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Cranberries, subsidies and food safety

The production of Market To Market #3612 is in full swing this Thursday afternoon.

We’ve got producers sorting through a new study by Iowa State University’s Center for Agriculture and Rural Development about the future of the ethanol industry without the extension of the ethanal tax credit. We should learn in the next few weeks about the future of the 45-cent-per-gallon ethanol tax credit and import tariff worth 54-cents-per-gallon. This is a follow up study released back in July, but many things have changed since then. What impact will the markets and supplies have on the industry?

Plus the issue of food safety is again in the news. This time, a bill passed by the House a year ago have finally been passed the Senate. The bill provides more power to the FDA to prevent food-borne illness. But the bill still has hurdles including concern for the impact on small farmers. Another obstacle is a possible amendment that would ban earmarks, the popular rallying cry of this year’s election.

And it is Thanksgiving time again and many of you will enjoy cranberries with your meal. But what is the status of that industry? It is a business that has many cooperative agreements, including the those involving the big producer Ocean Spray. How will companies like Ocean Spray and the others fare post-recession?

Analyst Darin Newsom will be joining us to discuss the commodity markets. If you’ve got a question, drop it in our comment section below and we’ll try to get that answered promptly.

Be sure to check out our last post about Mark Pearson’s trip to Idaho.

Posted in Production on November 18th, 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

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

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