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Dam breaks, environmental issues and alternative fuels - 3548

Flooded drive-thru in Manchester, Iowa. July 23, 2010.

Flooded drive-thru in Manchester, Iowa. July 23, 2010.

The weather is a big deal for every producer. There’s no secret there. But how about 6-10 inches in a 12-hour period.

That was the case in northeast Iowa where areas along the Maquoketa and Wapsipinicon Rivers are still dealing with large amounts of water.

A 83-year-old dam making Lake Delhi broke last week. What will be the impact on the farm land around the break? Significant — 8,000 acres were damaged in two counties alone.

How have you been impacted by water this season?

We’re also looking at President Obama’s environment plan and statements made this week on climate change. What will this mean for carbon credits and other programs like it?

Plus we’ll hear more about the renewable fuel tax credits that are in danger of expiring in December. What will happen if those credits don’t live on into 2011?

An Iowa State University professors who also is the director of the Center for Agricultural and RuralĀ Development has completed a ‘what if’ study on how the ethanol industry could survive without a subsidy or import tariff. Bruce Babcock makes a bold statement about the future of the industry. Hear it on this week’s program.

A little note for you, two of our producers were on the road this week. One to New Orleans and the gulf region to see what’s happening in the dead zone following the oil spill.

We also had a producer in New York City this week to talk about urban farmers.

Look for those stories in the coming weeks on Market to Market.

Posted in Production on July 29th, 2010 by paul – 1 Comment

Market to Market 3537

Production on this week’s Market to Market #3537 is well underway.

Big stories on the program include:

  • Senate’s climate change bill.
  • BP Congressional hearing
  • Ken Cook on subsidies

Market analysis will likely talk about the cold and wet weather that is gripping much of the midwest’s corn belt.

We received a couple of pictures from farmers out there of their corn looking a little wet and cold. Do you have any you want to share? Drop them into the comments or send them to us via our Twitter feed at

For the record, we do know what WASDE stands for. World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

See you this weekend.

Posted in Production on May 11th, 2010 by paul – Be the first to comment