Ag Markets & More

Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:45am and 7:45am
  • Hosted by Jeff Pope, Bob Bragg
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Ag Markets & More brings you a twice-weekly report on issues that affect agriculture and its role in shaping local, national, and global economies.

Is Urban Agriculture A Fad or A Trend?

May 9, 2017
Joe Larson / Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS

Plenty United, a two year old firm, plans to increase production of lettuce, arugula and herbs to over three million pounds annually in their 51,000 square foot converted factory building located by San Francisco Bay.  They also plan to set up growing operations near 60 cities in the U.S.

A Border War Over Corn?

May 4, 2017
Lynn Betts / NRCS

Squabbling over NAFTA may have unintended consequences for grain farmers in the U.S.  Mexican legislators are considering boycott legislation that would ban U.S. grain coming to Mexico, and are looking to Argentina and Brazil as sources of corn and soybeans.

U.S.D.A. Economic Research Service

As companies that supply crop inputs to farmers continue to consolidate, some farmers are becoming concerned that input costs will rise, because there is less competition for their business.  Concentration in the seed industry is an example of this trend.

2018 Farm Bill Listening Session

Apr 18, 2017
Ron Nichols / NRCS

The Farm Bill is renewed about every five years, and it's complexity creates a lot of political wrangling during the negotiation leading up to passage.  The 2014 Farm Bill expenditures will amount to almost 490 billion dollars, with 80% of that spent on nutrition programs. 

A Tale of Really Bad Birds

Apr 13, 2017

A couple of bald eagles hanging around your place is kind of cool, but a convocation of almost 80 of them is another story...Eespecially if you raise free range chickens.  Georgia farmer Will Harris is trying to deal with the depredation that these eagles are raining down on his flock, to the tune of $125,000 annually.