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2012 Episodes

December 28, 2012 (#3818)

Market to Market December 28, 2012 (#3818) Low water levels threaten barge traffic on the Mississippi River. From Washington to the Heartland, 2012 will be remembered as much for what didn't happen as for what did. We’ll reflect on 2012 and examine its impact on the markets with Sue Martin. (27:46) Episode Detail

December 21, 2012 (#3817)

Market to Market December 21, 2012 (#3817) A major blizzard blows across the nation. Experts say Washington’s failure to enact a Farm Bill could push milk prices above $6 per gallon. Like other farmers and ranchers, Christmas tree growers feel the monetary impact of drought. Market analysis with Sue Martin. (27:45) Episode Detail

December 14, 2012 (#3816)

Market to Market December 14, 2012 (#3816) Wind energy proponents explain why government support can NOT be a fiscal cliff casualty. Dairy producers contend with decreased milk consumption and increased competition. We examine dramatic growth in the market for gluten-free foods. Those stories and market analysis with Naomi Blohm. Episode Detail

December 7, 2012 (#3815)

Market to Market December 7, 2012 (#3815) Lawmakers hoping to avert the Fiscal Cliff eye billions of dollars in government farm spending. Tougher immigration policy leads to a shortage of farmworkers in the nation’s Salad Bowl. Market analysis with Jamey Kohake. (27:47) Episode Detail

November 30, 2012 (#3814)

Market to Market November 30, 2012 (#3814) Farm exports are predicted to rise next year, boosting America’s agricultural trade surplus. The Justice Department halts anti-trust investigations involving a major seed producer. Prospects for sweeping tax reforms rekindle conversations on the “Death Tax.” Market analysis with Don Roose. (27:45) Episode Detail

November 23, 2012 (#3813)

Market to Market November 23, 2012 (#3813) High commodity prices and uncertain tax policy lead to booming farmland sales. An uninvited guest wreaks havoc on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Market analysis with Virgil Robinson. . Episode Detail

November 16, 2012 (#3812)

Market to Market November 16, 2012 (#3812) Congress and the President begin work to keep America from slipping over the Fiscal Cliff… The Environmental Protection Agency denies requests to waive ethanol production mandates. Wind energy proponents explain why tax incentives are crucial for future development. Market analysis with Darin Newsom. (28:45) Episode Detail

November 9, 2012 (#3811)

Market to Market November 9, 2012 (#3811) After the election, setting the stage for business as usual in Washington. Traders ponder the government’s latest estimates on agricultural supply and demand. Market analysis with Elaine Kub and Walt Hackney. (27:45) Episode Detail

November 2, 2012 (#3810)

Market to Market November 2, 2012 (#3810) A lethal storm disrupts lives, livelihoods – and markets -- in the east. While it may not be the top priority for most voters, immigration remains a key political issue. And hours before the election, traders get some “skin in the game” by speculating on America’s next president. Market analysis with Alan Brugler. (27:45) Episode Detail

October 26, 2012 (#3809)

Market to Market October 26, 2012 (#3809) U.S. crude oil production surges despite controversy over its impact on the environment. A group of dedicated collectors preserve America’s agricultural heritage by saving seed. Market analysis with Naomi Blohm. (27:45) Episode Detail

October 19, 2012 (#3808)

Market to Market October 19, 2012 (#3808) The battle over a controversial oil pipeline heats up, even where crude is king. Water from a smaller conduit transcends barriers in the Middle East, earning its developer the World Food Prize. Market analysis with Jamey Kohake. Episode Detail

October 12, 2012 (#3807)

Market to Market October 12, 2012 (#3807) The Agriculture Department increases previous estimates on U.S. crop production. The rhetoric gets heated as candidates debate everything from trade policy to a lack of progress on the next Farm Bill. Market analysis with Mark Gold. (27:44) Episode Detail

October 5, 2012 (#3806)

Market to Market October 5, 2012 (#3806) Presidential candidates exchange jabs on the economy in the first of three debates. Midwest business conditions improve modestly, but the outlook is anything but optimistic.Market analysis with Sue Martin. (27:44) Episode Detail

September 28, 2012 (#3805)

Market to Market September 28, 2012 (#3805) Drought-influenced corn prices prompt hog producers to consider tough choices. America’s first major high speed railroad could be the end of the line for some farmers. Market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier. (27:45) Episode Detail

September 21, 2012 (#3804)

