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More Flexibility for Specialty Crop Growers in Crop Insurance Reporting
   2022-07-01 00:01:00.029
USDA has just announced some new crop insurance rules that may help lift one burden that many specialty crop producers have had to deal with. (Gary Crawford and Marcia Bunger, Administrator of USDA's Risk Management Agency)

Weather Trends Behind Western Water Shortage
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.846
What are some of the meteorological conditions of the past two decades behind an increasing shortage of water in the West? (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Weather Factors Behind Western Water Shortage
   2022-07-01 00:00:43.781
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, discusses some of the weather conditions over the last two decades that have contributed to decreasing Western water supplies.

The Need to Learn More about Hemp Pest Threats
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.663
Industrial hemp as a crop has only been legal for a short time, as has the amount of research in areas of pest threats and control strategies. (Rod Bain and Whitney Crawshaw of Colorado State University Extension)

Potential Industrial Hemp IPM Strategies
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.846
Integrated pest management strategies for industrial hemp continue to develop through data collection and related research. (Rod Bain and Colorado State University Emeritus Professor Whitney Crawshaw)

Actuality: Examples of Industrial Hemp Pest Threats
   2022-07-01 00:00:31.085
Colorado State University Professor Emeritus Whitney Crawshaw provides examples of recently identified pest threats to industrial hemp crops.

Studying Recent Ag and Food Cybersecurity Attacks
   2022-07-01 00:01:00.081
One specific motive is most likely behind a recent rash of cyberattacks on farm and food production industries, according to an Extension cybersecurity expert. (Rod Bain and Doug Jacobson of Iowa State University)

Establish Computer System Protocols for Cybersecurity Protection
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.637
What can farms, ranches and ag and food production companies utilize in the way of protocols to keep their computer systems safe from cybersecurity attacks? (Rod Bain and Doug Jacobson of Iowa State University Extension)

What Makes a Dairy Operator a Success?
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.689
There are some characteristics that successful dairy operators seem to have in common, according to an Extension expert. (Rod Bain and Jim Salfer of University of Minnesota Extension)

Actual Corn/Soybean Planted Acreage Different from March Intentions
   2022-06-30 00:01:00.238
It looks like many corn and soybean producers changed their minds and their planting intentions between March and actual planting time. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig with the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service)

USDA To Re-Survey Farmers in 3 States for Updated Plantings Info
   2022-06-30 00:00:59.088
USDA will be re-surveying farmers in three states about their planted acres, in light of some significant weather-related planting delays. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig with the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service)

Farmers Putting Fewer Overall Acres into Production This Year
   2022-06-30 00:01:00.029
Farmers are putting fewer overall acres into production this year. (Gary Crawford and Deputy USDA Chief Economist Cindy Nickerson)

Actuality: Drought Is Reducing California Rice Plantings
   2022-06-30 00:00:23.040
Deputy USDA Chief Economist Cindy Nickerson, saying that California rice plantings could hit a low not seen in over 60 years.

USDA Releases Ag. Price Report for May
   2022-06-30 00:01:00.029
Farmers got higher prices for almost every product they sold in May. (Gary Crawford)

Maple Syrup Production Forecasts in Record Territory
   2022-06-30 00:01:00.238
Several records were noted in USDA's forecast for this year's national maple syrup crop. (Rod Bain and Lance Honig of the National Agricultural Statistics Service)

A Change In Hop Production Forecasts
   2022-06-30 00:01:00.342
What changes were made in U.S. hop production forecasts compared to previous years? (Rod Bain and Lance Honig of the National Agricultural Statistics Service)


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Agriculture USA


Some Pretty Good Meat Price News for July 4th Weekend Grilling
   2022-06-28 00:05:00.016
Wise food shoppers may be pleasantly surprised by meat prices they find this week at some supermarkets. Gary Crawford grills the experts about holiday meat prices on this edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA economists, Megan Sweitzer and Shayle Shagam.

Consumer Time


The Cost of that Fourth of July Cheeseburger
   2022-06-28 00:03:00.035
That holiday weekend cheeseburger will cost more this year......or maybe less. Gary Crawford explains that puzzle in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Megan Sweitzer, USDA economist. Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst.

Some Popular July 4th Grilling Meats Could Cost Less than Last Year
   2022-06-28 00:03:00.035
One expert says wise last minute July 4th food shoppers may find some meat prices lower than a year ago. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam.

For July 4th Variety Try Cooking Veggies on the Grill
   2022-06-28 00:02:42.821
Along with the hot dogs and hamburgers, why not try some veggies on the outdoor grill? Gary Crawford has an expert to tell us how to do it. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dr. Sandy Proctor, Kansas State University.

Hand Washing Is the Most Neglected July 4th Cookout Food Safety Practice
   2022-06-28 00:03:00.062
Most July 4th outdoor grillers follow most of the recommended practices for food safety, but often miss one crucial step. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Meredith Carothers, food safety expert with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. ****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-6854)Listeners can also go online to Ask.usda.gov***

A Tale of Two Cherry Varieties in 2022
   2022-06-28 00:02:31.771
This year�s U.S. cherry production forecasts reveal differing outlooks for tart and sweet cherries, and what might be available for consumers during the Independence Day holiday. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Lance Honig of the National Agricultural Statistics Service

Agriculture Update


Reviewing Recent UK Ag Trade Mission
   2022-06-28 00:02:02.540
Some of the highlights from the recent USDA-led agricultural trade mission to the United Kingdom were recalled by the delegation�s leader, the Deputy Agriculture Secretary. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh

What Will Higher Interest Rates Mean for Agriculture?
   2022-06-28 00:02:30.021
What will rising interest rates mean for farmers and for agriculture in general? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer.

Details in Documenting Disaster Impacts for USDA Assistance
   2022-06-28 00:02:25.972
What should a producer know about keeping records and documents in the event of a natural disaster, as well as what documentation should they obtain if a disaster affects their operation? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Deputy Administrator Scott Marlow

Deadline Nears for Crop Acreage Reporting
   2022-06-28 00:02:23.777
USDA's Farm Service Agency reminds crop producers that the deadline is coming soon for reporting of crop acreage for this season, and what information they will need to provide. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Deputy Administrator Scott Marlow

Meeting Challenges, Building Resiliency, in the Fertilizer Industry
   2022-06-28 00:02:28.584
Various challenges to fertilizer producers have underscored the need for greater resiliency within the industry to assure product gets to customers in a timely manner. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Cory Rosenbusch of The Fertilizer Institute