Iowa Public Television


Market to Market March 25, 2011 (#3630)

U.S. commodities flow into Japan, despite the impact of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. Government meteorologists call for increased chances of major flooding in Midwestern watersheds. And speculators deploy new technologies hoping to find oil in the Niobrara Chalk Basin of Wyoming and Nebraska. Market analysis with Walt Hackney and Virgil Robinson. (27:45)

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In the News

  • Grocers Say High Vegetable Prices Should Drop Soon
    (Mar 25, 2011) CHAMPAIGN, Ill (AP) -- A nearly 50 percent increase in vegetable prices that has sent shoppers reeling in the produce aisle should ease in the coming weeks as farmers send grocers more tomatoes, lettuce and other crops.
  • UN: Global 2011 Wheat Production to Rise 3.4 Percent
    (Mar 25, 2011) ROME (AP) -- A U.N food agency is forecasting a 3.4 percent rise in world wheat production in 2011 but warns that the increase won't be as much as it was in previous years because of bumper crops.
  • UN Says 6 Million North Koreans Need Food Aid
    (Mar 25, 2011) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United Nations reported Thursday that more than 6 million North Koreans, about a quarter of the communist state's population - are in urgent need of international food aid.
  • Lawsuit Challenges Genetically Modified Alfalfa
    (Mar 25, 2011) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A lawsuit filed in California is challenging the federal government's deregulation of alfalfa that is genetically altered to withstand the popular weed killer Roundup.
  • Catfish Wars Heat up over Inspection Feud
    (Mar 25, 2011) WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S catfish farmers thought they had pulled off a coup when they persuaded Congress a few years ago to require tougher federal inspections for the whiskered fish.
  • Lead, Other Chemicals Taint Some Urban Gardens
    (Mar 25, 2011) DETROIT (AP) -- With remnants of once-legal lead paint, leaded gasoline and other pollutants from the nation's industrial past tainting land in U.S cities, soil researchers warn that the growing number of urban farmers and community gardeners need...