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Slight Increase in June Ag Prices
   2021-07-30 00:00:59.376
The latest USDA Agricultural Prices Report reflects producers as a whole receiving more for their commodities in June. (Rod Bain)

Supporting Risk Management Education Efforts
   2021-07-30 00:01:00.395
USDA's Risk Management Agency announced funding for projects emphasizing risk management education and training, with emphasis on underserved populations. (Rod Bain and RMA Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy)

Actuality: Risk Management Education Support and Examples
   2021-07-30 00:00:50.938
Risk Management Agency Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy discusses past and present efforts of his agency to support risk management education and training.

USDA Extends Eviction Moratorium for Another Two Months
   2021-07-30 00:00:58.279
Homeowners in homes financed through USDA now have more time to work things out before they can be evicted. (Gary Crawford and President Joe Biden)

USDA Nominees Under Consideration
   2021-07-30 00:01:00.238
Several people nominated for positions as Agriculture Department Under Secretaries are currently in various stages of the confirmation process. (Rod Bain. Former U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small. USDA Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Climate Advisor Robert Bonnie.)

Farmers Getting USDA Yield Surveys Were Scientifically Selected
   2021-07-30 00:00:57.547
If you got a USDA yield survey, you were not chosen at random. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service)

Innovative Efforts Continue at Local Farmers Markets
   2021-07-30 00:01:00.342
National Farmers Market Week (August 1 - 7) highlights not only the markets themselves, but the innovations that allow these institutions to continue customer service in their communities. (Rod Bain and Christina Connel of the Agricultural Marketing Service)

Actuality: Value of Farmers Markets to Local Communities
   2021-07-30 00:00:46.315
ATTN: STATIONS -* - National Farmers Market Week is August 1 - 7 - * Christina Connel of the Agricultural Marketing Service explains the many forms of value offered to farmers markets in the communities they serve.

Onboard for Livestock Producers - A Grading Dashboard
   2021-07-30 00:01:00.316
A new resource of USDA market data and information for beef, lamb and veal producers is now available in a visualized format. (Rod Bain and Agricultural Marketing Service Associate Deputy Administrator Taylor Cox)

ASF in Western Hemisphere Means Increased U.S. Vigilance.
   2021-07-29 00:01:00.055
A confirmed case of African Swine Fever in the Dominican Republic has U.S. officials heightening protection measures to keep this disease out of our country. (Rod Bain and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Associate Administrator Jack Shere)

Actuality: Discovery of ASF in the Dominican Republic
   2021-07-29 00:00:56.607
USDA Chief Veterinarian Officer Jack Shere discusses testing protocols between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic that led to discovery of African Swine Fever in that nation.

U.S. Role in Dominican Republic ASF Detection and Potential Assistance
   2021-07-29 00:01:00.290
Our nation is ready to assist the Dominican Republic if needed as that country deals with confirm cases of African Swine Fever. (Rod Bain and USDA Chief Veterinarian Jack Shere)

Beefing Up Biosecurity on U.S. Swine Farms and Facilities
   2021-07-29 00:00:59.951
The nation's hog industry and its stakeholders are boosting biosecurity on facilities as reports of cases of African Swine Fever in the Dominican Republic have been announced. (Rod Bain and USDA Chief Veterinarian Officer Jack Shere)

Vilsack Unveils New Heirs Property Relending Program
   2021-07-29 00:00:59.637
If you farm on land that you've inherited, but for which you have no clear deed or title, there's a new program that might help you straighten that situation out. (Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock)

Actuality: Vilsack Explains the Complex Problems of Heirs' Property
   2021-07-29 00:00:55.745
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack with a thumb-nail explanation of some of the issues surrounding heirs' property.

Actuality: Rep. Cheri Bustos Comments on Heirs' Property Relending Program
   2021-07-29 00:00:27.141
Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos talks about the hope that USDA's Heirs' Property Relending Program will help keep current Black farmers on the land and in business.


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Features

Agriculture USA


One Approach to Addressing Farm Labor Shortage
   2021-07-27 00:05:00.016
The agriculture labor force has decreased in recent years, while reliance has grown in the farm sector on migrant farm workers to handle everything from planting to harvest. Now with a shortage of available workers, stakeholders are looking at how to modernize the nation's farm guestworker program. Rod Bain looks at this topic and some of the thoughts of participants in this review in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. National Pork Producers Council President Jen Sorenson. United Farm Workers President Emeritus Arturo Rodriguez. Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Leon Sequeira. Illinois dairy farmer Linnea Kooistra. Oregon asparagus farmer Shay Myers. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Consumer Time


A Farm to School Connection
   2021-07-27 00:02:46.426
A USDA grant program recently funded its most recent group of projects designed to bring schools and students closer to their local farmers and ranchers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Stacey Dean.

Expanding Nanocellulosic Material Research and Development
   2021-07-27 00:02:57.946
Recent grants will support continued studies and product development related to wood-based nanocellulosic materials - products from cement additives to a component in tires. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Robert Moon of the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Lab

What to Do when a Tick Puts the Bite on You
   2021-07-27 00:02:58.834
What should you do if a tick forms an attachment to you and puts the bite on you? Gary Crawford has advice from an expert. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus of Entomology Lee Townsend.

Coffee and Caffeine---How Much Is too Much?
   2021-07-27 00:03:00.114
Coffee and caffeine---How much is too much? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Karen Blakeslee, Kansas State University Extension Food Scientist and coordinator of the Rapid Response Center for Food Science.

Making Plants into Bioproducts in the Microwave
   2021-07-27 00:02:33.913
A technology developed by USDA research improves the time and efficiency in producing biobased products such as polymers and films that become everyday household items. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and researcher Atanu Biswas

Agriculture Update


An Approach to Address Farm Labor Shortage
   2021-07-27 00:02:24.640
Modernization of farm guestworker programs is among the avenues under consideration by ag stakeholders as a means to resolve a shortage of workers on the farm and ranch. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: National Pork Producers Council President Jen Sorenson. Illinois dairy farmer Linnea Kooistra. Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Leon Sequeira. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

A Pandemic Assistance Program for the Timber Industry
   2021-07-27 00:02:30.230
The nation's timber industry now has its own USDA pandemic assistance program. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

All Clues Point to Start of Beef Cattle Liquidation Phase
   2021-07-27 00:02:22.106
All clues are pointing to the start of a downsizing of the beef cattle herd. Gary Crawford has more in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst

Ag Transport Open Data Platform Receives an Upgrade
   2021-07-27 00:02:26.729
A data platform for those involved in transport of our nation's ag goods recently upgrade to its 3.0 stage, which includes more real time information. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Adam Sparger of the Agricultural Marketing Service

Farm Credit Official Says Farm Economy in "Remarkably Good Shape"
   2021-07-27 00:02:30.099
How is the farm economy doing? Ask the farm lenders. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Glen Smith, Chairman of the Farm Credit Administration. Former President Woodrow Wilson. Broadcasters: The interactive timeline talked about in this report is available at FCA.gov.