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Market to Market December 9, 2011 (#3715)


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One lawmaker comes up with a novel approach for the next Farm Bill. Record weather disasters stretch federal, state and local budgets to their limits. The EPA says a popular -- and controversial -- method of oil drilling may be polluting groundwater. Those stories and market analysis with Walt Hackney and Virgil Robinson. (28:00)

Tags: agriculture disaster relief disasters Environmental Protection Agency Farm Bill fracking groundwater Iowa oil drilling oil industry pollution rural America Virgil Robinson Walt Hackney water pollution weather

In the News

  • Meat Industry Criticizes USDA's New antitrust Rule
    (Dec 9, 2011) ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new but stripped-down antitrust rule Thursday regulating meat companies that's far less sweeping than initial reforms that ran into strong opposition from businesses and Congress. The...
  • USDA Awards $10.4 Million in Food safety Grants
    (Dec 9, 2011) EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday it had awarded 17 grants totaling $10.4 million for university research projects designed to boost food safety at a time when millions of Americans get food-borne...
  • House Blocks Nonexistent Rule on Farm Dust
    (Dec 9, 2011) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has passed a bill to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from cracking down on farm dust, even though the agency says it has no plans to regulate that pollution. The idea that farm dust could be regulated has...
  • Small Corn Surplus Likely to Keep Food Prices High
    (Dec 9, 2011) ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The U.S. government barely changed its estimate for next year's U.S. corn surplus, which is expected to stay small and keep high food prices high. The Department of Agriculture estimates farmers will have 848 million bushels...
  • O, Tannenbaum! Are You best Natural or Artificial?
    (Dec 9, 2011) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- If the holidays are truly a time for peace on earth and goodwill toward all, someone forgot to tell the Christmas tree people. For these holiday antagonists, there can be no yule truce: It's either a natural tree grown at...
  • USDA Announces $50 Million for Gulf River Basins
    (Dec 9, 2011) HOUSTON (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday pledged $50 million to a program designed to restore seven river basins from Florida to Texas in an attempt to show a blueprint for rebuilding the Gulf Coast's fragile ecosystem is...