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A recent USDA study looks at the financial well-being of mid-sized farms in the US and how their structure has changed over time. (Rod Bain and Christopher Burns of the Economic Research Service)
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USDA economist, Christopher Burns, discusses the findings of a recent study on the status and financial well-being of mid-sized farms in America (1992 - 2014).
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Christopher Burns of USDA's Economic Research Service explains some reasons why there's been a five percent decline of mid-sized farms over a two decade period..
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In a series of meetings that began more than 30 years ago, U.S. and Chinese officials will hold three days of meetings in Washington, D.C. next week. (Gary Crawford, Sec'y Tom Vilsack and Rob Johansson)
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One nutrition concern for livestock after a natural disaster hits is watching out for nutrient excess in the diet. (Rod Bain and Ely Walker of Washington State University)
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A new report shows food prices continuing to be lower than last year. (Gary Crawford and Annemarie Kuhns)
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What could a stronger U.S. dollar mean for U.S. food shoppers? (Gary Crawford and Annemarie Kuhns)
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Beef cattle producers could face more price declines in the coming year. (Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer)
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Hog producers may need to do some belt tightening next year, if pork production climbs as much as predicted. (Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer)
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Broiler production next year may climb, bringing prices down. (Gary Crawford and Seth Meyer)
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Assuring proper nutrition and a consistent diet is key for herd and flock owners helping their animals deal with stress during and after a disaster. (Rod Bain and Ely Walker)
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Knowing about your animal's digestive system will help you properly prepare for feeding them during and after a natural disaster. (Rod Bain and Ely Walker of Washington State University)
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Pumpkin is no doubt a fixture of fall time, but some people seem to take their passion for pumpkin to a higher degree, both in the veins of fun and seriousness. Rod Bain looks at some examples of our pumpkin obsessions in this edition of "Agriculture USA". PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. Dave Horner of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Mohammed Babadoos of the University of Illinois. USDA economist Greg Astill. Giant pumpkin growers Bob Liggett and Ron Wallace. Plus various obsessed folks.
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Will food shoppers get a break on the price of that Thanksgiving meal this year? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam. USDA food price economist, Annemarie Kuhns.
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Preparing the Thanksgiving turkey can be stressful enough without having to protect it from bacteria and wild animals. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Marianne Gravely with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. 1-888-MPHOTLINE
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Follow some simple steps and you, too, can have a holiday turkey disaster. Gary Crawford has a sad story to tell. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Marianne Gravely with USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline. Plus some assorted stooge types.
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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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The average American eats only about 4 or 5 pounds of this sweet food every year. Most of that will be in the next two weeks. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA "vegucators" Sara Pellegrino and Dana White.
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The Agriculture Secretary makes the case for improvements both for USDA and rural America as a whole over the last few years. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Secretary Tom Vilsack
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One expert says that despite forecasts for larger than expected corn and soybean supplies, there is a silver lining to it all. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson. USDA Outlook Board Chairman Seth Meyer. Private industry analyst, Brian Doherty
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Burgeoning supplies of meat and poultry next year could bring a price drop for beef cattle, hogs, broilers and turkeys. Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. USDA Outlook Board Chairman Seth Meyer. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson
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The nation's turkey producers and consumers have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season---no bird flu. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam
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An upcoming USDA survey will give ag producers an opportunity to discuss their conservation practices and their impacts. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Joe Parsons of the National Agricultural Statistics Service
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