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Todays Radio News

Are cattle producers putting herd expansion on hold for a while? (Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam)
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USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam, with some of the key numbers in Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed Report.
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"The Father of the Green Revolution", Norman Borlaug, has been influential in the efforts of the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate to make Africa food secure. (Rod Bain and 2017 World Food Prize Laureate Akinwumi Adesina)
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The recipient of this year's World Food Prize award is recognized for his achievements in fighting hunger and poverty in Africa. (Rod Bain. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. 2017 World Food Prize Laureate Akinwumi Adesina.)
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Recent studies by land grant university researchers note a possible connection between organic agriculture operations and economic benefits to rural communities. (Rod Bain and Nate Lewis of the Organic Trade Association)
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Be careful when you're moving firewood, because you also may be moving the pests that are in the wood, too. (Stephanie Ho and Leigh Greenwood, "Don't Move Firewood" outreach campaign manager, Nature Conservancy)
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If you need your firewood, but don't want to be the one who is blamed for spreading invasive pests, consider using certified heat-treated firewood. (Stephanie Ho and Leigh Greenwood, "Don't Move Firewood" outreach campaign manager, Nature Conservancy)
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"The road out of poverty", and an emphasis on Africa, are focal points of this year's World Food Prize series of events in Iowa. (Rod Bain. Ambassador Kenneth Quinn. 2017 World Food Prize Laureate Akinwumi Adesina)
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The Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday sent two USDA Under Secretary nominations to the full Senate for confirmation. (Rod Bain. Nebraska Ag Director Greg Ibach. Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey.)
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Dairy operations in Puerto Rico are running out of feed, but USDA has just announced a new program to help get feed to those operations. (Gary Crawford and Carlos Suarez)
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Carlos Suarez, the coordinator for USDA hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, giving a few examples of the USDA recovery efforts now going on in Puerto Rico.
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Carlos Suarez, the coordinator for USDA hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, saying most dairy operators there are having to run on power from generators and many operators are running very low on feed for their herds.
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Todays Radio News

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Coffee is enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity. On this edition of "Agriculture USA", Gary Crawford presents some perspectives on the prices we are paying for coffee these days. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Coffee growers, Arondo Holmes and David Robinson. USDA economist, Annemarie Kuhns.
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The forecasts for this year's apple and pears crops offer a variety of information on production and price. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA economist Agnes Perez
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Does having two pears beat three of a kind? One expert says more of us ought to try pears in all kinds of food dishes. A skeptical Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford , "peared up" with horticultural expert, Janet Tenney and Laura Popielski, with USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.
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October is Firewood Awareness Month, which is a perfect time to think about ways you can prevent the spread of invasive pests through firewood transport. Stephanie Ho has more. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Leigh Greenwood of The Nature Conservancy
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In many areas of the country it is not too late to plant new grass seed. In fact, fall is usually better than spring for that. Gary Crawford has this seedy story. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Extension lawn and garden expert.
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Most of us fight the war against weeds in our yards in the spring and summer, but that may not be the best time. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Kansas State University Extension lawn expert, Dennis Patton. ( No, not General Patton)
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The amount of acres in the US planted with soybeans is catching up, and could possibly surpass the acreage planted with corn. Stephanie Ho has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and World Ag Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer
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Hurricane Irma significantly damaged the citrus crop in Florida, which could have repercussion for the rest of the country. Stephanie Ho reports. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson. USDA Florida State Statistician, Mark Hudson
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A recent look at how the Agriculture Department collects county-wide farm data offers a vision on how improve upon this and, in turn, improve report accuracy. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Linda Young of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service
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US dry pea, lentil, and pulse acreage has expanded in recent years, thanks to risk management based tools and education for growers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Tim McGreevy of the US Dry Pea And Lentil Council and American Pulse Association
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More farmers, based on power efficiency and cost savings, are being "LED" to install high efficient lighting systems in barns and buildings. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Daniel Ciolkosz (Pronounced "Cho-kus") of Penn State University Extension
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