Alaskan glaciers recede in the wake of rising worldwide temperatures. The President calls for swift action in the battle against global climate change. U.S. broiler producers prepare for a possible outbreak of avian influenza. Market analysis with Elaine Kub. (27:47)Episode Detail
Farmers and ranchers watch record profits dwindle, legal action shuts off the tap on new EPA water rules, and growing crops in a drought leaves some producers up in the air. Market analysis with Darin Newsom.
Wildfires leave more than burned timber and towns in their wake. Government scientists search for foodborne illnesses at the molecular level. A journey from field crops to vineyards through the bottling of hopes and dreams. Market analysis with Naomi Blohm.
Producers wiped out by Bird Flu get the greenlight to restock their flocks. An accidental deluge of tainted water despoils a western river. Commodity markets go on a wild ride fueled by new government data. Market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier.
As forests burn, the USDA reaches deeper into its firefighting pocketbook. A looming El Nino could break western drought but will relief arrive in time, and the White House launches another salvo of global climate change cuts. Market analysis with Sue Martin.
USDA officials bring their Bird Flu battle plan to the Midwest. Congress puts a temporary patch on the transportation bill – for the 34th time. The Iranian nuclear deal could add to the burden of drought stricken Western growers. Market analysis with Don Roose.
Congress takes a swipe at a patchwork of GMO labeling laws. Country of Origin gets another look despite rulings by the WTO, and an innovative program helps horseback riders find their way home. Market analysis with Mark Gold.
After a sluggish start, the rural economy gets moving. Congress gets the Fed’s view of the nation’s economic future. Breaking barriers is all in a day’s work for this cattle industry maverick. Market analysis with Ted Seifried.
Experts and producers flock to D.C. for a discussion about Bird Flu. More than two years after the first outbreak, PED still effects hog farmers. Federal agencies look for more money to pay for fighting 2015’s forest fires. Market analysis with Dan Hueber.
Government reports get big reactions from commodity traders. Grain farmers continue their battle against Mother Nature to finish planting. The Greek meltdown ripples through Wall Street. Market analysis with Virgil Robinson and Walt Hackney.
Hundreds sound off on the proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. While some portions of farm country are knee-deep in water one remains locked in drought, prompting a rural/urban debate. Market analysis with Darin Newsom.
Mother Nature puts the brakes on planting in the Midwest. We’ll look at how rural and urban interests balance growing crops and treating drinking water. Market analysis with Elaine Kub.
Bird flu's ripple effect continues to run from the hen house to the grocery aisle. Congress continues its attack on new rules governing waters of the U.S.. We explore the impact of the most recent supply and demand report. Market analysis with John Roach.
Lawmakers assess the impact of persistent drought in the West. We soar into the wild blue yonder to examine the role of drones in agriculture. Market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier.
The EPA officially defines what are -- and are not -- "Waters of the U.S.." Torrential rains in Texas lead to catastrophic flooding in America’s 4th largest city. We ride along with a group of storm chasers documenting one of nature’s most ominous displays of power. Market analysis with Sue Martin.
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.
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 regulatory agency overseeing Texas' oil and gas industry has determined that a series of small earthquakes in North Texas likely wasn't caused by drilling operations by an Exxon Mobil subsidiary.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world.