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January 19 Economic Outlook

January 19, 2018 Economic Outlook

Jan 19, 2018

As heavy winter weather in the East fought for national focus with a federal shutdown, the rest of America continued to run. -- Construction of new places to live declined last month by 8.2 percent...

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Oil Prices Surge As Renewables Grow Cheaper

Jan 19, 2018 | 3 min

Hot air in Washington has failed to warm the nation as many hunker down for another winter storm. Staying warm will be important. The power to run furnace blowers and space heaters is predominately...

Rural Communities Struggle with the fight Against The Opioid Epidemic

Rural Communities Struggle with the fight Against The Opioid Epidemic

Jan 19, 2018 | 6 min

The war on drugs is as old as civilization itself. However, the focus of that battle has changed over time, with the attack being taken to those affected most by the problem. In the recent past, new...

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January 12, 2018 Market Outlook

Jan 12, 2018

As you and I were checking off a few items from our Christmas lists - hoping to make a wish come true for someone special - we were helping fulfill dreams of a different sort. -- Retail sales rose 0...

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New Tax Law Could Change Commodity Marketing Decisions

Jan 12, 2018 | 2 min

There is little doubt earning the money to make dreams come true for Christmas 2018 are happening under a new set of rules. Accountants are still reeling over what the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means for...

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Digital Only: Ginseng Beer

Jan 12, 2018 | 1 min

Michael Zamzow/Co-owner, Bull Falls Brewery – Wausau, Wisconsin: “We have a solid core market. We opened up in 2007. Ginseng’s been around here in Marathon County for quite a while, as you know.....

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Digital Only: Wisconsin's Oversight of Wild Ginseng

Jan 12, 2018 | 3 min

Char Robaidek/Wild Ginseng Program Coordinator – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: “The department of natural resources regulates the sale, harvest and shipment of American ginseng, the wild...

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Ginseng's Export Power Rooted in Wisconsin

Jan 12, 2018 | 7 min

Next week, NAFTA negotiators will sit down to continue a trade battle with an unknown outcome. President Trump – who has famously called for scrapping the 23-year old treaty – now says he prefers a...

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January 5, 2018 Economic Outlook

Jan 5, 2018

A positive outcome from recent natural disasters can be found in this month’s jobs report. However the number of positions created failed to meet expectations. -- The unemployment rate held steady at...

Survey Shows Midwest Business Managers Unconcerned about NAFTA's Fate

Survey: Most Midwest Managers Unconcerned about NAFTA Departure

Jan 4, 2018 | 2 min

The easy flow of goods over international borders remains at the forefront for many U.S. farmers and ranchers as North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations enter round six later this month...

Florida Citrus Industry Continues Disease-Driven Slide

Florida Citrus Industry Continues Disease-Driven Slide

Jan 3, 2018 | 7 min

Winter gave notice that it was back from vacation this week. No one from the Mountain States to the Atlantic Coast was left unscathed. Even sunny Florida received a dusting of snow that froze...

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Rural America in 2017 Dominated by New President's Policy Shifts

Dec 29, 2017 | 5 min

2017 may be the worst year for natural disasters. Through early October, 15 weather events each racked up a $1 billion bill and that’s before including California’s wildfires. Meanwhile on the floor...

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Extreme Winter Weather's Stranglehold on the U.S.

Dec 29, 2017 | 3 min

At least 24 daily record low temperatures were tied or broken on Thursday. Cotton, Minnesota was one of the coldest spots in the country as the mercury dipped to 41 below zero. The bitter chill...

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December 29, 2017 Economic Outlook

Dec 29, 2017

The gifts of the season may already be broken or returned but those purchases provided retailers a boost. According to a Mastercard report issued this week, U.S. retail spending this holiday was up 4...

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Senate Stalls Disaster Aid for Hurricane and Wildfire Victims

Dec 22, 2017 | 3 min

As consumers wrap up the holiday season, Congress was making its final sprint to pass legislation before heading out for the holiday recess. Lawmaker luggage was close at hand, there was last minute...

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The Christmas Staple Goes Into the Classroom

Dec 22, 2017 | 5 min

According to the American Christmas Tree Association, nearly 80 percent of U.S. households – about 94 million homes –have a Christmas tree this season. A holiday symbol almost as identifiable is the...

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December 22, 2017 Economic Outlook

Dec 22, 2017

The final days of holiday shopping are speeding towards a conclusion. Click and order is being replaced by last minute brick and mortar purchases as the home delivery window rapidly closes. –- All...

USDA Sued After Dropping New Fair Practices Rules

USDA Sued After Dropping New Fair Practices Rules

Dec 21, 2017 | 2 min

The herbicide glyphosate got a reprieve from the EPA this week. A draft of its final report revealed the active ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup is not likely to be carcinogenic. The EPA...

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Iowa Deer Hunters Aim to Stop Hunger

Dec 15, 2017 | 7 min

USDA data reveals 1-in-8 U.S. citizens are food insecure in a land where the cornucopia overflows. Food banks try to fill the gap but some items are in short supply. However, deep in the heartland...

December 15, 2017 Economic Outlook

December 15, 2017 Economic Outlook

Dec 15, 2017

Last month, lower prices gave rural Americans a chance to spruce up the home place and make holiday travel plans. Retail sales bumped up 0.8 percent in November as the price of airline tickets and...