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from 07/29/2014
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Increasing acreage of an iconic Southeastern tree species over the last five years is cause for celebration. However, it also leads to the question of how this momentum needs to continue going forward. Rod Bain and others look for answers to this question in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. USDA Under Agriculture Secretary Robert Bonnie. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Florida Forest Service Director Jim Karels. Dr. Salem Saloom, Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Conner and Brian Yablonski of Gulf Power. 
RBAIN 00:05:00  


A FIRST LOOK AT THE FOOD PRICE PICTURE FOR NEXT YEAR
With stores starting their holiday displays in September, it's only fitting that we look at next year's food prices right now. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA economist, Annemarie Kuhns. Humorists, Jeanne Robertson and Jeff Foxworthy. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:56  

THE SUCCESSFUL RETURN OF THE LONGLEAF PINE
A Southern native tree is rebounding after a century of decline; but what will it take to continue restoration of the Longleaf Pine ecosystem? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Agriculture Sec'y Tom Vilsack. Under Agriculture Sec'y Robert Bonnie. Interior Deputy Sec'y Michael Conner. Florida Forest Service Director Jim Karels. Interior Deputy Sec'y Dr. Salem Saloom. 
RBAIN 00:02:30  

WEED OR WILDFLOWER?
Summer trips to the country warrant views of roadside wildflowers...or are weeds? Rod Bain and a plant expert take a closer look in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Bill Curran of Penn State University Extension 
RBAIN 00:02:46  

HOW TO MAKE TOMATO GROWING A FRUITLESS FAILURE
If you really want to make sure your home tomato plants are fruitless failures, this report from Gary Crawford could help you. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Marty Draper, USDA plant disease expert. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:46  

WAYS TO PROMOTE CHILDREN THINKING FOR THEMSELVES
Your child, even you parents, can benefit from an extension based program that develops critical thinking skills. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Bridgit Mouchon (pronounced "Moo-Shawn") and Mary Huser of University of Wisconsin Extension 
RBAIN 00:02:45  


COBANK INVESTS $10 BILLION IN RURAL AMERICA FUND
Rural America is getting a multibillion dollar shot in the arm from a noted ag-related lender. Susan Carter has the story on CoBank’s hefty investment fund. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter. Agriculture Sec'y Tom Vilsack and Robert Engel, CoBank CEO 
SCARTER 00:02:10  

THE BEEF CATTLE HERD--HOW LOW CAN IT GO?
Two new USDA cattle reports continue to point to a trend that has been going on for several years. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:23  

MORE INVESTMENT MONEY FOR RURAL PROJECTS COULD BE ON THE WAY
Rural communities could see more investment money for needed projects as a result of a recent special conference. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. Ken Wilson of BlackRock. Bob Engel with CoBank. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:26  

WHAT WOULD BETTER SOIL CARBON CALCULATIONS MEAN FOR FARMERS?
Farmers, what environmental and perhaps economic benefits might you see from improved calculations of carbon in your soil? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Hero (pronounced "Hair-o") Gollany of USDA's Agricultural Research Service 
RBAIN 00:02:23  

KEEPING CATTLE COOL IN THE HOT DAYS OF SUMMER
If you are a cattle producer, having plans to battle summer heat and humidity is important to keep your livestock healthy. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Rob Eirich (pronounced "Eric") of University of Nebraska Extension 
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