Market to Market September 21, 2012 (#3804) Presidential candidates duke it out on trade policy – particularly as it relates to China… U.S. farm policy authorization expires in days, but Congress plans a recess to campaign. In Iowa, they use corn for food, feed and fuel – and in some cases, old fashioned fun. Market analysis with Virgil Robinson. (27:46) Episode Detail

September 14, 2012 (#3803)

Market to Market September 14, 2012 (#3803) Presidential candidate surrogates outline their priorities for rural America. The Agriculture Department releases its much-anticipated supply and demand estimates. The EPA explains why it’s conducting aerial surveillance of some livestock operations. Market analysis with Elaine Kub and Walt Hackney. (27:43) Episode Detail

September 7, 2012 (#3802)

Market to Market September 7, 2012 (#3802) President Obama explains why the worst is over but he still needs more time. New research indicates organic foods aren’t much healthier than their conventional cousins. Hurricane Isaac brings much-needed moisture to portions of the Grain Belt, but it’s too little too late for corn producers. Market analysis with Naomi Blohm. (27:45) Episode Detail

August 31, 2012 (#3801)

Market to Market August 31, 2012 (#3801) Hurricane Isaac hits New Orleans seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina. Promising to get America back on track, Mitt Romney accepts the GOP nomination. A trio of brothers teaches millions about agriculture by showing “how they grow it” in Kansas. Market analysis with John Roach. (27:45) Episode Detail

August 24, 2012 (#3752)

Market to Market August 24, 2012 (#3752) The worst drought in 50 years pushes grain and oilseed prices into record territory. Less corn for food, feed and fuel creates ripple effects from Wall Street to Main Street. This special edition of Market to Market examines the economic impact of drought with a panel of experts. (27:45) Episode Detail

August 17, 2012 (#3751)

Market to Market August 17, 2012 (#3751) Politicians visit the fair to outline their priorities for rural America. Cooler temperatures and scattered showers offer little relief to scorched crops. Barge traffic slows to a crawl as the Mississippi falls to its lowest level in decades. Market analysis with Darin Newsom. (24:22) Episode Detail

August 10, 2012 (#3750)

Market to Market August 10, 2012 (#3750) Persistent drought takes its toll on U.S. corn and soybean production. Midwestern vegetables also wilt amidst the driest conditions in half a century. And cattle producers contemplate high feed costs, water shortages, and tough choices. Market analysis with John Roach. (24:45) Episode Detail

August 3, 2012 (#3749)

Market to Market August 3, 2012 (#3749) The worst drought in half a century tightens its grip on America. Disastrous grazing conditions prompt cattle producers to liquidate their herds. House lawmakers approve emergency assistance for livestock producers, but fail to debate the Farm Bill before taking a five-week recess. Those stories and market analysis with Alan Brugler. (28:47) Episode Detail

July 27, 2012 (#3748)

Market to Market July 27, 2012 (#3748) Arid conditions hamper cotton yields on the Southern Plains. As the drought intensifies, a noted climatologist says the worst may be yet to come. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack calls on Congress to act on behalf of rural America. Market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier. (27:45) Episode Detail

July 20, 2012 (#3747)

Market to Market July 20, 2012 (#3747) The worst drought in half a century tightens its grip on the Grain Belt. Policymakers ponder their response to rapidly deteriorating crop conditions. Growers contemplate the outlook for irrigated crops after Nebraska officials turn off the water. Market analysis with Sue Martin. (27:47) Episode Detail

July 13, 2012 (#3746)

Market to Market July 13, 2012 (#3746) The House Agriculture Committee hammers out its version of the next Farm Bill. Arid conditions across the nation prompt USDA to cut estimates on crop production. We examine the “growing concern” of drought and analyze a classic weather market with Elaine Kub. (28:04) Episode Detail

July 6, 2012 (#3745)

Market to Market July 6, 2012 (#3745) Mother Nature continues to blast the country with oppressive heat. Crops across the Corn Belt wilt under the driest conditions in 25 years. A Chinese leader reconnects with a key trading partner in the heart of rural America. Market analysis with Mark Gold. (27:45) Episode Detail

June 29, 2012 (#3744)

Market to Market June 29, 2012 (#3744) Flames ravage the Mountain West in the most destructive wildfires in Colorado history. California growers battle an employment shortage and shifting immigration policies near America's "salad bowl." Market analysis with Jamey Kohake. (27:45) Episode Detail

