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Proposed Rule to Close SNAP Automatic Eligibility Loophole
   2019-07-23 00:00:59.951
The Agriculture Department is proposing a new rule to close an automatic eligibility loophole within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (Rod Bain and Secretary Sonny Perdue)

Actuality: Purpose Behind Closing SNAP Automatic Eligibility Loophole
   2019-07-23 00:00:51.288
Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Brandon Lipps explains USDA's intent behind a proposed rule to close a loophole regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program automatic eligibility.

Perdue Says Farm Financial Situation--"not a Rosy Picture"
   2019-07-23 00:00:59.245
Farm lenders got a brief overview Tuesday of the state of the farm economy from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. (Gary Crawford and Sec'y Sonny Perdue)

Face-to-Face U.S./China Trade Talks May Resume Soon
   2019-07-23 00:00:58.409
It appears that U.S. trade talks with China may be advancing soon from the telephone to the negotiating table. (Gary Crawford and Sec'y Sonny Perdue)

Market Facilitation Program Details Coming this Week
   2019-07-23 00:00:53.498
Farmers could have details of the new trade assistance package before this weekend. (Gary Crawford and Sec'y Sonny Perdue)

Pockets of Dryness Contributing to Potential Crop Stress
   2019-07-23 00:01:00.133
In just a few short weeks some major growing areas have gone from oversaturated to dry soils and crop stress. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

A Summertime Cold Front in the Southeast
   2019-07-23 00:01:00.212
A cold front could bring with it significant precipitation as it travels across the Southeast this week. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Contrasting Western Weather Patterns
   2019-07-23 00:01:00.186
Some might find it odd that at this time of the year, much of the Desert Southwest is wet while Alaska is very dry and dealing with wildfires. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: 8 to 14 Day Weather Forecast
   2019-07-23 00:00:44.016
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, with the national weather forecast for July 30th through August 5th.

A Global Food Safety Meeting this Week
   2019-07-22 00:01:00.055
Food safety experts have a lot to talk about at this week's meeting in Kentucky of the International Association for Food Protection. (Gary Crawford and Dr. Mindy Brashears)

Actuality: Experts Have Lots to Discuss at Food Safety Meeting this Week
   2019-07-22 00:00:35.866
Dr. Mindy Brashears, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, speaking from Louisville, Kentucky, listing a few of the issues that will be discussed at this week's meeting of the International Association for Food Protection.

Corn Condition Slips a Bit
   2019-07-22 00:00:55.379
Corn condition ratings, already far below last year, slipped again during this past week. (Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey)

Soybean Condition Ratings Hold Steady
   2019-07-22 00:00:57.730
No slippage over this past week in soybean condition ratings. (Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey)

Cotton Crop Flourishing in the Hot Weather
   2019-07-22 00:00:50.573
The nation's cotton crop seems to be flourishing in the heat. (Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey)

A Slow Winter Wheat Harvest. Good Spring Wheat Condition Ratings
   2019-07-22 00:00:56.711
The winter wheat harvest is plodding along. Spring wheat crop looking good. (Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Corn Silking Far behind Normal
   2019-07-22 00:00:30.537
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, with some numbers on the slow corn silking progress.


Features

Agriculture USA


Historic Happenings for 1890 Land Grant Universities
   2019-07-23 00:05:00.120
The Agriculture Department headquarters recently played host to an event highlighting historical announcements related to the 1890 land grant university system, particularly when it comes to agriculture related programs, and issues facing farming here and abroad. Rod Bain looks at these historic happenings for 1890 land grants in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. U.S. Representative David Scott (D-GA). Agriculture Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky. Council of 1890 Land Grant Institutions Chair Dr. Kent Smith. U.S. Representative Alma Adams (D-NC).

Consumer Time


Making Sure those Organic Foods You Buy Really Are Organic
   2019-07-23 00:03:00.062
It's a very tough job to make sure that when we shell out premium prices for certified organic food, we actually get organic food. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Under Secretary of Agriculture Greg Ibach. Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program Dr. Jennifer Tucker.

Going Ape over Apricots
   2019-07-23 00:03:00.062
It ranks as only the 17th most popular fruit in the U.S. But some experts hope to raise that ranking for this stone fruit. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Rachel Schoenian and Chantel Oyi with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Comedians Leo Flowers, Gary Gulman and James Acaster,

A Blitz of Blazing Blueberries Part 1
   2019-07-23 00:03:00.062
Blueberries are very common in the U.S., but there are still blueberry mysteries to solve. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Rachel Schoenian and Chantel Oyi with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Also, Ed Brainfeeble of Dismal Seepage, Ohio.

History of USDA Weather Forecasting Unit
   2019-07-23 00:02:53.557
USDA has formally had weather forecasting services since the late 1800's, and much history involved in predicting the weather for farmers and citizens. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Chief Meteorologist Mark Brusberg

Organizational Tips to Keep Clutter at Bay
   2019-07-23 00:02:35.663
Where and how to place, store, and organize items is essential in preventing clutter from growing in your home or work space. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and retired University of Illinois Extension expert, Karen Chan

Agriculture Update


Heat in the Night Not Right for Corn and Soybeans
   2019-07-23 00:02:25.554
Searing daytime heat can be hard on crops like soybeans and corn, but heat in the night can add to the damage. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Brad Rippey. Plus, Ray Charles

To Expand the Beef Herd or Contract? That is the Question.
   2019-07-23 00:02:30.047
Are beef producers finally taking action to reduce herds and production? One analyst says, "maybe" or..."maybe not". Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam.

USDA Seeks to Fund Rural Energy Projects
   2019-07-23 00:02:29.942
USDA is seeking to fund rural projects that help improve energy efficiency. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Bette Brand, Rural Business Cooperative Service Administrator

Need Help Figuring Out Which USDA Farm Loan is Right for You?
   2019-07-23 00:02:29.394
Do you need help figuring out which USDA farm loan is right for you? Stephanie Ho tells you about an online tool to help you navigate the process. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce

More Census of Ag Related Reports Readied for Release
   2019-07-23 00:02:20.094
Many findings from the 2017 Census of Agriculture will be released over the next few months in specialized reports and subject focuses. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Joe Parsons of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service