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Expert Says Ag. Industry Needs to Educate People about the "Farm" Bill
   2023-01-27 00:01:00.342
A member of the ag industry says explaining the importance of a Farm Bill to all Americans is an ongoing process for various reasons. (Rod Bain and Will Stafford of CHS-Inc)

Mechanical Harvest Aids and Innovation in the Produce Industry
   2023-01-27 00:00:59.480
While mechanized equipment use grows in fruit and vegetable production, there is still the issue of adapting such innovation for various crops. (Rod Bain and Skyler Simnitt of the Economic Research Service)

Actuality: Examples of Mechanized Harvesting Aids in Produce Industry
   2023-01-27 00:00:36.702
USDA economic researcher, Skyler Simnitt, discusses some of the fruit and vegetable crops using mechanical harvesting equipment, and the need for more innovation to advance the use of mechanization aids.

This Year Food Shoppers Could Pay Less for Beef and Pork
   2023-01-27 00:00:56.189
Food shoppes this year may get a little bit of a price break for beef and pork. (Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Matt MacLachlan)

Retail Egg Prices Expected to Keep Rising in 2023
   2023-01-27 00:00:56.685
What are the chances that retail egg prices will decline this year after 2022's major increases? (Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Matt MacLachlan)

More Retail Price Hikes Expected for Butter & Other Fats and Oils Products
   2023-01-27 00:00:56.241
One expert says food shoppers this year are likely to see continued price hikes for butter and other so called "fats and oils" products. (Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Matt MacLachlan)

Bronaugh Stepping Down from USDA Number Two Position
   2023-01-26 00:01:00.264
The current Deputy Agriculture Secretary announced Thursday she will soon be leaving her current role. (Rod Bain and Jewel Bronaugh)

Dairies Boosting Output, Despite Falling Milk Prices.
   2023-01-26 00:01:00.029
USDA is forecasting another year of rising milk production, even as milk prices fall. (Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

Another Tornadic Outbreak
   2023-01-26 00:00:59.506
A two day stretch of active weather in the Southeast this week produced several tornadoes - adding to an unusually high January count. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: 2023 Approaching January Tornado Record Territory
   2023-01-26 00:00:55.327
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, notes tornado activity in the first month of this year, and its status regarding all-time records.

Actuality: Recap of Recent Tornadoes and an Active January
   2023-01-26 00:00:53.733
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, discusses the latest round of tornadoes in the Southeast and how this has added to an eventful January for tornado activity.

Actuality: Another Active Weather System to End January?
   2023-01-26 00:00:46.785
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says another potential severe weather system could impact parts of the Southeast in the final days of January with perhaps more tornadic activity.

Challenges to Approving a New Farm Bill in 2023
   2023-01-25 00:00:59.742
A long-time agricultural advisor notes some of the challenges involved in crafting Farm Bills, including one for approval sometime this year. (Rod Bain and Mary Kay Thatcher)

Dean Nominated for FNCS Under Secretary Role
   2023-01-25 00:00:59.742
The Agriculture Secretary has nominated the current Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Food Nutrition and Consumer Services to that mission area's top role - Under Secretary. (Rod Bain and Stacy Dean)

2023 Grocery Store Food Prices May Rise More than Previously Expected
   2023-01-25 00:00:59.715
Food shoppers this year may see prices rising more than had been projected previously. (Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Matt MacLachlan)

Actuality: Higher Grocery Store Food Price Forecast Explained
   2023-01-25 00:00:44.747
Matt MacLachlan, USDA economist, explaining some of the factors at work in USDA's new 2023 forecast for grocery store food price inflation.

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Agriculture USA

Our Pets May Be Too Fat for Their Own Good
   2023-01-24 00:05:00.068
If you are still trying to keep your New Year's resolutions to lose weight, one expert says maybe you should include your pets in those resolutions. On this edition of "Agriculture USA" Gary Crawford reports on what some say is an epidemic of pet obesity and what we pet owners can do about it. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. Susan Nelson, Kansas State University veterinarian. Also, Victor Buono, actor and comedian.

Consumer Time

Still Feel Fat after the Holidays? Your Pet May Be Feeling Fat, too.
   2023-01-24 00:02:41.541
Ducks are supposed to waddle, but not your pet cat or dog. Gary Crawford reports on what some see as an epidemic of overweight pets. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. Susan Nelson, Kansas State University veterinarian. Also, Victor Buono, actor and comedian.

New Organic Rules Will Protect Consumers/Producers of Organic Foods
   2023-01-24 00:02:57.214
New rules for the organic industry will help ensure that buyers of organic foods get what they pay for. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Under Secretary Jennifer Moffitt. U.S. Representative from Maine Chellie Pingree, Jenny Tucker with USDA's National Organic Program.

USDA Acts to Protect More Communities from Wildfires
   2023-01-24 00:02:55.830
The Department of Agriculture is acting to protect more communities from wildfires. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Some Ways to Beat the Mid-Winter Gardening Blues
   2023-01-24 00:03:00.062
Do you have the bleak mid-winter gardening blues? An expert has some remedies. Gary Crawford has this seedy report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Ward Upham, Kansas State University Extension gardening expert.

Defining Sustainability in the Beef Value Chain
   2023-01-24 00:02:30.021
Trying to define what sustainability is within the beef value chain has been a long, and ongoing, process, unique for each aspect of the chain. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Debbie Lyons-Blythe of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Agriculture Update

A Gateway to Ag Trade in Europe - the Netherlands
   2023-01-24 00:02:11.500
One of USDA's upcoming agricultural trade missions will focus on a European nation that could be a gateway to expanded export opportunities in the region. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Ryan Brewster of the Foreign Agricultural Service

USDA Lowers Corn/Soybean Crop Forecast for Argentina
   2023-01-24 00:02:26.938
Drought is beginning to eat away at corn and soybean crop prospects in Argentina. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer. USDA Chief Meteorologist Mark Brusberg.

Programs to Improve Grower Disaster Assistance and Risk Protection
   2023-01-24 00:02:15.340
The Agriculture Secretary recently announced new programs, and modification of an existing one, designed to create greater disaster assistance, and to help expand risk protection to underserved producers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack

Report Shows Egg Production Still Running Below a Year Ago
   2023-01-24 00:02:30.465
A USDA report shows egg production still running below a year ago, but producers are working to boost output. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam.

No Signs of a Rebuild in the Beef Cattle Herd.
   2023-01-24 00:02:30.360
All signs point to continued contraction of the beef cattle herd. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam. USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski.