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USDA March 31 Report Day React - interview with Darrel Good

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USDA March 31 Report Day React - interview with Darrel Good
Darrel Good, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois

Up next Todd Gleason talks with University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Darrel Good about today’s Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports.

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Targeting the Middle of the Chain

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Targeting the Middle of the Chain
Sam Riskers, Administrator - USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Sara Eckhouse, Chief of Staff - USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Secretary Vilsack has identified strengthening local and regional food systems as one of the four pillars of USDA’s commitment to rural economic development. Part of this focus in on the middle of the supply chain. Todd Gleason reports USDA is helping to make investments in this space. Those local food systems investments aren’t all…
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3:07 radio self contained Those local food systems investments aren’t all targeted at producers, or the people who raise food. Some of it says Sam Rikkers, the Administrator for USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, are aimed at the people in the middle of the supply chain.Rikkers :31 …to have markets for their goods.Quote Summary - Well here is what we know. We know at USDA that a huge part of the folks we work for, particularly at Rural Development, are the…

USDA Toolkit Designed to help Pitch Local Foods

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USDA Toolkit Designed to help Pitch Local Foods
Sara Eckhouse, Chief of Staff - USDA Agricultural Marketing Service The United States Department of Agriculture has been moving to support local food production throughout the nation. The agency is focusing on bringing new farmers and businesses into rural and urban areas. To that end, as Todd Gleason reports, it has developed an online toolkit entrepreneurs can use to help pitch their ideas to lenders and local governments. The Local Food System Toolkit was developed…
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2:50 radio self contained The Local Food System Toolkit was developed by the Agricultural Marketing Service or A-M-S along with Colorado State University. It is supposed to help communities reliably evaluate the economic impact of investing in local and regional food systems says the Chief of Staff for AMS Sara Eckhouse.Eckhouse :40 …pillars for economic revitalization in rural communities.Quote Summary - The point is to really understand the econom…

2016 TPP Ratification Extremely Important

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2016 TPP Ratification Extremely Important
Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture - Washington, D.C.The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture continues to call on congress to ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership. Tom Vilsack says it is extremely important that the 12 nation trade pact be approved this year. Vilsack :31 …with commodity prices where they are today.Quote Summary - There are many reasons for that, but for agriculture it is about increasing market opportunities in Asia. Which is a fast growing market, particularly for our high value products. We are going to see significant tariff reduction and elimination on American agricultural products. Farm Bureau has proposed, and suggested, and studied this. They believe it will increase exports by over 5 billion dollars, and increase U.S. farm income by over 4 billion dollars. All of which I think is extremely important, especially with commodity prices where they are today.Tariffs on almost all U.S. farm pr…

Fewer Hogs and Higher Prices

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Fewer Hogs and Higher Prices
Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension Agricultural EconomistThe last Hogs and Pigs report is good news for pork producers. Todd Gleason reports it showed fewer hogs are being raised in the United States and that, in turn, should boost prices. Pork producers say they’ll reduce the size…
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2:04 radio self containedPork producers say they’ll reduce the size of their breeding herds. Or at least that’s what the latest Hogs and Pigs report showed. Purdue Extension Agricultural Economist Chris Hurt says farrowing should begin slow this spring and summer. However, right now, the breeding herd is as big as it was at this same time last year. Still, it’s a pattern of change and reduction says Hurt.Hurt :20 …that has seemingly has now ended.Quote Summary - The herd had been in an expansion phase from the last half of 2014 through 2015. That expansion was largely because of record high profits due to baby pig losses from PED. That expansion phase seeming…

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture - interview with Tom Vilsack

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture - interview with Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture - Washington, D.C. Up next… U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has a discussion about policy making news in Washington, D.C. including the TPP, the just announced Local Foods Toolkit, and GMO labeling laws. 10:18 self contained

USDA New Farmers & Businesses - Good Food Festival Interview

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USDA New Farmers & Businesses - Good Food Festival Interview
Sara Eckhouse, Chief of Staff - USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
Sam Riskers, Administrator - USDA Rural Business-Cooperative ServiceThe United States Department of Agriculture has been moving to support local food production throughout the nation. Todd Gleason has more on how and why the agency is focusing on bringing new farmers and businesses into rural and urban areas.

USDA Offers New Toolkit to Assess Economic Impact of Local Foods

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USDA Offers New Toolkit to Assess Economic Impact of Local Foods
Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture - Washington, D.C.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has unveiled a new resource to help communities and businesses evaluate the economic benefits of investing in local food systems. The announcement was made Thursday to those attending the Good Food Festival and Conference in Chicago.Vilsack :35 …USDA to provide support across the board for this effort. Quote Summary - It is really designed to give us the ability to work with all of you. So that you can make the case to local government officials, to investors, to those interested in the good food movement, that this is a profitable venture, and that this makes economic sense. We think this toolkit makes that case more strongly and with better data which should lead to continued investment in the good food movement. It is a continuation of our effort at USDA to provide support across the board for th…

Good Food Festival & Conference | with Zach Grant

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Good Food Festival & Conference | with Zach Grant
Zach Grant, Local Food Systems & Small Farms Educator - University of Illinois Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week the University of Illinois Chicago Forum will host the Good Food Festival & Conference. It is all about raising, marketing, and eating locally grown fruits, vegetables, and meats. Todd Gleason has more with Zach Grant from University of Illinois Extension.

