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from 03/24/2015
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One of the tools available to the US in expanding ag export markets is enforcement of trade agreements and removal of trade barriers. And recently the US took a step to challenge such barriers imposed by Indonesia. On this edition of "Agriculture USA" Rod Bain looks at US trade enforcement efforts and how they open opportunities for American ag goods. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. US Trade Representative Michael Froman. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser. US Representatives Rick Larsen (WA), Brad Ashford (NE) and Kurt Schrader (OR). 
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DID YOUR TREES AND YARD PLANTS SURVIVE THE WINTER?
For many of us this winter has been a really bad one. We made it through ok, but what about our trees and yard plants? Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University extension plant expert. 
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SOME WORDS OF CAUTION ABOUT HIRING SOMEONE TO DO YOUR TAXES
Look carefully and choose wisely when you are looking for someone to prepare your taxes. A bad choice could really hurt you. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dr. Joanne Bankston, Kentucky State University Extension family finance expert. Plus classic comedians, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Groucho Marx and Chico Marx. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:53  

WHY DO WE DECORATE EGGS AND THEN HIDE THEM? VERY ODD.
Ever wonder why so many of us spend time making gorgeous decorated eggs and then hide them so we can't find them? Gary Crawford wondered. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Anne Effland, USDA history expert. Also Elmer Fudd, famous rabbit hunter. 
GCRAWFOR 00:03:00  

CASCADES AND SIERRA NEVADA HAVE RECORD LOW SNOWPACK
Nearly a third of USDA's snow measuring sites in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada are reporting the lowest snowpack ever. Susan Carter has the story. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey 
SCARTER 00:02:45  

NEW NATIONAL RURAL CHILD POVERTY NUTRITION CENTER
USDA is joining with the University of Kentucky to address hunger and poverty in rural America. Susan Carter reports. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack 
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ACEP - A NEW CONSERVATION EASEMENT PROGRAM
The new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program will be available soon, but not before a rulemaking comment period first. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Jessica Groves of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service 
RBAIN 00:02:13  

MORE RESEARCH SUPPORT FOR ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
Building research efforts is one way the organic ag industry continues to grow, and USDA has an initiative to help in those efforts. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Sonny Ramaswamy 
RBAIN 00:02:14  

UPDATES ON ARC AND PLC ELECTION AS DEADLINE APPROACHES
Many producers have until the end of March to decide which new farm program they will use. Rod Bain gives an update in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini 
RBAIN 00:02:17  

IT'S NOW EASIER FOR SOME FARMERS TO TAKE A "NAP"
It could soon be easier for beginning and disadvantaged farmers growing non-program crops to have crop insurance coverage. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden. Secretary Tom Vilsack. 
RBAIN 00:02:26  

US CHALLENGES INDONESIAN AG TRADE BARRIERS AT WTO
The US has requested a World Trade Organization panel, claiming Indonesia's trade barriers to our exports there violate WTO rules. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. US Trade Representative Michael Froman. Ag. Secretary Tom Vilsack. US Representatives Dave Reichert (WA) and Brad Ashford (NE). New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser. 
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