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It's year number three for drought in California. On this edition of AGRICULTURE USA Gary Crawford presents some experts with their views on what the drought is costing farmers and what it could cost us consumers. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Richard Howitt and Jay Lund of the University of California at Davis. Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey 
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SOME FARMERS MARKET PRODUCTS COME FROM EXOTIC PLACES
Farmers markets are known for carrying local products, but some of those may be more "local" than others. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Olive farmers, Omiros and Cinthia Giannakos. 
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THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT: ITS EFFECTS ON FARMERS AND FOOD PRICES
How is the California drought actually going to affect farmers, food production and our food prices this year? Gary Crawford has the latest in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Richard Howitt and Jay Lund of the University of California at Davis. Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:30  

QUIRKY QUERIES ABOUT FOOD
Food and nutrition experts sometimes get some very unusual questions from the public. Gary Crawford, as usual, has this rather unusual report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Kansas State University extension food expert, Karen Blakeslee. Also Groucho Marx. 
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THE "INSIDER" ADVISORS ON AGRICULTURAL TRADE
What is a valuable source of information to US farm and trade leaders when it comes to trade? Rod Bain goes inside for the story. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Janet Nuzum (Pronounced "New-zum) of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service 
RBAIN 00:02:58  

KEEPING YOUR HOUSEPLANTS ALIVE WHILE YOU GO ON VACATION
Vacation may be a great time for us to recharge, but it can be a terrible time for our houseplants if we don't provide for them. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Ward Upham, Kansas State University extension plant expert. 
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WHY SERVE ON FSA COUNTY COMMITTEES? ASK SOME MEMBERS
FSA County Committee members tell why ag producers should be nominated or run for committee seats in this year's election. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain, County Committee members Bobbie Jay (Montana), Janelle Fitterer (North Dakota), and Elfiero Romero Jr. (Colorado) 
RBAIN 00:02:16  

CALIFORNIA FARMERS WORRIED AS ODDS GO UP FOR DROUGHT IN 2015
The odds seem to be increasing that drought plagued California farmers may face more drought next year. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey. Richard Howitt and Jay Lund with the University of California at Davis. California Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:24  

CONSERVATION PRACTICES AND "THE WATERS OF THE US" PROPOSAL
Why are many conservation practices listed as exempt under a proposed clarification of the Clean Water Act? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. farmer, Bill Heffeman. EPA's Ken Kopocis (Pronounced "Ko-PO-sis") 
RBAIN 00:02:21  

ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT FUNDING
If you want to apply for USDA help to pay for energy efficiency or renewable energy projects, the deadline is July 31st. Susan Carter has more. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter and Rural Development Administrator Lilian Salerno 
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A SOUNDING BOARD FOR AG TRADE MATTERS
If your business depends on ag trade, you may know there are advisory committees at work to help shape trade talks and policy. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Janet Nuzum (Pronounced "New-zum") of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service 
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