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Market to Market March 12, 2010 (#3528)

Rural America feels the pinch of the economic downturn. Alternative fuel tax credits get another look from Congress. And politicians and farmers square off over consolidation in rural America. Market analysis with Sue Martin. (24:45)

Tags: agriculture Congress economy farmers markets politics renewable fuels rural taxes

In the News

  • Obama Pushing a New Export Initiative
    (Mar 12, 2010) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says doubling exports over the next five years will boost the economy by helping U.S companies sell their goods and services abroad and creating new jobs at home.
  • Meatpackers Say Inspection Cuts are Shortsighted
    (Mar 12, 2010) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's plan to lay off some meat inspectors to save money and reduce the time inspectors spend with small, independent processors has the industry and farmers fearing it could hurt what has been a growing industry.
  • Cows to Chardonnay: Can Dairy Farms Change?
    (Mar 12, 2010) WARREN, Conn (AP) -- A winter breeze rustles through the brittle and dormant vines twisting along the hills of Bill Hopkins' vineyard, the latest transformation of a Connecticut farm that since 1786 has been keeping up with changing agriculture,...
  • Brazil Announces Sanctions on US Cars, Fruit
    (Mar 12, 2010) GENEVA (AP) -- Brazil announced trade sanctions on a range of American goods Monday in retaliation for the United States' failure to eliminate billions in illegal cotton subsidies - a move that affects products from Ford automobiles to Heinz ketchup.
  • Oregon Governor Seeks Klamath Drought Declaration
    (Mar 12, 2010) KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski said he expects to sign a state drought declaration for the Klamath Basin next week, but state and federal aid will not be enough to stave off hard times for farmers.
  • Outside Science Academies to Review Warming Panel
    (Mar 12, 2010) WASHINGTON (AP) — The beleaguered global warming panel has found an outside group to review how it writes its reports.
  • Obama Pushes Senators for Climate Bill
    (Mar 12, 2010) WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama made a renewed push for a long-stalled climate and energy bill Tuesday, urging lawmakers at a White House meeting to pass a comprehensive bill this year.