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Interpreting the New USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report
   2020-03-27 00:01:00.107
The new USDA Hogs and Pigs report does give some clues as to where the pork industry is going next. (Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam,)

Pigs per Litter Numbers Keep Setting Records
   2020-03-27 00:00:57.234
Record high average pigs saved per litter numbers may help offset hog producers' plans to reduce farrowings. (Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam)

First New General Conservation Reserve Program Acres Since 2016
   2020-03-27 00:00:59.977
USDA has selected the first new general Conservation Reserve Program signup acres since 2016. (Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce)

The Conservation Reserve Program's Acreage Cap is Increasing
   2020-03-27 00:00:57.077
The Conservation Reserve Program's acreage cap is increasing. (Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce)

Many Different "Conservation Reserve Program" Programs
   2020-03-27 00:00:57.182
USDA has many different types of programs aimed at promoting conservation among producers. (Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce)

Comments Requested on Conservation Practice Revisions
   2020-03-27 00:01:00.133
The 2018 Farm Bill is giving landowners opportunity to comment on standards for dozens of nationally recognized conservation practices. (Rod Bain and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Matthew Lohr)

USDA Adds More Flexibilities for Farmers in Crop Insurance Dealings
   2020-03-27 00:00:56.111
USDA is adding more flexibilities for farmers in their dealings with crop insurance providers. (Gary Crawford and Under Sec'y Bill Northey)

History Shows Actual Plantings Can Vary a Lot from Planting Intentions Report
   2020-03-27 00:01:00.107
Last year proves that actual plantings this year could end up being vastly different from what farmers have reported as their planting intentions in USDA's upcoming Prospective Plantings report. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig) ***USDA's Prospective Plantings Report will be released this Tuesday, March 31st, at noon EST***

A Milestone in the Making - Rural Infrastructure Build-Out
   2020-03-27 00:00:59.271
A speaker at the 2020 USDA Ag Outlook Forum notes the efforts of USDA and others to build high speed eConnectivity into rural America are part of historical infrastructure cycles in our nation. (Rod Bain and consultant Bob Knight)

Shopping from your Food Pantry
   2020-03-27 00:01:00.395
Saving time and money at the supermarket or grocery store could be as simple as seeing what is in your food pantry, fridge or freezer. (Rod Bain and Julie-Garden Robinson of North Dakota State University Extension)

Coming Soon--USDA's Prospective Plantings Report
   2020-03-26 00:00:59.428
March will go out like a lion with release of USDA's highly anticipated report on what farmers are intending to plant this spring. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig) (**USDA's Prospective Plantings Report will be released Tuesday, March 31st, noon EDT**)

Actuality: USDA's Prospective Plantings Report is a Biggie
   2020-03-26 00:00:25.364
Lance Honig, Chief of the Crops Branch of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, saying that USDA's Prospective Plantings Report is very highly anticipated. (**The report will be released Tuesday, March 31st, noon EDT**)

Farm Service Agency Offices Are Open for Business -- Virtually
   2020-03-26 00:01:00.029
Amidst social distancing, Farm Service Agency offices around the country are still open -- just pick up your phone instead of going in person. (Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce)

USDA Approves Millions of Acres for Conservation Reserve Program
   2020-03-26 00:00:59.036
USDA has approved general Conservation Reserve Program signups, and will begin notifying producers next week. (Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce)

Pockets of Drought Areas Out West
   2020-03-26 00:01:00.160
Drought lingers for two areas of the Western U.S. after periods of dryness this Winter. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Florida's Developing Drought
   2020-03-26 00:00:59.768
There is growing concern among Floridians about potential drought expanding in their state. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)


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Agriculture USA


What's the Outlook for Organic Agricultural Products?
   2020-03-24 00:04:59.990
Farm sales of organic crops and livestock products more than doubled between 2012 and 2017, to more than seven billion dollars. Stephanie Ho has a deeper dive into the organic industry. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Jeff Huckaby, Grimmway Farms. Bob Kirshoff, Organic Valley. Catherine Greene, ERS senior agricultural economist. Corwin Heatwole, Shenandoah Valley Organic.

Consumer Time


Organic Agriculture Industry Continues Strong Growth
   2020-03-24 00:03:00.009
The organic agricultural sector continues to show strong growth. Stephanie Ho has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Jeff Huckaby, Grimmway Farms. Bob Kirshoff, Organic Valley. Catherine Greene, ERS senior agricultural economist. Corwin Heatwole, Shenandoah Valley Organic.

Organic Agriculture is Happening Throughout the US
   2020-03-24 00:03:00.009
Organic agriculture is increasing in the United States, and is happening all over the country. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Catherine Greene, ERS senior agricultural economist. Jeff Huckaby, Grimmway Farms

Forecasters Predict Spring Will Bring Flooding to Many Areas
   2020-03-24 00:02:57.058
Besides worrying about the coronavirus, millions of us may have something else to worry about this spring--flooding. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Jon Gottschaick with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. Ed Clark with NOAA's National Water Center. Mary Erickson, with the National Weather Service. Ken Hellevang, Extension Engineer at North Dakota State University.

Some Tips on how to Use that Tax Refund Money
   2020-03-24 00:02:57.920
Getting a tax refund this year? One expert says maybe we put too much "fun" in that refund. A somewhat skeptical Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Lauren Jones, Ohio State University Extension Consumer Policy Expert. With cameos from Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.

Figuring Out Financial Clutter Reduction
   2020-03-24 00:02:41.985
The stack of bills and financial documents may loom large in your home or office, but a Cooperative Extension expert offers tips to organize those records and reduce financial clutter. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Ann Berry of University of Tennessee Extension

Agriculture Update


Update on ARC-PLC Sign-Up Periods
   2020-03-24 00:02:28.741
One enrollment period recently concluded. A second is underway through the end of June. What is the latest regarding 2019 and 2020 crop year sign-ups for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce

Wet, Warm Spring Could Spell Trouble for Farmers
   2020-03-24 00:02:30.099
If government weather forecasts turn out to be correct, this Spring could be a frustrating one for many farmers. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Ed Clark, Director of NOAA's National Water Center. Jon Gottschaick with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist.

Wholesale Beef Prices Rise while Cattle Prices Drop
   2020-03-24 00:02:30.099
Cattle prices are down even as the beef industry is boosting output to meet the sudden increased demand. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam.

Coordinating Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program Efforts
   2020-03-24 00:02:11.787
Providing mentorship, guidance, and resource assistance are among the duties of new USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program federal and state level coordinators. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers National Coordinator Sarah Campbell

How Does One Organic Farmer Do It?
   2020-03-24 00:02:29.995
How does one large organic farmer do it? Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Jeff Huckaby, president of Grimmway Farms.