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from 12/16/2014
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By definition, Kudzu plants are climbing, coiling, and trailing perennial vines that are native to much of Eastern Asia, Southeast Asia, and some Pacific Islands. In this edition of Agriculture USA Susan Carter shows the good, and not so good, side of kudzu. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter and Lewis Ziska, USDA Agricultural Research Service 
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SOME ADVICE IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN ON YOUR GIFT LIST
Are we giving our small children too many of the wrong kinds of holiday presents? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Virginia Tech Extension Family Life Specialist, Dr. Karen Debord. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:57  

WAYS TO KEEP THE EXTRA WEIGHT OFF DURING THE HOLIDAYS
For many of us the holidays mean food....and lots of it and also extra weight gain and lots of it. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dr. Karen Ensle, extension nutrition expert at Rutgers University. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:58  

SOME NO HASSLE WAYS TO HAVE A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE
These days you can have a real Christmas tree in your home without even having to leave your easy chair. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Rick Dungey with the National Christmas Tree Association. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:52  

CHRISTMAS TREE FOIBLES AND FOULUPS - PART TWO
Did you ever have something strange happen with your holiday tree or decorations? Ever have a tree disaster? Gary Crawford has a few tales to tell. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Christmas tree farmers(past and present), Buzz Warren, Blake Rafeld and Jim Gehlsen. Plus the Three Stooges 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:58  

SOME PRACTICAL GIFTS FOR THE GARDENER ON YOUR LIST
If you need some last minute practical gifts for the gardener on your list, this report from Gary Crawford may help you. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Extension lawn and garden expert. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:58  


CHANGES PROPOSED FOR TWO CONSERVATION PROGRAMS
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is asking for public comment on new rules for two of its programs - CSP and EQIP. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Mark Rose of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service 
RBAIN 00:02:04  

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE KUDZU VINE
Kudzu is a sort of a super weed, pretty much eliminating all of the other species. Susan Carter has more on this overpowering invasive vine. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter and Lewis Ziska, USDA Agricultural Research Service 
SCARTER 00:02:04  

A BIT LESS OF A U.S. COTTON CROP THAN EXPECTED
U.S. cotton growers may have brought in a smaller crop than had been expected only a few weeks ago. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:08  

THE WACKY WEATHER AND WINTER WHEAT CONDITION
It will not be known until Spring if last month's weather has impacted much of the country's winter wheat crop. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey 
RBAIN 00:02:01  

SUCCESS STORIES FOR U.S. MEAT EXPORTS
U.S. red meat products continue to carve out more export markets. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Joe Schuele, with the U.S. Meat Export Federation. 
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