Why Urban Agriculture | with Zach Grant

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Why Urban Agriculture | with Zach Grant
Zach Grant, Local Food Systems & Small Farms Educator - University of Illinois Extension systems across the United States are targeting the development of local food systems around large and small communities. Todd Gleason has more on the reasons why with University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems & Small Farms Educator Zach Grant.

Any Information in Mid-Year Soybean Stocks Estimate

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Any Information in Mid-Year Soybean Stocks Estimate
Darrel Good, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisNext week (Thursday March 31) USDA will release the quarterly Grain Stocks report. Typically it is overshadowed by the Prospective Plantings report released on the same date. However, as Todd Gleason reports, it occasionally provides a surprise to the trade. For soybeans, the stocks estimate is often very near…
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4:10 radio self contained For soybeans, the stocks estimate is often very near the level expected by the market says University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Darrel Good. This is because we generally know how many soybeans are used at any point during year based off the magnitude of the domestic crush and the exports, both of which are tallied either by the government, the industry, or the two combined. The stocks estimate, says Good, really does indicated the magnitude of seed, feed, and residual use of soybeans in the previous quarter. U…

Are Soybeans-After-Soybeans Profitable | with Gary Schnitkey

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Are Soybeans-After-Soybeans Profitable | with Gary Schnitkey
Gary Schnitkey, Extension Economist - University of IllinoisLow commodity prices have farmers around the nation considering a different crop rotation. Some have been wondering if it might be more profitable to plant soybeans after soybeans this year. University of Illinois Extension Economist Gary Schnitkey addressed the issue on the FarmDocDaily website and told Todd Gleason farmers in northern and southern Illinois might consider the option.

Earlier Spring is Lawn Patching Time | with Rhonda Ferree

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Earlier Spring is Lawn Patching Time | with Rhonda Ferree
Rhonda Ferree, Extension Educator, Horticulture - University of IllinoisSpring is a good time to do early season lawn care. University of Illinois Extension Educator Rhonda Ferree tells Todd Gleason you might need to address some crabgrass in the your lawn or to patch some areas.

Grain Stocks & Prospective Plantings Reports Previews

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Grain Stocks & Prospective Plantings Reports Previews
Darrel Good, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisUSDA will officially kick off the new year for the spring planted crops when it releases two reports on the last day of the month. Todd Gleason has this preview from the University of Illinois.The Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports…
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2:30 radio self containedThe Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports will be released March 31st. Darrel Good says both will help set the tone of the trade for corn and soybeans going forward. Good :33 …the potential size of the upcoming crops. Quote Summary - The Stocks report will be modestly important as it always is for corn. It will give us a reading on how fast we are feeding last year’s crop, but the real information will be in the Prospective Plantings report. It can be a mixed bag. This is because we all know actual plantings deviate from intentions. Certainly, though, when we see the Marc…

WASDE a Shade Friendly

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WASDE a Shade Friendly
Darrel Good, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisUSDA’s March World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report didn’t really change much, still that seems a shade friendlier than before to University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Darrel Good.

Crop Insurance Decisions & ARC County Payments

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Crop Insurance Decisions & ARC County Payments
Gary Schnitkey, Extension Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois Farmers have until March 15th to make crop insurance decisions related to this years spring planted crops. Todd Gleason has more on what corn and soybean producers in the Midwest might consider. The two also discuss the potential ARC County payments to be made on last fall’s harvest.

Starting Herb Seeds Indoors

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Starting Herb Seeds Indoors
Nancy Kreith, Extension Horticulture Educator - University of IllinoisURBANA, Ill. – Herbs are popular in many gardens, but it can be expensive to buy and transplant mature plants. That’s why University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Nancy Kreith recommends starting herbs from seed indoors as spring approaches. March is a good time to begin.Thyme, rosemary, basil, sage, chives, and tarragon are good candidates for starting indoors. Many of these plants have very fine seeds and require a long germination period. If started early in March, they can be ready to transplant into the garden in mid to late May, depending on the region. Refer to Illinois State Water Survey for average frost free dates in your region at: www.isws.illinois.edu.To start herb seeds indoors, use a peat-based soil-less seed-starting mix in a 3- to 4-inch-deep container or seed-starting flat with drainage holes. Pre-moisten the mix with water until …

How to Move Plants Back Outside

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How to Move Plants Back Outside
Bruce Black, Extension Horticulture Educator - University of IllinoisURBANA, Ill. – Plants, like people and pets, prefer a particular environment to perk up and be prosperous, according to University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Bruce J. Black.“In the spring, when you are ready to take your plants outside for the growing season, the plants are likely to suffer damage if they are not acclimated correctly to outdoor conditions,” explains Black. “Overwintered plants have become accustomed to indoor conditions and, like humans, adapt slowly to rapid changes in environment.”Environmental factors such as light, wind, and temperature are some examples of changes to keep in mind. Each factor causes a different physiological response in the plant.“Natural light intensity can decrease by up to 50 percent during the winter,” Black says. “Setting plants outdoors in direct sun without acclimating them to the increased lighti…