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Western Sports Roundup: Cinch Rodeo Shootout announced 03/27/2014

Mar 28, 2014

March 27, 2014. Another visit with a Rodeo Houston champion on Western Sports Roundup with Amy Wilson.

Aquaculture Farming

Mar 25, 2014

March 24, 2014. A visit to a mid-south farm dedicated to aquaculture, including a better understanding of lake and pond management.

Western Sports Roundup: Road to the Horse 03/17/2014

Mar 18, 2014

March 17, 2014. Amy Wilson brings us weekend highlights from Rodeo Houston in Western Sports Roundup.

USDA: Weather Update

Mar 18, 2014

March 17, 2014. USDAmeteorologist Brad Rippey breaks down the good and not so good about US ag weather going into spring.

Missouri River Flooding

Mar 07, 2014

March 6, 2014. Farmer and ranchers band together in the name of river flooding in Missouri.

Military Monday: Black History Month

Feb 25, 2014

February 24, 2014. The 22nd Air Refueling Wing in McConnell, KS celebrates Black History Month.

Farm Toy Collection

Feb 07, 2014

February 5, 2014. Meet Will Brewer and be wowed by his extensive farm toy collection. More news at: www.myruraltv.com.

FDA Calls For Reduced Antibiotic Use In Livestock

Dec 12, 2013

FDA takes significant steps to address antimicrobial resistance
Agency implementing plan to ensure judicious use of antibiotics in food animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.

Corn Producers To Defend Ethanol At EPA Hearing

Dec 04, 2013

Farmers Head to Washington, D.C., to Defend Ethanol at EPA Hearing

WASHINGTON (Dec. 4, 2013) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut the amount of corn ethanol required under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by 10 percent will affect corn prices and rural economies, farmers plan to tell the agency at a hearing set for Thursday, Dec. 5 outside the nation’s capital.

Kansas State Leads Effort To Develop Heat-Resistant Wheat

Nov 15, 2013

Kansas State University Will Lead Effort to Develop Climate-Resilient Wheat

Researchers from K-State, CIMMYT, Cornell and USDA to Collaborate on Feed the Future Project

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University has been chosen to lead a new effort focused on developing wheat varieties that are resilient to the warming effects of climate change. The initial focus will be on wheat in South Asia, which typically produces 20 percent of the world’s wheat crop.

USDA: Vilsack Pushes Farm Bill

Oct 21, 2013

October 18, 2013. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is back to work and continuing his push to get a farmbill passed. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com.

AFBF President Bob Stallman Reacts to Farm Bill Expiration

Oct 01, 2013

Statement by Bob Stallman, President
American Farm Bureau Federation
Re: Farm Bill Expiration

October 1, 2013

“Farmers and ranchers, along with 90 percent of the country, are frustrated with Congress. Aside from shutting down the government, the one-year farm bill extension Congress granted last session also expired at midnight, while the new farm bill has yet to formally reach the conference process.

Grain Bin Safety Tips

Sep 25, 2013

From the University of Illinois Extension:

Grain Bin Safety

Safety Precautions

Whenever possible, don't enter a grain bin. If you must enter the bin, as a farm owner/operator you should:

Break up crusted grain from the outside of the bin with a long pole. When using a pole, check to see that it doesn't come into contact with electric lines.
Wear a harness attached to a properly secured rope.

USDA Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

Aug 05, 2013

USDA Celebrates National Farmers Market Week, August 4-10
Confirms Growth and Sustainability in Farmers Markets

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Saturday celebrated National Farmers Market Week with a kick-off event at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market in Washington, D.C.

Ag Groups Call For Immigration Reform

Jul 31, 2013

FARM BUREAU, 400 OTHER ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR HOUSE IMMIGRATION REFORM
Jul. 31, 2013

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation news release

The American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 400 leading U.S. businesses and advocacy organizations called on the House to enact immigration reform legislation.

New Technology In The Field

Jul 19, 2013

July 18, 2013. A look at new technology that could replace pen and paper in the field. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com.

USDA Announces Loans & Grants To Small Businesses in Rural America

Jun 19, 2013

USDA Celebrates National Small Business Week with Continued Investments to Help Rural Business Grow
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces $4.7 million in additional investment for rural small businesses

TX Farmers Battling Drought

Jun 18, 2013

June 17, 2013. SomeTexas farmer’s battle drought with a unique crop. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com.

New Report Shows How To Grow Beef Demand

Jun 13, 2013

NEW REPORT SHOWS HOW TO GROW BEEF DEMAND

Source: Cattlemen's Beef Board news release

Price, food safety and product quality are the most important demand drivers on which the beef industry should focus to have the most compelling effects on beef demand in the long term. Other key drivers include health, nutrition, social aspects and sustainability.

Farmers Markets Flourishing In Summer

Jun 10, 2013

The late spring and summer months means your local farmers market should be stocked full of fresh vegetables, fruits and other items..straight from the farm!
There are nearly 8,000 farmers markets currently in operation across the country, with more opening almost every week.
For a complete listing, or to find a market close to you...go to: http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/

Brothers Traveling Across Rural America

May 31, 2013

May 30, 2013. Meet two brothers, two bikes --- making their way across rural America. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com.

MU: Walk While You Work

May 29, 2013

May 28, 2013. Get physically fit with a program sponsored by the University of Missouri extension. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com.

OK Horizon: Storm Preparation

May 24, 2013

May 23rd, 2013. Oklahoma Horizon shares a story on how storms can impact horses and livestock --- and how best to prepare. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com.

Cowgirl Chicks: Ride For A Cure

May 20, 2013

May 18, 2013. The Cowgirl Chicks talk about RIDE FOR A CURE and their dedication, along with great partners, to raising funds for cancer patients and their families. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com.

Farm Bill: Vilsack Exclusive

May 16, 2013

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack talks one-to-one with RURAL TV on budget cuts and what's next for the farm bill

USDA: Grant For Dairy and Beef Production

May 10, 2013

May 9, 2013. A USDA grant that should make a difference in dairy and beef production. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

USDA: Update On Farm Bill

May 10, 2013

May 9,2013. An update with USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Farm Bill and the markup that begins next week. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

Farm Bill: Latest on the Markup

May 09, 2013

May 8, 2013. Tuesday, May 14 is the long-awaited date for beginning the mark-up of the Farm Bill, the latest from Washington on this crucial meeting. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

USDA: Alternatives to Commercial Fertilizers

May 09, 2013

May 8, 2013. USDA research studies alternatives to commercial fertilizers while keeping farmers environmentally friendly. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

USDA: Midwest Flooding Recedes

May 06, 2013

USDA gives us the latest on flooding and how it is starting to recede in the Midwest

USDA Announces Final Call for 2012 Census of Agriculture

May 06, 2013

USDA Announces Final Call for 2012 Census of Agriculture

Don't Miss Your Chance to Provide the Facts Straight from the Farm

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013 – With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing on May 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America. USDA has already received more than 2 million completed Census forms.

Voting Now Open For Monsanto's "Farm Mom of the Year" Contest

May 03, 2013

VOTING NOW OPEN FOR MONSANTO'S "FARM MOM OF THE YEAR" CONTEST
May 2, 2013

Source: Monsanto news release

From Alaska to Florida, Maine to Hawaii, you took the time to share what makes your favorite farm mom so special. Now, American Agri-Women and Monsanto have selected five regional winners. Your vote will help determine this year's national winner, to be announced on Mother's Day.

USDA: G-8 Nations Discuss Open Data

Apr 30, 2013

The G-8 nations meet in Washington DC to discuss open data for agriculture

USDA: Specialty Crops and Farm Bill

Apr 29, 2013

April 26, 2013. Prominent specialty crop producers testify before lawmakers about the urgent need for new farm bill. More news and videos at: www.myruraltvcom.

NRCS helps improve water quality in watersheds across the country

Apr 25, 2013

NRCS helps improve water quality in watersheds across the country

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2013 - USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced today additional funding for the second year of the National Water Quality Initiative.

NRCS will make available nearly $35 million in financial assistance to farmers and ranchers in 164 priority watersheds this year to implement suites of conservation practices intended to improve water quality.

USDA: Optimistic About Farm Bill

Apr 17, 2013

April 16, 2013. USDA's Tom Vilsack tells us why he's optimistic the farm bill will get done. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

Southern Plains Farm Show

Apr 12, 2013

THOUSANDS OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THE MIDWEST WILL SOON BE HEADING TO OKLAHOMA CITY...
THE SOUTHERN PLAINS FARM SHOW BEGINS THURSDAY APRIL 18 AT THE OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR PARK.
DOZENS OF EXHIBITORS WILL BE ON HAND.. SHOWING OFF THE LATEST IN FARM EQUIPMENT.. AG-CHEMICALS.. AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES DESIGNED TO IMPROVE CROP YIELDS.. AND INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY ON YOUR FARM OR RANCH.
THE SOUTHERN PLAINS FARM SHOW KICKS OFF THURSDAY APRIL 18 AND RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY APRIL 20 AT THE OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR PARK.. JUST OFF INTERSTATE 44 IN OKLAHOMA CITY.

USDA 2014 Budget

Apr 12, 2013

April 11, 2013. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on how the proposed 2014 budget will impact farmers. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com

Ag Secretary Vilsack Defends USDA Budget Proposals

Apr 12, 2013

Vilsack Defends USDA Budget For Upcoming Fiscal Year

President Obama has released his proposal for the budget for Fiscal Year 2014. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is defending his portion of that budget, saying it keeps ag spending relatively unchanged, but says funding shifts will have an impact on many USDA programs.

Top issues in this latest budget proposal includes farm subsidy payments, research and renewable fuel provisions and food aid restructuring.

USDA: April Crop Report

Apr 11, 2013

April 10, 2013. The USDA April Crop Report is released. More news and videos at: www.myruraltv.com.

Root Worm

Apr 08, 2013

Farmers control western corn root worm with a tried and true strategy

Improving Nutrition

Apr 08, 2013

Ag Secretary Vilsack shares a message about improving nutrition for children

Farm Bill Update

Apr 05, 2013

Could Farm Bill be back on Congress' agenda soon? NAWG'S Paul Penner gives us an update.

Planting Progress

Apr 04, 2013

The USDA reports on their knowledge of 2013 planting progress

War Against Obesity

Mar 29, 2013

The U.S. military’s war against obesity and a healthier America

StrikeForce

Mar 29, 2013

USDA's StrikeForce is making a big difference in rural America

USDA Stocks

Mar 29, 2013

USDA quarterly stocks and planted acreage numbers are out, and there's a surprise in the corn trade

Vilsack Nutrition

Mar 25, 2013

Ag Secretary Vilsack is busy spreading a health message on the road

Pakistan Loans

Mar 22, 2013

Travel to Pakistan where new community loans are making a difference in the future of farming

Developing Communities

Mar 22, 2013

USDA Undersecretary Doug O'Brien shares the latest efforts in developing rural communities

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