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Market to Market January 28, 2011 (#3622)

President Obama calls for this generation of Americans to embrace its "Sputnik Moment." Presidential wannabe Newt Gingrich calls for abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency. Despite record quarterly profits, McDonalds blames a hike in menu prices on sky-high commodities. Market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier. (27:47)

Tags: agriculture Barack Obama economy ethanol foreign relations markets Newt Gingrich presidents renewable fuels Rick Santorum technology

In the News

  • Supreme Court Rejects Tyson Lawsuit
    (Jan 28, 2011) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a former Tennessee poultry farmer who sued Tyson Farms after losing his contract to raise their chickens.
  • USDA Will Allow Planting of Modified Alfalfa
    (Jan 28, 2011) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Agriculture Department is allowing widespread planting of genetically modified alfalfa, attempting to bring to a close a lengthy legal and regulatory process in which organic producers attempted to curtail the use of the...
  • USDA Asked To Decide: Does Organic Mean Outdoor?
    (Jan 28, 2011) CHAMPAIGN, Ill (AP) -- When the doors to the hen house open, the 14,000 chickens on Edwin Blosser's organic egg farm make a mad dash for the pasture outside, where they can scratch and peck in the dirt.
  • Most Payments to Dead Farmers Proper
    (Jan 28, 2011) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A 2007 report that the federal government had paid $1.1 billion in subsidies to dead farmers sparked an outcry and has been frequently cited by critics who considered the payments a blatant example of wasteful spending.
  • USDA Chief: Conservation Program May Need Changes
    (Jan 28, 2011) U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he hopes landowners will commit 4 million acres of land this year to a federal program that pays farmers not to farm fragile acres.
  • Key Wheat Growing Province in China Hit by Drought
    (Jan 28, 2011) BEIJING (AP) -- China's key wheat growing province of Shandong is facing its worst drought in at least 40 years, putting further pressure on politically sensitive food prices that have been surging for months.
  • Taco Bell Takes Its Beef With Lawsuit Public
    (Jan 28, 2011) Taco Bell went big and bold to respond to a lawsuit claiming its taco filling can't be called beef, buying up newspaper ads Friday that trumpet "Thank you for suing us." The company says it is setting the record straight with full-page ads in...