Ag Markets & More

Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:45am and 7:45am
  • Hosted by Jeff Pope, Bob Bragg
  • Local Host Jeff Pope

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

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Low crop, dairy and livestock prices are plaguing farmers around the globe.  U. S. farmers are now facing competition from some of the same countries that once shopped for food in this country. 

For example, Brazil is the number one soybean producer in the world.  India exports wheat and is contributing to the world wide wheat glut that is depressing prices.  China is the second largest corn producer in the world, but uses most of what they produce at home.  European farmers export about 60% of the worlds dairy products. 

Pigs Gone Wild

Feb 21, 2017
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Pigs were introduced into North America first, during the Spanish explorations, then by British and European colonists who came to farm this new country.  Since pigs were hard to keep inside rudimentary fences, they were turned out into the forests to fend for themselves and be harvested as needed by the colonists.  Ever since, the southern third of the U.S. has been a welcome habitat for feral pigs that have taken on traits common to their wild ancestors.

 

Bob Bragg

In this edition of Ag Markets & More, Jeff and Bob discuss the fallacy of commodity traders making predictions that grain prices will make a miraculousness recovery, based solely upon the possibility a weather event that will lay waste to this year's crops.

Scott Bauer / USDA Agricultural Research Service

Jeff and Bob discuss the role that Colorado State University's Southwestern Colorado Research Center plays in helping farmers to select crops and production practices that can make them more efficient producers. 

Plowing The Prairie

Feb 2, 2017
Gary Kramer / Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS

During the February 2nd Ag Markets & More report, Jeff and Bob discussed the environmental concerns associated with the loss of grasslands in the Great Plains in the U.S., caused by their conversion to crop production.  To view the World Wildlife Fund 2016 Plowprint Report, go to:  http://www.worldwildlife.org/projects/plowprint-report

 

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