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More Flexibility for Specialty Crop Growers in Crop Insurance Reporting
   2022-07-01 00:01:00.029
USDA has just announced some new crop insurance rules that may help lift one burden that many specialty crop producers have had to deal with. (Gary Crawford and Marcia Bunger, Administrator of USDA's Risk Management Agency)

Weather Trends Behind Western Water Shortage
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.846
What are some of the meteorological conditions of the past two decades behind an increasing shortage of water in the West? (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Weather Factors Behind Western Water Shortage
   2022-07-01 00:00:43.781
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, discusses some of the weather conditions over the last two decades that have contributed to decreasing Western water supplies.

The Need to Learn More about Hemp Pest Threats
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.663
Industrial hemp as a crop has only been legal for a short time, as has the amount of research in areas of pest threats and control strategies. (Rod Bain and Whitney Crawshaw of Colorado State University Extension)

Potential Industrial Hemp IPM Strategies
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.846
Integrated pest management strategies for industrial hemp continue to develop through data collection and related research. (Rod Bain and Colorado State University Emeritus Professor Whitney Crawshaw)

Actuality: Examples of Industrial Hemp Pest Threats
   2022-07-01 00:00:31.085
Colorado State University Professor Emeritus Whitney Crawshaw provides examples of recently identified pest threats to industrial hemp crops.

Studying Recent Ag and Food Cybersecurity Attacks
   2022-07-01 00:01:00.081
One specific motive is most likely behind a recent rash of cyberattacks on farm and food production industries, according to an Extension cybersecurity expert. (Rod Bain and Doug Jacobson of Iowa State University)

Establish Computer System Protocols for Cybersecurity Protection
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.637
What can farms, ranches and ag and food production companies utilize in the way of protocols to keep their computer systems safe from cybersecurity attacks? (Rod Bain and Doug Jacobson of Iowa State University Extension)

What Makes a Dairy Operator a Success?
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.689
There are some characteristics that successful dairy operators seem to have in common, according to an Extension expert. (Rod Bain and Jim Salfer of University of Minnesota Extension)

Actual Corn/Soybean Planted Acreage Different from March Intentions
   2022-06-30 00:01:00.238
It looks like many corn and soybean producers changed their minds and their planting intentions between March and actual planting time. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig with the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service)

USDA To Re-Survey Farmers in 3 States for Updated Plantings Info
   2022-06-30 00:00:59.088
USDA will be re-surveying farmers in three states about their planted acres, in light of some significant weather-related planting delays. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig with the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service)

Farmers Putting Fewer Overall Acres into Production This Year
   2022-06-30 00:01:00.029
Farmers are putting fewer overall acres into production this year. (Gary Crawford and Deputy USDA Chief Economist Cindy Nickerson)

Actuality: Drought Is Reducing California Rice Plantings
   2022-06-30 00:00:23.040
Deputy USDA Chief Economist Cindy Nickerson, saying that California rice plantings could hit a low not seen in over 60 years.

USDA Releases Ag. Price Report for May
   2022-06-30 00:01:00.029
Farmers got higher prices for almost every product they sold in May. (Gary Crawford)

Maple Syrup Production Forecasts in Record Territory
   2022-06-30 00:01:00.238
Several records were noted in USDA's forecast for this year's national maple syrup crop. (Rod Bain and Lance Honig of the National Agricultural Statistics Service)

A Change In Hop Production Forecasts
   2022-06-30 00:01:00.342
What changes were made in U.S. hop production forecasts compared to previous years? (Rod Bain and Lance Honig of the National Agricultural Statistics Service)


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Features

Agriculture USA


What Can Be Done About the Western Water Crisis?
   2022-07-05 00:04:59.937
Years in the making, the shortage of water supplies in several parts of the West have led to increased research, and various conservation strategies, to save as much water as possible for a growing list of diverse resource users. Rod Bain looks at the why�s behind the Western water shortage and ways to spread this dwindling supply among water users in this edition of �Agriculture USA�. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Colorado State University Professor Courtney Schultz. Kansas farmer Tom Willis.

Consumer Time


The Weather Whys Behind Western Water Concerns
   2022-07-05 00:02:34.226
Long term weather factors have come together to create water shortages in many locales in the West. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

Close Encounters of the Reptile Kind
   2022-07-05 00:03:00.035
If you should encounter a snake in your yard, or anywhere, what's the best way to handle that encounter? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. Maureen Frank, Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at Texas A and M University. Also classic comedian, W.C. Fields.

Here's What to Do and What Not to Do if You're Bitten by a Snake
   2022-07-05 00:03:00.062
Thousands of Americans are bitten by snakes every year. If it happened to you, would you know what to do? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. Maureen Frank, Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at Texas A and M University. Also, Homer and Jethro.

Don't Be Hooked by Phishers
   2022-07-05 00:03:00.035
Thousands of us are scammed every year as we are caught in the nets of people who are experts at getting us to reveal personal information or to send money. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Barbara Stockebrand with Kansas State University Extension.

The Value-Added Versatility of Soybeans
   2022-07-05 00:02:33.182
A variety of products contain some form of soybean, including items you may have never considered. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Belinda Burrier of the United Soybean Board

Agriculture Update


USDA Boosts Corn Planted Acreage Estimates--Lowers Soybeans
   2022-07-05 00:02:30.021
It looks like corn will win the battle with soybeans for acreage this year. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Lance Honig with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Cindy Nickerson, USDA Deputy Chief Economist.

What Makes Dairy Operators Successful?
   2022-07-05 00:02:21.191
A dairy extension expert notes some common characteristics shared by successful operations, regardless of size or goals. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Jim Salfer of University of Minnesota Extension

Pork Producers Using Cautious Approach to Production Decisions.
   2022-07-05 00:02:26.677
The nation's pork producers are being very cautious about making production decisions for the future. (Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam)

Water Conservation and Farm Profitability in a Drought Plagued Area
   2022-07-05 00:02:29.002
How is a Kansas farmer applying innovations, technologies and strategies to help conserve water supplies while maintaining a profitable operation? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Tom Willis

Federal Land Management from Ranching Industry Perspective
   2022-07-05 00:02:13.276
The rancher�s use of federal lands for grazing goes beyond feeding livestock by providing a needed management benefit to these public lands. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Kaitlynn Glover of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association