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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

Posted in Rural Economic Summit on September 16th, 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

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

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