Abbie Fentress Swanson http://kbia.org en Field Notes: A plan to prevent acts of food terrorism http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-plan-prevent-acts-food-terrorism <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 49220 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: A plan to prevent acts of food terrorism Field Notes: Putting a scare into the food system http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-putting-scare-food-system <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 49227 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Putting a scare into the food system Padlock the milk! FDA’s push to safeguard the food supply http://kbia.org/post/padlock-milk-fda-s-push-safeguard-food-supply <p><em><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Food terrorism, part two:</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> New rules would require the nation’s largest food manufacturing plants to tighten up security. How would that impact the dairy industry, which is considered the most vulnerable to attack?</span></em></p><p>Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid.</p><p>And there’s good reason for that.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:32:37 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 49238 at http://kbia.org Padlock the milk! FDA’s push to safeguard the food supply From Brooklyn to Boone County, and back again http://kbia.org/post/brooklyn-boone-county-and-back-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I was offered this job nearly two years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to move to Columbia, Mo., from Brooklyn, N.Y., to cover agriculture and food production in the Heartland.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:02:37 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 49167 at http://kbia.org From Brooklyn to Boone County, and back again Field Notes: More younger farmers and Low corn prices http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-more-younger-farmers-and-low-corn-prices <p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 48645 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: More younger farmers and Low corn prices Field Notes: Hunting for mushrooms and myth at True/False http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-hunting-mushrooms-and-myth-truefalse <p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 48300 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Hunting for mushrooms and myth at True/False Hunting for mushrooms and myth in 'The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga' http://kbia.org/post/hunting-mushrooms-and-myth-vanquishing-witch-baba-yaga <p></p><p><i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.&nbsp; Find the rest of them&nbsp;</i><a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/truefalse-conversations" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">here</i></a><i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;or&nbsp;</i><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/true-false-conversations-filmmaker/id607158264" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">download the podcast</i></a><i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;on iTunes.</i></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more than a decade, fans of documentary film have flocked to Columbia, Mo., for the annual <a href="http://truefalse.org/">True/False Film Fest</a>. The screenings start on Thursday. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many of this year’s films are set in big cities -- like Cairo, Rome and New York. But several works also focus on rural life. "<a href="http://kbia.org/post/film-documenting-poverty-rural-missouri-crowdsources-finishing-funds">Rich Hill</a>" follows three teenagers growing up in a small Missouri community south of Kansas City. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jessica&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oreck’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"<a href="http://thevanquishing.com/">The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://thevanquishing.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Yaga</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;uses&nbsp;animation and stunning scenes of everyday village life in Eastern Europe to tell&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Slavic fairytale of Baba&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yaga</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The film is shot in Super 16.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 48490 at http://kbia.org Hunting for mushrooms and myth in 'The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga' Field Notes: Booming dairy industry leaves small farms behind http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-booming-dairy-industry-leaves-small-farms-behind <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 48115 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Booming dairy industry leaves small farms behind Meat labeling advocates back new farm bill http://kbia.org/post/meat-labeling-advocates-back-new-farm-bill <p>Proponents of a <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/new-labeling-rules-could-give-consumers-more-information-about-their-meat-COOL">new labeling rule that gi­ves consumers more information about where their meat comes from</a> say they are pleased with the new farm bill President Obama signed into law on Friday. That’s because the bill does not include any significant changes to current country-of-origin labeling rules, known as COOL.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47814 at http://kbia.org Meat labeling advocates back new farm bill Field Notes: Farm bill awaits a presidential signature http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-farm-bill-awaits-presidential-signature <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47786 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Farm bill awaits a presidential signature Changing dairy industry leaves some farmers in the dust http://kbia.org/post/changing-dairy-industry-leaves-some-farmers-dust <p>Donnie Davidson’s family has been producing bottled milk in Holden, Mo., since the 1930s. But the 63-year-old farmer decided to sell his herd of 50 milking cows in November after the roof on one of his barns collapsed from last winter’s snow.</p><p>Rebuilding the barn would have cost about $20,000. Then there were the costs of renovating a silo and paying for hired help since Davidson’s children won’t be taking over the business. It made financial sense to close the dairy, and grow crops and build a herd of beef cattle instead.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:55:48 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47782 at http://kbia.org Changing dairy industry leaves some farmers in the dust Even As Dairy Industry Booms, There Are Fewer And Fewer Farms http://kbia.org/post/even-dairy-industry-booms-there-are-fewer-and-fewer-farms Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>On Friday, President Obama is scheduled to sign a new farm bill into law. It contains a provision that allows all dairy farms to be part of a safety net. The point is to offset risk when milk prices are too low or feed costs too high. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47780 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Senate to consider the Farm Bill as wheat prices dip http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-senate-consider-farm-bill-wheat-prices-dip <p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47434 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Senate to consider the Farm Bill as wheat prices dip More than 1 in 7 Americans receive food stamp benefits http://kbia.org/post/more-1-7-americans-receive-food-stamp-benefits <p>Fifteen percent of Americans received federal food stamp benefits in the 2013 fiscal year, according to a <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/annual.htm">U.S. Department of Agriculture report</a> released in early January.