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Market to Market May 30, 2014 (#3940)

With California locked in its third consecutive year of drought, the battle intensifies over water rights. Midwestern entrepreneurs work to move power generated by the wind from the prairie to the people. Market analysis with Virgil Robinson. (27:46)

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In the News

  • USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water
    (May 30, 2014) The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday.
  • Texas: Can't tie water contamination to drilling
    (May 30, 2014) The amount of explosive gas tainting a North Texas neighborhood's water supply has increased in recent years, but the state's oil and gas regulator says it can't link the methane to drilling activity nearby, according to a report it released...
  • Administration proposes updated Great Lakes plan
    (May 30, 2014) The Obama administration is proposing an updated blueprint for Great Lakes environmental restoration that puts greater emphasis on climate change and using science to select projects and measure their effectiveness.
  • Maui County GMO initiative gets more signatures
    (May 30, 2014) Activists have handed in more than 9,000 additional signatures to the Maui County Clerk's office in support of a moratorium on growing or testing genetically modified foods.
  • College has system to extract water from manure
    (May 30, 2014) A technology for extracting drinkable water from manure is on its way to commercial application this year, Michigan State University said Thursday. The technology is particularly useful for animal operations in dry regions where water is at a...
  • House panel votes to allow waivers on school meals
    (May 30, 2014) A House committee has endorsed a Republican plan to allow some schools to opt out of healthier meal standards.
  • Sharp rise in West Coast oil trains, fears abound
    (May 30, 2014) Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest's largest crude oil train terminal — the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile...
  • California chicken still linked to salmonella
    (May 30, 2014) An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken producer continues to sicken people more than a year after it started. Despite the illnesses, producer Foster Farms has not initiated a recall, and the government has no...
  • Natural foods retailer to farmers: Let cows graze
    (May 30, 2014) Cows should be outside. That's the position of a Colorado-based grocery store chain that recently announced it will carry only dairy products from farms where cows graze in pastures.