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Market to Market September 9, 2011 (#3702)


President Obama unveils his latest plans to put America back to work. Wildfires blacken 33 thousand acres in the tinderbox formerly known as Texas. And Nebraska residents find an oasis in what some have called a "food desert." Those stories and market analysis with Walt Hackney and Virgil Robinson. (27:45)

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In the News

  • Drought Machine Helps Develop Hardier Crops
    (Sep 9, 2011) COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Felix Fritschi likes to damage plants. He's no vandal. The plant scientist and his colleagues at the University of Missouri are using a new device to deprive plants of water in an effort to better understand how they're...
  • Judge Warns Washington Union to Halt Illegal Tactics
    (Sep 9, 2011) TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Union activists aren't backing off demands to work at a new Washington state grain terminal after hundreds of Longshore workers stormed the facility, overwhelmed guards and dumped grain. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton...
  • EU Court Puts Limits on Modified Honey
    (Sep 9, 2011) BRUSSELS (AP) — Honey that contains traces of pollen from genetically modified crops needs special authorization before it can be sold in Europe, the European Union's top court said Tuesday, in a judgment that could have widespread...
  • Wisconsin Study Finds Big Dairies Produce Cleaner Milk
    (Sep 9, 2011) MILWAUKEE (AP) -- With buying from small, local, family-run farms becoming more popular, the results of a new study from Wisconsin could be surprising: It found that milk from big dairies is cleaner than that from small ones. Lead researcher Steve...
  • Tai Rice Subsidy Scheme to Push up World Prices
    (Sep 9, 2011) BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's plan to pay its rice growers far above market rates is expected to push up prices for the staple that feeds almost half the world's people as rice importing nations look to other countries for tightened supplies. A new...
  • After Irene, A Look at Recent US Disaster Costs
    (Sep 9, 2011) Insurers have paid out claims totaling almost $25 billion in this year's disasters— compared with the typical $30 billion total for a whole year — and peak hurricane season is less than halfway through. Hurricanes often account for...
  • Irene Leaves Hard Times for East Coast Farmers
    (Sep 9, 2011) STONEWALL, N.C. (AP) — Far from the beach towns that took Hurricane Irene's first hit, the storm inflicted some of its worst damage on inland farms as crops were pummeled by wind, scalded by salt spray and submerged by floodwaters. Some...