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A Drying Out of Some Midwest Fields
   2022-05-18 00:00:59.428
Warmer and drier weather in parts of the Midwest has reduced excessive topsoil moisture and improved crop planting conditions. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Slight Improvement in Pasture and Rangeland Conditions
   2022-05-18 00:00:59.454
Despite high numbers of very poor-to-poor pasture and rangeland conditions, the overall condition rating improved for a second consecutive week. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: State and Regional Topsoil Moisture Condition Ratings
   2022-05-18 00:01:00.107
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, looks at some of the notable state ratings in the latest topsoil moisture report for the week ending May 15th.

Actuality: Pasture and Rangeland Condition Ratings by State
   2022-05-18 00:01:00.290
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, talks about some of the more notable pasture and rangeland conditions ratings by state for the week ending May 15th.

Updates to Livestock Insurance Coverages
   2022-05-18 00:01:00.238
USDA recently announced updates to three livestock insurance products designed to give producers greater flexibilities. (Rod Bain and Risk Management Agency Deputy Administrator Richard Flournoy)

Actuality: Updates to Livestock Insurance Products
   2022-05-18 00:00:56.633
Risk Management Agency Deputy Administrator Richard Flournoy explains recent updates to three insurance products available to livestock and dairy producers.

U.S. Milk Production Running Behind 2021 Levels, but Expansion Expected
   2022-05-18 00:00:54.569
U.S. milk production is running slightly behind last year, but may expand into 2023. (Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

Strong Price and Production Picture for Broiler Producers
   2022-05-18 00:00:55.823
The outlook for the nation's broiler producers is what one analyst calls, "strong". (Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

Beef Production May Fall Next Year.
   2022-05-18 00:00:59.193
U.S. beef production may decline in 2023, pushing steer prices higher. (Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

Pork Production to Expand Next Year--Prices to Fall
   2022-05-18 00:00:56.607
Despite higher feed costs, the nation's pork producers are expected to expand output next year. (Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

U.S. Meat Output Next Year May Decline for Second Year in a Row
   2022-05-18 00:00:59.689
Demand for meat is growing, but meat production is falling. (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

Vilsack Discusses Ag with European Counterparts
   2022-05-17 00:01:00.473
The Agriculture Secretary recently spent time in one-on-one discussions with counterparts from European nations after the conclusion of the G7 ministerial meeting. (Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Will Higher Crop Prices Cover Higher Input Prices?
   2022-05-17 00:00:57.887
Will higher crop prices cover higher input prices for producers? (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

Late Frost and Freeze Possibilities in Parts of the North
   2022-05-17 00:01:00.342
A Northern stretch from the Pacific Northwest to Upper Midwest faces cooler temperatures later this week, as well as possible late season frost and freeze events. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Storm Track Runs Through Temperature Gradients
   2022-05-17 00:00:59.768
Distinct temperature gradients will contribute to storm activity and precipitation traveling cross country over the next few days. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Extreme Heat Will Continue Through May, Despite Respite
   2022-05-17 00:00:59.794
The Southwest quadrant of the country will continue to see extreme high temperatures through the month, although there will be a slight break for a few days this week. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)


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Features

Agriculture USA


The Personal Approach to Address Rural Mental Health Issues and Stigmas
   2022-05-17 00:05:00.042
Awareness efforts are making headway to reduce and remove stigmas associated with mental health issues in rural America, making such matters easier to discuss. This is allowing more people to reach out to those who may need help. Rod Bain looks at efforts in increasing rural mental health awareness and examples of how an individual can help someone in need in this edition of “Agriculture USA”. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Terri Moore of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Farm broadcaster Brian Winnekins.

Consumer Time


What We Parents Can Do when News Reports Scare Our Young Children
   2022-05-17 00:03:00.114
When our children are frightened by the bad news they may hear, what can we say and do to help them? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Bradford Wiles, Kansas State University Extension Child Development Specialist.

Massive Study Proves the Right Foods Can Combat Alzheimer's Disease
   2022-05-17 00:02:50.501
Does our diet really matter when it comes to whether or not we contract Alzheimer's disease? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kansas State University Extension food scientist, Karen Blakeslee.

Keeping the Critters out of Your Garden
   2022-05-17 00:02:50.213
A lot of work is going into that vegetable garden of yours, but how can you keep the critters from stealing you blind? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Charlie Lee, retired Kansas State University extension wildlife expert. Also, cartoon farmer, Emer Fudd.

Keeping the Squirrels Outside Where They Belong
   2022-05-17 00:02:45.381
Squirrels in your attic can be a real problem. Gary Crawford has this report on steps you can take to try to keep them from getting in. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kansas State University extension wildlife expert, Charlie Lee. Also comedian, Jeff Foxworthy.

Picking Tips and Fun Facts about Strawberries
   2022-05-17 00:02:48.098
Strawberries are popular to many consumers, but what are some fun facts and tips on growing and eating this fruit? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. USDA Veg-U-cators Chatelle Oyi and Nikita Vivekanandan

Agriculture Update


Emergency Relief Program to Soon Provide Payments to Producers.
   2022-05-17 00:02:02.775
The first tranche of money to producers eligible under a new USDA disaster relief program will soon be sent out. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack

A Very Strong Price Future for Most U.S. Crops
   2022-05-17 00:02:30.099
Many farmers are struggling to crops planted this year, but one economist says the struggle could pay off later on. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer.

USDA Makes New Forecasts for Ukraine's Crop Production/Exports
   2022-05-17 00:02:30.099
How much will the war in Ukraine reduce that nation's crop production and crop exports? Gary Crawford has this report on a new USDA forecast. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

Advice from the Ag Sector to EPA
   2022-05-17 00:02:20.486
The Environmental Protection Agency's Farm, Ranch, and Rural Community Advisory Committee has recently been rechartered, and given a charge topic by EPA's Administrator. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and EPA Administrator Micheal Regan

Flexibilities Enhanced in Livestock Insurance Updates
   2022-05-17 00:02:17.351
USDA recently announced updates to insurance products starting next crop year designed to give livestock and dairy producers greater flexibilities. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Risk Management Agency Deputy Administrator Richard Flournoy