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Market to Market August 3, 2012 (#3749)


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The worst drought in half a century tightens its grip on America. Disastrous grazing conditions prompt cattle producers to liquidate their herds. House lawmakers approve emergency assistance for livestock producers, but fail to debate the Farm Bill before taking a five-week recess. Those stories and market analysis with Alan Brugler. (28:47)

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