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Rural Economic Summit

Back in the Studio #3604

The kids are back from Nebraska and last week’s trip to the Husker Harvest Days as part of our Rural Economic Summit. Did you miss it? You can still watch the 2 programs here. They are posted on the Market to Market website.

The first link is the special program. This link is the traditional Market To Market.

As always, this week we’re hitting on the important issues of rural America.

Corn trades at levels not seen since 2008, setting up a classic acreage battle next spring.

Plus an advisory committee tells the FDA, genetically modified salmon are safe for human consumption.

And, in the wake of a half-a-billion egg recall, lawmakers call on a key producer to explain why as Iowa egg producer Jack DeCoster of Wright County Egg goes to Washington.

Those stories and market analysis with Don Roose.

Where do you watch us from? We know we’ve got a Canadian following. Where are you watching us from?

Posted in Production, Rural Economic Summit on September 24th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment

Rural Economic Summit comes to Nebraska

Producer Andrew Batt puts finishing touches on the remote program in Grand Island, NE.

Producer Andrew Batt puts finishing touches on the remote program in Grand Island, NE.

The Market To Market crew is back from their trip to Nebraska and the Husker Harvest Days. The production team recording the last of our Rural Economic Summits. You can read a little background by clicking here.

The crew spent a couple of days at the Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska. Thanks to everyone there for making our trip smooth and memorable.

This summit had quite the guest list for our panel discussion.

  • Chuck Hassebrook, executive director, Center for Rural Affairs
  • Brandon Hunnicutt, president, Nebraska Corn Growers Association
  • Ernie Goss, Creighton University economist
  • Darin Newsom, DTN Senior Grains Analyst
  • Walt Hackney, Hackney Cattle Company

Some of the program looked at strong demand and near-record grain and oilseed and its boosting of net farm income. But as the agricultural sector exhibits its resilience, many rural communities are fighting to survive the worst economic downtrun since the Great Depression. What is that impact on the slowing recovery of rural America?

This show will air in two parts. The first will be in the regular Market To Market time slot you watch. The second will available on some stations. If you don’t see it, you’ll be able to view it on our website this weekend.

What did we miss on? What other topics needed coverage? Drop us a line at MarketToMarket@IPTV.org.

Posted in Rural Economic Summit on September 16th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment

Hitting the road to talk about the economy

The Market To Market crew is close to hitting the road for the final of our Rural Economic Summits. This last stop will be at the Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska. #HHD10 is largest totally irrigated working farm show.

This stop will allow us to hit a few issues vital to the western part of the corn belt. We’ll be talking about challenges confronting America’s grain and livestock producers.  Irrigation is a huge issue in many parts of the country, so the program also will examine innovative water management systems.

We’ve been asking for you to share how you are doing in this economy. We’re not asking for information on every dollar and cent, but how you’ve faired recently in the economy.

  • Did you diversify more or less than normal because of the economy?
  • Did you take risks that were not your normal strategy?
  • Are you better off today than you were 6 months ago?
  • Do you expect you’ll be better off in six months?
  • If things are going well, what made that happen?

Please take a few moments to answer a couple of our questions. You can comment to MarketToMarket@iptv.org

We’re assembling a panel to discuss many of these questions when we hold the next summit in Nebraska.

  • Walt Hackney is with the Hackney Cattle Company based in Omaha. What questions do you have for him?
  • Darin Newsom is a regular analyst for Market To Market. He’s a senior grains analyst for DTN.
  • Ernie Goss of Creighton University was just on last week’s show discussing the rural economy and why imports are helping the ag sector.

We are still trying to confirm a couple more guests for the program. I’ll let you know who they are so you can pose a couple of questions to the panel. Those questions will be asked in a special discussion program produced by Market To Market.

Again, please take some time to send us an email to MarketToMarket@iptv.org

Look for signs like this one on where to watch the Market To Market taping on Wednesday, September 15th.

Look for signs like this one on where to watch the Market To Market taping on Wednesday, September 15th.

Planning to be in Grand Island on Wednesday? Maybe around the 1p time-frame? Stop by our broadcast location at the Nebraska Farmer Hospitality tent. Inside the tent, you’ll find the Nebraska Farmer editors as well as health screening booths. Located at the intersection of Main Street and Central Avenue in the center of the grounds.

We are recording at 1, so come in, take a break and say hi to the Market To Market crew. Also, give our program a listen and offer your own question to the panel.

Posted in Rural Economic Summit on September 10th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment

Looking for your story

The news about the economy continues to dominate many news cycles. President Barack Obama spent time in the midwest this spring looking at success stories and some hardships as well.

We hear stories of economic recovery, but is that the case for you?

How is your situation?

Are you better off than you were a year before? 5 years before? 10 years?

What exactly will help your situation improve?

Share your story here in the comments or send us a question to MarketToMarket@iptv.org.

We’ve talked about the upcoming Rural Economic Summit. What do we need to discuss in the next Summit?

That next summit is fast approaching. We’ll be in Grand Island, Nebraska for the Husker Harvest Days. We will record our program on Wednesday, September 15. We want you to be a part of the Market To Market program.

