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Gooden Confirmed as Rural Development Under Secretary
   2024-02-27 00:01:00.238
The U.S. Senate this week confirmed the nomination of Basil Gooden to become USDA's new Under Secretary for Rural Development. (Rod Bain and Basil Gooden)

RAISE Efforts of Farm Based Use of Underutilized Energy Tech
   2024-02-27 00:01:00.055
The Agriculture Secretary says a new initiative is designed to encourage increased use of underutilized renewable energy technologies among ag producers. (Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Actuality: RAISE and Potential Impacts for Farmers
   2024-02-27 00:00:58.488
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explains how the joint USDA-Energy Department Rural and Agricultural Income and Savings from Renewable Energy (RAISE) Initiative could benefit producers.

LAMP Awards Guiding Local and Regional Food Entities
   2024-02-27 00:00:59.872
Three components within USDA’s Local Agriculture Market Program are now accepting applications for grant awards through May 14th. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Moffitt)

Actuality: Programs Under LAMP Umbrella
   2024-02-27 00:01:00.160
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Moffitt discusses the intent of the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) and its various grant program offerings.

Actuality: Turnkey Option for LAMP Applications
   2024-02-27 00:00:50.442
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Moffitt discusses a new option regarding applications for the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP).

White House Hosts Special Conference on Hunger, Nutrition & Health
   2024-02-27 00:01:00.029
The White House hosts a special conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. (Gary Crawford. President Joe Biden. Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Actuality: Vilsack Says Use Food as a Way to Unite the Country
   2024-02-27 00:00:27.350
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack saying food can be used to unite the country.

Lawmakers at Odds over Farm Bill Nutrition Assistance Spending
   2024-02-27 00:00:55.013
Farm Bill progress is being hampered by disagreements over nutrition assistance spending. (Gary Crawford and Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee)

Record Warmth in Parts of the Plains and Midwest
   2024-02-27 00:01:00.342
The first part of the week saw not only a return of above normal warmth in some parts of the nation but record high temperatures for this time of year as well. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Quick Moving, Fast Lasting Cold Front
   2024-02-27 00:00:59.088
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey talks about a sudden cold front moving through much of the nation - one expected to last for only a short period of time.

Potential for Snowpack Improvements in Parts of the West
   2024-02-27 00:00:59.480
Much needed high-elevation precipitation is expected to fall this week in some Western Mountain ranges in need of snowpack accumulations. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: 8 to 14 Day Weather Forecast
   2024-02-27 00:00:46.262
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says a mixed bag of temperatures and near to above normal precipitation nationwide is in the forecast for the period of March 5 - 11.

Angola as Agricultural Trade Mission Destination
   2024-02-26 00:01:00.342
USDA’s inaugural ag trade mission for the year takes place this week in Angola, with participants hoping to expand sales of their respective products within that African market. (Rod Bain and Matt Copeland of the U.S. Meat Export Federation)

An Update about HPAI
   2024-02-26 00:00:59.559
Concerns remain about an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in our nation occurring since early 2022, and its potential impacts on poultry flocks. (Rod Bain and USDA Chief Veterinarian Rosemary Sifford)

Actuality: Concerns about Continued HPAI Outbreak
   2024-02-26 00:00:54.726
USDA Chief Veterinarian Rosemary Sifford discusses some of the concerns associated with an ongoing outbreak of cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza among wild birds.


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Features

Agriculture USA


USDA Equity Commission Presents its Final Report
   2024-02-27 00:04:59.937
Almost seventy recommendations are found in the final report recently presented by USDA’s Equity Commission as ways to improve equity and inclusion in the Department and among its stakeholders and programs. Rod Bain looks at the crafting of this document and some of its recommendations in this edition of “Agriculture USA”. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Equity Commission Designated Federal Officer Cecilia Hernandez. Secretary Tom Vilsack. USDA Senior Advisor for Racial Equity and Equity Commission member Dewayne Goldmon.

Consumer Time


A Recent Round of Rural Investments Revealed
   2024-02-27 00:02:52.695
White House and USDA officials recently announced a series of rural economic development investments as part of a Rural Prosperity Town Hall Meeting. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. White House Domestic Policy Advisor Neera Tanden.

USDA Expands Efforts to Reduce Wildfire Risks
   2024-02-27 00:02:55.882
USDA is investing more money into reducing wildfire risks. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot.

Low to Moderate Food Price Inflation Expected for This Year
   2024-02-27 00:02:55.333
Food shoppers will likely see only low to moderate food price hikes this year. Gary Crawford has the latest forecast. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Megan Sweitzer, USDA economist.

Time to Recognize a Special Type of Engineer
   2024-02-27 00:02:56.169
It's time to recognize the work of a special type of engineer. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kevin Farmer, Director of the Conservation Engineers Division of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Andy Deichert, USDA State Conservation Engineer for West Virginia

Collaboration Essential in Hemp Germplasm Research
   2024-02-27 00:02:57.319
To advance both genetic traits and commercial uses for industrial hemp, collaborative research is needed to develop new varieties and find favorable factors. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA research geneticist Zach Stansell

Agriculture Update


Illustrations of USDA Equity Commission Recommendations
   2024-02-27 00:02:29.446
The Agriculture Secretary provides examples of USDA Equity Commission final report recommendations and how they are designed to improve equity and inclusion within all aspects of the Department. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack

Report Shows Significant Reduction in Cattle Feedlot Placements
   2024-02-27 00:02:27.017
The nation's cattle industry has started the year with a sharp reduction in feedlot placements, compared to a year ago. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam.

Conservation Engineers Helping Farmers ro Do Vital Environmental Work
   2024-02-27 00:02:26.311
Conservation Engineers are helping thousands of farmers and ranchers to do vital environmental work. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kevin Farmer, Director of the Conservation Engineers Division of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Andy Deichert, USDA State Conservation Engineer for West Virginia

A Record Year for USDA's Soil and Water Conservation Work
   2024-02-27 00:02:23.595
USDA did a record amount of conservation work last year, but could break that record this year. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Terry Cosby, Chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service

Grain and Oilseed Outlook for 2024-25
   2024-02-27 00:02:30.282
What are the forecasts for planting, production, supplies, demand, and price of three major crop commodities in the upcoming year, per USDA? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA economist Jake Vuillemin