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from 10/21/2014
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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. 
GCRAWFOR 00:05:00  


MOTHER NATURE AND THE WORLD SERIES
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. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:57  

FOOD SAFETY ADVICE WHEN BRINGING GAME HOME FROM HUNTING
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 
RBAIN 00:02:40  

THE WINNING PLAYS TO DETECT AND PREVENT BREAST CANCER
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 
RBAIN 00:02:50  

IN SEARCH OF JACK-0-LANTERNS AND OTHER HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS
Did you ever wonder where we get some of our Halloween traditions? Gary Crawford has the origins of a few of them in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA history expert, Anne Effland. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:57  

SOME TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER HALLOWEEN
There are ways we can make trick or treat time just a bit healthier for the kids and still make it fun. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and nutritionist, Dr. Keith Kantor. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:55  


RICE AND COTTON FORECASTS ARE LOOKING PRETTY POSITIVE
New projections show global rice and cotton supplies being pretty heftily stocked. Susan Carter has more. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter and Acting Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer 
SCARTER 00:02:30  

RECORD LEVEL WORLD WHEAT, CORN AND SOYBEAN PRODUCTION
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 
SCARTER 00:02:14  

DIVERSIFIED USDA EFFORT TO DIVERSIFY WEED CONTROL EFFORTS
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 
RBAIN 00:02:23  

FIRST WESTERN RESERVOIR OUTLOOK OUT FOR NEW WATER YEAR
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 
RBAIN 00:02:23  

US POULTRY INDUSTRY WILL BENEFIT FROM WTO RULING
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) 
RBAIN 00:02:03