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White House Announces Interagency Drought Working Group
   2021-04-22 00:00:57.573
The Administration is forming an Interagency Working Group to address worsening drought conditions in the West. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

President Biden Opens Climate Summit
   2021-04-22 00:00:56.711
President Biden has opened a two-day international summit on global climate change. (Gary Crawford and President Joe Biden)

A Confirmation Hearing for USDA Deputy Secretary Nominee
   2021-04-22 00:01:00.029
USDA is one step closer to filling the position of Deputy Secretary with completion of the confirmation hearing for Dr. Jewel Bronaugh. (Gary Crawford. Senator Debbie Stabenow. Deputy USDA Secretary Nominee Dr. Jewel Bronaugh)

Actuality: Deputy USDA Secretary Nominee's Views on Biofuels
   2021-04-22 00:00:54.308
Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, nominee for USDA Deputy Secretary, giving her views on biofuels during her confirmation hearing Thursday.

Three USDA Announcements Aimed Climate Mitigation Efforts
   2021-04-22 00:00:59.977
USDA has announced new efforts aimed at expanding climate mitigation efforts. (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack)

USDA Invests Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Climate Efforts
   2021-04-22 00:00:59.350
The Ag Secretary says USDA is investing in a host of different climate mitigation efforts. (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Ag Secretary Meets with Nine Other Ag Ministers to Talk About Climate
   2021-04-22 00:00:58.906
The Ag Secretary met with top agricultural officials from nine other countries, in a session aimed at listening and learning. (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Actuality: Bilateral Meetings Are Also Important
   2021-04-22 00:00:27.167
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says besides multi-country international meetings, he believes that bilateral meetings also are very important.

Actuality: Details on Some USDA Projects That Will Be Expanded
   2021-04-22 00:00:27.036
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has details of some USDA projects that will be expanded nationwide.

USDA Accepting Conservation Innovation Program on-Farm Trial Proposals
   2021-04-21 00:01:00.186
USDA's Conservation Innovation Grant program is accepting proposals for project funding within its on-farm trial component. (Rod Bain and Natural Resources Conservation Service Deputy Chief Jimmy Bramblett)

Expanding Offerings and Incentives in CRP
   2021-04-21 00:01:00.369
An increased enrollment cap and new and expanded incentives are among the changes taking place within USDA's Conservation Reserve Program. (Rod Bain and FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux)

Actuality: USDA Incentives Behind New CRP Incentives
   2021-04-21 00:00:44.695
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux discusses reasons behind an increase in the Conservation Reserve Program acreage enrollment cap and new incentives to encourage increased CRP enrollment.

Actuality: Higher Rental Rates and More New Incentives for CRP.
   2021-04-21 00:00:39.627
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux explains some of the recent inclusions within the Conservation Reserve Program, including higher rental rates and new incentives.

Latest U.S. Topsoil Moisture Situation
   2021-04-21 00:01:00.029
What's the latest situation for the nation's topsoil moisture situation? (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Other Areas Where Topsoil Moisture is Lacking
   2021-04-21 00:00:30.328
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, has a look at other areas in the eastern part of the country that are showing shortages of topsoil moisture.

Actuality: Detailed Look at Topsoil Moisture Surpluses
   2021-04-21 00:00:31.503
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, has a detailed look at which states have topsoil moisture surpluses.

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Agriculture USA

Black Vultures Preying on Livestock is an Increasing Challenge
   2021-04-20 00:04:59.990
Vultures are important for the ecosystem, but there is a species that is causing headaches for ag producers because they prey on livestock. In this week's Agriculture USA, Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Lee Humberg, USDA Wildlife Services, Indiana. Bryan Kluever, USDA Wildlife Services, Florida.

Consumer Time

One Earth Day Focus for USDA is Reducing Food Loss and Waste
   2021-04-20 00:02:59.983
USDA is encouraging all Americans to reduce food loss and waste, as part of activities aimed at marking Earth Day. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Jean Buzby, USDA Food Loss and Waste Liaison.

When Bad News Scares Your Children
   2021-04-20 00:02:55.046
When our children are frightened by the bad news they may hear, what can we say and do to help them? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Bradford Wiles, Kansas State University Extension Child Development Specialist.

Black Vultures are an Increasing Nuisance for Livestock Producers
   2021-04-20 00:02:53.244
Black vultures are known to prey on livestock, which is a growing problem as their numbers increase. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Bryan Kluever, USDA Wildlife Services, Florida. Lee Humberg, USDA Wildlife Services, Indiana.

USDA Researchers Looking at Many Non-Lethal Ways to Deter Black Vultures
   2021-04-20 00:03:00.062
USDA researchers are looking at ways to effectively deter black vultures, which prey on livestock. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Lee Humberg, USDA Wildlife Services, Indiana. Bryan Kluever, USDA Wildlife Services, Florida.

Growing a Garden is a Growing Pastime
   2021-04-20 00:02:33.443
It began in the height of the pandemic last year and is continuing in 2021-a growing interest in home gardening. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Extension Gardening Expert.

Agriculture Update

The Double-Edged Perspectives of Precision Ag
   2021-04-20 00:02:25.867
A USDA research economist says there are several angles with which to see how precision agriculture is both innovatively advanced and profitable for producers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA research economist Roberto Mosheim.

Awards to Advance Ag Innovation Tools and Tech
   2021-04-20 00:02:00.450
USDA recently awarded grants to land-grant university research focusing on ag innovation tools and tech you perhaps have never heard of. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Steven Thomson of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture

The Climate Behind the Klamath Basin's Water Issues
   2021-04-20 00:02:29.760
While complex in nature, much of the recent concerns about water supplies for one Western basin stems from the weather - past and present. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

Crop Insurance as Reliable Risk Management
   2021-04-20 00:02:18.866
Even with the unpredictability faced by ag producers over the last several months, crop insurance remained a steady and reliable part of their risk management portfolio. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Tom Zacharias of National Crop Insurance Services. Texas farmers and crop insurance agents Michael and Valerie Diller.

Nitrogen's Role in Corn Photosynthesis and Yield Results
   2021-04-20 00:02:23.856
While nitrogen is a key part of the success of any corn crop, what some may not know is the when and how it is needed to generate photosynthesis and develop improved yields. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and University of Illinois Plant Pathologist Fred Below