usda http://kbia.org en USDA to use rural development money for local food connections http://kbia.org/post/usda-use-rural-development-money-local-food-connections <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new effort&nbsp;<span 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: 1.538em;">Thursday</span><span 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: 1.538em;">&nbsp;aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:54:36 +0000 Amy Mayer 52796 at http://kbia.org USDA to use rural development money for local food connections Under the Microscope: Invasive weeds, MU prof on USDA council http://kbia.org/post/under-microscope-invasive-weeds-mu-prof-usda-council <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most climate models paint a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now. Scientists say it’ll be warmer, and the air will be more rich with carbon dioxide. To what degree is still unclear. But even small fluctuations in climate throw farmland ecosystems out of whack. A new study shows certain invasive plant species will not only be able to withstand climate change, but thrive. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon has more.</span></p><p>Shibu Jose is the director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri Columbia.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:31:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 49172 at http://kbia.org Under the Microscope: Invasive weeds, MU prof on USDA council MU agroforestry prof named to USDA council http://kbia.org/post/mu-agroforestry-prof-named-usda-council <p></p><p><a href="http://www.snr.missouri.edu/forestry/faculty/jose-s.php" style="line-height: 1.5;">Shibu Jose</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professor in </span>agroforestry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at MU’s School of Natural Resources. He is also director of the Center for </span>Agroforestry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at MU.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:30:30 +0000 Margaux Henquinet 49174 at http://kbia.org MU agroforestry prof named to USDA council Lincoln University to receive funds from USDA http://kbia.org/post/lincoln-university-receive-funds-usda <p>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday new grants totaling more than $35 million to support research, teaching and Extension activities at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities. The grant comes from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Ohio House Representative Marcia Fudge brought up the program with the Department of Agriculture.</p><p>Vilsack said the Universities use the grants in multiple ways:</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:21:46 +0000 Romain Cluzel 48802 at http://kbia.org Lincoln University to receive funds from USDA Suspended drug sales focuses attention on cattle-feeding additive http://kbia.org/post/suspended-drug-sales-focuses-attention-cattle-feeding-additive <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> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:56:29 +0000 Peggy Lowe 45510 at http://kbia.org Suspended drug sales focuses attention on cattle-feeding additive Temporary order against horse slaughter expires http://kbia.org/post/temporary-order-against-horse-slaughter-expires <p></p><p>An order barring a return to domestic horse slaughter has expired. And an attorney for plants in New Mexico and&nbsp;Missouri&nbsp;says they are preparing to open.</p><p>Blair Dunn, who represents Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., and Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, Mo., says a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit by animal protection groups trying to block the plants expired Thursday night without a ruling from a federal judge in Albuquerque.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:30:37 +0000 Associated Press 43124 at http://kbia.org Temporary order against horse slaughter expires Some MU groups limping after shutdown fiasco http://kbia.org/post/some-mu-groups-limping-after-shutdown-fiasco <p></p><p>Now that the federal government shutdown has ended, agencies that were affected by the closure are trying to get back up and running.</p><p>University of Missouri extension’s Family and Nutrition program has had its budget cut because of the temporary lack of funding. The program provides educational material to 130,000 Missouri food stamp recipients, as well as classes on how to prepare the meals, what foods to eat and how to budget out a grocery bill.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:01:13 +0000 Julian Douglass 42300 at http://kbia.org Some MU groups limping after shutdown fiasco Shutdown stifles tracking of salmonella outbreak http://kbia.org/post/shutdown-stifles-tracking-salmonella-outbreak <p></p><p>An outbreak of salmonella linked to raw chicken is spreading across the country. But, the partial government shutdown could make it tougher to track.</p><p>More than 270 people have been sickened across 18 states. But when you call the U.S. Department of Agriculture&rsquo;s food safety information office, you hear a recorded message saying: &ldquo;Hello, you have reached the congressional and public affairs staff. We are not in the office at this time. We are on furlough due a lapse in federal government funding.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 41852 at http://kbia.org Shutdown stifles tracking of salmonella outbreak Government shutdown slows USDA http://kbia.org/post/government-shutdown-slows-usda <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The U.S. Department of Agriculture was forced to send home tens of thousands of employees because of Tuesday&rsquo;s government shutdown.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:14:41 +0000 Robert Holly 41533 at http://kbia.org Government shutdown slows USDA Comments sought on Missouri forest plan http://kbia.org/post/comments-sought-missouri-forest-plan <p></p><p>Federal officials are seeking public comment on proposals for protecting several endangered animals and plants in Missouri&#39;s <font color="red">Mark</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Twain</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">National</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Forest</font>. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:36:50 +0000 Associated Press 41350 at http://kbia.org Comments sought on Missouri forest plan Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise http://kbia.org/post/number-missouri-households-going-hungry-rise A report released Wednesday by the <a href="http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)</a> shows the number of Missouri households threatened by hunger has grown over the past three years.