Each year at this time the U.S. is invaded by millions of orange orbs, sometimes with frightening faces and an eerie glow. Also each year there are more of these invaders. On this edition of AGRICULTURE USA Gary Crawford delves into the scary past and promising future of pumpkins.
PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA historical expert, Anne Effland. USDA economist, Suzanne Thornsbury. Pumpkin farmers, Drew and Melanie Wickham. Also some young pumpkin hunters.
A meteorologist says weather and other acts of nature have played a big role in many past World Series games. Gary Crawford takes a swing at this story.
PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist. And sports broadcasters Harry Kalas, Al Michaels and Tim McCarver.
If you're a hunter, you need to keep food safety in mind when preparing the animals in the field to bring home for consumption. Rod Bain reports.
PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Richard Kralj (pronounced "Crawl") of Penn State University Extension
Winning the battle against breast cancer is about being proactive healthwise and it's about early detection. Rod Bain reports.
PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Veronica Aranda of University of Illinois Extension
Three commodities are projected to be at record high levels, according to new USDA forecasts. Susan Carter has the story.
PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter. USDA economist, Robert Johansson and Acting Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer
The growing threat of herbicide resistant weeds has led USDA, along with farmers, to take a diversified approach to tackle this issue. Rod Bain reports.
PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Jill Schroeder of the Agricultural Research Service. Mark Rose of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Sid Abel of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Sheryl Kunickis of the Office of Pest Management Policy
Will reservoir levels in many Western states, including California, rebound this winter after recording alarmingly low levels in 2014? Rod Bain reports.
PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey
US poultry exports to India could jump significantly, thanks to a recent World Trade Organization ruling. Rod Bain reports.
PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. US Trade Representative Michael Froman. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. US Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and John Carney (D-DE)