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Tom Vilsack on Dairy and Trade

June 23, 2017 | 35 min

Tom Vilsack, President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Council, sat down with Mike Pearson for an extended discussion this week. The former Secretary of Agriculture talked about the dairy industry and trade with China, Canada, Mexico and Cuba.

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June 23 Outlook

June 23, 2017

Your weekend barbeque plans will no longer include a Brazilian beef option. --- USDA halted all fresh beef imports from Latin America’s biggest country based on safety concerns. U.S. inspectors have...

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Trump, Vilsack Talk Trade

June 23, 2017 | 5 min

Traditional energy sources like oil have competition in the marketplace from alternatives like ethanol. President Trump championed the coal industry on the trail and this week played down the...


New Shipping Concepts Collide with Aging Infrastructure

June 23, 2017 | 6 min

The third tropical storm of the season swung through the Southeast this week, impacting millions by dropping rain and spawning tornadoes. Anywhere from 2 to 10 inches of rain fell along the Gulf...

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Trump's Cuba Rollback Frustrates Farm Interests

June 16, 2017 | 3 min

Contact: The U.S. dollar has been on a volatile but steady decline since January. Trading partners enjoy cheaper U.S. goods in this environment. The downturn happens to...

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June 16 Outlook

June 16, 2017

Making a trip to town for a few purchases has fallen back a touch as gasoline retailers wait impatiently for the summer driving season to kick into high gear. -- A combination of fewer trips to...

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Producers Deal With a Case of Whiplash Weather

June 16, 2017

Contact: Farmers and ranchers across the U.S. have been experiencing volatile weather events as summer rapidly approaches. And while the more spectacular ones receive lots of...

Pig Farmers Produce Pork with a Purpose

Pig Farmers Produce Pork with a Purpose

June 16, 2017 | 6 min

Contact: For many, the best part of working in agriculture is the satisfaction of a day well spent. The toughest part of running any operation is often selling the commodity produced...


Infrastructure Plan Far From Concrete

June 9, 2017 | 3 min

As the economy attempts to stay on an even keel 8 years after the end of the great recession, the nearly half-year old Trump Administration is pushing new ways to jump start America. This week, the...

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June 9 Outlook

June 9, 2017

Hello, I’m Mike Pearson. As the stock market rides high over higher profits, climate deals and federal trade policy changes, those making purchases that would rev up the country’s economic engine...

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Southern Catfish Farmers Push Back Against Imports

June 7, 2017 | 7 min

As part of his “America First” agenda, President Trump set in motion a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. As preparations get underway, the U.S. hammered out an interim deal on...

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Trump Dumps Paris Accord

June 2, 2017 | 3 min

Whether jobs are created in mining or manufacturing, what is done with the final product can effect weather on the planet. Global climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions is an accepted fact...

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'Pink Slime' Defamation Trial Set to Start in South Dakota

June 2, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jury selection starts Wednesday in a more than $1 billion defamation case over ABC news reports on a South Dakota meat producer's lean, finely textured beef product, which...

Wet Planter

Planting Delays Abound While Crop Progress Lags

June 2, 2017

The nation’s farmers continue to fight Mother Nature. Some have managed to dodge the raindrops and finish planting. However, more than adequate moisture has become a problem for more than a few as...

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June 2 Economic Outlook

June 2, 2017

Employers put a few more people back to work last month even as the employee pool got smaller. Trying to find a job wasn’t the problem but finding one with good pay stood in the way of growth. Labor...

Wineries Branch out to Legal Marijuana

Wineries Branch into Legal Marijuana

June 1, 2017

Twenty-nine states have legalized marijuana in one form or another. In the Pacific Northwest - home to a growing number of winemakers – the drug is legal for recreational use. Some vintners in the...

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'Taxpayer First' Budget Goes Under the Microscope Slashing Nearly Every Department

May 26, 2017 | 4 min

President Trump unveiled HIS budget for America this week.

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A Taste of Cuba in the Cornhusker State

May 26, 2017 | 7 min

Cuba is such a place where those on both sides of the Florida Straits are eager to exchange goods.

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Specialty Pork Finds Japanese Audience

May 19, 2017 | 6 min

Official numbers show U.S. pork producers sold a record amount of product to China in March. In the near future, cattle will rejoin hogs in the export stream traveling to the Asian giant. Opening...

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Economic Outlook - May 19

May 19, 2017

As various investigations and the he-said-he-said continues in Washington, rural Americans are dealing with more pressing issues like declining profits and new places to live. -- Commerce Department...