business beat http://kbia.org en Business Beat: Ag Sec'y Vilsack and cattle-feeding additive http://kbia.org/post/business-beat-ag-secy-vilsack-and-cattle-feeding-additive <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There will be no farm bill until Congress returns in the New Year. But it turns out, dairy prices won’t surge on January </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as some farm bill supporters have suggested. Harvest Public Media’s Grant </span>Gerlock<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:20:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 45511 at http://kbia.org Business Beat: Ag Sec'y Vilsack and cattle-feeding additive Record harvest for farm families; small nuclear reactor grant for MU http://kbia.org/post/record-harvest-farm-families-small-nuclear-reactor-grant-mu <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coming up we’ll check in with some farm families about their surprising amount corn crop this year.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 42624 at http://kbia.org Record harvest for farm families; small nuclear reactor grant for MU Exploding manure pits; startup business competition http://kbia.org/post/exploding-manure-pits-startup-business-competition <p></p><p>It’s about that time of year when hog farmers begin the annual process of pumping a year’s worth of manure out of the pits under their barns. The nutrient-rich slurry will fertilize cropland. But there’s an ongoing problem in these pits: a mysterious foam that sometimes forms on the manure. As Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer explains, no one quite understands why gases get trapped in the pits, but the foam has been causing explosions. That’s right; this is a story about exploding manure pits.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:53:42 +0000 Kristofor Husted 40800 at http://kbia.org Exploding manure pits; startup business competition Nitrate runoff part two; City Council amends development ordinances http://kbia.org/post/nitrate-runoff-part-two-city-council-amends-development-ordinances <p></p><p></p><p>Columbia City Council members approved stricter requirements for a controversial potential housing development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. KBIA’s Kate Grumke reports dozens of residents spoke up about their concerns at Monday’s meeting.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 22:00:25 +0000 Kristofor Husted & Kate Grumke 39986 at http://kbia.org Nitrate runoff part two; City Council amends development ordinances Dairy settlement doesn't deliver reform http://kbia.org/post/dairy-settlement-doesnt-deliver-reform <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>When a group of small farmers in the southeastern U.S. banded together to sue a powerful dairy cooperative a few years ago, many hoped that the case would bring big changes to the milk industry.</p><p>But the recent settlement of the case involving Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America Inc., resulted in little long-term reform, even as the farmers received some monetary damages.</p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 29578 at http://kbia.org Dairy settlement doesn't deliver reform Rural Mo. town: Population zero http://kbia.org/post/rural-mo-town-population-zero-0 <p></p><p></p><p>The most recent U.S. census shows the nation’s population is in flux. While some cities across the country are growing, many small towns are dwindling. KBIA’s Lukas Udstuen takes us to Goss, one of the smallest towns in Missouri. You might miss it if it weren’t for a few road signs marking its location along Route 24 in Monroe County. And you’re most likely out of luck if you stop in Goss for directions because the 2010 Census reported the town has zero residents.</p><p>Check out more details about how Goss came about and see an audio slide show here.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:43:44 +0000 Kristofor Husted 28856 at http://kbia.org Rural Mo. town: Population zero 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 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 Beef checkoff feud exposes divide within cattle industry http://kbia.org/post/beef-checkoff-feud-exposes-divide-within-cattle-industry <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>When Allen Berry brought his 11 yearlings to the Green City Livestock Market in central Missouri last month, he paid into a fund that at first blush, seems a bargain.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Frank Morris 26708 at http://kbia.org Beef checkoff feud exposes divide within cattle industry Program teaches financial lessons to foster care youth http://kbia.org/post/program-teaches-financial-lessons-foster-care-youth <p></p><p>Foster care can be difficult for many reasons: stress on the family, forced assimilation into a new environment for the child and a lack of resources can create problems for those in the system. But what you don’t always hear about is what happens to the kids who age out of the system at 18.</p><p>These teenagers are often thrown into an adult world with adult problems, including how to make ends meet. But, one St. Louis foundation is helping teach the former foster children the financial lessons to succeed after foster care.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:01:59 +0000 Dalton Barker 26497 at http://kbia.org Program teaches financial lessons to foster care youth Grappling with beef waste; fostercare kids learn financial lessons http://kbia.org/post/grappling-beef-waste-fostercare-kids-learn-financial-lessons <p>Had a hamburger lately? The cow it came from likely passed through a feedlot – a huge farm that fattens cattle before they’re slaughtered. The thousands of cattle housed at a feedlot produce tons and tons of waste. That manure can be used as a valuable fertilizer. But if it’s not properly disposed, it could lead to an environmental disaster. In Day 4 of Harvest Public Media’s series, America’s Big Beef, Jeremy Bernfeld reports.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 20:46:37 +0000 Kristofor Husted 26495 at http://kbia.org Grappling with beef waste; fostercare kids learn financial lessons Drought kills Christmas trees while some post offices kill morning hours http://kbia.org/post/drought-kills-christmas-trees-while-some-post-offices-kill-morning-hours <p></p><p></p><p>Now that Thanksgiving has passed, many people have begun to deck the halls, gorge on delectable dishes, and send out greeting cards. Well, that last one might become trickier for some rural residents soon. That’s because the United States Postal Service is moving ahead to reduce the hours of thousands of post offices across the country.&nbsp; Jennifer Davidson has this report from a rural Ozarks community.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:53:52 +0000 Kristofor Husted 25175 at http://kbia.org Drought kills Christmas trees while some post offices kill morning hours Rural post offices prepare for reduction of hours http://kbia.org/post/rural-post-offices-prepare-reduction-hours <p></p><p>A tiny post office sits in Pomona, Mo. It’s a very small, white plaster concrete building with a flagpole to the side.</p><p>Pomona is in a rural area in south central Missouri.&nbsp; This is one of the many post offices across the United States in an effort to save money by the US Postal Service.</p><p>“I think all of the smaller offices in this area—they’re all going to that, because, you know, there’s a lot of lag time,” says Anna Carnefix,&nbsp;the postmaster relief for the Pomona office.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:44:24 +0000 Jennifer Davidson 25174 at http://kbia.org Rural post offices prepare for reduction of hours Christmas trees suffer through drought http://kbia.org/post/christmas-trees-suffer-through-drought <div class="article-body"><p></p><p></p><p>In the Dr. Seuss book, it was the Grinch who stole Christmas. But for some Midwest tree growers, it may be the drought that eventually steals the holiday.</p><p>Danny Moulds, who owns Kris Kringle’s Trees just north of Cedar Falls, Iowa, said the hot dry summer took a harsh toll on newly planted seedlings. “We did lose about 15,000 Christmas trees in a 46-acre farm,” Moulds said. “And with the fir trees we didn’t lose just the little ones we planted this year, we (also) lost last year’s.”</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:41:30 +0000 Pat Blank 25167 at http://kbia.org Christmas trees suffer through drought Holiday season yields more volunteering in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/holiday-season-yields-more-volunteering-columbia <p></p><p>With the holidays quickly approaching, people are busier than ever trying to help feed others in need during the holiday season. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:06:13 +0000 Ben Mahnken 24647 at http://kbia.org Holiday season yields more volunteering in Columbia