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Market to Market February 24, 2012 (#3726)

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Crude oil prices approach a 52-week high, giving motorists a major pain at the pump. Current and former USDA Secretaries discuss the future of American Agriculture. In the wake of glyphosate-resistant plants, soldiers press on in the "war on weeds." Market analysis with Mark Gold. (28:03)

Tags: agriculture budgets business economy energy costs Iowa nutrition Secretary of Agriculture subsidies USDA

In the News

  • Mild Winter Creates Sticky Problem for Maple Syrup Season
    (Feb 22, 2012) A mild winter across the Northeast is injecting extra uncertainty into maple syrup season, but many producers say they'll just go with the flow, whenever it starts.
  • Rice Production Another Drought Casualty
    (Feb 22, 2012) Five generations of Ronald Gertson's family have tilled the claylike soil of southeast Texas to grow rice, confident that no matter how fickle Mother Nature was, there would be one constant: water to irrigate their crop.
  • Efforts Started to Photograph, Preserve Old Barns
    (Feb 24, 2012) KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Thousands of precariously leaning, rotting barns with peeling paint and missing boards dot America's rural landscape. The aging relics hold a certain romance for many, and interest is growing in numerous states in saving...
  • Two in New Jersey Sickened by Raw Milk From Pa. Farm
    (Feb 24, 2012) TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Health officials say two people in NewJersey have been sickened from drinking raw milk from a centralPennsylvania dairy connected to dozens of illnesses in four states. The New Jersey health department says a 27-year-old man...
  • Feds To Spend $51.5M on 2012 Asian Carp Fight
    (Feb 24, 2012) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The Obama administration will spend $51.5 million this year to shield the Great Lakes from greedy Asian carp, including first-time water sampling to determine whether the destructive fish have established a foothold...
  • Immigrants Trickling Back to Alabama Despite Crackdown
    (Feb 24, 2012) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Ana Jimenez and her husband were so terrified of being sent back to their native Mexico when Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal immigrants took effect that they fled more than 2,000 miles to Los Angeles, cramming into a...
  • Expert Urges Farmers to Take Lead on Food Safety
    (Feb 24, 2012)  (AP)  DENVER — A food safety expert told Colorado farmers Thursday that last year's deadly listeria outbreak traced to Colorado cantaloupe proved that they cannot rely on third-party inspections to guarantee their produce is safe....
  • Farmers Furious After Iraq Stops Buying US Rice
    (Feb 24, 2012) DAYTON, Texas (AP) -- The talk of the day among Ray Stoesser and other rice farmers is Iraq's decision not to buy U.S. rice, a stinging move that adds to a stressful year punctuated by everything from drought to unusual heat. Stoesser and other...
  • USDA to Help Thousands of Rural Homeowners
    (Feb 24, 2012) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Florida on Friday to discuss a United States Department of Agriculture pilot loan program that could help tens of thousands of rural homeowners in 19 states. The...