John Ydstie http://northernpublicradio.org en Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Crosses Milestone http://northernpublicradio.org/post/buffets-berkshire-hathaway-crosses-milestone The most expensive stock on the New York Stock Exchange just got a little more expensive. A Class A share of Berkshire Hathaway is now worth more than $200,000.<p>On Thursday, shares closed up $3,500 at $202,850. The Omaha, Neb.-based company has a market value of more than $333 billion.<p>Berkshire Hathaway is the company created and run by Warren Buffett for nearly five decades now. The conglomerate owns more than 80 firms, including Geico Insurance, BNSF Railway and Dairy Queen.<p>Its stock price has doubled since October 2006 when it crossed the $100,000 mark. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:42:00 +0000 John Ydstie 52272 at http://northernpublicradio.org Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Crosses Milestone Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn http://northernpublicradio.org/post/shifting-climate-has-north-dakota-farmers-swapping-wheat-corn Overall, climate change is predicted to hurt agriculture around the world. It could even threaten corn production in the Corn Belt.<p>But in North Dakota conditions are now better for raising corn, and that's a big benefit for farmers.<p>When I was growing up in Wolford, N.D., up near the Canadian border, wheat was king. It had been the dominant crop since the prairie was first plowed in the late 1800s. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:32:00 +0000 John Ydstie 52205 at http://northernpublicradio.org Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes http://northernpublicradio.org/post/iowas-corn-farmers-learn-adapt-weather-extremes Climate change is creating all kinds of challenges and opportunities for business. One of the sectors that feels the effects most immediately is agriculture. Already, weather patterns are making it more challenging to raise corn — even in Iowa — in the middle of the Corn Belt.<p><a href="http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/content/seth-watkins">Seth Watkins</a> raises corn and cattle in southern Iowa, and he recalls the memorable weather from 2012.<p>"We started out with an extreme drought and then that was topped off by the worst hail storm we've had — ever. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:20:00 +0000 John Ydstie 52146 at http://northernpublicradio.org Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes Russia Retaliates For Western Sanctions With Ban On Food Imports http://northernpublicradio.org/post/russia-retaliates-western-sanctions-ban-food-imports <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Russia+Retaliates+For+Western+Sanctions+With+Ban+On+Food+Imports&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:46:00 +0000 John Ydstie 51901 at http://northernpublicradio.org In July Jobs Numbers, Fodder For Cautious Optimism http://northernpublicradio.org/post/july-jobs-numbers-fodder-cautious-optimism <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+July+Jobs+Numbers%2C+Fodder+For+Cautious+Optimism&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMzY5MzE4MDEzMTE3ODg5NDA4ZjRiNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:01:00 +0000 John Ydstie 51605 at http://northernpublicradio.org Fast Growth Does Little To Budge Fed's Caution — For Now http://northernpublicradio.org/post/fast-growth-does-little-budge-feds-caution-now <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Fast+Growth+Does+Little+To+Budge+Fed%27s+Caution+%E2%80%94+For+Now&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDI3NjUzMDEzNjkzMTgzNTExNDFlYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The U.S. economy is back on track after getting stuck in a snowy ditch at the beginning of the year. Today the government reported that during April, May and June the economy grew at an annual rate of 4 percent. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 John Ydstie 51479 at http://northernpublicradio.org U.S. Judge Sides With Iraq, Blocks Kurds' Attempt To Sell Oil http://northernpublicradio.org/post/us-judge-sides-iraq-blocks-kurds-attempt-sell-oil <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=U.S.+Judge+Sides+With+Iraq%2C+Blocks+Kurds%27+Attempt+To+Sell+Oil&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAzNTg0OTAyMDEyOTc4NzIxNTYxN2U1Yg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>As Iraq has been torn apart by sectarian violence, the country's Kurdish population has moved towards independence with income from oil.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Iraq's Kurds live in an autonomous region in the north of the country. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:59:00 +0000 John Ydstie 51440 at http://northernpublicradio.org What Do The New Obamacare Rulings Mean For People Getting Subsidies? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/what-do-new-obamacare-rulings-mean-people-getting-subsidies <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What+Do+The+New+Obamacare+Rulings+Mean+For+People+Getting+Subsidies%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MTAzMDEyMTY4NDEzNjUxZmMzYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Clouding the future of the Affordable Care Act - two conflicting court rulings. Within hours of each other yesterday, U.S. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:53:51 +0000 John Ydstie 51073 at http://northernpublicradio.org GOP Marks Dodd-Frank's 4th Birthday With Calls For Repeal http://northernpublicradio.org/post/gop-marks-dodd-franks-4th-birthday-calls-repeal Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Four years ago today, President Obama signed a massive overhaul of the nation's financial laws, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The law was a response to the Wall Street bailouts and regulatory failings that sparked the financial crisis and caused the great recession. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 John Ydstie 50977 at http://northernpublicradio.org Despite Brightening Signs, Fed Is Likely To Stay The Course http://northernpublicradio.org/post/despite-brightening-signs-fed-likely-stay-course Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Twice a year the head of the Federal Reserve is required to report to Congress on how the U.S. economy is doing, and for the last several years the people who listen in on this testimony have strained their ears for any hint of whether interest rates might be going up. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 John Ydstie 50682 at http://northernpublicradio.org