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U.S. and China Confirm Phase One of Trade Agreement
   2019-12-13 00:01:00.003
Government officials from both our nation and China confirmed Friday that agreement has been reached on the first phase of a new trade deal, which in part would boost U.S. ag exports. (Rod Bain. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Tim Atkinsson of the National Sorghum Producers.)

2020 USDA Ag Trade Missions Announced
   2019-12-13 00:01:00.316
Seven USDA-led Agricultural Trade Missions are scheduled for next year in continuing efforts to diversify export opportunities. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney)

Actuality:2020 USDA Ag Trade Mission Schedule
   2019-12-13 00:00:50.729
Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney highlights the schedule for USDA-led Agricultural Trade Missions in 2020.

Actuality: What Makes Up an Agricultural Trade Mission?
   2019-12-13 00:00:59.271
Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney explains the various components of a USDA led Agricultural Trade Missions - including seven scheduled for 2020.

USDA Scholarships for Students Who Study Ag-Related Subjects
   2019-12-13 00:00:59.951
USDA has college scholarships for students who study agriculture-related subjects. (Stephanie Ho and Michael Dukes, 1890's National Scholars Program)

USDA Scholarships Help Students Find Jobs After College
   2019-12-13 00:00:57.129
Finding a job after college just got a little easier -- at least for students who receive USDA scholarships. (Stephanie Ho and Michael Dukes, 1890's National Scholars Program)

Final Totals for 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season
   2019-12-13 00:00:59.951
This year's Atlantic hurricane season could be considered above average regarding the number of named storms recorded, including Hurricane Dorian. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Summary of Hurricane Dorian
   2019-12-13 00:00:59.585
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, recaps the record-setting impacts of what was the most significant tropical system of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

Actuality: Additional Notes on 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season
   2019-12-13 00:00:53.786
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, looks at some of the trends and facts that stand out from this past Atlantic hurricane season.

Food Prices Dipped a Bit Last Month
   2019-12-13 00:01:00.473
Food prices took a dip last month, led by an unexpected and unexplained drop in prices for one particular product. (Gary Crawford and Gianna Short)

Christmas Trees Need Lots of Water, even Fresh Cut Trees
   2019-12-13 00:01:00.055
To be a great Christmas tree that tree needs a few decorations and a LOT of water. (Gary Crawford and Josh)

A Christmas Tree Farm that Puts on the Dog Every Year
   2019-12-13 00:01:00.055
Sometimes it's not a bad thing to let your farm go to the dogs. One Idaho Christmas tree grower can attest to that. (Gary Crawford and Tom Dull)

Secretary Perdue Expects Third Tranche of Trade Aid Payments
   2019-12-12 00:00:59.951
Secretary Perdue is expecting a third round of payments for this year's Market Facilitation Program. (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue)

Actuality: Secretary Perdue Urges Farmers Not to Count on Trade Aid Next Year
   2019-12-12 00:00:31.059
Speaking to reporters at a Farmers Business Network conference in Nebraska, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue urges farmers not to count on trade aid next year.

Some Ag. Lenders Helping Farmers Deal with more than Financial Stress
   2019-12-12 00:00:57.991
Some agricultural lenders are trying to help producers deal with more than just financial stress. (Gary Crawford, Marc Knisely and Shan Hanes)

Perdue Hoping for a Combination Birthday/Christmas Present from Congress
   2019-12-12 00:00:53.054
On Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's wish list--a vote in Congress on the US/Mexico/Canada trade agreement. (Gary Crawford and Sec'y Sonny Perdue)


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Features

Agriculture USA


Are Real Christmas Trees Staging a Major Comeback?
   2019-12-10 00:05:00.042
After years of sagging sales of real Christmas trees, there was a huge increase last year. Is this a fluke or a trend? If it's a trend, what's behind it? Gary Crawford takes a look on this holiday edition of Agriculture USA. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Tim O'Connor, Executive Director of the National Christmas Tree Association. Tree farmers, Jim Gehlsen and Larry Synder. Also several Christmas tree farm workers and customers. Plus, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon from the cast of A Christmas Story.

Consumer Time


Don't Invite Bacteria to Your Holiday Potluck Dinner
   2019-12-10 00:03:00.062
The holiday season is prime time for potluck dinners and buffets. A food safety expert says don't invite bacteria to that meal. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Janell Goodwin with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. ****Broadcasters: The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 888-MPHOTLINE(888-674-5463) Listeners can also go online to Ask.usda.gov ****

Holiday Gifting on a Low Budget
   2019-12-10 00:02:58.729
If you are facing the holidays with little money for gifts, Gary Crawford has a story on how to still enjoy the season on a low budget. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Amanda Woods, Ohio State University Extension family finance expert.

Are You Stressed Out by the Holidays?
   2019-12-10 00:03:00.009
Are the holidays stressing you out? One expert has some ways to reduce the holiday stress level. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Ohio State Extension Family Wellness Expert, Dr. Jim Bates. Also Ellen Degeneres.

Some History about the Christmas Tree
   2019-12-10 00:02:59.722
The holiday tradition of the Christmas tree has a long and storied history. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Craig McKinley, retired Oklahoma State University Extension expert.

Be Aware, Dear, of Deer, While Driving
   2019-12-10 00:02:59.591
The chance of a collision between a motor vehicle and a deer increase in the winter months, so how can drivers avoid this? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Terry Messmer of Utah State University Extension

Agriculture Update


CRP Sign-Up Periods Underway Including General Enrollment
   2019-12-10 00:02:30.099
The latest general sign-up of USDA's Conservation Reserve Program is among the highlights of various CRP acreage enrollment periods offered now and through 2020. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Assistant Deputy Administrator Brad Karmen

U.S. Ag Sector on U.S.-Japan Mini-Trade Agreement
   2019-12-10 00:02:14.373
Members of our nation's farm and food industry note the importance of a mini-trade deal with Japan, and their hopes going forward with further negotiations. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Jim Monroe of the National Pork Producers Council. Marty Smith of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Darren Armstrong of the U.S. Grains Council. Bill Gordon of the American Soybean Association.

Organic Farmers Discuss Importance of Soil Health
   2019-12-10 00:02:29.942
Soil health is critically important -- and organic farmers share some of the ways they've been working to maintain this natural resource. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Matt Lohr, NRCS Chief. Ben Whalen, Bumble Root Farms. Jeremy Brown, organic cotton producer. Jeff Huckaby, Grimmway Farms.

The Early Look at Western Mountain Snowpack Supplies
   2019-12-10 00:02:19.598
The main source of annual water supplies out West is starting to accumulate, but to what degree are mountain snowpack levels currently at throughout the region? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

Tight Supply of Real Christmas Trees this Season
   2019-12-10 00:02:28.401
Supplies of real Christmas trees are tight this season. What's behind the tighter supply? Gary Crawford takes a look in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Tim O'Connor, Executive Director of the National Christmas Tree Association. Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Grower, Larry Snyder.