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Lower Commodity Prices for Crop Producers in October
   2023-12-01 00:00:59.271
How did lower prices received by crop growers overall in October contribute to the latest overall ag prices received index issued by USDA? (Rod Bain)

Economist Sees Some Positives from USDA's 2023 Farm Income Forecast
   2023-12-01 00:00:55.275
One analyst says if you look for them, there are some positives from USDA's new farm income forecast. (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

Another Projected Increase in 2023 Farm Production Expenses
   2023-12-01 00:00:57.495
USDA is projecting a modest increase this year in farm production expenses. (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

Record Wildfire Totals Tallied in Canada
   2023-12-01 00:00:59.689
Wildfire activity in Canada reached record numbers in 2023 regarding total acreage burned this year, with impacts from those complexes felt in the U.S. as well. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

What's Behind the Tight Supplies of Real Christmas Trees?
   2023-12-01 00:01:00.029
What's the story behind the recent very tight supplies of real Christmas trees? (Gary Crawford and Tim O'Connor, Executive Director of the National Christmas Tree Association)

Pets Can Get Stressed Out by Holiday Parties
   2023-12-01 00:00:59.533
Hosting a holiday party can be stressful for the host, but sometimes more stressful for the host's pets. (Gary Crawford and Dr. Susan Nelson)

USDA's Issues New 2023 Farm Income Forecast
   2023-11-30 00:01:00.473
USDA has released a new forecast for this year's farm income. (Gary Crawford and Spiro Stefano, Administrator of USDA's Economic Research Service)

Actuality: 2023 Net Cash Farm Income Forecast
   2023-11-30 00:00:18.442
Spiro Stefano, Administrator of USDA's Economic Research Service, with the new forecast for 2023 net cash farm income.

Actuality: The New USDA Forecast for 2023 Cash Receipts
   2023-11-30 00:00:35.448
Spiro Stefano, Administrator of USDA's Economic Research Service, with the forecast for 2923 cash receipts.

USDA Issues New Ag. Trade Forecast for FY2024.
   2023-11-30 00:00:58.853
USDA has lowered its forecast for this fiscal year's U.S. agricultural exxports. (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer)

Actuality: Some of the Numbers in USDA's New Ag. Trade Forecast
   2023-11-30 00:00:35.369
USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer, with some of the key numbers in USDA's FY2024 trade forecast.

A Quiet 2023 U.S. Wildfire Season?
   2023-11-30 00:01:00.160
With most of this year now past, what are the numbers regarding U.S. acreage consumed by wildfire? (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Reasons Behind Less U.S. Wildfire Acreage Burned in 2023
   2023-11-30 00:00:59.977
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey explains why there was a decrease in wildfire acreage burned in our nation this year.

Assistance for Distressed Farm and Emergency Loan Borrowers
   2023-11-30 00:01:00.081
The Agriculture Secretary Thursday announced available assistance as part of a distressed borrowers initiative focused on farm and emergency loan borrowers. (Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Actuality: 20007 Funding Applications Being Accepted
   2023-11-30 00:00:31.137
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at South Carolina State University Thursday talked about USDA’s Discrimination Financial Assistance program, now accepting applications.

A Holiday Tradition on Display in the Nation's Capital
   2023-11-29 00:00:59.454
This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is now on full display with this week’s lighting ceremony on the Capitol grounds. (Rod Bain. U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore. 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree essay winner Ethan Reese.)

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Agriculture USA

Mapping a Path to a Potential Ag Career
   2023-11-28 00:04:59.911
A pilot program involving UDSA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and the U.S. Agency for International Development is providing Tanzanian youth an opportunity to apply learned geomapping skills to agriculture, and in turn, potential opportunities in ag based career. Rod Bain looks at this pilot involving the organization Youth Mappers in this edition of “Agriculture USA”. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Lisa Colson and Luke Nye of the Foreign Agricultural Service

Consumer Time

A New USDA Food Price Forecast for 2023
   2023-11-28 00:02:51.833
How much more than last year will shoppers end up paying for food this year? The USDA has a new forecast. Gary Crawford has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Megan Sweitzer

An Optimistic 2024 Food Price Forecast
   2023-11-28 00:02:54.236
What sort of food price inflation situation will shoppers see in 2024? Gary Crawford has the latest forecast from an expert. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Megan Sweitzer

"Mindful" Eating Can Help Prevent Holiday Weight Gain
   2023-11-28 00:02:53.923
Want to prevent holiday weight gain? One expert has an unusual way to do that. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Sharolyn Jackson with Kansas State University Extension.

How to Safely Ship or Receive Perishable Holiday Foods
   2023-11-28 00:03:00.035
There's still plenty of time to send or receive holiday gifts of perishable foods. An expert has tips on how to do that safely. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Meredith Carothers of USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. A famous cartoon bird. ****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-6854) Listeners can also go online to

On the Defensive Against Holiday Scams
   2023-11-28 00:02:55.490
What are some cons and scams consumers should watch out for as they shop or provide charity this holiday season? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Amy Nofzinger of the American Association of Retired Persons

Agriculture Update

Beef Herd Contraction Continues as Feedlot Placements Increase
   2023-11-28 00:02:24.195
Beef cattle herd contraction is still going on. Gary Crawford has more in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam

Helping Longleaf Pine Trees Make a Comeback
   2023-11-28 00:02:24.222
Longleaf pine trees are making a comeback in the Southeast, with some help from several dedicated groups. Gary Crawford has more. ' PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Carol Denhof, President of the Longleaf Alliance. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie.

Ag Trade Group Reaction to RAPP
   2023-11-28 00:02:29.524
What are some of the thoughts of farm and food commodity organizations and trade group about USDA’s recently announced Regional Agricultural Promotion Program? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Steve Mercer of U.S. Wheat Associates. Joe Schuele of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Brent Boydston of the U.S. Grains Council.

Soybean Commodity Market Analysis Reaction to Brazilian News
   2023-11-28 00:02:24.274
What has been the reaction of commodity brokers and analysis to recent news related to Brazil’s soybean crops from USDA reports to the latest weather events? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Commodity analyst Don Roose. Commodity broker Tommy Grisafi. Commodity analyst Mike Zuzolo.

A Pilot Program to Map Crop Data in Tanzania
   2023-11-28 00:02:30.282
USDA and the U.S. Agency for International Development have joined forces in a program that gives youth in Tanzania agricultural mapping skills and a way to enter a potential ag career. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Lisa Colson and Luke Nye of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service