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Celebrating the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate
   2021-10-22 00:01:00.447
A groundbreaking researcher in aquatic based foods accepted the honor known as "The Nobel Prize of Food and Agriculture" in ceremonies Thursday. (Rod Bain. Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilstead. Kees Diffenthaller of the musical group "Kes".

No Mexican Ban on U.S. GE Feed Corn Imports.
   2021-10-22 00:00:53.603
Secretary Vilsack says Mexico is not banning imports of genetically modified U.S. feed corn. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Vilsack Announces New Round of Funding for Rural Broadband Projects
   2021-10-22 00:01:00.107
Rural broadband efforts are getting another shot in the arm with new funding in USDA's ReConnect program. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)

New Funding for Rural Telemedicine/Distance Learning Projects
   2021-10-22 00:00:59.298
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has announced a new round of funding for telemedicine and distance learning projects.

Actuality: A First for USDA's ReConnect Program
   2021-10-22 00:00:14.942
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack saying this new upcoming round of ReConnect funding will include 100% grants in certain cases.

Actuality: Having Broadband "Incredibly Important" to Rural America
   2021-10-22 00:00:19.957
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talking about the importance of bringing high speed internet in rural areas.

Taking in Cranberry Production Tallies
   2021-10-22 00:01:00.212
What does this year’s cranberry production look like nationwide and in major cranberry production states? (Rod Bain and Jaclyn Kramer of the Economic Research Service)

Conservation Funding Opportunities Available for This Fiscal Year
   2021-10-22 00:01:00.369
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is taking applications for Fiscal Year 2022 technical and financial assistance within several of its programs. (Rod Bain and NRCS Chief Terry Cosby)

Actuality: Ranking NRCS Technical and Financial Assistance Applications
   2021-10-22 00:00:51.879
Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Terry Cosby explains the need for an application ranking system regarding NRCS conservation program financial and technical assistance.

New Cattle Feedlot Report Points to Shrinking Beef Cattle Herd.
   2021-10-22 00:01:00.107
The nation's beef cattle herd may be shrinking at a faster pace than some had expected. (Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam)

Actuality: Some of the Key Numbers in Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed Report.
   2021-10-22 00:00:28.865
Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst, with some of the key numbers in Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed report.

North American Ag Leaders on Global Sustainable Food Systems
   2021-10-21 00:01:00.238
North American ag leaders shared thoughts Thursday on how their countries individually and collectively can develop sustainable food systems around the world. (Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Mexican Agriculture Secretary Victor Manuel Villalobos. Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

U.S.-Mexican Ag Leaders Converge and Converse
   2021-10-21 00:00:59.898
Agriculture Secretaries from the U.S. and Mexico spent time this week in Iowa in conversation on a variety of common farm and food issues. (Rod Bain. Secretary Tom Vilsack. Mexican Agriculture Secretary Victor Manuel Villalobos)

Recent U.S. Efforts in Strengthening Global Food Security
   2021-10-21 00:00:59.872
A White House virtual briefing Thursday covered some of our country's recent efforts to address food insecurity around the world. (Rod Bain. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh. Secretary Tom Vilsack)

Atlantic Storm Season Not Over Yet
   2021-10-21 00:00:59.977
The Atlantic storm season has more than a month left. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Pacific Tends to Have More Tropical Activity than the Atlantic
   2021-10-21 00:00:59.977
There often is more tropical activity each year in the Pacific Ocean than in the Atlantic Basin. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)


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Features

Agriculture USA


An Old Crop is Making New History
   2021-10-19 00:05:00.094
Hemp is an old crop with a lot of old history, but it's writing some new history right now. Gary Crawford has more on this edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA history researcher, Anne Effland. Former Presidents Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. Gerald Tillman with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Bill Richmond with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service

Consumer Time


New Investments is Rural Water Infrastructure
   2021-10-19 00:02:30.099
The USDA is investing 272 million dollars for projects to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater systems. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Nathan Ohle, CEO of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership. Matt Holmes, CEO of the National Rural Water Association

Investing in SNAP Administration, Efficiency, and Integrity
   2021-10-19 00:02:52.120
A series of USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program grants address various aspects of benefit and program integrity, efficiency, and delivery at the state and local levels. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and SNAP Associate Administrator Jessica Shahin

We Are Flunking the Clean Hands Test
   2021-10-19 00:03:00.114
Most of us are flunking the clean hands test, at least in our kitchens. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Meredith Carothers with USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service

The Haunted History of Halloween Happenings
   2021-10-19 00:02:57.606
If you are involved in trick-or-treating or carving Jack-O-Lanterns, you are following a long-time tradition. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA history expert, Anne Effland

Halloween Tales of Boo Bugs
   2021-10-19 00:02:54.915
Chilling tales of some insects perpetuated by their characteristics and notoriety from literature fill the air during the Halloween season. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Purdue University Emeritus entomologist Tom Turpin

Agriculture Update


USDA Conducting First Major Survey of Hemp Producers in Decades
   2021-10-19 00:02:21.348
USDA is conducting its first comprehensive survey of U.S. hemp growers in at least six decades. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Gerald Tillman with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Bill Richmond with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service

Taking an Initiative to Monitor Soil Carbon
   2021-10-19 00:02:27.513
USDA’s Farm Service Agency and multiple partners are joining together in a new initiative designed to measure soil carbon sequestration within specific Conservation Reserve Program practices. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux

A New Micro Farm Insurance Policy
   2021-10-19 00:02:06.641
Small farmers who sell their goods locally will soon have a new crop insurance product available. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Risk Management Agency Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy

A Look into Farmer and Rancher Sleep Patterns
   2021-10-19 00:02:23.882
Researchers are conducting a detailed study into the sleep patterns of ag producers, with hopes of developing ways to produce a better night's sleep for farmers and ranchers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Amanda Prokasky and Susan Harris of University of Nebraska Extension.

Defining a National Outstanding Young Farmer
   2021-10-19 00:02:26.991
Despite challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a national recognition continues for some of our country's outstanding young farmers and their contributions to the farm and community. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Sharon Page of the National Outstanding Young Farmer Organization