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Economic Outlook: February 15, 2019

Feb 15, 2019

The gift Americans gave to retailers during the holiday season was a few sizes smaller in December. -- Retails sales in December fell 1.2 percent - the biggest drop in nearly a decade. Core retail...

4426 Trade

Trade Talks Continue as Tariff Deadline Looms

Feb 15, 2019 | 2 min

President Trump used a Rose Garden speech on Friday to declare an emergency at the border between the U.S. and Mexico. During his remarks he made note of improving trade talks with China. As the...

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Wisconsin Prison Produces Both Milk And Life Skills

Feb 14, 2019 | 6 min

For decades, prison officials have tried varying methods to reduce the number of returning inmates. An approach at one facility in rural America is to teach skills on the inside that can be applied...

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Economic Outlook: February 8, 2019

Feb 8, 2019

Americans have delayed buying their next cellphone or automobile as they wait for a resolution to the trade war with China. Tariffs on both sides of the Pacific have contributed to a declining global...

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Tariff's Impacts on Americans Creates Tough Talk Aimed at Ending Impasse

Feb 8, 2019 | 3 min

The word “agriculture” made its way into this week’s State of the Union. President Trump called on Congress to ratify the 2018 U.S., Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement. However, the USMCA was not the...

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East Coast Oyster Farmers Look for New Markets in the Midwest

Feb 7, 2019 | 6 min

Long before the current list of tariffs limited trade, farmers have taken the value-added route and further processed their products for a little more profit. This has been true for their...

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Temperatures plunge over Midwest

Feb 1, 2019 | 1 min

Midwinter blues reached a low point as a polar vortex grabbed ahold of the nation’s midsection and refused to let go. Temperatures of minus 20 were common in the upper Midwest Blowing snow created...

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State of Renewable Fuels Addressed in Iowa Summit

Feb 1, 2019 | 3 min

The shutdown may have ended in time for federal approval of year round E15. Iowa is the nation’s leader in ethanol production and provided the backdrop for an industry snapshot. 2018 provided...

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Economic Outlook: February 1, 2019

Jan 31, 2019

The effect of the partial government shutdown on the economy has been mixed. Federal reports, on hiatus for a month, came back this week to fill the data gap. --- Adding to an 8-year run, 304,000...

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Regional Branding Boosts New Mexico's Chile Pepper Industry

Feb 1, 2019 | 6 min

The Super Bowl, for many, is mostly about commercials, camaraderie, and maybe even a little football. But let’s face it, food is the real star of the weekend. Each spread is different but all will...


Freezing Rain and Snow Blanket Parts U.S.

Jan 25, 2019 | 2 min

A “sick out” by TSA agents and air traffic controllers slowed commerce on the Eastern Seaboard but weather stopped even more people in their tracks. John Torpy has the details. Producer Contact:...


Economic Outlook: January 25, 2019

Jan 25, 2019

President Trump said for weeks he would not end the government shutdown unless Congress put money towards a border wall with Mexico. On Friday, a deal to end the longest shutdown in U.S. history...

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Non-profit Serves Both Consumers and Farmers

Jan 25, 2019 | 6 min

According to USDA, food insecurity is defined as having limited access to a variety of quality, desirable foods. In the U.S., 1-in-8 share this condition. SNAP dollars help solve the problem but...

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Wildfires' Impact Still Being Felt As Winter Storms Races Across U.S.

Jan 18, 2019 | 2 min

The National Weather Service is caught up in the partial shutdown. Vital data for an upcoming winter storm is being provided even as forecasters remain unpaid. Severe weather has also had a...


Shutdown slowing work in rural America

Jan 18, 2019 | 5 min

As many federal employees are ordered back to work without pay, the nation’s farmers continue to shoulder the burden of a trade war with China. The spat in Washington is making it difficult to plan...

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Economic Outlook: January 18, 2019

Jan 18, 2019

Tariffs and low commodity prices pulled the Rural Mainstreet Index 3 points lower this month. Half of the rural bank CEOs surveyed are concerned about farm loan defaults in 2019. Worries about...

California's Poultry Threatened by Newcastle Disease

California's Poultry Threatened by Newcastle Disease

Jan 18, 2019 | 2 min

As U.S. and Chinese trade officials plan another round of talks, there is a deal in the works to improve poultry exports to China. The news comes as an outbreak of Newcastle disease, a virus deadly...

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Growing Food Without the Sun

Jan 11, 2019 | 6 min

Hydroponics. Aeroponics. Aquaponics. All are accepted methods of producing food without soil. Some are in confined spaces located a distance away from rural America. Many have achieved success while...

Food Programs Avoid Shutdown Troubles

Feds Allay Fears Over Shutdown's Effect on Food Programs

Jan 11, 2019 | 3 min

As the shutdown ran into record duration, portions of the government remained open. USDA also will continue to spend $4.8 billion per month to assist 39 million children, elderly and disabled...

January 11, 2019 Economic Outlook

Economic Outlook: January 11, 2019

Jan 10, 2019

Lower energy costs are rippling through the economy as gasoline prices fell sharply for the second straight month due to lower demand and higher inventories. --- AAA reported the national average...

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