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2005 Episodes

December 30, 2005 (#3117)

Market to Market December 30, 2005 (#3117) Japan continued its ban on U.S. beef, agricultural subsidies stalled World Trade Organization talks, and Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. These are but a few of the issues that confronted rural America over the past year.

In this retrospective, Market to Market looks back at 2005 -- and examines the challenges confronting rural America in 2006. Episode Detail

December 16, 2005 (#3115)

Market to Market December 16, 2005 (#3115) The 149 members of the World Trade Organization met in Hong Kong this week to try and resolve differences on a new global trade pact. But stalemate and finger-pointing were the orders of the day, with the debate over farm trade again providing a main point of contention.

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December 9, 2005 (#3114)

Market to Market December 9, 2005 (#3114) Trade ministers from the 148 nations of the World Trade Organization meet in Hong Kong on Dec. 13 for the start of a six-day summit. Though optimism for a breakthrough on global trade is fading, ministers will strive to establish a framework for a world trade pact. The biggest obstacle to a deal remains farm trade and the trade-distorting subsidies that support it.

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December 2, 2005 (#3113)

Market to Market December 2, 2005 (#3113) West Marshall Middle School might be in Iowa where agriculture is the leading industry. But, that doesn't guarantee that the rural students there are experts on farming. In fact, some of the teachers were noticing how many of their students didn't know anything about the farmers in their area. To fix this, they created Ag Day.

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November 25, 2005 (#3112)

Market to Market November 25, 2005 (#3112) Women farmers own nearly half of the country's farmland. Yet, they often don't get the recognition they deserve for their hard work on the farm. Some are farm wives, others are partners on the farm with their husbands, and there are those who farm on their own. Independent filmmaker Cynthia Vagnetti has devoted her life to documenting farm women across America. Episode Detail

November 18, 2005 (#3111)

Market to Market November 18, 2005 (#3111) Women farmers own nearly half of the country's farmland. Yet, they often don't get the recognition they deserve for their hard work on the farm. Some are farm wives, others are partners on the farm with their husbands, and there are those who farm on their own. There are organizations popping up around the country specific to the needs of all types of farm women. Episode Detail

October 14, 2005 (#3106)

Market to Market October 14, 2005 (#3106) Approximately 36 million Americans face hunger. To change this, thousands of farmers across the country are coming together to get food to those in need. They are doing this through an effort called "Harvest for All", a partnership between America's Second Harvest and the American Farm Bureau Federation. Episode Detail

September 30, 2005 (#3104)

Market to Market September 30, 2005 (#3104) Wihout a government price program, many farmers have quit growing tobacco and have turned to value-added projects in hopes to reap high returns similar to those of the golden leaf.

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September 23, 2005 (#3103)

Market to Market September 23, 2005 (#3103) West Marshall Middle School might be in Iowa where agriculture is the leading industry. But, that doesn't guarantee that the rural students there are experts on farming. In fact, some of the teachers were noticing how many of their students didn't know anything about the farmers in their area. To fix this, they created Ag Day.

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September 2, 2005 (#3052)

Market to Market September 2, 2005 (#3052) Graeme Quick is from Melbourne, Australia and is considered worldwide as a grain harvest expert. He has spent 40-plus years helping farmers around the globe become more efficient in the field. He teaches them about combine performance and grain quality. Before returning to his homeland in late 2003, Quick spent seven years teaching farm machinery at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Episode Detail

August 26, 2005 (#3051)

Market to Market August 26, 2005 (#3051) For the past nine years, dairy prices have been all over the place. The volatility in prices is just one of many troubling issues the dairy industry is facing. Episode Detail

August 19, 2005 (#3050)

Market to Market August 19, 2005 (#3050) Farm auctions are engrained in the culture of rural America. They are social events for farmers, as well as a way for them to buy and sell used equipment. While used machinery at auctions saves farmers money, in recent years, prices have increased to amounts comparable to those of new equipment. Episode Detail

August 5, 2005 (#3048)

Market to Market August 5, 2005 (#3048) The arm-twisting is over and the votes are all counted. But the repercussions from the razor-thin tally on the Central American Free Trade Agreement in the U.S. House of Representatives are far from over. Anti-CAFTA forces will swear to that. Episode Detail

July 29, 2005 (#3047)

Market to Market July 29, 2005 (#3047) The Corn Belt has faced extreme heat all summer, with some places getting little to no rainfall. Precipitation across the state of Illinois has been 4 to 10 inches below normal. Farmers in the northwest part of the state are suffering the most from drought, leaving many of them concerned about their yields come harvest time. Episode Detail

July 8, 2005 (#3044)

Market to Market July 8, 2005 (#3044) In a fundamental policy shift, the Bush administration is proposing changes to America's primary food aid program, "Food for Peace." Rather than relying on U.S. farmers to supply all of the food, the President wants to purchase a portion of the food closer to where it is needed. And critics are calling for more reforms to the 50-year-old program. Episode Detail

July 1, 2005 (#3043)

Market to Market July 1, 2005 (#3043) Approximately 36 million Americans face hunger. To change this, thousands of farmers across the country are coming together to get food to those in need. They are doing this through an effort called "Harvest for All", a partnership between America's Second Harvest and the American Farm Bureau Federation. Episode Detail

June 3, 2005 (#3039)

Market to Market June 3, 2005 (#3039) Brazil has been called a "sleeping giant" for decades because of it's unrealized potential in agriculture. Today that potential is being realized courtesy of soil science that has made Brazilian land productive and economic policies that encourage production.

Rural Brazil is a new frontier, and Americans are some of its pioneers.

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May 27, 2005 (#3038)

Market to Market May 27, 2005 (#3038) The High Court rules the beef checkoff is "government speech" and therefore does not violate cattle producers' First Amendment right to free speech. The decision could impact dozens of commodity promotion and research programs. Episode Detail

May 20, 2005 (#3037)

Market to Market May 20, 2005 (#3037) Wihout a government price program, many farmers have quit growing tobacco and have turned to value-added projects in hopes to reap high returns similar to those of the golden leaf. Episode Detail

May 6, 2005 (#3035)

Market to Market May 6, 2005 (#3035) Rhett Davis, formerly the police chief in Powers, Oregon, is using horses as a tool to help keep at-risk teens out of trouble. Episode Detail

April 29, 2005 (#3034)

Market to Market April 29, 2005 (#3034) Farm auctions are engrained in the culture of rural America. They are social events for farmers, as well as a way for them to buy and sell used equipment. While used machinery at auctions saves farmers money, in recent years, prices have increased to amounts comparable to those of new equipment. Episode Detail

April 22, 2005 (#3033)

Market to Market April 22, 2005 (#3033) For the past nine years, dairy prices have been all over the place. The volatility in prices is just one of many troubling issues the dairy industry is facing. Episode Detail

April 8, 2005 (#3031)

Market to Market April 8, 2005 (#3031) In a fundamental policy shift, the Bush administration is proposing changes to America's primary food aid program, "Food for Peace." Rather than relying on U.S. farmers to supply all of the food, the President wants to purchase a portion of the food closer to where it is needed. And critics are calling for more reforms to the 50-year-old program. Episode Detail

April 1, 2005 (#3030)

Market to Market April 1, 2005 (#3030) 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

March 25, 2005 (#3029)

Market to Market March 25, 2005 (#3029) 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

March 11, 2005 (#3027)

Market to Market March 11, 2005 (#3027) From "The Other White Meat" to "Don't Be Blah," the pork industry has ridden clever marketing campaigns -- along with soaring consumer demand -- to profitable times. Trade problems in the competing beef industry also have aided the pork sector. Episode Detail

March 4, 2005 (#3026)

Market to Market March 4, 2005 (#3026) Yield losses associated with soybean rust range from 10% to 80%. While scientists work on a solution, farmers should inspect fields frequently. Episode Detail

February 25, 2005 (#3025)

Market to Market February 25, 2005 (#3025) Brazil has been called a "sleeping giant" for decades because of it's unrealized potential in agriculture. Today that potential is being realized courtesy of soil science that has made Brazilian land productive and economic policies that encourage production.

Rural Brazil is a new frontier, and Americans are some of its pioneers.

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February 18, 2005 (#3024)

Market to Market February 18, 2005 (#3024) Spurred by consumer demand, abundant corn supplies and wide profit margins, U.S. ethanol production is booming. The growth largely is being driven by farmer-owned plants like the one going up in north central Iowa.

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February 4, 2005 (#3022)

Market to Market February 4, 2005 (#3022) Graeme Quick is from Melbourne, Australia and is considered worldwide as a grain harvest expert. He has spent 40-plus years helping farmers around the globe become more efficient in the field. He teaches them about combine performance and grain quality. Before returning to his homeland in late 2003, Quick spent seven years teaching farm machinery at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Episode Detail

January 14, 2005 (#3019)

Market to Market January 14, 2005 (#3019) 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

January 7, 2005 (#3018)

Market to Market January 7, 2005 (#3018) 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

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