Ag Markets & More

Weekday mornings at 8:18am
  • Hosted by Jeff Pope, Bob Bragg
  • Local Host Jeff Pope

Ag Markets & More brings you a daily report on issues that affect agriculture and its role in shaping local, national, and global economies.

Grain Bin Homes Survive Huricane

Oct 19, 2016

Tuesday, we talked about an Iowa company that made farm country proud for their positive contribution to keeping families safe during the hurricane that struck Haiti recently. Attached is a photo that I hope will add to the story.

Sukup Manufacturing Co., Shieffield, Iowa, makes grain bins, grain handling equipment and steel buildings used by farmers and ranchers throughout the country. About three years ago, the company designed and manufactured over two hundred homes, based on their popular grain bins, that were erected for homeless families in Haiti.

Celebrate July 4th

Jul 4, 2016

As we celebrate the founding of or nation on this July 4th , I believe that it is a good occasion to think about the role that agriculture has played in our history. However, the story doesn't just start in 1776.


The majority of the millions of people living in the Americas, whether North, South or Central, before 1492, were farmers. Columbus stumbled upon the tip of the complex network of resource-rich societies that depended upon a whole host of crops that were unknown to Europeans.


Consumers influencing food production

Jun 12, 2016

On Wednesday this week, Jeff and I reported that Whole Foods, and Starbucks were two of many high end restaurants and natural food retailers that were in the market for slow-growing chickens to fill the perceived demand of their customers.


Water in the West

Jun 3, 2016

As I gather information for the reports that Jeff and I produce for Ag Markets and More, I often stumble onto interesting stories that I'd like to share. However, I know that to distill them down to the allotted three minutes would wring all of the flavor out of them.


Thursday's report is a good example of that. I called water managers around the Four Corners to see what the outlook was for water supplies for irrigation this sumer.


GMOs safe to eat...But?

May 25, 2016

Jeff Pope and I have produced the Ag Markets and More program for over a decade. When we envisioned the program, we initially modeled it on the format of early morning and noontime farm programs that I listened to while growing up in the rural Midwest. Those programs gave farmers, and ranchers in the West, up to date market reports, weather and news that affected their lives and businesses.