Washington Business Report Jan. 22, 2012

A summertime topic for the middle of January: Agriculture in the DC Region. Wade Butler of Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, and Suzanne Hermes of the Potomac Village Farmers’ Market discuss the business of agriculture in Montgomery County, a sector that accounts for a quarter of a Billion dollars each year.

Success by the Barrel: Bill Butcher, founder of Port City Brewing Company, tells us he’s having trouble keeping up with demand. After less than a year in business, he’s adding fermentation capacity to his new brewery, the first in Alexandria since the end of prohibition.

Roundtable members Peter Morici, Josh Boak and Kate Andersen Brower weigh in on the Keystone Pipeline, the impact of Congress on this year’s economic outlook, and opposition to the “Volcker Rule.”