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from 08/26/2014
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All of us have come to know and love the symbol of wildfire prevention. And as Smokey Bear celebrates 70 years, he continues to evolve yet stay true to his message for us - "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires". Rod Bain and Gary Crawford look both at the history of Smokey and his future endeavors in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain, Smokey Bear, Jackson Weaver, Eddy Arnold Sam Elliot, Peggy Conlon of the Ad Council, US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell 
RBAIN 00:05:00  


TRAINING GRANTS HELP SCHOOLS IMPROVE HEALTHIER FOOD CHOICES
Students are headed back to class and the Agriculture Department is helping schools make their lunchrooms smarter. Susan Carter reports. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter, Undersecretary Kevin Concannon, behavioral economist, David Just and Lexington, KY middle school teacher, Angela Stark 
SCARTER 00:02:50  

SOME SURPRISES WITH THE PRICES AT THE GROCERY STORE
You may think you are paying more for food due to higher meat prices, but the latest USDA Food Price Outlook says it's about average. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA economist Annemarie Kuhns 
RBAIN 00:02:58  

NEW REPORT SHOWS U.S. FOREST SERVICE SHORT ON FIREFIGHTING FUNDS
USDA’s Fire Transfer Impact Trends report details the impact of spiraling fire costs to the government. Susan Carter has more. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack 
SCARTER 00:02:29  

PLANNING FOR A SAFE LABOR DAY WEEKEND PICNIC
Experts say if you don't want that Labor Day weekend picnic and cookout to make people sick, you have to plan ahead for safety. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Tina Hanes with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:59  

PACKING A NUTRITIOUS SCHOOL LUNCH FOR YOUR CHILD
Schools now serve more nutritious meals and one expert says if we are packing a school lunch for our children, we should do the same. Gary Crawford reports. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Sandy Proctor, Kansas State University Extension food and nutrition specialist. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:52  


INSIDE THE JULY CATTLE ON FEED NUMBERS
The overall per cent of cattle and calves on feed in feedlots are down two per cent from July of last year. Why? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA livestock analyst Mike Jewison 
RBAIN 00:02:02  

GRANT FUNDS HELP TURN COMMODITIES INTO VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS
Through Value-Added Producer grants, USDA is helping rural entrepreneurs expand their operations and create new products to bring to market. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter and Rural Development Acting Undersecretary Doug O’Brien 
SCARTER 00:02:18  

USDA TO CONDUCT FIRST EVER STUDY OF U.S. BISON INDUSTRY
If you are a bison producer, you will be the key contributor to what will be the first ever study of the bison industry. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Rob Ferguson, bison producer. Dave Carter with the National Bison Association. Meg Parker with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:26  

WILL PROPANE PRICES BE A PAIN AGAIN THIS WINTER?
If you bought propane last winter, you remember the sky high prices. Are we headed for the same thing again this winter? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Mason Hamilton, with the U.S. Energy Information Administration. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:27  

DAM REHABILITATION AND THE NRCS ROLE
A USDA agency has a unique responsibility when it comes to many of our nation's dams, and now has funding to rehabilitate some of these structures. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller 
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