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the national average shows 14.7 percent of American homes had low or very low food security between 2010 and 2012, Missouri's average is 16.7 percent, or about one out of six households. &#160;That's up from 15 percent during the 2007-2009 survey period. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:56:50 +0000 Marshall Griffin 40016 at http://kbia.org Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise Field Notes: Overhaul of meat labels on hold http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-overhaul-meat-labels-hold <p><em>This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes">Field Notes</a><em>, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:51:57 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 39707 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Overhaul of meat labels on hold Newscast for June 27, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-june-27-2013 <p></p><p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Doubts raised over Columbia teen curfew</li><li>USDA announces new school nutrition standards</li><li>Nixon signs bill against pharmacy requirements</li><li>Kirksville considers new anti-discrimination ordinance Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:15:40 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 36174 at http://kbia.org USDA announces new school nutrition standards http://kbia.org/post/usda-announces-new-school-nutrition-standards <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new federal nutrition standards for schools Thursday. The new rule targets food sold in vending machines, snack bars and school stores. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:47:29 +0000 Anders Aarhus 36162 at http://kbia.org USDA announces new school nutrition standards Field Notes: How are decisions made about projects that benefit rural America? http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-how-are-decisions-made-about-projects-benefit-rural-america <p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:23:33 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 35046 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: How are decisions made about projects that benefit rural America? Newscast for May 27, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-may-27-2013 <p></p><p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><p></p><ul><li>USDA releases labeling rule for meat</li><li>E. coli levels high in 3 SW Mo. waterways</li><li>Deadline looms to request Mo. absentee ballots</li><li>Replacing damaged Mo. bridge estimated at $3M Mon, 27 May 2013 13:37:52 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 34392 at http://kbia.org USDA releases labeling rule for meat http://kbia.org/post/usda-releases-labeling-rule-meat <p>Consumers may soon know more about where their meat comes from because of a long-debated change made by the US Department of Agriculture on Thursday.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 18:52:31 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 34224 at http://kbia.org USDA releases labeling rule for meat MU gets USDA grant to help farmers build resilience to drought http://kbia.org/post/mu-gets-usda-grant-help-farmers-build-resilience-drought <p>On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce that it will fund a University of Missouri project&nbsp;focused on building drought resiliency through soil health.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:22:58 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 31457 at http://kbia.org MU gets USDA grant to help farmers build resilience to drought Rural Reads: On rural definitions and rural doctor shortage http://kbia.org/post/rural-reads-rural-definitions-and-rural-doctor-shortage <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">With the Rural Reads series, we’re trying something new. Every Friday, KBIA’s Health and Wealth Desk curates the week’s most interesting (or so we think) articles and reports on rural issues.</em></p><p><strong>What’s in a definition? The eligibility for federal grants</strong></p><p>In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released <a href="http://agriculture.house.gov/sites/republicans.agriculture.house.gov/files/pdf/reports/USDARuralDefinitionReport.pdf">a report</a> that recommends defining ‘rural’ as areas with 50,000 or fewer residents - a number that's getting some strong reactions. The rural definition&nbsp;determines eligibility for USDA’s rural grants and programs.&nbsp;</p><p>The excellent online news service <a href="http://www.dailyyonder.com">The Daily Yonder</a> is publishing a series of opinion pieces in response to USDA’s newest recommendation. Last week, Aletta Botts, a legislative staffer who helped draft the 2008 Farm Bill, <a href="http://www.dailyyonder.com/rural-definition-would-hurt-small-towns/2013/02/28/5683">wrote</a> that the 50,000 size limit is too large and would hurt smaller communities that can’t compete with larger towns to win federal grants. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:33:54 +0000 Harum Helmy 30126 at http://kbia.org Why EPA and USDA are tweaking standards http://kbia.org/post/why-epa-and-usda-are-tweaking-standards <p></p><p></p><p>Later, we check in with a revised Environmental Protection Agency standard that could help some wastewater treatment facilities struggling to comply with part of the Clean Water Act’s deadline.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:20:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 28054 at http://kbia.org Why EPA and USDA are tweaking standards Modernizing poultry inspection is no easy matter http://kbia.org/post/modernizing-poultry-inspection-no-easy-matter <p></p><p>Retired federal inspector Phyllis McKelvey spent 44 years looking for blemishes and other defects on chicken carcasses. She started as an inspector’s helper, worked her way up, and in 1998, became part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture trial.</p><p>“I was one of the first group of inspectors ever put on HIMP,” she said in an interview from her home in north Alabama.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:07:39 +0000 Amy Mayer 28058 at http://kbia.org Modernizing poultry inspection is no easy matter Beef labeling rule is caught in bureaucratic limbo http://kbia.org/post/beef-labeling-rule-caught-bureaucratic-limbo <p></p><p>A new beef labeling rule that has the support of food safety advocates has been under review for months by the White House Office of Management and Budget.