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Winter Wheat Point of View from Field Level
   2023-06-07 00:00:59.820
What does the winter wheat crop in the Central and Southern Plains look like from the viewpoint of those in the field? (Rod Bain and Dave Green of the Wheat Quality Council)

Actuality: What was Found in Many Plains Winter Wheat Fields
   2023-06-07 00:00:40.855
Dave Green of the Wheat Quality Council talks about a return tour of winter wheat fields in Kansas and its reflection of crop condition in several Central and Southern Plain states.

A New USDA Assessment of Winter Wheat Crop Is on the Way
   2023-06-07 00:00:59.480
An Updated USDA forecast for U.S. winter wheat production, exports and prices is on the way. (Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

USDA To Issue New Corn/Soy Supply/Demand Forecasts on Friday
   2023-06-07 00:01:00.029
We are just hours away from USDA's new round of crop supply, demand and price forecasts for major crops. (Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

Actuality: Key USDA Acreage Report Coming June 30th
   2023-06-07 00:00:26.070
USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski, saying that on June 30th USDA will issue a key report on planted acreage.

Improving Pasture Conditions........for Now
   2023-06-07 00:00:57.965
USDA says the condition of the nation's pastures and rangeland is improving.....for now. (Gary Crawford and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey,

Actuality: Some Areas that Have Good Pastures/Rangelands
   2023-06-07 00:00:35.108
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, outlining a few of the regions where pastures are in good shape.

Listening Sessions for Prevented Planting Insurance Changes
   2023-06-06 00:00:59.585
*- STATIONS: The virtual listening session mentioned in this story occurs this Thursday (June 8) at 2 PM Eastern - 1 PM Central -* A series of listening sessions occur this summer as the Risk Management Agency receives comment on possible changes to prevented planting crop insurance. (Rod Bain and RMA Administrator Marcia Bunger.)

Actuality: Prevented Planting Insurance and Potential Changes
   2023-06-06 00:01:00.238
Risk Management Agency Administrator Marcia Bunger explains some of the proposed changes in prevented planting crop insurance coverage now being discussed through listening sessions between now and September First.

The Anxious Wait for Rain
   2023-06-06 00:00:55.666
The torrid pace of planting is being replaced by the quiet wait for rain. (Gary Crawford and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Don't Blame El Nino for Current Problems with Dryness
   2023-06-06 00:01:00.264
Don't blame El Nino for this current long-lasting period of dryness. (Gary Crawford and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

A Big Weekly Decline in Topsoil Moisture Conditions
   2023-06-06 00:00:58.853
Topsoiil moisture shortages are expanding in area and severity. (Gary Crawford and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: A Review of Some States with Record Dryness
   2023-06-06 00:00:42.840
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, looking at some states that have beer experiencing record dryness.

Actuality: Topsoil Moisture Shortages by State
   2023-06-06 00:00:42.919
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, reviewing some states with major topsoil moisture shortages.

Actuality: National Weather Outlook for June 13 - 19
   2023-06-06 00:00:49.711
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, with the national weather outlook for June 13th through the 19th.

It's World Food Safety Day---June 7th
   2023-06-06 00:00:58.226
The U.S. is a major partner with organizations around the world who are trying to boost the safety of food and reduce the huge numbers of serious food related illnesses. (Gary Crawford and Under Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Emilio Esteban) Broadcasters: This story for use on World Food Safety Day, June 7th.

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Agriculture USA

Initiatives and Efforts to Expand Organic Farmer Opportunities
   2023-06-06 00:04:59.885
A series of programs, led primarily by USDA’s Organic Transition Initiative, are designed to assist farmers switching from conventional to organic agriculture, and develop markets for organically grown commodities and products. Rod Bain looks at some of these efforts in this edition of “Agriculture USA”. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Moffitt. Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. FSA Acting Deputy Administrator John Berge.

Consumer Time

A Vital Part in the Success of D-Day 79 Years Ago Was Food
   2023-06-06 00:02:58.677
Food production by farmers and civilians was a key factor in the success of the D-Day invasion 79 years ago this week. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA historical expert , Anne Effland. ABC reporter George Hicks. President Franklin Roosevelt.

Food Prices Rising at Slower Rate than Expected
   2023-06-06 00:03:00.323
We are still seeing prices for most foods going up, but they are rising at a slower rate than expected. Gary Crawford has the good news. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA economist, Matt MacLachlan. Classic radio comedian, Stan Freberg.

Steps for Hurricane and Tropical Storm Preparation
   2023-06-06 00:02:48.698
The annual Atlantic hurricane season is underway, so what are some ways citizens in areas prone to such events can prepare for a potential emergency? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell.

A Portfolio of Rural Development Housing Programs
   2023-06-06 00:02:54.288
It might be a surprise to some that a division of USDA’s Rural Development mission area offers housing programs in many realms of the housing process. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Rural Housing Service Administrator Joaquin Altoro

Thwarting Tick Attacks
   2023-06-06 00:03:00.114
Ticks can carry serious diseases. What can we do to reduce tick attacks? We'll find out in this report from Gary Crawford. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Lee Townsend. Tick rapper, Tanya Josek. Also Brad Paisley.

Agriculture Update

USDA Lowers Ag. Export Forecast
   2023-06-06 00:02:30.021
USDA is out with its new ag. trade forecast for this current fiscal year. Gary Crawford has the details. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawrford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer.

Producing USDA's Weekly Crop Progress Report Is Massive Undertaking
   2023-06-06 00:02:26.024
Each week USDA gives us a comprehensive snapshot of the progress and condition of U.S. crops. Gary Crawford has more on this major effort. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Lance Honig with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service

Big Brazilian Corn Crop Has Prices Down/Competition Up
   2023-06-06 00:02:19.180
Rising Brazilian corn production has analysts wondering about the long-term effect on U.S. and world corn markets. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer. Also a brief snippet from Frank Sinatra.

Drought Coverage for Commodities and Crops a Mixed Bag in May
   2023-06-06 00:02:27.722
Much like the U.S. Drought Monitor that closed the month of May, the commodities in drought categories also reflect both drought coverage expansion and retraction in key growing areas. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

Farmers Helped Make 1944 D-Day Invasion a Success
   2023-06-06 00:02:22.915
This week marks the 79th anniversary of D-Day. The nation's farmers played a key role in the success of the D-Day invasion. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford . USDA historical expert, Anne Effland. Radio reporter, George Hicks. General Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Franklin Roosevelt.