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USDA Releases New FY24 Ag. Export Forecast
   2024-02-28 00:00:58.070
2023 could bring another downturn in U.S. agricultural exports. (Gary Crawford and USDA economist Bart Kenner)

U.S. Expected to Import More Ag. Products This Year
   2024-02-28 00:00:55.693
This country is expected to import more foreign ag. products this year. (Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Bart Kenner)

Actuality: New USDA Ag. Export Forecast
   2024-02-28 00:00:26.122
Bart Kenner, USDA economist, with the new export forecast.

DMC Sign Up Underway for 2024
   2024-02-28 00:00:59.715
Dairy producers have until April 29th to sign up for coverage for this year under USDA's Dairy Margin Coverage program. (Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux)

Actuality: Explaining Dairy Margin Coverage and Coverage Tool
   2024-02-28 00:00:37.093
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux discusses a USDA farm safety net program for dairy producers, and an online decision tool available at "dmc.dairymarkets.org".

Actuality: Supplemental DMC and 2024 DMC Sign-Up
   2024-02-28 00:00:46.445
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux discusses a new option for smaller dairy operations enrolling in past years of Supplemental Dairy Margin Coverage to join into DMC coverage for 2024.

Winter Progression of Winter Wheat Condition
   2024-02-28 00:01:00.212
Several key winter wheat production states note condition improvements throughout the course of the winter, as reflected in USDA’s latest State Stories report. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Winter Wheat Conditions by State
   2024-02-28 00:00:47.647
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey looks at notable winter wheat condition reports by state per the end of February State Stories.

Actuality: State Stories Pasture and Rangeland Conditions
   2024-02-28 00:00:59.742
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey discusses some of the end of February State Stories reports regarding pasture and rangeland conditions on the state level.

Actuality: Topsoil Moisture and February State Stories
   2024-02-28 00:00:58.775
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey covers states with notable topsoil moisture condition ratings to end February, per the latest edition of the State Stories report.

Gooden Confirmed as Rural Development Under Secretary
   2024-02-27 00:01:00.238
The U.S. Senate this week confirmed the nomination of Basil Gooden to become USDA's new Under Secretary for Rural Development. (Rod Bain and Basil Gooden)

RAISE Efforts of Farm Based Use of Underutilized Energy Tech
   2024-02-27 00:01:00.055
The Agriculture Secretary says a new initiative is designed to encourage increased use of underutilized renewable energy technologies among ag producers. (Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Actuality: RAISE and Potential Impacts for Farmers
   2024-02-27 00:00:58.488
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explains how the joint USDA-Energy Department Rural and Agricultural Income and Savings from Renewable Energy (RAISE) Initiative could benefit producers.

LAMP Awards Guiding Local and Regional Food Entities
   2024-02-27 00:00:59.872
Three components within USDA’s Local Agriculture Market Program are now accepting applications for grant awards through May 14th. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Moffitt)

Actuality: Programs Under LAMP Umbrella
   2024-02-27 00:01:00.160
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Moffitt discusses the intent of the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) and its various grant program offerings.

Actuality: Turnkey Option for LAMP Applications
   2024-02-27 00:00:50.442
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Moffitt discusses a new option regarding applications for the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP).


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Agriculture USA


USDA Equity Commission Presents its Final Report
   2024-02-27 00:04:59.937
Almost seventy recommendations are found in the final report recently presented by USDA’s Equity Commission as ways to improve equity and inclusion in the Department and among its stakeholders and programs. Rod Bain looks at the crafting of this document and some of its recommendations in this edition of “Agriculture USA”. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Equity Commission Designated Federal Officer Cecilia Hernandez. Secretary Tom Vilsack. USDA Senior Advisor for Racial Equity and Equity Commission member Dewayne Goldmon.

Consumer Time


A Recent Round of Rural Investments Revealed
   2024-02-27 00:02:52.695
White House and USDA officials recently announced a series of rural economic development investments as part of a Rural Prosperity Town Hall Meeting. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. White House Domestic Policy Advisor Neera Tanden.

USDA Expands Efforts to Reduce Wildfire Risks
   2024-02-27 00:02:55.882
USDA is investing more money into reducing wildfire risks. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot.

Low to Moderate Food Price Inflation Expected for This Year
   2024-02-27 00:02:55.333
Food shoppers will likely see only low to moderate food price hikes this year. Gary Crawford has the latest forecast. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Megan Sweitzer, USDA economist.

Time to Recognize a Special Type of Engineer
   2024-02-27 00:02:56.169
It's time to recognize the work of a special type of engineer. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kevin Farmer, Director of the Conservation Engineers Division of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Andy Deichert, USDA State Conservation Engineer for West Virginia

Collaboration Essential in Hemp Germplasm Research
   2024-02-27 00:02:57.319
To advance both genetic traits and commercial uses for industrial hemp, collaborative research is needed to develop new varieties and find favorable factors. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA research geneticist Zach Stansell

Agriculture Update


Illustrations of USDA Equity Commission Recommendations
   2024-02-27 00:02:29.446
The Agriculture Secretary provides examples of USDA Equity Commission final report recommendations and how they are designed to improve equity and inclusion within all aspects of the Department. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack

Report Shows Significant Reduction in Cattle Feedlot Placements
   2024-02-27 00:02:27.017
The nation's cattle industry has started the year with a sharp reduction in feedlot placements, compared to a year ago. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam.

Conservation Engineers Helping Farmers ro Do Vital Environmental Work
   2024-02-27 00:02:26.311
Conservation Engineers are helping thousands of farmers and ranchers to do vital environmental work. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kevin Farmer, Director of the Conservation Engineers Division of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Andy Deichert, USDA State Conservation Engineer for West Virginia

A Record Year for USDA's Soil and Water Conservation Work
   2024-02-27 00:02:23.595
USDA did a record amount of conservation work last year, but could break that record this year. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Terry Cosby, Chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service

Grain and Oilseed Outlook for 2024-25
   2024-02-27 00:02:30.282
What are the forecasts for planting, production, supplies, demand, and price of three major crop commodities in the upcoming year, per USDA? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA economist Jake Vuillemin