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Market to Market March 30, 2012 (#3731)


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Governors tour a Midwestern packing plant and vouch for the safety of U.S. beef. The Agriculture Department releases its much-anticipated prospective plantings estimates. Despite political rhetoric, analysis reveals little correlation between U.S. oil production and prices at the pump. Market analysis with Alan Brugler.

Tags: agriculture Alan Brugler business Department of Agriculture economy gas prices Iowa meat industry meat processing plants midwest news oil USDA

In the News

  • Warm Weather a Headache for Michigan Asparagus Farms
    (Mar 30, 2012) WALKERVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Asparagus is rising from the ground because of Michigan's extraordinarily warm weather, a condition that could eventually ruin the crop due to a lack of labor and inevitable frost.      Asparagus...
  • Farmers Still Checking for Damage from Cold Snap
    (Mar 30, 2012) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Fruit plants budding and blooming weeks earlier than usual were damaged by frigid temperatures this week, but farmers in the Great Lakes and Northeast say they're still assessing the toll and some crop loss won't be apparent...
  • FDA: Tobacco Companies Must Report Chemicals
    (Mar 30, 2012) WASHINGTON (AP) - Tobacco companies will be required to report the levels of dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes, chew and other products under the latest rules designed to tighten regulation of the tobacco...
  • Black Farmers File Claims in USDA Settlement
    (Mar 30, 2012) MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - When Roy James needed money to buy equipment and dig an irrigation well for his father's Mississippi farm, he applied for a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - but was turned down.     ...
  • EPA to Reduce New Power Plants' Carbon Pollution
    (Mar 30, 2012) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration forged ahead on Tuesday with the first-ever limits on heat-trapping pollution from new power plants, ignoring protests from industry and Republicans who have said the regulation will raise electricity...
  • Latest Buzz on Bee Decline: Maybe It's Pesticides
    (Mar 30, 2012) WASHINGTON (AP) -- A common class of pesticide is causing problems for honeybees and bumblebees, important species already in trouble, two studies suggest. But the findings don't explain all the reasons behind a long-running bee decline, and other...