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Egypt, Ethanol, Salt and Cellulosic treasure on #3622

You don’t have to be from rural America to know the snow impacted your life this week. The weather this time of year doesn’t have much, if any, affect on the markets. But there is one region’s activities that is affecting some of the markets this week.

The unrest in Egypt unrest pushes oil prices higher and puts ethanol producers on edge.

Also, a report from USDA on new dietary guidelines. The Department is suggesting we could all get up off the couch and try putting less salt in our food.

And a next-generation ethanol producer converts “one man’s trash into a cellulosic treasure.”

We’ll have those stories and market analysis with Elaine Kub.

Be sure to check back to this part of our website after 7p on Friday for the discussion podcast and market plus segment. That extra segment does not air and is exclusive to the web.

Any story ideas or comments for the show, leave them below. Or even questions for Elaine, we had a couple for her around her last appearance on the program.

Posted in MToM on February 4th, 2011 by paul – Be the first to comment

Large economies, genetically engineered crops and robotic milkers

Greetings from the production crew of Market To Market.

It is cold this morning in rural America, but we know there’s plenty to keep you warm, like watching the commodity markets go up and down.

But we’ve got other stories to keep you warm this weekend. This week, a delegation from China came to the United States. They got the red carpet treatment and it appears the leaders of the world’s two largest economies find common ground on matters of trade.

Lawmakers are now posing questions to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on rules relating to genetically engineered crops. What will this mean to producers and researches of such crops?

And we’ve got a feature that’s both interesting and concerning. A 3rd generation dairy producer capitalizes on a steady source of labor by going robotic. How many of you from dairy farms see this as a threat and relief? Those of you in the dairy business know of the dedication it takes to do what you do.

And we get into the market analysis with Alan Brugler.

Posted in MToM, Production on January 21st, 2011 by paul – Be the first to comment

Tight supplies, school lunch overhaul and Ford N-series

The big news was made this week by USDA and their final crop production totals. The report found reduced production, tighter supplies and strong demand… all helped push grain and oilseed prices sharply higher.

The Agriculture Department unveils a sweeping nutritional overhaul of America’s school lunch program.

And we’ll meet the man behind the design of the iconic Ford N-series tractor and the famed John Deere 4020.

Those stories and market analysis with Jamey Kohake.

Posted in MToM, Production on January 13th, 2011 by paul – Be the first to comment

Death Tax, Food Safety and Foreign Demand

Plenty to discuss this week without out factoring in the markets.

Farm groups call on Congress to bury The Death Tax once and for all. Plus, sweeping food safety reforms granted to federal authorities hit a snag.

And, robust foreign demand keeps commodity prices at unseasonably high levels.

We’ll have those stories and market analysis with Elaine Kub.

Check your local listings and we’ll see on the air for Market To Market.
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We thank you for your continued support.

Posted in MToM on December 3rd, 2010 by paul – 1 Comment

Flip on Ethanol, black farmer settlement and Heifer International

This is a shortened production week for the staff here at Market To Market. Usually this week is slow on news, but two big stories got our attention.

Former VP and democratic presidential nominee, Al Gore said he was wrong to support ethanol. Mr. Gore now discloses the “inconvenient truth” of how political ambition shaped his position on ethanol.

Lawmakers approve spending more than $1 billion to fund a settlement between USDA and black farmers. Now a lame-duck congress is next before the president can sign the legislation.

And, by helping the hungry produce their own food, Heifer International feeds people for a lifetime…
Those stories and market analysis with Jamey Kohake. Check your local listings for Jamey and Mark Pearson on this week’s broadcast (#3613).

Here’s the link to last week’s broadcast (#3612).

Posted in MToM on November 24th, 2010 by paul – 1 Comment