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Todays Radio News

Secretary Perdue marks his first Thanksgiving as head of USDA by stressing American resilience in the face of hardships. (Stephanie Ho and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue)
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U.S. officials are expressing disappointment in the results of the Fifth Round of NAFTA negotiations, which ended Tuesday in Mexico City. (Gary Crawford and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer)
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Rural America as a whole has had positive employment growth, but that pace still remains behind urban locales. (Rod Bain and John Cromartie of the Economic Research Service)
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USDA research economist, John Cromartie, looks at growth in rural service oriented jobs such as education, transportation and tourism, and compares this to growth in these sectors nationwide.
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USDA research economist, John Cromartie, looks at some of the changes over the last fifteen years in rural sector employment trends.
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Despite snow and rain in Northern California, the state still leads the nation in terms of dryness. (Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)
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USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says the states with the highest topsoil moisture surpluses are in the eastern Corn Belt.
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Had enough stories yet about Thanksgiving? Here's one about a very tall Christmas tree that's on the road from Montana to Washington, DC. (Stephanie Ho and Sandi Mason, Capitol Christmas Tree project coordinator for the Kootenai National Forest)
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What are some of the things you have to worry about if you want to truck a huge living Christmas tree from Montana to Washington, DC? (Stephanie Ho and Sandi Mason, Capitol Christmas Tree project coordinator for the Kootenai National Forest)
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Grocery store food prices this year are teetering on the edge of coming in lower than last year, when we saw a decline of over one percent. (Gary Crawford and Annemarie Kuhns plus musical snippets from Pattie Page, the Chordettes and Bill Haley and the Comets)
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After two years of no food price inflation, we may see an increase in food prices in the coming year. (Gary Crawford and Annemarie Kuhns)
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It's still a big deal for retailers and bargain hunters, but one expert says Black Friday may be less of a big deal than it used to be. (Gary Crawford and Amanda Woods)
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The Agriculture Department annually captures a snapshot of population and economic trends in rural America, as well as highlights of topical matter. The 2017 edition of "Rural America at a Glance" is no exception. Rod Bain and a USDA economic researcher go inside the numbers of this year's "Rural America at a Glance" in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and John Cromartie of the Economic Research Service
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Hunger, or food insecurity, is a very basic issue that is present both in the United States, and abroad. Stephanie Ho has more on the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Karen Siebert, Advocacy and Public Policy Adviser for Harvesters, a regional food bank. Howard Buffett, president of Howard Buffett Foundation.
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What are some of the population and economic trends revealed in the Agriculture Department's annual report on rural America? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and John Cromartie of the Economic Research Service
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A very tall 76-year-old is heading to Capitol Hill, just in time for the holiday season. Stephanie Ho tells you who this guest of honor is. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Sandi Mason, Kootenai National Forest Capitol Christmas Tree project coordinator. Bruce Ward, president of non-profit group, Choose Outdoors. EDS: The tree arrives at the US Capitol on Nov 27.
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The excitement of holiday gift buying can land some of us into a financial hole. Gary Crawford has a report on how to avoid that. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Amanda Woods, Ohio State University Extension expert on Financial Health
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More and more of our holiday gift spending is going to buy food gifts. Gary Crawford feeds us this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Ana Serafin Smith with the National Retail Federation.
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It's a tough holiday season for turkey producers. Gary Crawford has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst.
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How do members of the ag sector see ag trade developments and discussions of recent months perhaps impacting their business going forward? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Tim Lust of the National Sorghum Producers. Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Kevin Skunes of the National Corn Growers Association. Randy Gordon of the National Grain and Feed Association. Chirs Kolstad of US Wheat Associates. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. Dennis Stiffler of the US Meat Export Federation.
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Referred as perhaps the next step in agricultural cross breeding, gene editing offers several benefits, according to a scientific expert. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Kevin Folta of the University of Florida.
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USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service has both programs and practices available for California landowners impacted by recent wildfires. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Astor Boozer of USDA - NRCS.
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Consumers in China are demanding a wide range of American ag products. Stephanie Ho tells you about some of them. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Keith Schneller, e-Bridge Asia consultant. Susan Zhang, US ATO Shanghai.
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