字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント Coming up on Market to Market - Wildfires leave more than burned timber and towns in their wake. Government scientists search for foodborne illnesses at the molecular level. And a journey from field crops to vineyards through the bottling of hopes and dreams. Those stories and market analysis with Naomi Blohm, next. Funding for Market to Market is provided by Grinnell Mutual. You think differently about a customer when you stand in the middle of his dreams. We work to make sure you get covered right. Grinnell Mutual -- a policy of working together. Information on finding an agent near you is available at grinnellmutual.com. And by Sukup Manufacturing Company. Offering a full line of grain drying and storage equipment and steel buildings, Sukup Manufacturing is on a mission to protect and preserve your crop and the tools that produce it. This is the Friday, August 21 edition of Market to Market, the Weekly Journal of Rural America. Hello, I'm Mike Pearson. Next month the federal government could run out of money and the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. But this week the stock market stole the show despite positive economic indicators. According to the Commerce Department, housing starts rose 0.2 percent in August - the strongest showing in more than 7 years. Data released by the Labor Department revealed the Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent in July. When volatile factors like food and energy prices are removed, Core CPI matched the increase. But low inflation and declining foreign markets may sidetrack efforts by the Fed to raise interest rates. Even with positive economic news, plunging overseas markets pushed Wall Street dramatically lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 had their worst finishes since October of 2014 with the Dow sinking 528 points at Friday's close. While the market appears to be cooling off, the west continues to burn. To date, this fire season has charred more acres than any year in the past decade. The U.S. Forest Service has been spending $150 million a week on the task and will likely devour its entire firefighting budget by the end of the month. Bone dry conditions present a clear and present danger. And this week, a few who "walk where the devil dances" lost their own battle in this year's epic war to protect towns and timber. The battle against the western wildfires took a deadly turn this week as three firefighters died after a vehicle crash trapped them in what was described as a "hellstorm" of flames. This brings the death toll to 13 for the year. The trio were members of the U.S. Forest Service. Four other firefighters were injured near the north-central Washington town of Twisp. Local officials have urged people in the outdoor-recreation area to evacuate as wildfires advanced through the region. Tinder-dry conditions, high temperatures and winds combined to fuel the inferno in the Evergreen State. One of the biggest fires is near the scenic Cascade Mountain town of Chelan. More than 155 square miles in central Washington have been charred. Nearly 3,000 people were ordered to evacuate the area this week. A major fruit-packer's warehouse in Chelan was destroyed by fire which contained nearly 2 million pounds of apples. Washington is by far the nation's biggest apple producer. The amount of fires across the West is taxing crews as the U.S. military is being sent in to assist. Rob Allen, Deputy Incident Commander: "Nationally, the system is pretty tapped, there is a lot of fires going on not only here, but in Washington, in Oregon, Northern California still burning up. And things have started to pick up in Idaho, Montana and Colorado. Nationally we are at planning level 5. Everything is being used right now, so competition for resources is fierce." And the 29,000 fire fighters in the west could get help from other countries as they work to contain the nearly 1,000 fires ... Cooler and calmer weather has given firefighters a break in California and Idaho. The massive 443-square mile Soda fire near the Oregon/Idaho border is nearly contained. At one point this week, almost 900 firefighters were battling the blaze over. Much of the scorched land was used by cattle and sage grouse. At least one farmer was seen herding about 200 head of cattle down the road to safety. The U.S. has the most abundant and affordable food supply on earth. Between the field and the table, the USDA has put rules in place to protect that bounty. Occasionally, that supply gets contaminated with unwanted pathogens that make people ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are responsible for notifying the public when tainted products make it to grocery store shelves. According to the CDC, foodborne illness costs the U.S. economy nearly $16 billion annually. But agency scientists are always on the lookout for new weapons to prevent, find and reduce the size of the outbreaks. The nation's top disease detectives are betting genetic clues could help combat food poisoning outbreaks. The Centers for Disease Control says of the roughly 48 million Americans infected every year, about three-thousand die of foodborne illnesses. Jill Pollack/Silver Spring, Maryland: "I'm normally very confident in the safety of the food I am buying. Certainly if I hear about something in the news I might be more aware about a particular outbreak." In the wake of last spring's bacterial contamination of Blue Bell Creameries ice cream in Texas, the CDC is expanding a pilot program to ten states that fights back against potentially deadly bacteria and viruses by decoding their DNA. Listeria, the third-leading cause of death by food poisoning, and the culprit in the Lone Star State contamination, is now a top target in germ fighters' crosshairs. Dr. Robert Tauxe/Deputy Director - Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases - Centers For Disease Control and Prevention: "By testing the DNA of the bacteria from people all over the country we may find that people in totally different places are infected with exactly the same bacteria. If we can figure out what it is that they have in common, and show that yes that was the source of the infection, we can find an outbreak even when it's very small." Armed with $30 million from Congress, the CDC is taking advantage of faster and cheaper genome sequencing technology. In the future, government scientists hope to use the game-changing approach across the nation to fight more common bacteria like Salmonella and E. Coli. By identifying pathogens early, officials will be able to warn consumers before widespread outbreaks develop. Those suffering under the drought in the West may receive a reprieve if the predicted El Nino weather system comes to pass. And despite the fact that fruit and vegetable producers continue to worry about where their next drops of water will come from California wine grape growers worry a little less.