MIDDAY-MidwestDigest-12-23-16

Max Armstrong says that Americans are more optimistic about the economy than they have been in four years. (podcast)

Our attitude about the economy has changed since the election. 42% believe the economy will get better over the next four years. We haven't been this optimistic for more than four years.

Add Elsa Murano to the people being considered for agriculture secretary in a Trump administration. Food safety is her area of expertise.

Experts worry about the small Asian carp that might be slipping through river locks and making their way up the Mississippi River.

Johnny Boone had a far-flung farming operation in nine different Corn Belt states. He's known as the Godfather of Grass for his illegal marijuana farms. He was recently caught in Canada. His gang called themselves the Cornbread Mafia. Some of the farms were guarded by tigers and bears.

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