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2004 Episodes

December 31, 2004 (#3017)

Market to Market December 31, 2004 (#3017) From bumper crops to increased agricultural exports, 2004 was a year for the record books. Yet many contentious issues continue to threaten the prosperity of those who live and work in farm country. In this retrospective, Market to Market looks back at 2004 -- and examines the challenges confronting rural America in 2005. Episode Detail

December 24, 2004 (#3016)

Market to Market December 24, 2004 (#3016) Cattle rustlers are striking ranchers and farmers across rural America. Ron Ragsdale lives on a large, sprawling ranch near Rapid City, South Dakota. He talks about the money he's lost at the hands of livestock thieves and discusses the branding issue. Generally, most western states are branding inspection areas while most eastern states are not. Episode Detail

December 17, 2004 (#3015)

Market to Market December 17, 2004 (#3015) Will farmers plant as many soybean acres in 2005? Will soybean prices rise on reduced yield and crop production? Will input costs jump due to the need for additional spraying? And how will farmers respond to the new challenges presented by Asian soy rust? Scientists are working to provide farmers with answers about the new fungus among us.

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December 10, 2004 (#3014)

Market to Market December 10, 2004 (#3014) The Navajo Nation is one of the largest reservations in the country. Walter Whitewater is a member of the Navajo Nation and he is working with Lois Ellen Frank, a Santa Fe-based photographer, chef and author, to revive the Native American community's pride in its food traditions. Episode Detail

December 3, 2004 (#3013)

Market to Market December 3, 2004 (#3013) The Navajo Nation is one of the largest reservations in the country. Walter Whitewater is a member of the Navajo Nation and he is working with Lois Ellen Frank, a Santa Fe-based photographer, chef and author, to revive the Native American community's pride in its food traditions. Episode Detail

November 26, 2004 (#3012)

Market to Market November 26, 2004 (#3012) By capturing the methane gas in cow manure, Haubenschild Farms generates about 3,000 killowatt hours of electricity per day... enough energy to power the 1,000-cow dairy and 75 other nearby homes.

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November 12, 2004 (#3010)

Market to Market November 12, 2004 (#3010) Small town sale barns have either gone out of business or seen the majority of sales fall to cattle in recent years, as vertical integration and forward contracting have diminished the role of the spot market for hogs.

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October 29, 2004 (#3008)

Market to Market October 29, 2004 (#3008) The Flitner family has been ranching in Northwestern Wyoming for more than 100 years. Today, the third, fourth and fifth generations combine the traditions of Old West with the technology of the 21st century. The family works hard to survive the elements of ranching in the American West. Episode Detail

October 22, 2004 (#3007)

Market to Market October 22, 2004 (#3007) Paul Ramsey lives in California, but he grew up in Iowa. Fond memories of summers on his uncle's farm influenced him to restore the operation. Today, Ramsey shares his farming experiences; especially with urban youth who never have set foot on rural ground. Episode Detail

October 15, 2004 (#3006)

Market to Market October 15, 2004 (#3006) These are good times for pork producers. Extraordinary domestic and foreign demand for pork laid the groundwork for an outstanding year in 2004. The high protein diet craze helped feed that demand. Episode Detail

October 8, 2004 (#3005)

Market to Market October 8, 2004 (#3005) Detroit has been hit hard by the riots of the late 1960s, massive layoffs in the city's factories and an increase in crime. Over time, families have left in droves, leaving over 40,000 vacant lots in their place. But today, something new is growing in the city. Many of its urban dwellers are taking up farming on these green spaces, creating more than 40 community gardens and microfarms. Episode Detail

September 24, 2004 (#3003)

Market to Market September 24, 2004 (#3003) Cattle rustlers are striking ranchers and farmers across rural America. Ron Ragsdale lives on a large, sprawling ranch near Rapid City, South Dakota. He talks about the money he's lost at the hands of livestock thieves and discusses the branding issue. Generally, most western states are branding inspection areas while most eastern states are not. Episode Detail

September 10, 2004 (#3001)

Market to Market September 10, 2004 (#3001) By capturing the methane gas in cow manure, Haubenschild Farms generates about 3,000 killowatt hours of electricity per day... enough energy to power the 1,000-cow dairy and 75 other nearby homes.

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September 3, 2004 (#2952)

Market to Market September 3, 2004 (#2952) The Catherine Ferguson Academy is a Detroit public high school for pregnant and parenting teens. Paul Weertz, an agriscience teacher at the school, has developed a small farming program, complete with chickens, bees, rabbits, goats and horses. Weertz hopes the students will learn important lessons about agriculture and about themselves. Episode Detail

August 20, 2004 (#2950)

Market to Market August 20, 2004 (#2950) During the 1960s and 70s, the so-called Green Revolution stemmed the hunger tide in many developing nations once considered lost causes in the battle against hunger. Today, scientists and policy-makers are calling for a Gene Revolution -- modern-day biotechnology using genetically modified crops --to carry on the fight.

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August 6, 2004 (#2948)

Market to Market August 6, 2004 (#2948) Small town sale barns have either gone out of business or seen the majority of sales fall to cattle in recent years, as vertical integration and forward contracting have diminished the role of the spot market for hogs.

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July 30, 2004 (#2947)

Market to Market July 30, 2004 (#2947) The Flitner family has been ranching in Northwestern Wyoming for more than 100 years. Today, the third, fourth and fifth generations combine the traditions of Old West with the technology of the 21st century. The family works hard to survive the elements of ranching in the American West. Episode Detail

July 9, 2004 (#2944)

Market to Market July 9, 2004 (#2944) Detroit has been hit hard by the riots of the late 1960s, massive layoffs in the city's factories and an increase in crime. Over time, families have left in droves, leaving over 40,000 vacant lots in their place. But today, something new is growing in the city. Many of its urban dwellers are taking up farming on these green spaces, creating more than 40 community gardens and microfarms. Episode Detail

July 2, 2004 (#2943)

Market to Market July 2, 2004 (#2943) For 85 years, the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab has protected farmers in every state by making sure the machinery they buy does what manufacturers promise. Today, the lab is highly regarded worldwide for its tractor data. Yet, some lawmakers and lobbyists are hoping to repeal the Nebraska law which mandates that every tractor sold in the Cornhusker State be tested. Episode Detail

June 11, 2004 (#2940)

Market to Market June 11, 2004 (#2940) People involved in the beef industry in South Dakota are getting out in their communities and promoting their product. After the recent BSE scare in the United States, cattle producers are using a promotion called Beef Bucks to educate the public and promote beef. Episode Detail

June 4, 2004 (#2939)

Market to Market June 4, 2004 (#2939) The Catherine Ferguson Academy is a Detroit public high school for pregnant and parenting teens. Paul Weertz, an agriscience teacher at the school, has developed a small farming program, complete with chickens, bees, rabbits, goats and horses. Weertz hopes the students will learn important lessons about agriculture and about themselves. Episode Detail

May 28, 2004 (#2938)

Market to Market May 28, 2004 (#2938) During the 1960s and 70s, the so-called Green Revolution stemmed the hunger tide in many developing nations once considered lost causes in the battle against hunger. Today, scientists and policy-makers are calling for a Gene Revolution -- modern-day biotechnology using genetically modified crops --to carry on the fight.

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April 23, 2004 (#2933)

Market to Market April 23, 2004 (#2933) Price volatility, as well as supply and demand problems, have the U.S. dairy industry looking for answers. One on-going attempt relies not on government aid, but on the dairy industry itself.

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April 16, 2004 (#2932)

Market to Market April 16, 2004 (#2932) For 85 years, the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab has protected farmers in every state by making sure the machinery they buy does what manufacturers promise. Today, the lab is highly regarded worldwide for its tractor data. Yet, some lawmakers and lobbyists are hoping to repeal the Nebraska law which mandates that every tractor sold in the Cornhusker State be tested. Episode Detail

April 2, 2004 (#2930)

Market to Market April 2, 2004 (#2930) Verdell Johnson and his wife farm 900 acres in Cherokee County, Iowa. For years, he has watched the farming economy in his area dwindle. One day while visiting with a friend over coffee, he decided to do something about it. Episode Detail

March 19, 2004 (#2928)

Market to Market March 19, 2004 (#2928) Despite the higher cost of providing broadband service in rural areas, independent telephone companies are connecting the citizens of the heartland. Episode Detail

March 12, 2004 (#2927)

Market to Market March 12, 2004 (#2927) People involved in the beef industry in South Dakota are getting out in their communities and promoting their product. After the recent BSE scare in the United States, cattle producers are using a promotion called Beef Bucks to educate the public and promote beef. Episode Detail

February 6, 2004 (#2922)

Market to Market February 6, 2004 (#2922) Price volatility, as well as supply and demand problems, have the U.S. dairy industry looking for answers. One on-going attempt relies not on government aid, but on the dairy industry itself.

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January 23, 2004 (#2920)

Market to Market January 23, 2004 (#2920) Verdell Johnson and his wife farm 900 acres in Cherokee County, Iowa. For years, he has watched the farming economy in his area dwindle. One day while visiting with a friend over coffee, he decided to do something about it. Episode Detail

January 9, 2004 (#2918)

Market to Market January 9, 2004 (#2918) The World Food Prize recognizes exceptional individual achievements in alleviating human suffering by increasing the quantity, quality and availability of food. Episode Detail

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