This week on Money Talks, your chatty hosts Joseph Freeman and Siddhartha Vaidyanathan speak with our seasoned agriculture reporter, Bridget Macdonald. Climate-change legislation has been proposed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, but Illinois agricultural groups are up in arms, saying the bill has the potential to raise input costs rather than reward farmers for carbon mitigating practices.
Bridget explains the issue and also talks about her experiences over the last six months reporting stories related to agriculture in the Midwest. She has interviewed a small farmer in Elburn, Ill., written on the ethanol industry, explored the wonderful world of Maple syrup, and reported on the growing popularity of local food in Chicago. Listen to her talk about the agricultural business in the Midwest and and the wonderful people she met along the way.