June 22, 2012 (#3743)

Market to Market June 22, 2012 (#3743) The Senate passes a significant milestone on the road to the next Farm Bill. Too many people vying for too little water results in big problems in "The Nation's Salad Bowl." Market analysis with Walt Hackney and Virgil Robinson. (27:45) Episode Detail

June 15, 2012 (#3742)

Market to Market June 15, 2012 (#3742) The U.S. Senate begins floor debate of the next Farm Bill. A former Secretary of Agriculture says no to Big Brother's "Eye in the Sky". An uninvited guest wreaks havoc on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Market analysis with Darin Newsom and Don Roose. (27:45) Episode Detail

June 8, 2012 (#3741)

Market to Market June 8, 2012 (#3741) In this special edition, Market to Market pays tribute to Mark Pearson. Regular analysts Tomm Pfitzenmaier, Sue Martin, John Roach and Virgil Robinson discuss Pearson's long and noteworthy career. (28:45) Episode Detail

June 1, 2012 (#3740)

Market to Market June 1, 2012 (#3740) Government analysts offer their outlook for U.S. agricultural trade. USDA celebrates its Sesquicentennial as "The People's Department." Market analysis with Alan Brugler. (27:44) Episode Detail

May 25, 2012 (#3739)

Market to Market May 25, 2012 (#3739) Midwest growers, devastated by epic flooding last year, now face a growing threat of drought. Strong winds power robust job creation, leading President Obama to call for the extension of key tax credits. Hoping to minimize the effects of wind, Nebraska researchers work to limit chemical drift down on the farm. Market analysis with Sue Martin. (27:45) Episode Detail

May 18, 2012 (#3738)

Market to Market May 18, 2012 (#3738) Research indicates ethanol significantly lowers prices at the pump. USDA calls for increased wheat production this year -- and lower prices. Architects of the next Farm Bill wrestle with the intricacies of the farm safety net. Market analysis with Naomi Blohm. (27:45) Episode Detail

May 11, 2012 (#3737)

Market to Market May 11, 2012 (#3737) USDA's latest estimates on agricultural supply and demand reveal rising stockpiles and falling prices. A South Dakota beef company lays-off hundreds in the wake of what's been called "a smear campaign". A Vermont farm operated by the same family for more than two centuries delivers the goods in the "Big Apple". Market analysis with Jamey Kohake. (27:45) Episode Detail

May 4, 2012 (#3736)

Market to Market May 4, 2012 (#3736) Midwest growers step up the pace of spring planting. Lawmakers ponder sweeping reforms in the next Farm Bill. And scientists advocate a multifaceted attack in the war on weeds. Market analysis with Don Roose. (27:45) Episode Detail

April 27, 2012 (#3735)

Market to Market April 27, 2012 (#3735) The Agriculture Department confirms the 4th U.S. case of Mad Cow Disease, but officials stress the animal posed no threat to human health. A Midwestern farmstead made famous by an iconic motion picture finds its way back into the spotlight. Market analysis with Walt Hackney and Virgil Robinson. (27:47) Episode Detail

April 20, 2012 (#3734)

Market to Market April 20, 2012 (#3734) Secretary of Education Arne Duncan prioritizes the role of agricultural teaching. USDA Secretary Vilsack visits Market to Market to offer his outlook for the rural economy. And the University of Iowa revisits a play from the 1980s and uses football to help farmers. Market analysis with Darin Newsom. (27:45) Episode Detail

April 13, 2012 (#3733)

Market to Market April 13, 2012 (#3733) The FDA rolls-out a rule to end sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics. Grain stocks remain historically tight as farmers move into the field. Nebraska residents find an oasis in what some have called a "food desert." Market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier. (27:43) Episode Detail

April 6, 2012 (#3732)

Market to Market April 6, 2012 (#3732) The EPA moves the ethanol industry toward a potential 50 percent increase in sales. A Midwestern governor calls for a congressional investigation on what he calls a "smear campaign". It's the end of an era in one rural community when a time capsule goes on the auction block. Market analysis with Elaine Kub. (27:46) Episode Detail

March 30, 2012 (#3731)

Market to Market March 30, 2012 (#3731) Governors tour a Midwestern packing plant and vouch for the safety of U.S. beef. The Agriculture Department releases its much-anticipated prospective plantings estimates. Despite political rhetoric, analysis reveals little correlation between U.S. oil production and prices at the pump. Market analysis with Alan Brugler. Episode Detail

