Jeremy Bernfeld http://kbia.org en Senate approves farm bill http://kbia.org/post/senate-approves-farm-bill <p></p><p>The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.</p><p>The legislation is expected to become law, as President Obama <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/house-to-vote-on-final-farm-bill-food-stamp-cuts/2014/01/29/4a3d8b60-88bf-11e3-a760-a86415d0944d_story.html">previously indicated</a> he would sign the measure. The House passed it Jan. 29.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:31:35 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 47644 at http://kbia.org Senate approves farm bill Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers http://kbia.org/post/farm-bill-charts-new-course-nations-farmers The House on Wednesday passed a new five-year <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/29/268238623/house-passes-compromise-farm-bill" target="_blank">compromise farm bill.</a> The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote.<p>The farm bill — the result of a two-year-long legislative saga — remains massive. The bill contains about $500 billion in funding, most of which is pegged to the food stamp program, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).<p>But the farm bill, as you might expect, also charts agricultural policy for the nation's farmers. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:39:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 47350 at http://kbia.org New farm bill may be in sight http://kbia.org/post/new-farm-bill-may-be-sight <p>House and Senate negotiators <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/27/267266501/new-bipartisan-farm-bill-emerges-from-long-debate-in-congress">emerged Monday with a new compromise farm bill</a>, which means the end of the two-year farm bill writing saga may finally be in sight.</p><p>The U.S. House approved what's called the Conference Report -- the farm bill negotiated by House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders -- Wednesday. If it were to pass the Senate, as is expected, the bill would head to President Obama’s desk.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:15:58 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 47346 at http://kbia.org New farm bill may be in sight My Farm Roots: Community counts http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-community-counts <div><p></p><p><em>This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</em></p><p>Matt Pauly has traveled the world&nbsp; – he’s lived in New York, Paris, South Korea – but he’s still a farm boy at heart.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 45709 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Community counts No farm bill this year http://kbia.org/post/no-farm-bill-year <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Congress won’t pass a farm bill before early next year.</p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">That was the message from Washington Tuesday, when the principal farm bill players emerged from negotiations and announced they won’t have a full bill ready before the House adjourns for the year on Friday.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:42:27 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 45086 at http://kbia.org No farm bill this year 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For http://kbia.org/post/meat-we-trust-argues-we-got-meat-industry-we-asked The meat on your dinner table probably didn't come from a happy little cow that lived a wondrous life out on rolling green hills. It probably also wasn't produced by a robot animal killer hired by an evil cabal of monocle-wearing industrialists.<p>Truth is, the meat industry is complicated, and it's impossible to understand without a whole lot of context. That's where Maureen Ogle comes in. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:21:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 44986 at http://kbia.org 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For State fairs: A summer tradition http://kbia.org/post/state-fairs-summer-tradition <p>It’s August. The days are growing shorter, fall is approaching, but summer isn’t done just yet. All over the country folks are flocking to that ultimate summer tradition: the state fair.</p><p>Carnival rides and games, meat on a stick, livestock competitions – the Midwest does state fairs up right. And for many, summer in the Midwest isn't complete without a trip to the state fair. For others, a virtual visit will have to do.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:52:43 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 39053 at http://kbia.org State fairs: A summer tradition House passes farm-only farm bill http://kbia.org/post/house-passes-farm-only-farm-bill <p>The U.S. House passed its version of farm bill legislation Thursday. The revamped bill strips out funding for food aid and deals only with farm policy, exposing a hefty rift in decades-old alliances between urban and rural legislators and between food aid and farm policy interests.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:13:45 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 36937 at http://kbia.org House passes farm-only farm bill House rejects farm bill http://kbia.org/post/house-rejects-farm-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a stunning move, the U.S. House voted against approving farm bill legislation Thursday, leaving the bill's future up in the air.</span></p><p>The House rejected the farm bill on a final tally of 234-195 after a day of dramatic, tight votes on amendments to the bill.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:40:29 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 35807 at http://kbia.org House rejects farm bill Senate passes farm bill http://kbia.org/post/senate-passes-farm-bill <p>The U.S. Senate approved a new comprehensive farm bill Monday, its plan for everything from food and nutrition assistance to disaster aid for livestock producers to crop insurance for farmers. But before you go popping champagne corks and celebrating the creation of five-years of agricultural policy, know this: The U.S. House has yet to weigh in.