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Agreement Would Expand U.S. Beef Exports into European Market
   2019-08-02 00:00:59.376
U.S. and European Union officials Friday signed an agreement that would significantly increase U.S. beef exports to the E.U. over the next seven years. (Rod Bain. President Donald Trump. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.)

Actuality: USDA Deputy Secretary's Comments on U.S./EU Beef Agreement
   2019-08-02 00:00:20.584
Steve Censky, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, with comments on new U.S./EU beef trade agreement.

Actuality: Ambassador Lighthizer on U.S./EU Beef Trade Agreement
   2019-08-02 00:00:27.977
U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer praising the U.S./EU beef agreement and saying he looks forward to seeing European Union lawmakers approving the deal.

A Look at Production and Marketing Contracts
   2019-08-02 00:01:00.316
A recent study reveals the role production and marketing contracts play in the ag economy. (Rod Bain and James MacDonald of the Economic Research Service)

Actuality: Significance of Production and Marketing Contracts in Agriculture
   2019-08-02 00:00:54.831
USDA research economist, James MacDonald, explains how and why ag producers use production and marketing contracts.

Denver Area Water Utility and Forest Service Partnering on Watershed Health
   2019-08-02 00:01:00.055
A Denver area water utility and the U.S. Forest Service have been working together on improving watershed health and reducing wildfire risks. (Gary Crawford and Jim Lochhead)

One Water Utility Is Planning for Future Droughts and Growing Demand
   2019-08-02 00:01:00.055
Changing weather patterns and growing demands for water are problems facing this nation's water suppliers. One supplier in Colorado is actively preparing for these and other future situations. (Gary Crawford and Jim Lochhead)

Seed Industry Awaiting USMCA Consideration
   2019-08-01 00:01:00.133
Among those ag industries standing to benefit from the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement now under Congressional consideration is the seed trade sector. (Rod Bain and Abigail Struxness of the American Seed Trade Association)

Seed Industry and U.S.-China Trade Disruption
   2019-08-01 00:01:00.029
Seed growers impacted by the recent trade dispute between the U.S. and China also see promise for that market once retaliatory tariffs are lifted. (Rod Bain and Abigail Struxness of the American Seed Trade Association)

Precision Project to Improve Dryland Crop Yields and Management
   2019-08-01 00:01:00.238
USDA researchers are looking at correlations between field elevation, crop yields, and input amounts to better manage resources and improve production. (Rod Bain and Merle Vigil of the Agricultural Research Service)

Containers and Food Stuffs Connected to Long Term Food Storage
   2019-08-01 00:00:59.611
What are some of the ways to be store food items for long periods of time, and what foods best lend themselves to long-term storage? (Rod Bain and Carolyn Washburn of Utah State University Extension)

Producers Received More Price-Wise in June
   2019-07-31 00:00:59.820
USDA's latest Agricultural Prices Report shows a one percent increase in prices growers received in June, due in part to crop prices. (Rod Bain)

Agriculture Better Able to Handle Drought Today vs. 2012
   2019-07-31 00:01:00.055
Is Agriculture better able to handle a severe drought today compared to 2012 when the really bad drought began? (Gary Crawford and Under Sec'y Bill Northey)

Farmers May Someday Supply the Data for Long Range Weather Forecasts
   2019-07-31 00:00:59.036
Long range weather forecasts may someday be made more accurate by using data supplied by farmers. (Gary Crawford and Dr. Neil Jacobs)

USDA Working on a More Accurate Drought Monitor System
   2019-07-31 00:01:00.055
USDA is working on making the drought monitor system more accurate and more detailed. (Gary Crawford and Warren Preston)

Big Beverage Company Working with Farmers to Improve Watersheds
   2019-07-31 00:00:58.749
Big beverage companies and farmers both need good water. One company is working with farmers on water issues. (Gary Crawford and Jon Radtke)


Agriculture USA

Details of the Second Trade Mitigation Package for Ag Producers
   2019-07-30 00:05:00.251
The Agriculture Department recently announced another trade mitigation package for producers impacted by trade disruptions. And while based on a similar package offered last year, there are some modifications that officials believe will improve the program. Rod Bain looks at this second trade mitigation package in this edition of "Agriculture USA".

Consumer Time

An Old, but "New" Crop May Bring New Consumer Products
   2019-07-30 00:03:00.062
An old, but "new" crop for farmers may eventually bring new products for consumers. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Former Presidents Richard Nixon and Barack Obama. President Donald Trump. Senator Debbie Stabenow. Dr. Amy Abernethy with the Food and Drug Administration.

The Growing Demand for New Apple Varieties
   2019-07-30 00:02:43.500
Once the standard bearer for the U.S. apple industry, Red Delicious in recent years has faced competition from newer varieties - both among growers and consumers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Jim Bair of the U.S. Apple Association

Crawfish Farming from a Bayou Perspective
   2019-07-30 00:02:44.440
A Louisiana crawfish farmer, and USDA employee, offers background about this industry and what it takes to raise this tasty crustacean. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Guy Patout of the Natural Resources Conservation Service

A Blitz of Blazing Blueberries Part 2
   2019-07-30 00:03:00.062
In the blazing heat of Washington, D.C. intrepid blueberry experts are showing people some great ways to use blueberries. Gary Crawford has this hot story. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Rachel Schoenian and Chantel Oyi with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.

Searching the Research on Sugar Related Products
   2019-07-30 00:02:42.977
R and D continues to drive the U.S. sugar industry in developing new, value-added products from bioenergy to road de-icers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Philip Hayes of the American Sugar Alliance

Agriculture Update

A Second Trade Mitigation Package for Farmers
   2019-07-30 00:02:20.016
USDA recently announced details of the latest mitigation package designed to assist ag producers impacted by trade disruptions. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Sonny Perdue. Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Brandon Lipps.

What's New with MFP for 2019?
   2019-07-30 00:02:29.968
USDA's latest offering of its Market Facilitation Program includes some changes from the original program from last year. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Secretary Sonny Perdue. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson. Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey.

Many Unknowns Face Fledgling Hemp Industry
   2019-07-30 00:02:29.551
For those involved in the newly authorized U.S. hemp growing industry, there are more questions than answers at the moment. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Senator Pat Roberts. Under Secretary of Agriculture Greg Ibach. Alexandra Dunn with the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Piloting" Efforts to Control Feral Swine Populations
   2019-07-30 00:02:28.871
A Farm Bill based pilot project is bringing partnerships together, including two USDA agencies, to address growing feral swine populations. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting Associate Chief Kevin Norton. Dale Nolte of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Wildlife Services.

Emergency Watershed Protection Funding Available for Flood Prone Areas
   2019-07-30 00:02:21.374
Flood prone easements, particularly in states hit by recent flooding, can be restored and improved via a USDA emergency watershed protection program. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Matthew Lohr