</p><p>The Kansas City Star reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed requiring labels on steaks and other beef products that have been mechanically tenderized. The process uses automated needles or knives that can drive deadly pathogens deep into the interior of the meat.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:26:56 +0000 Associated Press 27950 at http://kbia.org Beef labeling rule is caught in bureaucratic limbo Drought hurts fish farmers; USDA open to helping women, Hispanic farmers http://kbia.org/post/drought-hurts-fish-farmers-usda-open-helping-women-hispanic-farmers <p></p><p></p><p>Coming up we’ll take a look at how the drought affected an outdoor industry completely dependent on water. But first, the United States Department of Agriculture is currently accepting claims from female and Hispanic farmers who believe the agency discriminated against them in farm loan or loan servicing programs. As Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports, the claims process is complex—but the payouts could be large.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 23:42:23 +0000 Kristofor Husted 27061 at http://kbia.org Drought hurts fish farmers; USDA open to helping women, Hispanic farmers Women, Hispanics can file claims for USDA discrimination http://kbia.org/post/women-hispanics-can-file-claims-usda-discrimination <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently accepting claims from female and Hispanic farmers who believe the agency discriminated against them in farm loan or loan servicing programs. The claims process is complex—but the payouts could be large.</p><p>After the courts rejected a class action lawsuit from the farmers, USDA agreed to a voluntary settlement process with women and Latinos.</p><p>Claimants must submit a 16-page claims package plus additional evidence, and then a third-party will review and determine eligibility.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 23:14:53 +0000 Amy Mayer 27058 at http://kbia.org Women, Hispanics can file claims for USDA discrimination How much is organic certification worth? http://kbia.org/post/how-much-organic-certification-worth <p>The organic farming industry is booming. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched its federal organic certification program in 2002, the number of organic farms has more than doubled. U.S. organic food sales have also grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $31.5 billion in 2011, according to the <u><a href="http://www.organicnewsroom.com/2012/04/us_consumerdriven_organic_mark.html">Organic Trade Association</a></u>. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:15:14 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 25527 at http://kbia.org How much is organic certification worth? In the ag census even the smallest farms count http://kbia.org/post/ag-census-even-smallest-farms-count <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, 'Bitstream Vera Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 19px;">The U.S. Department of Agriculture updates its ag census every five years and is preparing to send farmers new surveys in December. One trend to watch is the growing number of small farms. They are easy to miss and some would rather not be counted.</span></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:38:07 +0000 Grant Gerlock 25237 at http://kbia.org In the ag census even the smallest farms count On marginal land, these grasses may be greener (VIDEO) http://kbia.org/post/marginal-land-these-grasses-may-be-greener-video <div class="article-body"><p>In the parched, rolling hills of western Missouri, you might expect to see a desolate scene after this summer’s drought. But in this field, hip-high native grass sways across the landscape like seaweed in the ocean.</p><p>Wayne Vassar is growing these native plants for biofuel.</p><p>“They’ve had corn or soy on (this land) in the past,” he said, “and what’s happened was when you have these kinds of slope it erodes pretty rapidly and you lose a lot of your fertility as the top soil goes down the hill.”</p><p>Farmland experts call this kind of land “marginal land.” The hills make it difficult for the soil to hold onto the topsoil nutrients. And along the rivers and other flood plains, frequent flooding can deprive plants the oxygen they need to survive. It all adds up to an estimated 116 million acres in the central U.S.</p><p>Land like this might only produce a profitable harvest with traditional crops, like corn or soybeans, once or twice every five years. That’s quite a financial risk for farmers. So how can farmers avoid that risk factor and make sure such soils provide a consistent economic return? Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:03:49 +0000 Kristofor Husted 22602 at http://kbia.org On marginal land, these grasses may be greener (VIDEO) New school lunch requirements create waste, hungry kids http://kbia.org/post/new-school-lunch-requirements-create-waste-hungry-kids <p>Remember those 20 days in 1981 when the Department of Agriculture considered making ketchup a vegetable in school lunches to help save money? &nbsp;Those days are long gone. &nbsp;With childhood obesity on the rise, the school lunch program is getting a makeover once again.</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 22:24:30 +0000 Kelsey Kupferer 22447 at http://kbia.org New school lunch requirements create waste, hungry kids Crop, livestock price increases drive up rent costs http://kbia.org/post/crop-livestock-price-increases-drive-rent-costs <p>It cost more to rent an acre of cropland or pasture land in 2012, according to new figures from the USDA.</p><p>The average cost to rent an acre of cropland in Missouri went up by 4 percent. Pastureland increased by 10 percent.</p><p>Ron Plain is an agricultural economics professor at the University of Missouri. He says rental rates and a land’s market value are both tied to the value of what is being produced on that land.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:02:35 +0000 Jacob McCleland 21735 at http://kbia.org Crop, livestock price increases drive up rent costs Corn harvest continues to speed ahead of schedule http://kbia.org/post/corn-harvest-continues-speed-ahead-schedule <p>The U.S. corn harvest continues ahead of schedule with some states nearly half-finished at a time when they usually are just getting started.</p><p>The USDA said Tuesday in its weekly crop update that little has changed in the condition of drought-damaged corn and soybeans. That's because the plants are too far along for recent rain to make a difference.</p><p>Corn was planted several weeks earlier this year and matured more quickly in the summer heat, allowing farmers to start harvesting early.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:49:13 +0000 Associated Press 20593 at http://kbia.org Corn harvest continues to speed ahead of schedule