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At the beginning of his Senate confirmation hearing Agriculture Secretary nominee, Sonny Perdue, gave the lawmakers a broad outline of the goals he would pursue if confirmed as Agriculture Secretary. (Gary Crawford and Sonny Perdue)
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Sonny Perdue, Agriculture Secretary nominee, giving his Senate confirmation hearing a list of his four broad goals he would have if he's confirmed.
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The Ag Secretary nominee says direct communication with other cabinet members and regulators is needed to address regulations that have unintended consequences to agriculture. (Rod Bain and Sonny Perdue).
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At his confirmation hearing the nominee to be Agriculture Secretary echoed the views of former Ag. Secretaries on the subject of how to pay for fighting wildfires. (Gary Crawford and Sonny Perdue)
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The President's nominee for Agriculture Secretary says he'll be a major voice in the Administration for trade agreements that benefit agriculture. (Gary Crawford and Sonny Perdue)
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At his confirmation hearing Sonny Perdue talked about the Administration's proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, which he said he had no hand in crafting. Gary Crawford and Sonny Perdue)
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The nominee for Agriculture Secretary believes Cuba is a potential market for US ag goods, based on a trade mission he led as Governor of Georgia. (Rod Bain and Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue)
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USDA's response to recent outbreaks of high path bird flu in commercial poultry flocks is recognized by the nominee for Agriculture Secretary. (Rod Bain and former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue)
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Ag Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue does not support a total ban on meat products from Brazil, in the wake of a tainted meat scandal there. (Stephanie Ho and Ag Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue)
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Officials say the worrisome screwworm infestation in the Florida Keys that was discovered last fall now appears to be eradicated. (Gary Crawford and Dr. Jack Shere)
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Dr. Jack Shere, Deputy Administrator of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, saying that experts are still trying to pin down the source of last fall's screwworm infestation in the Florida Keys.
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Farmers whose land was burned by wildfires earlier this month in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas could get help restoring their land from a USDA program. (Gary Crawford, Bob Buchholz and Leonard Jordan)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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