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1-27-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

USDA is extending relief for millions of rural residents who have USDA housing loans. (Stephanie Ho)

1-27-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

The numbers in the latest USDA report on cattle feedlot activity are remarkably similar to the numbers in the same report one year ago. (Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst)

1-26-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

What do some former Secretaries of Agriculture see as important farm and food policy issues the new Presidential administration must address? (Rod Bain. Former Secretaries Mike Espy, Dan Glickman, and Anne Veneman)

1-26-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

One of the longest tenured U.S. Agriculture Secretaries could resume the role pending Senate confirmation of his nomination by President Biden. (Rod Bain and former Secretary Tom Vilsack) 

1-25-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

What were some of the big changes in USDA’s January crop reports? Stephanie Ho has the story

1-25-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

A recent weather system was noted for record wind gusts, but the greater concern is how it might impact some of the nation’s winter wheat areas. Rod Bain reports

1-22-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

There have been big changes in USDA’s forecasts for corn. (Stephanie Ho and Mark Jekanowski, WAOB Chair) 

1-22-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

When the final books are closed on 2020, they will show the U.S. doing very well in exporting meat and meat products. (Gary Crawford and USDA economist, Bart Kenner) 

1-21-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

Will Covid-19 and other factors put a damper on farmland values in 2021? (Gary Crawford and Randy Dickhut with Farmers National Company) 

1-21-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

The final rule on a USDA conservation program reflects updates incorporated as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. (Rod Bain and Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting Chief Kevin Norton) 

1-20-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

USDA surveys in 2021 will focus on swine operations. (Stephanie Ho and Agricultural Statistics Board Chair Joe Parsons)

1-20-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

A new sign-up period for USDA’s main coronavirus assistance program begins next week. (Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce)

1-19-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says U.S. farmers lead the world, but they need continued freedom to innovate and they need more trade agreements. (Gary Crawford and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue)

1-19-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

A recently released guidepost is designed for the nation’s public and private researchers to meet ag-related goals in innovation by the year 2050. (Rod Bain and Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Scott Hutchins)

1-18-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

What agricultural commodity will USDA be focusing on this year? (Stephanie Ho and Agricultural Statistics Board Chair Joe Parsons)

1-18-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

By this time next year all foods with more than 5% GMO ingredients will have to be labeled as such. Will it help or confuse us? (Gary Crawford and Karen Blakeslee, Kansas State University Extension Food Safety

1-15-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

The latest effort in building USDA’s urban agriculture support and outreach involves applications for membership of a new committee advising the Agriculture Secretary. Rod Bain reports.

1-15-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

This year’s USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum includes some new aspects, including how it is presented. (Rod Bain and World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski)

1-14-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

Lingering drought in the southern two-thirds of the American West could severely impact the region’s snowpack accumulations and water reservoir levels. (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

1-14-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

If you think USDA’s upcoming winter round of forecasts will be a real snoozer. you may end up being awakened and surprised. (Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

1-13-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

For producers who want to apply for USDA’s new Quality Loss Adjustment program, a presidential disaster declaration can help. (Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce)

1-13-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

What were the actual acreages, yields and production of this past season’s crops? We’ll soon have the answer to that question. (Gary Crawford and USDA Outlook Board Chairman Mark Jekanowski)

1-12-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

USDA has a new program aimed at helping producers deal with crop quality losses due to natural disasters. (Stephanie Ho and FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce) 

1-12-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

Will 2021 be better for food shoppers? (Gary Crawford and outgoing USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson) 

1-11-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

USDA will issue another round of food box distribution for families impacted by the current pandemic starting later this month. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach) 

1-11-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

USDA and and states are partnering to enhance work opportunities for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. (Stephanie Ho and Deputy Undersecretary Brandon Lipps) 

1-8-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

What were the 2020 highlights for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service? Stephanie Ho has a look at the top three

1-8-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

2020 started with a lot of promise for producers. What it produced was a lot of problems and huge efforts to mitigate them. Gary Crawford has more

1-7-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

What will 2021 hold for the ethanol industry? (Gary Crawford and outgoing USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson)

1-7-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

Landowners wishing to enroll acreage in the Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up have until February 12th to do so. (Rod Bain and Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce) 

1-6-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

Media headlines can cause confusion about health and nutrition. (Stephanie Ho and USDA Deputy Undersecretary Brandon Lipps)

1-6-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

Will farmers respond to current rising prices and boost planted acreage this spring? (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson)

1-5-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

2021 may turn out to be an unusual year for U.S. wheat growers. (Gary Crawford and USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson) 

1-5-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

The federal government’s newly-released Dietary Guidelines for Americans can be tailored to meet individual needs. (Stephanie Ho and USDA Deputy Undersecretary Brandon Lipps) 

1-4-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

The Agriculture Department will soon have oversight of parts of federal regulations regarding food and fiber animals modified or produced by genetic engineering. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach)

1-4-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

The new year could bring tighter margins for dairy operators. (Gary Crawford and outgoing USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson) 

1-1-21 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

Food shoppers this past year have had to deal with some large price hikes. What is the outlook for the new year? Gary Crawford has this report.