Drop us an email to MarketToMarket@IPTV.org

Posted in Rural Economic Summit on September 9th, 2010 by paul – 1 Comment

36 Years of Information

Tonight kicks off the 36th season of Market To Market. How many ag information shows can say that?

Who remembers Chet Randolph? I know many of you do.

The crew is working on several stories for you on this week’s broadcast.

Private analysts cut U.S. corn production estimates, pushing corn prices to contract highs.

So will that have an impact on futures long-term?

U.S. agricultural exports soar, boosting farm income and hopes for a rural economic recovery. We’ll talk with Ernie Goss from Creighton University and Jason Henderson of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Omaha Branch.

And, Market to Market rides along on the sesquicentennial celebration of the Pony Express. Did you know the Pony Express was still riding?

Those stories and market analysis with John Roach. Join us? We appreciate every one of you for watching our program.

We’re also hitting the road soon for our final Rural Economic Summit. We’ll be headed to Nebraska. We need your help. Here’s the background on the remote at Husker Harvest Days.

Here’s the information we’re looking from you. Click here for that post.

Posted in Rural Economic Summit, Talk Back on September 3rd, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment

Road Trip for Market to Market

The Market to Market crew is hitting the road in September for a special rural economic summit.

We will bring Mr. Pearson to you at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska on September 15th.

We’ll assemble a panel of experts and, of course, you are invited to join the discussion and all you have to do is submit your questions at the Market to Market Web site. You can send us an email to MarketToMarket@iptv.org or just leave a comment below in the blog.

Of course, we want to get the conversation started by asking you the following: What improvement are you seeing in your local economy?

The summit will featured a town hall discussion among experts recorded in front of a live studio audience.

So, visit the Market to Market Web site to share your story and submit your questions to MarketToMarket@iptv.org

Posted in Rural Economic Summit, Talk Back on August 30th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment

Eggs and Fairs on MtoM 3551

Despite tougher FDA regulations, a salmonella outbreak leads to the recall of 380 million eggs. And, the Secretary of Agriculture outlines Obama Administration plans for a “rural renaissance.”

Those stories and market analysis with Walt Hackney and Virgil Robinson. You can listen to the extra analysis in our Market Plus segment by clicking here.

Here’s the link to the broadcast.

This is show #51 of the 35th season. What will season 36 bring? How about a road trip to Nebraska? We will post more on the final Rural Economic Summit in the next couple of days.

Posted in Production, Rural Economic Summit on August 24th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment

Time to write the new Farm Bill

It is hard to believe but work is already starting on the new 2012 Farm Bill.

Government officials, from congressional staff to lawmakers, are already heading out across the country to listening posts to hold hearings or forums to gain input for the next Farm Bill.

Last week, one was held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Market to Market producer Andrew Batt was there and will file a report this week on what is happening.

Alan Brugler will be our analyst this week. What should host Mark Pearson ask him? What are you wanting to know about the markets?

Were you in the field last weekend and missed our program as part of our Rural Economic Summit? We heard from President Obama as his visited Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.

One visit was to Fort Madison and the wind energy blade manufacturer Siemens. Wind energy proponents say the operation is just one example of a rapidly growing industry that has the ability to generate both energy and jobs. You can watch that story by clicking here.

Also part of the president’s “White House to Main Street” tour was a visit to the POET Biorefining in Macon, Missouri. With 25 other plants scattered across seven states, the company’s 1,500 employees produce 1.6 billion gallons of renewable fuel annually, making POET, the world’s largest producer of ethanol. Here is the link to that story on POET.

See this weekend on Market to Market.

Posted in Rural Economic Summit, Rural Economy, Talk Back on May 4th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment

Rural Economic Summit

The Market to Market crew is putting the final touches on tonight’s broadcast. They will be bringing you the Rural Economic Summit from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

It has been a busy week for the producers as they’ve traveled to Fort Madison and Ottumwa, Iowa. Plus Macon, Missouri to cover President Barack Obama’s White House to Main Street tour.

You can view the entire Ottumwa speech given by President Obama. Click on the video below. The first half is a speech, the second is Q and A.

This is the 3rd of four special “road editions” that we are producing this year. This time we’re focusing on alternative energy. Is it the commodity that will fuel an economic renaissance in rural America?

Wind energy is one of those components of the alternative energy economy. The president stopped in Ft. Madison to visit the Siemens Energy plant where wind turbine blades are produced.

Another part of the president’s midwest tour was a stop at POET’s biorefining facility in Macon, Missouri. POET is the world’s largest producer of ethanol with 1,500 employees, 1.6 billion gallons of fuel produced each year in 25 plants in 7 states.

Join us in discussing this program. Are the president’s ideas on track or does there need to be a different direction taken in jump-starting the economy?

Share your comments below.

Posted in Economy, Rural Economic Summit on April 30th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment

How are you doing?

President Barack Obama spent time in the midwest this week looking at success stories and some hardships as well.

We hear stories of economic recovery, but is that the case for you?

How is your situation?

Are you better off than you were a year before? 5 years before? 10 years?

What exactly will help your situation improve?

Share your story here or send us a question to MarketToMarket@iptv.org.

We’ve talked about the upcoming Rural Economic Summit. What do we need to discuss in the next Summit?

Posted in Economy, Rural Economic Summit, Talk Back on April 29th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment