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Bringing Veterinarians To Under-served Areas

August 18, 2017 | 6 min

If you raise animals you likely have a close relationship with your veterinarian. Just knowing you can make a call in the middle in the night for a little help with a calf that’s breech is enough to...

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NAFTA Negotiations Open with Salvo

August 18, 2017 | 5 min

Trade deals are touted as either profit makers or job takers. Negotiations can last several years. Some have resulted in deadlock like Doha, or a major player leaving the table, like the U.S. did...

August 18 Outlook

August 18 Outlook

August 18, 2017

The thrill of a new car, the drudgery of new windows and the excitement of a new computer - all likely were felt by U.S. consumers as they hit the bricks or made some clicks last month. —- In July,...

August 11 Outlook

August 11 Outlook

August 11, 2017

The price of doing business in rural America declined slightly last month which is good if you’re making a purchase or two on main street but not so great for the economy as a whole. —- The consumer...

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Leaked Report Reveals Climate Change Impact Already Being Felt

August 11, 2017 | 2 min

The drought gripping the nation has intensified in the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa where - combined - 38 percent of the country’s corn is grown. The root cause of increasing temperatures remains a...

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President Trump Declares State of Emergency Over Opioid Epidemic

August 11, 2017 | 1 min

In rural America, response times for police, fire or EMS can be long ones. When a loved one has overdosed on opioids, the wait can feel like an eternity. Hundreds die every day across the nation from...

Northern Farmers Reporting Dicamba Damage

Northern Farmers Reporting Dicamba Damage

August 11, 2017 | 2 min

Monsanto designed the Xtend system so row-crop farmers could deal with weeds tolerant to chemicals like glyphosate. A special formulation of dicamba completes the prescription. However, dicamba has...

USDA Cropland Values by State 2017

USDA Cropland Values by State 2017

August 4, 2017

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Rural America Could Suffer Under Trump Healthcare Threats

August 4, 2017 | 3 min

Those with new jobs include migrant labor working in the U.S. under temporary visas. A not so popular piece of legislation in Congress would slash all visas by 50 percent over the next decade. There...

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August 4 Outlook

August 4, 2017

Restaurants and hotels picked up a few more employees as more Americans went back to work. —- Some 209,000 new jobs were created in July with the service sector adding the highest percentage. The...


Drought Tightens Its Grip on Parts of the Country

August 4, 2017 | 2 min

Nationally, the value of farmland held steady over the past year at an average price of $4,090 per acre. More than half of the country saw an increase with Iowa rolling over $8,000 per acre and...

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Court Rules EPA Incorrectly Set RFS Limit

July 28, 2017 | 1 min

A U.S. Appeals Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency was incorrect when they ordered a lowering of the Renewable Fuel Standard recently. Groups like The National Corn Growers...

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California Breaks Against White House on Climate

July 28, 2017 | 3 min

Part of what drives economic engines are engines running on petroleum. However, climate scientists say the side-effects of burning fossil fuels will be higher global temperatures. The thorny issue...

July 28 Outlook

July 28 Outlook

July 28, 2017

The touch of government is everywhere from pocketbook to health insurance. However, the government’s long reach has failed to stifle rural America’s spirits. —- A healthy job market moved the...

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Kansas Ranchers Rebuild After Wildfires

July 27, 2017 | 7 min

Median farm income is expected to be just under the $80,000 mark this year. Much of that hard earned cash will come from the off-farm side of the equation. Those numbers speak to the spirit of the...

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A Plan Set in the Past Helps Beginning Farmers Into the Future

July 21, 2017 | 6 min

Viewers of last week’s Market Plus heard Tomm Pfitzenmaier give the grim news that it would be hardly feasible for young farmers to get a place of their own. Historically, getting started has...


White House Pushes NAFTA Renogotiation

July 21, 2017

Trade has always been the big economic driver for rural America. Much has been done since World War II to break down barriers. In recent months, some work laid down by previous occupants of the White...

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Court Could Halt Pipeline Flow as D.C. Lawmakers Seek Streamlined Approval Process

July 21, 2017

U.S. drivers managed to burn through 143 billion gallons of gas over the past year. Much of that was cracked from domestic crude travelling through a vast network of underground pipes. Some of those...

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July 21 Outlook

July 21, 2017

Just like landing on the moon 48 years ago this week, the idea of having a new home went from dream to reality for many last month.—- New home construction surged 8.3 percent in June. Anticipated...

Drought Grips the Plains While Fires Strike Out West

Drought Grips the Plains While Fires Strike Out West

July 14, 2017 | 3 min

This week, more than 7 inches of rain fell in parts of Kenosha County, Wisconsin. Others received less and could classify the precipitation as a billion-dollar grain maker. But for those a few...