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Pillars for National Food Loss and Waste Reduction Strategy
   2024-06-21 00:00:59.689
A recently announced nationwide food loss and waste reduction strategy involves four pillars which includes efforts by the Agriculture Department. (Rod Bain and USDA Food Loss and Waste Liaison Jean Buzby)

Actuality: Addressing Food Loss and Waste
   2024-06-21 00:00:46.733
Jean Buzby of the Office of the Chief Economist explains the reasons behind USDA and federal efforts to reduce U.S. food loss and waste by fifty per cent by the year 2030.

Actuality: National Food Loss and Waste Reduction Strategy
   2024-06-21 00:00:42.057
USDA Food Loss and Waste Liaison Jean Buzby explains a recently announced national strategy for federal agencies to address food loss and waste reduction as well as organic waste recycling.

Soon Available - Broadband Technical Assistance Program Funding
   2024-06-21 00:00:59.977
USDA has announced the latest round of funding applications is underway for its rural broadband technical assistance program. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Rural Development Basil Gooden)

Actuality: Broadband Technical Assistance Program Categories
   2024-06-21 00:00:48.796
Under Secretary for Rural Development Basil Gooden describes the two categories available for application under the Broadband Technical Assistance Program.

Actuality: Broadband Technical Assistance Application Scoring Criteria
   2024-06-21 00:00:58.958
Under Secretary for Rural Development Basil Gooden explains update scoring criteria for the latest round of Broadband Technical Assistance funding applications.

Dog Owners Urged to Watch for Signs of Heat Stroke in their Dogs
   2024-06-21 00:00:59.880
Some areas of the country are suffering from record-breaking heat. An animal care expert has some advice for dog owners in those areas. (Gary Crawford and USDA veterinarian, Dr. Dawn Fitzhugh)

Actuality: Vet Says Never Leave Pets in Cars, Even with Windows Cracked
   2024-06-21 00:00:45.528
USDA veterinarian, Dr. Dawn Fitzhugh, urging pet owners to never leave pets unattended in a car. It could kill them in very little time.

Rural Places May Need Help in Coping with Effects of Climate Change
   2024-06-21 00:00:58.824
There's a national plan to help rural communities cope with the effects of climate change. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Cattle Herd Contraction Continues
   2024-06-21 00:00:55.800
USDA's Cattle on Feed report suggests cattle herd reduction is continuing. (Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Mike McConnell)

Key Numbers from Friday's USDA Cattle Feedlot Report
   2024-06-21 00:00:36.000
USDA livestock analyst, Mike McConnell, with key numbers from Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed report.

Better Pastures May Influence Cattle Producers' Decisions
   2024-06-21 00:00:32.616
USDA livestock analyst, Mike McConnell, saying better pastures may be a major factor in cattle producers decisions on expansion.

U.S. Releases Updated Climate Adaptation Plan
   2024-06-20 00:01:00.024
The U.S. has just released an updated Climate Adaptation Plan. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Efforts to Reduce Food Price Inflation Seem to be Working
   2024-06-20 00:00:51.192
Efforts to curb food price inflation seem to be bearing fruit. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Update on Historic Tribal Ag Trade Mission
   2024-06-20 00:00:59.402
The head of the delegation for USDA's first ever tribal oriented agricultural trade mission provided an update on the event with reporters. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor)

Actuality: Tribal-Centric Ag Trade Mission
   2024-06-20 00:00:58.958
Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor talks about the first ever USDA-led Tribal oriented agricultural trade mission conducted this week in Vancouver, Canada.


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Features

Agriculture USA


This Week's Heat Wave Could Be Dangerous for Us and Our Dogs
   2024-06-18 00:05:00.336
An expert says we dog owners should know that very high temperatures such as we are seeing this week can be dangerous for us and for our pets. Gary Crawford has more on this edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA veterinarian, Dr. Dawn Fitzhugh.

Consumer Time


Zero Grocery Inflation Last Month
   2024-06-18 00:02:53.832
Food shoppers have just gotten a bit of good news on the food price front. Gary Crawford has more in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Megan Sweitzer

A Unique Way To Boost Home Ownership
   2024-06-18 00:02:53.160
Here's a story about a unique rural housing program. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. President Joe Biden. USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Joaquin Altoro. Idaho homeowner, Sandra Sauceda. James Earl Jones. ****June is National Home Ownership Month.****

USDA Studies of Pollinator Health
   2024-06-18 00:02:57.998
What are examples of current USDA agricultural research station projects focused on improving pollinator health? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Researchers Gloria Hoffman and Jonathan Koch

Current Severe Heat Wave Can Be Dangerous for People and Dogs
   2024-06-18 00:02:58.680
An expert says dog owners should know that very high temperatures such as much of the country is seeing this week can be dangerous for our pets. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA veterinarian, Dr. Dawn Fitzhugh.

Don't Turn Your July 4th Cookout into a Sickout
   2024-06-18 00:02:51.546
This 4th of July grills across America will be fired up for cookouts. Here are some tips to keep cookouts from being sickouts. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Meredith Carothers, food safety expert with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. ****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-6854) Listeners can also go online to Ask.usda.gov

Agriculture Update


Providing Program Details and Updates During FPEP Talk
   2024-06-18 00:02:01.364
The Agriculture Secretary recently discussed current projects and both recent and prospective future announcements regarding the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack

Black Sea Region Wheat Forecast and Potential Affects
   2024-06-18 00:02:13.799
How might adjustments to wheat production forecasts for Russia and Ukraine result in impacts to possible U.S. wheat export opportunities? Rod Bain reports. PARTCIPANTS: Rod Bain and World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski

The Annual Election Cycle for FSA County Committees Underway
   2024-06-18 00:02:24.169
High profile races this election cycle may get the attention, but the annual elections of USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee members is also significant regarding constituent representation. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux

Acreage Reporting Deadline for Producers Approaches
   2024-06-18 00:02:10.586
Crop growers have until mid-July to report acreage planted this year at their local Farm Service Agency office, but why is it important? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and FSA Assistant Deputy Administrator Kim Graham

Adjusting Ag Quarantine and Inspection Fees
   2024-06-18 00:02:14.400
Changes will soon take effect for user fees connected to USDA efforts to protect our borders from pest and plant disease threats. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Matt Rhoads of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service