Another series of tornadoes leaves a path of destruction on the Southern Plains. Less severe storms bring vital moisture to the Corn Belt but dampen planting prospects. Losses in two Midwestern states due to Avian Flu are expected to approach a billion dollars. Market analysis with Don Roose. (27:51)Episode Detail
Another series of deadly tornadoes devastate portions of the Grain Belt. Showers dampen planting prospects in Iowa, and raise concerns over nutrient runoff. We’ll examine how small towns deep in the heart of oil country are “weathering” a downturn in prices. Those stories and market analysis with Naomi Blohm.
Nearly two dozen tornadoes rip through the Great Plains, but farmers still make progress in an annual rite of spring. Hours after authorities unveil new safety guidelines, another rail disaster fueled by Bakken Crude lights up the North Dakota sky. A Midwestern photographer focuses on the important contributions – and changing roles -- of women in agriculture. Market analysis with Mark Gold.
As one state makes progress on the fight against Avian Flu, the nation's top-egg producing state endures additional outbreak. Rail shipments of U.S. crude oil soar and scrutiny increases on tracks carrying the world's most heavily traded commodity. In the Northeast, producers tap into tradition hoping for sweet returns on their investment. Market analysis with Darin Newsom.
Millions of chickens are euthanized due to an outbreak of Avian Flu in Iowa. Five years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, debate lingers on its environmental impact. A thawing of relations with a former Cold War adversary sparks new opportunities for agricultural trade. Market analysis with Dan Hueber.
The U.S. economy improves, but the slowdown continues in "The Heartland." Lawmakers eye significant cuts to the program formerly known as food stamps. Oklahoma growers cultivate airborne plants to deliver the goods year- round. Market analysis with Elaine Kub.
The Obama administration ramps up its efforts to fight climate change. The Energy Department predicts prices at the pump will fall this summer to the lowest level in years. We’ll catch-up with a trio of Kansas brothers whose agricultural video clips have been viewed by millions. Market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier.
The Agriculture Department’s Quarterly Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports fuel rallies and selloffs in the commodity markets. 25 years after one farmer built a ballpark in the middle of a cornfield, people still come to the “Field of Dreams.” Market analysis with Brian Roach.
Advanced drilling techniques fuel a boom in domestic crude production supporting thousands of jobs. But in Oklahoma, environmentalists say fracking also is responsible for a sharp increase in earthquakes. Market analysis with Virgil Robinson and Walt Hackney.
Remnants of winter complicate life in the Ohio Valley, while arid conditions fuel wildfires further south. Producers navigate a complex maze of new federal support programs authorized in the Farm Bill. Market analysis with Ted Seifried.
Republicans testing the waters for a run at the presidency, travel to Iowa to offer their opinions on renewable fuels, immigration, and U.S. farm policy. Market analysis with Sue Martin.
Spring is just around the corner, but winter continues its assault on America. Frigid relations with Cuba thaw, “sweetening” prospects for expanded trade. Market analysis with Naomi Blohm.
Old man winter flexes his muscle as another blast of Arctic air and heavy snow extends from Colorado to the East Coast. Agriculture Department offers a cautiously optimistic outlook for farmers and ranchers in the months ahead. Market analysis with Don Roose
A train carrying millions of gallons of crude from the Bakken Shale of North Dakota ignites a massive fireball in West Virginia. Litigants prepare ‘a case for clean water’ as a municipal utility in Iowa sues counties upstream over excessive levels of nitrates. Market analysis with Darin Newsom.
Some farmers may see dramatically less money in the cash box this season. Vilsack goes to the Hill as the Farm Bill celebrates its first birthday. Preservationists document the history of the American farm. Market analysis with Mark Gold.
Senate Republicans make good on their promise to advance the Keystone XL pipeline. Renewable fuel supporters blast Obama Administration plans to cut the amount of ethanol in U.S. gas tanks. Market analysis with Sue Martin.
Barack Obama outlines priorities for the final two years of his presidency. We’ll meet a Texas maverick who blazed the trail for ranchers of the feminine persuasion. Market analysis with Dan Hueber.
Senate lawmakers take up the thorny issue of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama unveils plans addressing rural America’s ‘need for speed.' Market analysis with Ted Siefried.
The 114th Congress begins with republicans in full control of Capitol Hill. Motorists welcome lower prices at the pump, but not everyone is celebrating. Auctioneers compete to determine the world’s best at “making the call.” Market analysis with Elaine Kub.
Americans welcome the New Year with a decidedly upbeat economic outlook. California growers ponder the fallout of President Obama’s move to spare millions from deportation. A synergetic effort unites farmers and fishermen in the quest for a better catch. Market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier.
The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said Friday.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a prohibition on cities and towns imposing local ordinances preventing fracking and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas activities.
A new federal plan aims to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly, spending millions of dollars more on research and considering the use of fewer...
A Chicago nonprofit and the Illinois Farm Bureau hope to bring the state's agriculture and business industries together to turn the city and state into a global hub for farm and food-production.
The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following a string of fiery derailments in recent years.
At first glance, nothing seems amiss at this lush, members-only golf club in one of the priciest communities in Orange County. A bubbling fountain gurgles out of an artificial lake. Emerald-green fairways stretch into the distance. Golf carts zoom...