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:08:41 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 35224 at http://kbia.org Senate passes farm bill 5 things you should know about the genetically modified food you’re probably eating http://kbia.org/post/5-things-you-should-know-about-genetically-modified-food-you-re-probably-eating <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201305/0516_corn-iowa.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kcur/audio/2013/05/Central_5-16-2013.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Would you feed your family genetically modified food? Chances are, you already have.<p>On Thursday's Central Standard, the science behind genetically modified (GMO) and genetically engineered (GE) food. Thu, 16 May 2013 21:24:16 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 33886 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: The aftermath of a grain explosion http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-aftermath-grain-explosion <p><em>This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><strong><u><a _cke_saved_href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes" href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes">Field Notes</a></u></strong><em>, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></p><p>Who knew storing grain could be so dangerous?</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:46:56 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson & Jeremy Bernfeld 31223 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: The aftermath of a grain explosion When grain elevators explode http://kbia.org/post/when-grain-elevators-explode <p></p><p></p><p>When the Bartlett Grain Co. elevator exploded in Atchison, Kan., in October 2011, the town’s 11,000 residents knew it immediately. People who live miles away from the elevator still talk about pictures jumping off walls.</p><p>Chad Roberts, 20, was among six people killed in the explosion, one of the deadliest workplace accidents in the last decade. The victims also included elevator employees John Burke, Ryan Federinko and Curtis Field, as well as grain inspectors Travis Keihl and Darrek Klahr. Two others were injured.</p><p>Zoe Bock, Roberts’ mother, is still grieving.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:02:13 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 31079 at http://kbia.org When grain elevators explode Farmers Frustrated By Farm Bill Extension http://kbia.org/post/farmers-frustrated-farm-bill-extension Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>Farmers and ranchers across this country expected to start the year with a new farm bill in place. This is an important piece of legislation to many people. It sets agricultural policy for the next five years.<p>When House and Senate negotiators were working feverishly over the weekend to come to a fiscal cliff deal, word leaked that the Agriculture Committees had finally come to an agreement on new farm legislation. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 26752 at http://kbia.org Beef feedlots grapple with never-ending waste http://kbia.org/post/beef-feedlots-grapple-never-ending-waste <p></p><p></p><p><em>This story on the American beef industry is part of a special reporting series from Harvest Public Media. Check out the rest of their stories at <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/big-beef">harvestpublicmedia.org</a>.</em></p><p>You think you deal with a lot of bull crap? Allan Sents needs a front-end loader and a dump truck to deal with all the cattle manure he’s up against. Literally.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 20:37:15 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 26494 at http://kbia.org Beef feedlots grapple with never-ending waste Field Notes: Making the most of cover crops http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-making-most-cover-crops <p><em>This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s </em>Field Notes<em>, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></p><p><em>For this edition of </em>Field Notes<em>, Harvest Public Media's Amy Mayer spoke with Tom Kaspar, a plant physiologist at the National Lab for Agriculture and the Environment, about the importance of cover crops in how our food is grown.</em></p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:44:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 23492 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Making the most of cover crops Gas with more ethanol available at some pumps http://kbia.org/post/gas-more-ethanol-available-some-pumps <p>Head to your local filling station and you might see a new blend of gas at the pump. After a three-year regulatory process, the Environmental Protection Agency approved E15 – gas made with 15 percent ethanol – this summer.</p><p>Most gas we pump is already blended with ethanol, sometimes it contains as much as 10 percent, but the ethanol industry fought hard to bring E15 to the market. For ethanol backers and the farmers who feed the ethanol industry, getting drivers to pump gas with 50 percent more ethanol is a big win.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:02:30 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 21446 at http://kbia.org Gas with more ethanol available at some pumps Robots on the farm http://kbia.org/post/robots-farm <p>There&rsquo;s always work to be done on the farm, but often it&rsquo;s the same work day, after day, after day. Parts of the job must feel a bit like an assembly line.<br /><br />While it&rsquo;s impossible to automate farming like many manufacturers have automated their assembly lines, using robotic technology on the farm might not be so far off.</p><p><strong>Farm robots in the classroom</strong></p> Thu, 31 May 2012 23:35:07 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 15110 at http://kbia.org Robots on the farm From Science Fiction To Fact, Robots Are Coming To A Farm Near You http://kbia.org/post/science-fiction-fact-robots-are-coming-farm-near-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Usadb4bBn4k</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 15:51:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 14240 at http://kbia.org From Science Fiction To Fact, Robots Are Coming To A Farm Near You