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U.S. Requests USMCA Dispute Settlement Consultations with Mexico
   2023-06-02 00:01:00.316
Issues regarding Mexico's policy on agricultural biotechnology products being imported into its nation led to the U.S. Friday asking for further consultations within the framework of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. (Rod Bain and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai)

Big Brazilian Corn Crop Has Prices Down/Competition Up
   2023-06-02 00:01:00.368
Rising Brazilian corn production has analysts wondering about the long and short-term effect on U.S. and world corn markets. (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer. Also a brief snippet from Frank Sinatra)

Growing Drought Coverage in Midwest Corn-Bean Production Areas
   2023-06-02 00:00:59.820
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor reveals signs of flash drought in some corn and soybean production areas in the Midwest. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Hay and Cattle in Drought
   2023-06-02 00:00:29.910
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey notes the latest U.S. Drought Monitor drought coverage maps for both major hay growing and cattle producing states.

Actuality: Wheat in Drought Coverage
   2023-06-02 00:00:50.050
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey looks at drought coverage for winter and spring wheat across the country for the period ending May 30.

Actuality: Southern Crops and Reduced Drought Coverage
   2023-06-02 00:00:55.405
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey notes how cotton and rice growing areas in the nation’s Southern tier are experiencing minimal drought coverage in recent weeks.

Producer Crop Acreage Report Due Soon
   2023-06-02 00:00:59.637
What is the importance for growers in submitting their annual crop acreage reports to their local Farm Service Agency office? (Rod Bain and FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux)

Actuality: Importance of Crop Acreage Report Data
   2023-06-02 00:00:44.460
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux discusses how information from producer-filled crop acreage reports is part of program and policy development.

Farm Service Agency Crop Acreage Reporting 30 PSA
   2023-06-02 00:00:30.119
* - STATIONS: Please no longer air this Public Service Announcement after Saturday, July 17th - * Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux reminds growers that crop acreage report deadlines are fast approaching.

Building Rural Housing Opportunities
   2023-06-02 00:01:00.212
USDA's Rural Housing Service offers various programs to offer affordable housing options to rural residents. (Rod Bain and Rural Housing Service Administrator Joaquin Altoro)

Actuality: Suite of Rural Development Rural Housing Programs
   2023-06-02 00:00:59.846
Rural Housing Service Administrator Joaquin Altoro discusses some of the programs offered by USDA Rural Development to assist with various aspects of housing in Rural America.

Farmers Helped to Make the 1944 D-Day Invasion Possible and Successful
   2023-06-02 00:01:00.264
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.

U.S. Ag. Import Value in 2023 To Exceed Exports
   2023-06-01 00:00:58.148
How will FY2023 agricultural exports compare to agricultural imports? (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

Actuality: U.S. Importing More Vegetable Oils
   2023-06-01 00:00:27.376
Seth Meyer, USDA Chief Economist, saying that the U.S. is importing more vegetable oils and is expected to import 11 billion dollars on them this fiscal year.

Lowest Drought Coverage in U.S. in Three Years
   2023-06-01 00:00:59.533
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows total drought coverage in the contiguous 48 states at its lowest point since 2020. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Contrasting Drought Conditions Nationwide
   2023-06-01 00:00:37.825
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey looks at how drought and dryness look on opposite sides of the country, per the latest U.S. Drought Monitor for the period ending May 30th.


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Features

Agriculture USA


National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Now at the Ready
   2023-05-30 00:04:59.990
A well over two-decade process has culminated in the recent opening of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility – the nation’s premiere animal health research site. How it came to be, and what it potentially offers is the subject of this edition of “Agriculture USA”. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Kansas State University President Richard Linton. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Julie Brewer of the Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). Former U.S. Senator from Kansas Pat Roberts. Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Chovanda Jacobs Young. Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Moffitt.

Consumer Time


The Possibilities for Atlantic Hurricane Activity
   2023-05-30 00:02:56.509
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently came out with its forecast for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, so how does that compare to past years? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad. Climate Prediction Center forecaster Matthew Rosencrans. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey.

Becoming Voices for Urban Ag and Innovative Production
   2023-05-30 00:02:53.818
Nominations are now underway for seats on USDA’s Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Federal Advisory Committee. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Director Brian Guse

Stores and Restaurants Not the Only Folks with Job Vacancies to Fill
   2023-05-30 00:03:00.035
Leaders at USDA say they are working to fill staff vacancies in local offices,but they face a number of obstacles. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Terry Cosby, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Zach Ducheneaux, Administrator of USDA's Farm Service Agency.

New Investments Will Help Rebuild/Revive Rural America
   2023-05-30 00:02:58.912
Scores of small rural communities are getting an economic/jobs boost from a new USDA investment package. Gary Crawford has more. Participants: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Caitlin Cain, CEO of Local Initiatives Support Corp.

The Trouble with Ticks
   2023-05-30 00:02:58.076
The number of disease cases connected to ticks has more than doubled in the last 15 years, according to the CDC. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus and extension entomologist, Lee Townsend.

Agriculture Update


RCPP Funding Application Process Underway
   2023-05-30 00:02:16.724
USDA is currently accepting applications until August for funding through one of its signature conservation programs. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Karen Woodrich of the Natural Resources Conservation Service

Disaster Assistance Application Process Soon Taking Place
   2023-05-30 00:02:21.035
$3.7 billion dollars is set aside as part of USDA’s Emergency Relief and Emergency Livestock Relief programs for producers who suffered weather related disaster losses in 2022, with applications soon to be accepted. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux

The Path to NBAF
   2023-05-30 00:02:27.278
It has been an almost two-decade process for the recently dedicated National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to come to fruition. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). Former U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.

Near Record National Winter Wheat Abandonment Rate
   2023-05-30 00:02:23.203
Drought in the Central and Southern Plains contributed to grower decisions to abandon winter wheat crops, which in turn, greatly impacted national abandonment rates. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

USDA Faces Several "Tough" Obstacles to Reducing Staff Shortages
   2023-05-30 00:02:30.282
Leaders at USDA say they are working to fill staff vacancies in local offices, but face a number of obstacles. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Terry Cosby, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Zach Ducheneaux, Administrator of USDA's Farm Service Agency.