</p><p>In the Harvest Public Media network, that includes about 936,000 people in Missouri; 420,000 in Iowa; 2 million in Illinois; 179,000 in Nebraska, 507,000 in Colorado, 316,000 in Kansas; and 926,000 in Indiana.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47070 at http://kbia.org More than 1 in 7 Americans receive food stamp benefits Field Notes: What does the future of ethanol hold? http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-what-does-future-ethanol-hold <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 46980 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: What does the future of ethanol hold? Field Notes: What exactly does 'sustainability' mean? http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-what-exactly-does-sustainability-mean <p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 46773 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: What exactly does 'sustainability' mean? Midwest takes a look at labeling GMOs http://kbia.org/post/midwest-takes-look-labeling-gmos <p></p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Last year,&nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/gmo-labeling-laws-deck-midwest">we counted between 20 and 30 state legislatures</a>&nbsp;considering bills that mandate labeling on genetically engineered foods or foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Still a hot-topic, many labeling laws are working their way through statehouses all over the nation – even in farm country.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:18:59 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 46656 at http://kbia.org Midwest takes a look at labeling GMOs Field Notes: Snowmass wheat http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-snowmass-wheat <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 46453 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Snowmass wheat Retailers look to sell sustainability of food http://kbia.org/post/retailers-look-sell-sustainability-food <p>Consumers are increasingly willing to pay more for foods they believe were sustainably produced, like free-range chicken, fair-trade coffee and pesticide-free wine. But what does “sustainable” actually mean?</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:53:01 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 46432 at http://kbia.org Retailers look to sell sustainability of food Field Notes: Top ag and food stories of 2013 http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-top-ag-and-food-stories-2013 <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:23:50 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 46134 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Top ag and food stories of 2013 Field Notes: Popcorn and Ag Sec. Vilsack's trip to China http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-popcorn-and-ag-sec-vilsacks-trip-china <p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45426 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Popcorn and Ag Sec. Vilsack's trip to China FDA to revise food safety rules http://kbia.org/post/fda-revise-food-safety-rules <p>The FDA plans to revise two controversial food safety rules, <a>according to a statement&nbsp;</a>regulators issued Thursday.</p><p>The rules, <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm379397.htm">originally released in January</a>, are aimed at preventing outbreaks of foodborne illness and at improving food safety in the produce industry. The FDA said it plans to revise the rules and issue another draft of them this summer.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:41:21 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45611 at http://kbia.org FDA to revise food safety rules Field Notes: Antibiotics in meat and why Congress can't pass a farm bill http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-antibiotics-meat-and-why-congress-cant-pass-farm-bill <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45420 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Antibiotics in meat and why Congress can't pass a farm bill Field Notes: Farms, coming to a suburb near you http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-farms-coming-suburb-near-you <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45067 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Farms, coming to a suburb near you ‘Frankenfish’ clears regulatory hurdle in Canada http://kbia.org/post/frankenfish-clears-regulatory-hurdle-canada <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">A controversial genetically engineered salmon, known to its detractors as the “Frankenfish,” has moved a step closer to being sold on the U.S. market.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45065 at http://kbia.org ‘Frankenfish’ clears regulatory hurdle in Canada In A Small Missouri Town, Immigrants Turn To Schools For Help http://kbia.org/post/small-missouri-town-immigrants-turn-schools-help <em>This story comes to us from Harvest Public Media, a public radio reporting project that focuses on agriculture and food production issues.</em> <em>You can see more photos and hear more audio from the series </em><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/shadows-slaughterhouse-dreams-own-words-immigrant" target="_blank">here</a>.<em> Wednesday, we'll have a story from a meatpacking plant in Garden City, Kan., which takes a proactive stance toward its newest immigrants.</em><p>For centuries, immigrants in search of a better life have been drawn to America's largest cities. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45061 at http://kbia.org In A Small Missouri Town, Immigrants Turn To Schools For Help FDA inspects just 2 percent of imported food shipments http://kbia.org/post/fda-inspects-just-2-percent-imported-food-shipments <p>According to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm376478.htm?source=govdelivery&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery">recent Food and Drug Administration report</a>, FDA regulators inspected less than two percent of the food shipments that were imported to the U.S. in the 2012 fiscal year.</p><p>FDA inspectors are responsible for all domestic and imported food except meat, poultry and eggs, which fall under U.S. Department of Agriculture purview.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:58:56 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 44992 at http://kbia.org FDA inspects just 2 percent of imported food shipments Field Notes: CAFOs and aid for veterans in the Farm Bill http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-cafos-and-aid-veterans-farm-bill <p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 44841 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: CAFOs and aid for veterans in the Farm Bill Field Notes: Where does our meat come from? http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-where-does-our-meat-come <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 44213 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Where does our meat come from? New labeling rules could give consumers more info about their meat http://kbia.org/post/new-labeling-rules-could-give-consumers-more-info-about-their-meat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new labeling rule that went into full effect Saturday requires </span>meatpackers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and retailers to provide consumers with more information about where their meat comes from.</span></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 44211 at http://kbia.org New labeling rules could give consumers more info about their meat