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.

An English Farmer's View of Rural America

Mar 10, 2017
Tim McCabe / NRCS

James Rebank's recent New York Times Op-Ed essay provides a sheep farmer's view about the effects of global trade on rural America, and on his farm in the Lake District fells of North England.  Rebanks, who is also an author, passed through rural Kentucky on a tour to promote his latest book, The Shepard's View: Modern Photographs from and Ancient Landscape.

 

 

The truism that we need to double food production by 2050 to feed the world's growing population may need to be revisited.  Research by

Ron Nichols / NRCS

Farming and ranching operations are complex businesses.  Unlike factories that produce consumer goods, which can ramp up or scale down production quickly, based upon demand, farmer require months or years to change the type or quantity of crops or livestock they produce.

 

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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
ClickArt

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.

 

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