Grant Gerlock http://kbia.org en Midwest a cattle paradise as drought stretches beef country http://kbia.org/post/midwest-cattle-paradise-drought-stretches-beef-country <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado" style="font-family: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-size: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">from California to </a><a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">Colorado</a>and<span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://lubbockonline.com/agriculture/2014-03-02/texas-trails-nebraska-number-cattle-feeding#.U5dGJPmwJcQ" style="font-family: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-size: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">from Texas to Nebraska</a><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 54833 at http://kbia.org Midwest a cattle paradise as drought stretches beef country Ag Census points to fewer U.S. farms http://kbia.org/post/ag-census-points-fewer-us-farms <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The number of farms in the U.S. is shrinking, according to the latest&nbsp;<a href="http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">Census of Agriculture</a>, released Friday. The census is taken every five years and shows the changing landscape for farmers.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:54:42 +0000 Grant Gerlock 52512 at http://kbia.org Ag Census points to fewer U.S. farms Young farmers wait for their opportunity http://kbia.org/post/young-farmers-wait-their-opportunity <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/retirement-not-farm-farmers-working-later">average age of American farmers has been climbing for decades</a>, and many say rural towns are at-risk without new blood. There are enough people who want to farm, but there’s trouble connecting beginning farmers and the communities that need them.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 48640 at http://kbia.org Young farmers wait for their opportunity Farmers worry about sharing Big Data http://kbia.org/post/farmers-worry-about-sharing-big-data <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">When it comes to keeping data secure, farmers are worried about some of the same issues as the rest of us. Precision data from the farm could help drive new levels of productivity, but farmers have to decide just how much they want to share.</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:51:54 +0000 Grant Gerlock 48473 at http://kbia.org Farmers worry about sharing Big Data Why cutting the ethanol mandate may not ruin the rural economy http://kbia.org/post/why-cutting-ethanol-mandate-may-not-ruin-rural-economy <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">The EPA wants to roll back the amount of ethanol mixed into the fuel supply for 2014, worrying farmers across the Corn Belt. Ethanol supporters warn that if the EPA follows through, the rural economy will take the fall. But many economists predict a soft landing.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:39:48 +0000 Grant Gerlock 47787 at http://kbia.org Why cutting the ethanol mandate may not ruin the rural economy Up against blend wall, ethanol at a crossroads http://kbia.org/post/against-blend-wall-ethanol-crossroads <p>A steady stream of semi-trailers rolls across the scales at the E Energy ethanol plant near the town of Adams in southeast Nebraska. The smokestack behind the scale house sends up a tall plume of white steam. The sweet smell of fermenting corn is in the air.</p><p>E Energy buys 65 million bushels of corn each day from area farmers and turns it into 65 million gallons of ethanol each year.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 46981 at http://kbia.org Up against blend wall, ethanol at a crossroads USDA one step closer to approving new herbicide resistant crops http://kbia.org/post/usda-one-step-closer-approving-new-herbicide-resistant-crops <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>New herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans are a step closer to reaching farm fields in the U.S. They would help farmers control weeds that are no longer killed by the popular herbicide, Roundup.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:09:07 +0000 Grant Gerlock 46305 at http://kbia.org USDA one step closer to approving new herbicide resistant crops My Farm Roots: Born to farm http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-born-farm <div><p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></em></p></div><div><p>One sign that you have strong farm roots is when your rural road is named for your family.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 45706 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Born to farm Vilsack to China: Get up to speed on GMOs http://kbia.org/post/vilsack-china-get-speed-gmos <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agriculture Secretary Tom </span>Vilsack<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will travel to China this week to ask Chinese regulators to get on the same page as the U.S. when it comes to evaluating genetically modified crops.</span></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:20:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 45424 at http://kbia.org Vilsack to China: Get up to speed on GMOs Pheasants losing habitat to farmland http://kbia.org/post/pheasants-losing-habitat-farmland <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:20:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 44382 at http://kbia.org Pheasants losing habitat to farmland Farm families follow drought with record harvest http://kbia.org/post/farm-families-follow-drought-record-harvest <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 42622 at http://kbia.org Farm families follow drought with record harvest Farmers plowing up more and more of the prairie http://kbia.org/post/farmers-plowing-more-and-more-prairie <p></p><p>In recent years, farmers in the Midwest have transformed millions of acres of prairie grass to rows of corn. High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land.</p><p>Rod Christen and his sister Kay farm corn, soybeans and wheat on their land near the small town of Steinauer, Neb. But their main crop is grass.</p><p>&ldquo;Big bluestem is our big producer,&rdquo; said Rod Christen. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of our Cadillac grass.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:33:50 +0000 Grant Gerlock 42234 at http://kbia.org Farmers plowing up more and more of the prairie Farm Families Pick Massive Corn Harvest As Prices Shrink http://kbia.org/post/farm-families-pick-massive-corn-harvest-prices-shrink Corn prices are down and the farm bill is stalled in Congress. So there's a lot of uncertainly in the air as harvest season gets into full swing across the Midwest. But this is a time of year when farm families like the Friesens in Henderson, Neb., come together to focus on the big task at hand: the corn harvest.<p>Everyone in the family has a job to do.<p>"Like my dad — he drives auger wagon," Curt Friesen says. "He drives auger wagon only. That's all he's done since 1976, I think. ... My wife, Nancy, she drives the combine; that's her job."<p>Curt drives a truck. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:38:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 42127 at http://kbia.org Farm Families Pick Massive Corn Harvest As Prices Shrink Harvest Brings Farm Families Together, Redefines Commitment http://kbia.org/post/harvest-brings-farm-families-together Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, here's a reality about farming. From the earliest days of this country, it's been an uncertain business, and for many decades, national policies have been designed to smooth out that risk. But, of course, the risk never entirely goes away. You can never control the rain, for example, and lately the uncertainty has been growing. Corn prices are down. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:50:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 42110 at http://kbia.org