Iowa Public Television


Market to Market June 20, 2014 (#3943)

Mother Nature batters the Midwest with torrential rains and a string of lethal tornadoes. Further south, wheat producers contend with arid conditions reminiscent of the Dust Bowl. We examine controversial laws that some believe restrict free speech down on the farm. Market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier. (27:45)

Tags: agriculture controversy Dust Bowl farmers free speech hidden cameras Laws livestock markets midwest Mother Nature news rain rainfall storms Tomm Pfitzenmaier tornadoes wheat

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