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EPA, Bears and debt reduction on MToM #3611

Lots to get to today on the blog.

Market To Market #3611 is posted here. This episode looks at a lawsuit brought against the EPA over increased blends in ethanol.

The nation’s debt also made news last week as another attempt at reduction was unveiled. And the bullish markets were not just limited to commodities like corn and soybeans, but many of the softs saw a big run last week. What does that mean? How did Alan Brugler see the markets? What’s ahead? Did you listen to our Market Plus segment?

Host Mark Pearson wanted me to share a story with you. He was recently in Boise talking to the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. Mark said he thought he’d been having a rough morning when he was approached by an audience member. The man told Mark about how he lost all of his straw and hay supply in a fire. Turns out, he wasn’t alone as six farms were damaged on a recent crime spree causing $45,000 in damage. The cost of replacement will be double what the hay was worth.

Mark has many other speaking engagements scheduled in South Dakota, North Dakota and Indiana to name a few. We’ll let you know where he’ll be so you can try and see the ever-entertaining Mr. Pearson in person.

Also, Elaine Kub responded to a comment we received last week. Kub was the analyst on MToM #3610. We received a comment here to the blog and Elaine responded.

Post a comment below and we’ll try and respond to all your questions.

Posted in Mark Pearson, Production, Talk Back on November 17th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to 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 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

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

Market to Market 3541

The Market to Market crew is hard at work for this week’s show, #3541, if you’re keeping score at home.

What exactly does that number mean? The first two, 35 signifies the year or season of the show. The second two numbers means the episode number. So this is the 35th season of Market to Market and the 41st show of the season.

So what will be in this week’s show?

Corn producers and processors cope with waning demand for high fructose corn syrup…
But, the Agriculture Department predicts increased demand for ethanol will support corn prices. And the Obama Administration’s “point man” on rural affairs outlines his plans to rejuvenate the rural economy…
Those stories and market analysis with Tomm Pfitzenmaier.

Check your local listings for airtime in your area. But if you are in Bowling Green, Kentucky, check us out at 7 A.M. Sunday.

Or you can always click here to watch the show on-line.

How are things in your operation? Did you sell any grain this week? Too much rain?

Let us know how things are going for you?

Posted in Rural Economy, Talk Back on June 10th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment

Secretary Vilsack in-studio

The Secretary of Agriculture is coming for a visit to Market to Market. Tom Vilsack will be in-studio Friday afternoon. Vilsack ran for President in 2008 after completing his two terms as Iowa’s Governor.

There will be an interview with C-SPAN first in our studio with the Ag Secretary before for a visit with our host Mark Pearson.

Part of that interview will be seen in this week’s edition of Market to Market (3540).
The rest will be used for next week’s program (3541) and will eventually live on our website.

What questions should Mark ask the Secretary of Agriculture? What question about USDA policy should we discuss with Mr. Vilsack?

Drop them in the comment section below.

Posted in Talk Back on June 3rd, 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

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

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

Rural Economic Summit - President Obama links

Our Rural Economic Summit’s latest installment will take place this week from main street middle America.
President Barack Obama spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday this week in the midwest.

Here’s a little background on the trip to Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.

Iowa Public Television aired the speech by the president in Ottumwa. Here’s the link to that speech.

We’ve got a Market to Market crew that has been at many of the stops this week and will bring those to you in this week’s edition of the show as part of our Rural Economic Summit.

The president touted wind energy’s ability to generate power and jobs while in Iowa. During a trip to Missouri, the president visited the world’s top producer of ethanol to see how process works. So how does alternative energy fuel the rural economy?

Check local listings for the airtime of Market to Market. You also will be able to view the program on our website.

Posted in Economy, Rural Economic Summit, Rural Economy, Talk Back on April 28th, 2010 by paul – 1 Comment

Special Rural Economic Summit features President Obama’s White House to Main Street Tour

On the third of four special “road editions,”  Market to Market covers President Obama’s White House to Main Street Tour as a special “Rural Economic Summit.

Obama’s tour stops at several Midwestern events aimed at strengthening the rural economy.

The first stop Tuesday will be at the Siemens Energy plant in  Ft. Madison, Iowa.  The facility produces massive 12-ton blades for the company’s 2.3 MW generators that each produce enough energy to power 600-700 homes.  Siemens Energy received a $3.5 million federal tax credit back in January. The Siemens plant is the second largest employer in Lee County providing about 600 jobs.  This event is open only to media.

Then, it’s on to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa –  home of Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack — in Mt. Pleasant.  Like the preceeding stop in Ft. Madison, this event is closed to the public.

A third stop is planned in Ottumwa, Iowa for a town hall meeting at Indian Hills Community College.   The President will make a speech and answer questions from the audience.

Iowa Public Television will televise the town hall meeting live on its IPTV World Channel or .3 if you’re viewing inside the state of  Iowa.  Outside the broadcast region, you can view the event at: The coverage is scheduled to begin around 4 p.m. CT.

The White House said Monday the Midwest tour is about the president talking and listening to small business owners, workers, everyday people living the challenges they face in recovery.  This post covers most of the highlights of the President’s tour the next two days.

Wednesday’s tour includes a stop in Macon, Missouri at the POET biorefinery.  Producing 1.6 billion gallons of renewable fuel annually, POET is the world’s largest producer of ethanol.   The president will also visit a farm near Quincy, Illinois.

The White House released a report Tuesday from the Council of Economic Advisers, outlining four policies the President is likely to address this week:

  • Growing businesses and expanding employment opportunities.
  • Strengthening rural infrastructure
  • Strengthening the agricultural sector
  • Strengthening the labor force and improving the quality of life in rural America by investing in education and health care.

This week’s edition of  Market to Market will feature coverage of the president’s tour as a special “Rural Economic Summit.“  Check local listings for your area.

Posted in Economy, Rural Economic Summit, Rural Economy, Talk Back on April 27th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment

Dilemma or Delusion?

Market to Market will examine the merits of production agriculture with Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Blake Hurst, a Missouri farmer who countered by writing a piece he calls The Omnivore’s Delusion.

Watch Market to Market — Tonight at 8 and Sunday at noon — on Iowa Public Television.  Check local listings for the airtime on PBS stations outside of Iowa.

Tell us your thoughts on the piece after you see it. We welcome your comments below.
Also follow us on Twitter. We’re @MarketToMarket

Posted in Production, Talk Back on April 23rd, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment