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Market to Market December 2, 2011 (#3714)

Prospects for a rural recovery improve on estimates of record net farm income. After soaring to unprecedented levels last year, agricultural exports are predicted to decline. It's the end of an era in one rural community as a time capsule of America goes on the auction block. Market analysis with Sue Martin.

Tags: agriculture auctions commodities exports Iowa rural America Scotch Grove

In the News

  • North Mexico wilts under worst drought in 70 years
    (Dec 2, 2011) The sun-baked northern states of Mexico are suffering under the worst drought since the government began recording rainfall 70 years ago. Crops of corn, beans and oats are withering in the fields. About 1.7 million cattle have died of starvation...
  • Geoengineering could save Earth - or destroy it
    (Dec 2, 2011) Brighten clouds with sea water? Spray aerosols high in the stratosphere? Paint roofs white and plant light-colored crops? How about positioning "sun shades" over the Earth?
  • Community tries to capture bull, again
    (Dec 2, 2011) A posse hopes to soon catch Waldo, a bull that escaped from a farm in July and has been on the loose in the coastal city of Milford, Conn.
  • Farmers worry new labor rules will end teen jobs
    (Dec 2, 2011) From tending cattle to driving tractors or ATVs, 15-year-old Taylor Muller and her three younger brothers have always done what they could to help the family's farming business.
  • San Fran Burger Kings also charge for kids meals
    (Dec 2, 2011) Burger King has joined McDonald's in charging for kids meal toys to comply with San Francisco's ban.
  • Midwest companies expect job cuts in next 6 months
    (Dec 2, 2011) Job growth has slowed significantly in nine Midwest and Plains states, and many companies in the region expect further job cuts in the coming six months, according to a monthly survey of business managers released Thursday.
  • Lawmakers criticize Missouri River flood response
    (Dec 2, 2011) Lawmakers and congressional witnesses on Wednesday criticized the response of the Army Corps of Engineers to this year's devastating flooding along the Missouri River and said they were concerned existing problems won't be corrected.