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Todays Radio News

USDA is trying to wrap up the huge job of collecting data for the upcoming Crop Production Report. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig)
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Lance Honig, Chief of the Crops Branch of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, talking about the huge effort going into gathering data for the October 12th Crop Production Report.
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Several leaders spoke out in Washington this week about the need for more resources to battle a growing substance abuse and addiction epidemic in this country. (Gary Crawford, Sec'y Tom Vilsack, Michael Botticelli and Sen. Rob Portman)
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack telling an audience at the Washington Ideas Festival that the nation's substance abuse and addition epidemic needs to be a top national priority.
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Despite different trends in categories within USDA's latest Ag Prices Received Index, what farmers received price-wise overall did not change from the previous month. (Rod Bain)
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Will the Northeastern drought cause a shortage of cranberries this season? (Gary Crawford, Brad Rippey and Alison Carr)
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says years of work in improving access to healthful foods are beginning to bear fruit. (Gary Crawford and Sec'y Tom Vilsack)
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The top U.S. agriculture official says people could significantly cut the amount of wasted food in this country with one step. (Gary Crawford and Sec'y Tom Vilsack)
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How fast....or slow...have grain supplies been moving out of storage and into some use? We'll have a better idea of that soon. (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig)
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Lance Honig, Chief of the Crops Branch of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, saying that, besides the grain stocks numbers, USDA will release on Friday the annual small grains crop production report.
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The Atlantic Ocean's latest tropical storm could strengthen over the next week and perhaps head north to the U.S. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)
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The federal government is working to improve safety practices of research laboratories that work with potentially dangerous biological materials such as anthrax. (Gary Crawford, Dr. Timothy Persons and Dr. Mark Davidson)
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A new USDA report on efforts to improve the overall health and water quality of the iconic Chesapeake Bay and its waterways reveals progress towards those goals, with farmers playing a major role. Rod Bain takes a look in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller. Maryland farmers, Jason Scott and Mark Seibel.
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A USDA Rural Development loan program has provided a single parent with a lifelong dream - ownership of her own home. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Christy Carr
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What would be your perfect dream job? For one man in the nation's capital it's making ice cream. Catch this report from Gary Crawford before it melts. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and ice cream cult leader, Ed Cornell.
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An expert says it's not too late to do some things now that will cut our heating bills this coming winter. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Bruce Snead, Kansas State University Extension home energy expert.
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Right now cranberry farmers are in a cranberry crescendo of activity, harvesting those berries for juice and for the upcoming holidays. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Alison Carr, Massachusetts cranberry grower. Kellyanne Dignan, with Ocean Spray. Comedian, Brian Regan.
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This time of year many churches and other groups begin again to host potluck suppers. Sometimes these meals cause problems. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Angela Fraser, food safety expert at Clemson University.
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Farmers in the vast Chesapeake Bay watershed are making a difference in the health of the Bay. Rod Bain talks to one such farmer in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Jason Scott, farmer.
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A new smartphone app designed to warn cattle producers and feedlot operators about potential heat stress situations is now available. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Tami Brown-Brindl of USDA's Agricultural Research Service
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There's a three year plan to continue ecosystem and water quality improvements in the Gulf Coast region. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller.
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Lawmakers continue to hear vastly contrasting opinions on pending consolidations of agricultural companies. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. James Collins with DuPont. Erik Fyrwald with Syngenta. Dr. Robb Fraley with Monsanto. Dr. Diana Moss with American Antitrust Institute. Dr. Bob Young with American Farm Bureau Federation. Roger Johnson with National Farmers Union. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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A new rule for unmanned aerial system use includes waivers and exemptions. Rod Bain looks at how they may apply to agriculture. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Joe Mora of the Federal Aviation Administration
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