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The Agriculture Department, and its Secretary, was awarded one of the World Food Prize's highest honors in ceremonies Wednesday. (Rod Bain. World Food Prize Ambassador Kenneth Quinn. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack)
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World Food Prize Ambassador Kenneth Quinn explains the purpose of the Normal Borlaug Medallion, awarded Wednesday to both USDA and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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USDA and the World Food Prize will continue its program to educate young science and ag leaders how they can help solve issues of global food insecurity. (Rod Bain. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Catherine Swoboda of the World Food Prize.)
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A rise in the export of bulk commodities also fueled a significant increase in total ag exports during October, according to USDA's latest trade data. (Rod Bain and economist Bryce Cooke)
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USDA economist Bryce Cooke looks at agricultural trade data through the first ten months of 2016, compared to the same time period last year.
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Soybeans, corn, and wheat are among the US ag exports that rose significantly in volume month over month in the latest USDA trade data. (Rod Bain and economist Bryce Cooke)
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Markets will get updated USDA forecasts for supplies, exports and prices on Friday. (Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer)
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Seth Meyer, USDA Outlook Board Chairman, talks about some of the sources of intel which his board uses to formulate forecasts for U.S. exports and prices.
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The bare hills in a ravaged Southeastern fire area are now more susceptible to other natural disasters in the event of heavy rains. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)
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Ag producers in the Golden State's major production area are preparing for a potential freeze event - part of a nationwide cold snap. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)
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USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, discusses why the Southern Appalachians are traditionally vulnerable to mud slides, flash flooding and falling boulders - and why recent wildfires have increased this vulnerability.
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Although the official start of winter is two weeks away, parts of the country are beginning to experience snow and the grip of a cold front. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)
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Todays Radio News

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One of the most enduring holiday traditions is the Christmas tree. On this edition of AGRICULTURE USA Gary Crawford takes a new look at this old holiday standby and takes us to a choose and cut farm to hunt for that perfect tree. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Department historical expert, Anne Effland. Christmas tree growers, Jim Gehlsen and Tom Dull. Farm worker, Chris Gray. Plus a bunch of Christmas tree hunters.
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In the frenzy of holiday shopping it's easy to lose track of our spending and overdo it. Gary Crawford gets some expert advice on how to avoid that. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Barbara O'Neill, Rutgers University Extension family finance expert.
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The holidays can be less than happy if you have little money. Gary Crawford has this story about ways to enjoy the holidays without spending a lot. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Amanda Woods, Ohio State University Extension family finance expert.
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The holidays can be big stress producers, but one expert says some of that stress is self-produced and could be reduced. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Ohio State Extension Family Wellness Expert, Dr. Jim Bates. Also Ellen Degeneres.
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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
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Chocolate and cocoa - it's much different than its raw form - and much different how we enjoy these treats compared to ancient times. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Bryan Bailey of USDA's Agricultural Research Service
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The global market for U.S. agricultural products looks more promising for the 2017 fiscal year, but there is a lot of uncertainty. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.
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When 2016 is over, U.S. farm income will likely be down from the year before. Gary Crawford has some key numbers in USDA's latest income forecast. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.
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The USDA has transferred a large Florida research facility it had closed in 2012 to a nearby University. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. Robert Taylor, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences at Florida A & M. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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Two USDA programs work in partnership with ag and trade groups to establish and build foreign markets for their goods. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Tom Sleight of the US Grains Council. Thad Lively of the US Meat Export Federation. Monique Marez of the Organic Trade Association. Dalton Henry of US Wheat Associates.
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Weather during rice growing season can impact the quality of both the crop itself and its quality once it is milled. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Jarrod Hardke of University of Arkansas Extension
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