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Season 4

The Iowa turkey industry had a good week - first a center dedicated solely to the turkey industry and research was opened at Iowa State University. The state that’s provided the official turkey of the White House now has a place to work at growing the industry both in and out of Iowa. Gretta Irwin, the executive director of the Iowa Turkey Federation discusses the differences between now and 2015 when it comes to HPAI and how fewer outbreaks of avian flu have been reported in the state in 2022.
An effort to help pollinators is silencing the mowers in a few areas of the Midwest. No Mow May is a voluntary option for homeowners to allow the lawn to grow - providing pollination habitats and flowers with no fines for not keeping up with the Jones’. But once the month passes, the need for habitat for pollinators does not go away. Dr. Elaine Evans is an entomologist at the University of Minnesota and sheds light on the need for helping those pollinators keep agriculture and horticulture moving.
Storm chasers are willing to drive many miles to get to the front of a storm in search of the perfect shot and helping others knowing when and were a storm will hit. Melanie Metz has been at storm chasing for many years.
Winter appeared to be over in North Dakota - until it wasn't. A three-day snow event was enough to recharge soils, but put a brake on fieldwork for several days. We chat with Velva, North Dakota producer Paul Thomas this week.
The meatpacking industry has gone through many cycles in the just the past two years. What's next?
Producers in some states have many options for planting crops - this year has more than just the final sale price in the equation.
MtoM revisits the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol at a time when planting intentions begin to form and how this year could be a big one for sustainability by producers.
As chief meteorologist at WTVY-TV in Dothan, Alabama, David Paul has seen the increased severity of tornadoes in Dixie Alley, including the ones that happened last week.
Janice Person has a bright look on life and her work in agriculture.

Season 3

After three scientists discovered a record-breaking fungus in the area, the town saw an opportunity to stand out from other communities in the Upper Peninsula and celebrated the humongous fungus among them with an annual festival.

When Jen Loeb started her climbing career she had no aspirations of conquering the seven summit challenge.


A reunion of college cross country teammates led to summits all around the globe and how they prepared for the challenge.


Dr. Wendong Zhang heads the group that reviews farmland sales data from all over Iowa.


When we last spoke with Pennsylvania farmer Lance Sensenig, he was hoping to be a grain genius. He’s moved on from that role with a large company, which included work for his family, to break out on his own.


2020 was a good year to be in the agritourism industry. Nathan Ryder says his farm in southern Illinois was quite busy as folks looked for local entertainment options during the pandemic.


This week marks the return of the annual Poss Angus Bull Sale. The Scotia, Nebraska-based sale made headlines last year with one of the highest sale prices in a quarter century.


The weather is always an easy conversation starter for James Roemer. As the founder of, the highs, lows, rainfalls and droughts are his life.


Amanda Nigg is known as Farm Fit Momma online. She's taken the brand from humble beginnings to launch an effort at physical fitness that can help mental health as well.


Technology has come into agriculture in many ways - whether seed, steel or more recently in the skies via drones. The eyes in the sky are being used for more than just pictures and images.


The water quality issue plays heavily in grain country, but as John Norwood found out in his early years, both coasts care about water as well and carry different sets of concerns.


Colleen Krantz was back on the road in 2021 chasing down stories across the country. As a frequent guest on the MtoM, she’s always good for talking about the process she goes through in her reporting.


Our annual year in review podcast differs from the TV version. This time Market to Market producers Peter Tubbs and John Torpy elaborate on big stories of 2021 from supply chains, weather and trade.


Beth Hoffman spent years covering agriculture as a journalist. She later moved into a professor role and now she can add farmer to the profile.


Sustainability is more than a buzzword for some industries. The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol uses six metrics to help producers improve soil loss, land use and other science aspects of their crop.


The economic picture is shaped by a few dominant factors right now with inflation and infrastructure getting top billing in many discussions.


The weather impacts a wide-swath of our lives. Iowa PBS producer John Torpy found out many people have a passion about their line of work and that includes the state climatologist of Iowa.


The trucking industry was short thousands of drivers in February of 2020.


The adage of "oats know" has been discussed a lot the last few weeks as the commodity has enjoyed a rally due to extreme drought reducing production, but also high demand.


CoBank is the largest lender in agriculture in the United States. Many co-ops are clients as part of the Farm Credit System. They see what's happening in the agricultural supply chain almost in real-time.


Tom Vilsack is the 30th and 32nd Secretary of Agriculture. As he returns to USDA, trade with Canada and Mexico has a new name in USMCA.


We've already introduced you to Lois Martin but we didn't get the whole story of her early farm life and how she's still active in the family operation.


Jason Andringa has picked up his grandfather's hobby of being a pilot. They also have both served as CEO of Vermeer in Pella, Iowa.


We're going to get a little dirty in this week's podcast. We'll climb aboard a combine and discuss how we shoot video at harvest from the ground, on-board and in the air.

About the Show

For more than four decades, Market to Market has covered the issues affecting the more than $1 trillion business of agriculture. Whether it’s global trade conflicts, environmental controversies, changing technologies or emerging enterprises, our reporters make it their business to explain the issues faced by the nearly 60 million people who live and work in rural America. And Market to Market’s team of experienced analysts has a long history of providing expert analysis of the major commodity markets and delivering insight into trends and strategies that help producers and processors cope with changing times.

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