaches its first month of implementation? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce