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Todays Radio News

Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed report adds more evidence of a substantial boost in beef output next year and some lower steer prices. (Gary Crawford and Seanicaa Herron)
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Seanicaa Herron, USDA economist, with some of the key numbers from Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed report.
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Some consistent, and unanticipated, trends involving rural demographics are contributing to year over year declines in rural populations. (Rod Bain and USDA economic researcher John Cromartie.)
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USDA economic researcher John Cromartie notes an unprecedented increase in age-specific mortality rates among rural residences within working-age demographics.
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USDA supports as much scientific research as it can, but it can only fund about 13% of the grant proposals it receives each year. (Stephanie Ho and NIFA Director, Sonny Ramaswamy)
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USDA's latest efforts to promote reduced use of a popular pesticide includes proposals for environmental friendly alternatives. (Stephanie Ho and NIFA Director, Sonny Ramaswamy)
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USDA offers economic analysis on transportation of farm goods available to growers, shippers, and other stakeholders in the ag value chain. (Rod Bain and Bruce Blanton of the Agricultural Research Service)
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Bruce Blanton of USDA-AMS discusses how the Transporation Services Division provides data and economic analysis of farm to market transportation of ag goods.
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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue urges USDA employees to remember to help people who are less fortunate. (Stephanie Ho and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue)
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For planning purposes, how can you determine ahead of time when that turkey will be ready to serve? (Gary Crawford and Marianne Gravely) **The Meat and Poultry Hotline number is 1-888-MPHOTLINE. Or listeners can go online to askkaren.gov**
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If you're the Capitol Christmas Tree, you of course have your own online presence. (Stephanie Ho and Bruce Ward, president of non-profit group, Choose Outdoors)
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Consumers will likely spend a little more on holiday gifts this year, but experts say shoppers will be very price conscious. (Gary Crawford, Matt Shay and Dr. Barbara O'Neill)
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If you think you have had some strange Thanksgiving turkey encounters, just listen to this reality radio edition of Agriculture USA with Gary Crawford. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Marianne Gravely with the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline.
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If you are buying the traditional Thanksgiving foods, there's some very good news for you. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst. Annemarie Kuhns, USDA food price analyst.
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How much do you really know about Thanksgiving history? What you don't know may surprise you. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA history expert, Anne Effland.
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How big a turkey should we buy to feed our guests? How long will it take to thaw it and cook it properly? Gary Crawford has answers from an expert. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Marianne Gravely, with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. Also Moe and Curly Howard.
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Preparing the Thanksgiving turkey can involve some rather odd situations. Gary Crawford has more topsy-turvy turkey tales. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Marianne Gravely with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. 1-888-MPHOTLINE
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Sweet potatoes are not just Thanksgiving meal fare any more, finding their way in a variety of year-round products. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Jennifer Fishburn of University of Illinois Extension
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As one trader put it, there were some "shockers" in USDA's latest round of crop forecasts. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA World Board Chairman Seth Meyer. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.
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The 2017 fiscal agricultural export year exceeded all expectations. What's in store in this current year? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson. USDA trade analyst, Bryce Cooke.
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With renegotiations ongoing, US ag producers stress how important the North American Free Trade Agreement has been to their industries. Stephanie Ho has more on the story. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho. Steve Mercer, US Wheat Associates. Jim Heimer, National Pork Producers' Council. Jason Hafemeister, USDA Trade Counsel. ATTN: The fifth round of NAFTA talks begins Nov. 17 in Mexico City.
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Damage assessment, conservation, recovery, and assistance are among the focal points of USDA efforts post-hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Craig Derickson of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Farm Service Agency Acting Administrator Steve Peterson.
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Hurricane-impacted dairy growers in Puerto Rico are receiving assistance via a new Farm Service Agency program involving feed vouchers. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and FSA Acting Administrator Steve Peterson
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