March 23, 2012 (#3730)

Market to Market March 23, 2012 (#3730) President Obama voices his support for a portion of a controversial oil pipeline. Private analysts gaze into the crystal ball prior to USDA's prospective plantings estimates. And thousands of workers migrate to North Dakota, where an oil boom is "rockin' in the Bakken." Market analysis with Jamey Kohake. (27:48) Episode Detail

March 16, 2012 (#3729)

Market to Market March 16, 2012 (#3729) Architects of the next Farm Bill ponder the future of federal risk management programs. Entrepreneurs break ground for one of America's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants. The EPA raises a few eyebrows over its inspections of concentrated animal feeding operations. Market analysis with Sue Martin. (24:45) Episode Detail

March 9, 2012 (#3728)

Market to Market March 9, 2012 (#3728) U.S. pork exports soar in 2011 boosting profitability and prospects for favorable prices in 2012. USDA expands a popular conservation program to prevent soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. The latest figures on global production point to smaller grain and oilseed harvests in South America. Market analysis with John Roach. (24:46) Episode Detail

March 2, 2012 (#3727)

Market to Market March 2, 2012 (#3727) The rally continues on Wall Street, accompanied by a concurrent recovery on Main Street. Soaring meat prices prompt one lawmaker to seek a federal ban on packer ownership of livestock. The Iowa legislature approves a bill making it a crime to enter farming operations surreptitiously. Market analysis with Don Roose. (24:45) Episode Detail

February 24, 2012 (#3726)

Market to Market February 24, 2012 (#3726) Crude oil prices approach a 52-week high, giving motorists a major pain at the pump. Current and former USDA Secretaries discuss the future of American Agriculture. In the wake of glyphosate-resistant plants, soldiers press on in the "war on weeds." Market analysis with Mark Gold. (28:03) Episode Detail

February 17, 2012 (#3725)

Market to Market February 17, 2012 (#3725) President Obama proposes a record $3.8 trillion annual budget. USDA enjoys a modest increase in its funds, but some subsidies appear to be doomed. And the next leader of China travels to the Heartland to rekindle friendships and expand opportunities for trade. Market analysis with Walt Hackney and Virgil Robinson. (28:03) Episode Detail

February 10, 2012 (#3724)

Market to Market February 10, 2012 (#3724) The Obama Administration says agriculture will play a key role in an economy that's built to last. Latest estimates on domestic agricultural supply and demand prompt little reaction in the markets. America's First Lady urges Midwestern youths to eat nutritious foods and get plenty of exercise. Those stories and market analysis with Naomi Blohm. (27:47) Episode Detail

February 3, 2012 (#3723)

Market to Market February 3, 2012 (#3723) The Department of Labor is called to task over who can work on the family farm. U.S. cattlemen ride herd over the smallest numbers in six decades. And climatologists cast a weather eye on the future. Market analysis with Darin Newsom. Episode Detail

January 27, 2012 (#3722)

Market to Market January 27, 2012 (#3722) President Obama calls for more energy, manufactured goods, and jobs to be "made in America…". Those seeking the presidency sail briefly into the choppy waters of agricultural subsidies. The Agriculture Department raises the bar on nutrition in school lunches. Market analysis with Sue Martin. (27:45) Episode Detail

January 20, 2012 (#3721)

Market to Market January 20, 2012 (#3721) Two Midwestern economists offer their outlook for rural America. President Obama says "no" to the Keystone XL Pipeline -- at least for now. A New England farm brings the taste of the country to the narrow canyons of the big city. Market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier. (27:45) Episode Detail

January 13, 2012 (#3720)

Market to Market January 13, 2012 (#3720) Government analysts increase estimates on global corn supplies and grain prices plunge. The Agriculture Department announces plans to close hundreds of offices across the nation. Innovative operations take root in the Big Apple and two companies shout it from the rooftops. Market analysis with Elaine Kub. (27:47) Episode Detail

January 6, 2012 (#3719)

Market to Market January 6, 2012 (#3719) Wall Street begins 2012 with a rally, but a key study reveals a slowing economy on Main Street. The frontrunner wins the caucus, while the rural vote bolsters an underdog's bid for the White House. A Nebraska hog producer powers his operation -- and his neighbors' -- by converting "waste into watts." Market analysis with Jamey Kohake. (27:45) Episode Detail

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