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It's been a long year for farmers and foodies

Listen to this edition of Field Notes

There have been plenty of distractions over the last year on and off the farm. The farm bill that never was stirred speculation late into November; drought reaked havoc on much of the southwest; and the price of an acre of farmland has shot up 32 percent in Iowa over the last year.

On this week's Field Notes, a look back at some of the big stories in agriculture in 2011.