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from 04/24/2012
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Several researchers nationally and globally are taking specific pieces of the the puzzle that somehow are linked to the mysterious disease in honeybees - Colony Collapse Disorder. Rod Bain takes a look at two examples of this research, and more in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain, Steve Sheppard of Washington State University, Greg Hunt of Purdue University 
RBAIN 00:04:59  


THE NATURE OF BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORIES
USDA plays a role in oversight of exhibits that brings the world of butterflies to visitors. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain, Wayne Wehling of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Sam Trophia of the Key West Butterfly Conservatory 
RBAIN 00:02:37  

THE ANTIOXIDANT PUNCH OF BLUEBERRY WINE
Recent research may show that blueberry wine may contain some potential health fighting compounds. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Wade Yang of University of Florida 
RBAIN 00:02:12  

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET THAT AIR CONDITIONER READY FOR SUMMER
An energy expert getting your home air conditioner checked out now will save you money and possible breakdowns later. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Bruce Snead, extension engineer at Kansas State University. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:30  

LEAVE THAT HUNGRY PEST BEHIND
Want to know how you can stop the spread of nasty bugs and plants? Gary Crawford has this report that will help you. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture Rebecca Blue. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:54  

HOW TO HELP KEEP TICKS OFF YOUR YARD AND OFF YOU
Ticks are showing up much earlier than normal this year and Gary Crawford has this report on how to keep ticks off your yard and off you. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dr. John Carroll, USDA research entomologist. 
GCRAWFOR 00:02:55  


WHAT IS DRIVING THE GROWING BRAZILIAN ECONOMY
Agriculture is playing a key role in the dramatic rise in Brazil's economy, but its more than just production and exports. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Seneri Paludo 
RBAIN 00:02:21  

HOW THE NUMBER OF PLANTS IMPACT THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCT
Hybrid sweet corn seeds are the focus of a study on stress tolerance and output. Susan Carter reports. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter and Marty Williams ARS ecologist 
SCARTER 00:02:07  

PROPOSED CHANGES AND BENEFITS TO POULTRY INSPECTION SYSTEM
It's been nearly 60 years since the U.S. poultry inspection system has been upgraded. Susan Carter offers proposed changes and benefits in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Susan Carter and USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen 
SCARTER 00:02:21  

SIERRA NEVADA SNOWPACK MAKES A COMEBACK
Fears of well below normal snowpack and runoff from the main source of California's agricultural water supply is slowly subsiding. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain, and USDA Meteorologists Brad Rippey and Eric Luebehusen 
RBAIN 00:02:16  

A NEW EFFORT TO BOOST RURAL EDUCATION
Two federal government agencies are joining forces to try to boost education in rural areas. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. 
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