Weekly Features http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/ Weekly Radio Features presented by the United States Department of Agriculture en no Weekly Radio Features presented by the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Communications USDA Radio Features USDA Radio Service usdaradio@oc.usda.gov Roundup Of Recovery From Southern Plains Wildfires http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/92017 Four Southern Plains states hit by devastating wildfires in early March are on the road to recovery, thanks to a multitude of relief efforts, including programs available through local USDA offices in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Rod Bain recaps the impacts of these wildfires, and the wide range support offered to impacted livestock producers and landowners in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Texas rancher Trent Cadra. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Gene Hall of the Texas Farm Bureau. Farm Service Agency Acting Deputy Administrator Steve Peterson. Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting Chief Leonard Jordan. Texas sheep farmer Bob Buchholz. Four Southern Plains states hit by devastating wildfires in early March are on the road to recovery, thanks to a multitude of relief efforts, including programs available through local USDA offices in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Rod Bain recaps the impacts of these wildfires, and the wide range support offered to impacted livestock producers and landowners in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Texas rancher Trent Cadra. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Gene Hall of the Texas Farm Bureau. Farm Service Agency Acting Deputy Administrator Steve Peterson. Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting Chief Leonard Jordan. Texas sheep farmer Bob Buchholz. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:05:00.068 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_25C812E79DE2444EBE779958D74DBE59.MP3" We Are Eating More Beef http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/92317 A decade's long downward trend in our consumption of one popular food item seems to be reversing itself. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA economist, Annemarie Kuhns. USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam A decade's long downward trend in our consumption of one popular food item seems to be reversing itself. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA economist, Annemarie Kuhns. USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 GCRAWFOR no 00:02:57.397 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_D98C9BD4AFE74139926072631FFA4CBF.MP3" Cherry Blossoms Trees Linked to USDA History http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/91517 Cherry blossom trees in Washington, D.C. almost didn't happen. Stephanie Ho tells the little known history of Japan's first cherry tree gift to the US people. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Agriculture Quarantine Inspection National Coordinator Bob Griffin Cherry blossom trees in Washington, D.C. almost didn't happen. Stephanie Ho tells the little known history of Japan's first cherry tree gift to the US people. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and Agriculture Quarantine Inspection National Coordinator Bob Griffin Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 SHO no 00:02:47.888 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_FACCCD6DC10D4B958C9D00DD84ABAE70.MP3" Looking for a Good Lawn Care Company? http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/91417 If you are looking to hire a lawn care company, Gary Crawford has this report with expert tips on how to go about finding a good company. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Extension lawn and garden expert. If you are looking to hire a lawn care company, Gary Crawford has this report with expert tips on how to go about finding a good company. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Extension lawn and garden expert. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 GCRAWFOR no 00:02:47.784 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_CED21A662A4A4173B0C85DF61C19278B.MP3" Finally It's Time for Some Springtime Yard Work http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/90017 Does spring-like weather inspire you to get out and do some yard work? An expert has some advice about that in this report from Gary Crawford. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Kansas State University Extension yard and garden expert, Dennis Patton. Does spring-like weather inspire you to get out and do some yard work? An expert has some advice about that in this report from Gary Crawford. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Kansas State University Extension yard and garden expert, Dennis Patton. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 GCRAWFOR no 00:02:48.515 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_876CE40F38364728B2B211C9B74CD1E9.MP3" A Busy Year For Woodsy Owl http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/91717 Woodsy Owl continues to promote conservation and pollution prevention, with 2017 expected to be a busy year in those regards. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Tamberly Conway of the US Forest Service. Guest appearances including Smokey Bear. Woodsy Owl continues to promote conservation and pollution prevention, with 2017 expected to be a busy year in those regards. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Tamberly Conway of the US Forest Service. Guest appearances including Smokey Bear. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:59.853 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_F15931F9CAB645B4870FEA273400BEF6.MP3" Next Generation Of Risk Management On The Farm? http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/91917 As considerations begin on a new Farm Bill, also being considered is the ag producer's risk management toolbox of the future. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Former Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner. Mary Kay Thatcher of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Rob Larew of the National Farmers Union. Jim Mulhern of the National Milk Producers Federation. As considerations begin on a new Farm Bill, also being considered is the ag producer's risk management toolbox of the future. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Former Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner. Mary Kay Thatcher of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Rob Larew of the National Farmers Union. Jim Mulhern of the National Milk Producers Federation. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:17.195 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_B9287D669B92426E9BDBC7410F7B68D2.MP3" Team Approach To Tackle SPS Issues In Ag Trade http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/91817 Many of USDA's mission areas work with other federal agencies to address sanitary and phytosanitary trade barriers to US ag exports. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Foreign Agricultural Service Deputy Administrator Robert Macke Many of USDA's mission areas work with other federal agencies to address sanitary and phytosanitary trade barriers to US ag exports. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Foreign Agricultural Service Deputy Administrator Robert Macke Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:24.587 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_F23718284C864726913706625DD6FDB0.MP3" Advancing Efficiencies In Irrigation Systems http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/91617 As concerns about water supplies grow, so do opportunities to learn about practices and technologies that make irrigation systems more efficient. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Jon Farner of The Irrigation Association. As concerns about water supplies grow, so do opportunities to learn about practices and technologies that make irrigation systems more efficient. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Jon Farner of The Irrigation Association. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:24.509 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_233301FB645C4A628008AD731147CBF7.MP3" Diversify Weed Control And Management Strategies http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/92217 A combination of strategies can benefit growers when it comes to control and managing weeds in the fields. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Patrick Tranel of the University of Illinois A combination of strategies can benefit growers when it comes to control and managing weeds in the fields. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Patrick Tranel of the University of Illinois Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:15.444 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_A5221EC7F39E435191F86ED789885832.MP3" Feedlot 101 For New And Young Beef Producers http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/92117 What are some of the basics a cattle producer should know if they are marketing fed cattle for sale for the first time? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Dan Loy of Iowa State University Extension What are some of the basics a cattle producer should know if they are marketing fed cattle for sale for the first time? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Dan Loy of Iowa State University Extension Tue, 28 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:23.751 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_6F34BCFF9455462BB162CC5CE5B3DB75.MP3" Checking On History And Purpose Of Checkoffs http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/90517 Some of advertising's most familiar slogans come from commodity research and promotion programs overseen by the US Department of Agriculture and paid for by farmers who contribute a small percentage of their receipts. These producer "checkoffs" pay for research efforts, consumer education and marketing of many farm products. Rod Bain takes a look at research and promotion programs in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Dana Coale of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Jim Percival of the American Lamb Board. Farm broadcaster Max Armstrong. John Motter of the United Soybean Board. Appearances by various celebrities. Some of advertising's most familiar slogans come from commodity research and promotion programs overseen by the US Department of Agriculture and paid for by farmers who contribute a small percentage of their receipts. These producer "checkoffs" pay for research efforts, consumer education and marketing of many farm products. Rod Bain takes a look at research and promotion programs in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Dana Coale of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Jim Percival of the American Lamb Board. Farm broadcaster Max Armstrong. John Motter of the United Soybean Board. Appearances by various celebrities. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:04:59.990 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_B1057B8025F54CECBCE9B9F149FB0B80.MP3" A Check In On Checkoffs http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/90617 Those familiar ads for products like pork and beef are products of research and promotion programs funded by farmers' "checkoffs". Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Dana Coale of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Crew members of a highly decorated starship. Those familiar ads for products like pork and beef are products of research and promotion programs funded by farmers' "checkoffs". Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Dana Coale of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Crew members of a highly decorated starship. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:44.754 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_DA60B881DF994596A7B806374BCBB7EC.MP3" Chicken Growth -- Fast or Slow? http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/90717 What are slow-growing chickens, and why would anyone want one on their dinner table? Stephanie Ho has more in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Purdue University poultry geneticist William Muir. Perdue Farms VP Bruce Stewart-Brown. What are slow-growing chickens, and why would anyone want one on their dinner table? Stephanie Ho has more in this report. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Purdue University poultry geneticist William Muir. Perdue Farms VP Bruce Stewart-Brown. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 SHO no 00:02:53.191 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_DCC64457E28949F685270170F84B07CA.MP3" Checking and Repairing Trees Damaged During the Winter http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/88117 The winter may have done some damage to the trees in your yard. How do you evaluate the damage and repair it? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Extension Horticulturist. The winter may have done some damage to the trees in your yard. How do you evaluate the damage and repair it? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton, Kansas State University Extension Horticulturist. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 GCRAWFOR no 00:03:00.062 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_6A567E7E79A345D49AF07CC07829DE91.MP3" Home Water Conservation Tips http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/91017 What are some ways you can save more water when it comes to your home, lawn and garden? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Mike Daniels of University of Arkansas Extension. What are some ways you can save more water when it comes to your home, lawn and garden? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Mike Daniels of University of Arkansas Extension. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:41.253 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_3DECF851701C4B0B978E2EC111CDC117.MP3" New Generation of Food Shoppers Shaking up the Supermarket Industry http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/90117 A new generation of food shoppers, the so called "millennial" generation is shaking up the supermarket industry. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Andrew Harig with the Food Marketing Institute A new generation of food shoppers, the so called "millennial" generation is shaking up the supermarket industry. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Andrew Harig with the Food Marketing Institute Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 GCRAWFOR no 00:02:59.565 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_A497D05AF62942DC8257627A16C82BC7.MP3" Outlook for Potential U.S. Spring Flooding http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/90917 Most of the country can expect very little threat of flooding this Spring, with some notable exceptions. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey Most of the country can expect very little threat of flooding this Spring, with some notable exceptions. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:18.605 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_377B460D8E2B40348FA8671E0CE80075.MP3" Potential Crop Damage from Southeast Freeze Event? http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/90817 Peach, blueberry and ornamental plant growers are keeping close tabs on their crops after significant freeze events earlier this month. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey Peach, blueberry and ornamental plant growers are keeping close tabs on their crops after significant freeze events earlier this month. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:21.818 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_82288074910F492596B314A7ED59C5C1.MP3" Southern Plains Wildfires and USDA Program To Help Livestock Producers http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/91217 The Livestock Indemnity Program is one way USDA can provide help to Southern Plains producers impacted by recent wildfires. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Acting Deputy Administrator Steve Peterson The Livestock Indemnity Program is one way USDA can provide help to Southern Plains producers impacted by recent wildfires. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Acting Deputy Administrator Steve Peterson Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:18.475 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_74954CC04044489DB8CCBCD558170970.MP3" Do Crop Prices Always Drop after USDA Crop Reports Are Issued? http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/90317 Over the last 30 years have crop prices consistently fallen right after the release of USDA crop and grain stocks reports? Gary Crawford has the answer. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Lance Honig with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service Over the last 30 years have crop prices consistently fallen right after the release of USDA crop and grain stocks reports? Gary Crawford has the answer. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Lance Honig with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 GCRAWFOR no 00:02:29.054 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_FBA9A41EAC5C418F84C077FFC59C8374.MP3" Checkoff Backed Research And Commodity Market Opportunities http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/node/91117 How does research supported by producer funded checkoff programs increase market opportunities? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Dana Coale of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. John Motter of the United Soybean Board. How does research supported by producer funded checkoff programs increase market opportunities? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Dana Coale of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. John Motter of the United Soybean Board. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 -0400 RBAIN no 00:02:20.669 "http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/sites/default/files/DA0_22EC808DA3A44961B655201F78E3C203.MP3"