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By Paul Yeager | Covering rural America for more than 40 years with stories of agriculture, trading, markets, futures and technology.

Dakota Access review to re-examine impact on tribe

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge's order for more environmental review of the already-operating Dakota Access oil pipeline has several potential outcomes, all of which could spark even more wrangling in a Washington, D.C., court room. The big question is whether the pipeline will be shut down …

Injustice

A new 'solar paint' lets you transform your entire house into a source of clean energy

Pexels<p>Powering homes using clean energy is becoming easier thanks to a growing number of innovative technologies and initiatives. Some government programs help homeowners with the financial burden of equipping their residences with energy-generating solar panels, and Elon Musk's Tesla has developed …

Clean Energy

Costco Stock Suffers Massive Slide after Amazon-Whole Foods Deal

It’s a bad time to be in the grocery business, or anywhere near it. That, at least, was the message markets sent Costco this week, as the bulk …

Whole Foods

Why Republicans are struggling mightily to overhaul tax code

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation's tax system?<p>The GOP is supposed to be really good at cutting taxes. President George W. Bush cut taxes. So did President Ronald Reagan, though he also raised …

United States

Next global financial crisis to hit with a 'vengeance', warns BIS

The global economy is caught in a permanent trap of boom-bust financial cycles. This deformed structure is becoming ever more corrosive and dangerous as debt ratios rise to vertiginous levels, the world's top monetary watchdog has warned.<p>The Bank for International Settlements said the rot in the …

Financial Crisis

Market Plus - Naomi Bloom (June 23, 2017)

ABOUT MARKET TO MARKET<p>For more than four decades, Market to Market has covered the issues affecting the nearly $800 billion business of agriculture. …

Iowa State University

New Shipping Concepts Collide with Aging Infrastructure

<i>The third tropical storm of the season swung through the Southeast this week, impacting millions by dropping rain and spawning tornadoes. Anywhere</i> …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Trump, Vilsack Talk Trade

<i>Traditional energy sources like oil have competition in the marketplace from alternatives like ethanol. President Trump championed the coal industry</i> …

Agriculture

Tom Vilsack on Dairy and Trade

Tom Vilsack, President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Council, sat down with Mike Pearson for an extended discussion this week. The former Secretary of …

Agriculture

How The Next Generation Of West Virginians Are Building A Way Out Of The State’s Coal Economy

A new documentary called From the Ashes aims to generate support for millennial entrepreneurs working to open up a new, clean energy focused economy.<p>Shepherdstown, West Virginia, as Brandon Dennison is quick to tell me, “is nothing like the rest of the state.” It’s a small, quaint college town of …

Renewable Energy

No One Knows How To Deal With Countries Lost to Sea Level Rise

Earth’s political boundaries will always shift as conflict rises and regimes fall. We are used to this sort of change and the out-of-date maps it …

Louisiana sinking into the Gulf of Mexico is a major threat to billions worth of oil infrastructure

That Louisiana is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico is not news. Rising seas and coastline erosion have been working together for decades, but this sinking may well be happening faster than previously thought—threatening billions and billions of Louisiana oil infrastructure.<p>This is the central idea …

Gulf of Mexico

Arkansas Plant Board Votes to Ban Dicamba. Now What?

The Arkansas State Plant Board has voted to pass a proposed emergency rule to ban the use of in-crop dicamba, with an exemption for pastureland, and …

Agriculture

Montana, Dakotas get emergency drought grazing authorization

Source: USDA<p>Ranchers in drought-stricken South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana now have authorization for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve …

Drought

Why one scientist refuses to buy organic foods

I don’t buy organic foods. In fact I specifically avoid doing so. It’s not my place to tell anyone else what to do, but I’d like to lay out three, …

Agriculture

Trump EPA dismisses the people in charge of scientific integrity

In the latest blow to the integrity of the science used by government agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dismissed nearly all of the …

Liberal POV

Extreme Heat Waves Will Change How We Live. We’re Not Ready

Extreme heat struck across the Southwest U.S. this week, sending temperatures in Phoenix soaring to near 120°F and grounding airplanes that were …

Climate Change

China takes delivery of first shipments of American beef in 14 years

China let through the first shipments of beef from the United States in 14 years on Friday, after the two nations agreed to resume the trade in May, …

Donald Trump closes the door to Cuba—a bit

Looking backwardsDonald Trump closes the door to Cuba—a bit<p>He wants to hurt the regime, but may end up hurting ordinary Cubans<p>print-edition iconPrint …

Cuba

Chef Amy Thielen explains her love for rural and urban, highflung and lowdown in 'Give A Girl A Knife'

Just before leaving Bouley, one of New York City’s famed haute cuisine kitchens that Amy Thielen cycled through during her seven-year journey as a line cook, Chef David Bouley remarked, “Amy’s like a little bird, flitting from place to place.” This, she confesses, is true: “The most manic, …

Books

Seeding The Clouds - Should We Mess With Our Earth's Climate?

Seeding clouds as a way to change weather began its history as a serious science during WWII, originally as a way to interrupt severe storms or to produce rain and snow. It never developed in practice. But more recently it has been investigated as a way to reflect back heat into space in order to …

Climate Change

The Rise Of Wind Energy Raises Questions About Its Reliability

Steven Somsen's farm got a new addition last year, breaking up fields of wheat and soybeans that span as far as the eye can see from his rural North Dakota home.<p>"We ended up with some towers on our property," he says, nodding toward the giant, spinning, white wind turbines dotting the farmland …

Renewable Energy

California invested heavily in solar power. Now there’s so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it - Los Angeles Times

California

Former Seminole chief to help other tribes grow legal weed

An ex-chief of the Seminole Tribe, with a legendary history of wrangling regulators as he pioneered the casino industry on tribal lands, plans to help other Native American groups grow and sell tax-free marijuana in states where it's legal.<p>James Billie, a Vietnam veteran has launched a finance firm …

Cannabis

A major climate change study was canceled because of climate change

Scientists from the University of Manitoba set out to measure how climate change would impact sea ice in Hudson Bay, in northeastern Canada. Their goal was to help prepare local marine industries and the coast guard for what lay ahead. Unfortunately, as you can see in the video above<b>,</b> severe ice …

Climate Change

Back to School - Market to Market in the Classroom #153

You are never too old or young to go back to school. At <i>Market to Market</i>, education is part of the bedrock that the 40+ year program is built. Bryan …

Education

President plans to rebuild rural America | Iowa Agribusiness Network

In speeches Wednesday afternoon and evening, President Donald Trump reaffirmed Ag leaders and commodity groups he will “always support farmers”.<p>The …

Agriculture

Bloomberg says America should 'get behind' Trump

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said America should "get behind" President Trump because "the public has spoken - whether you like the …

Trump Turns an Iowa Rally Into a Venting Session

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — President Trump said on Wednesday that he was crafting legislation to bar new immigrants from receiving welfare for at least five years. He announced the proposal in a conquering-hero-returns speech in Iowa, his first trip back to the political battleground state since he won …

Iowa