1-1-21 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

An annual USDA report on rural America looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted sectors of that section of the country. Rod Bain reports.

12-31-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

Work within the nation’s grain and feed industry created a new logistic system for commodity barge traffic that should create cost efficiencies. (Rod Bain and Randy Gordon of the National Grain and Feed Association)

12-31-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

The global pandemic has led USDA agricultural trade missions to take on a virtual scope – one that could become a part of ag trade going forward. (Rod Bain and Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural

12-30-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

Beginning farmers need both capital and mentoring. (Stephanie Ho. USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey. Farm Foundation President Shari Rogge-Fidler)

12-30-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

What are some of the areas addressed regarding agriculture in the recently signed FY 2021 federal budget and coronavirus stimulus package? (Rod Bain)

12-29-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

There is a long history of collaboration between USDA and NASA. (Stephanie Ho. Mike Cosh, ARS. Bradley Doorn, NASA)

12-29-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

A new USDA report supports the idea that U.S. pork producers are pulling back on production. (Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam)

12-28-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

Considered the front line of biosecurity defense, agricultural quarantine inspectors help keep out diseases and pests that threaten our nation’s farm and food sectors. (Rod Bain and Andrew Bailey of the National Pork Producers Council)

12-28-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

A recent study looks at the value of the nation’s highway system in the ag sector, including specific corridors with major volumes of ag related traffic. (Rod Bain and Adam Sparger of the Agricultural Marketing Service)

12-25-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

2021 could be a huge year for fruits and vegetables. Gary Crawford tells us why. 

12-25-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

U.S. founding father, Alexander Hamilton, is now a big star, thanks to the hit musical, but he hasn’t eclipsed Santa in popularity. Gary Crawford has more.

12-24-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

USDA and NASA have agreed to bring their specialties together to help increase a better understanding of the Earth. (Stephanie Ho. Mike Cosh, ARS. Bradley Doorn, NASA) 

12-24-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

Like many other facets of life, this year posed some unique challenges for those in the custom harvester industry. (Rod Bain and Ryan Haffner of U.S. Custom Harvesters) 

12-23-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

No surprises in last Friday’s USDA report on cattle feedlot activity. (Gary Crawford and Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst)

12-23-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

You still have a little time to find last minute gifts for the gardeners and lawn lovers on your list. Here are some ideas. (Gary Crawford and Dennis Patton)

12-22-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

One major theme running through the last few years at USDA has been to listen to producers. That process is continuing. (Gary Crawford. Ag. Sec’y Sonny Perdue and Bob Stephenson with FPAC’s Business Center)

12-22-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

Different USDA agencies worked together to come up with questions for the once-every-five-years local foods marketing practices survey. (Stephanie Ho and Adam Cline, NASS)

12-21-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

What do the next five years hold for college graduates in food and farm- related studies regarding employment opportunities? (Rod Bain and Marcos Fernandez of Purdue University)

12-21-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

A USDA Ag Census special survey looks at local foods marketing practices. (Stephanie Ho and Adam Cline, NASS)

12-18-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

A young boy on a Wisconsin dairy farm never imagined he would spend over six decades serving as perhaps the nation’s premiere farm broadcaster. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Orion Samuelson

12-18-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

Snow coverage levels nationwide are at historic lows. Stephanie Ho reports. PARTICIPANTS: Stephanie Ho and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey

12-17-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

Real Christmas tree supplies are very tight this year. An official with the National Christmas Tree Association says don’t delay in buying yours. (Gary Crawford. Tim O’connor with the National Chistmas Tree Association) 

12-16-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

USDA has released this year’s edition of its America’s Diverse Family Farm report. (Stephanie Ho and Christine Whitt, ERS)

12-16-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

USDA’s latest look at the U.S. soybean balance sheet shows another decrease in ending stocks, but the question is why? (Rod Bain and World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski)

12-17-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

Near record production in three major wheat growing nations is expected to boost already record global wheat supplies. (Rod Bain and World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Mark Jekanowski) 

12-15-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

A final rule clarifies definitions under the Packers and Stockyards Act. (Stephanie Ho and Undersecretary Greg Ibach)

12-15-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

If you go out to buy a real Christmas tree, you may find the experience a little different than normal. Chalk it up to Covid-19. (Gary Crawford and Tim O’Connor with the National Christmas Tree Association)

12-14-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

The combination of a heartwarming puppy as a holiday gift, and pandemic related restrictions, means a rise in a scam that could result in no pet and a loss of money. (Rod Bain and Amy Nofziger of

12-14-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

A USDA official says there has been at least one positive thing that has come out of this pandemic. (Gary Crawford. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce and Under Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey)

12-11-20 KKOW AG NEWS 12:30

Sales of real Christmas Trees could set a record this year. Gary Crawford explains why

12-11-20 KKOW AG NEWS 11:15

USDA has many programs aimed at helping agricultural producers. Stephanie Ho tells you about three of them, with deadlines coming up soon.