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 For small business owners, election highlights key issues http://kbia.org/post/small-business-owners-election-highlights-key-issues <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>By most accounts, Missouri is a pink state.</p><p>Not red. Not blue. Pink.</p><p>But, when thousands of small business owners in Missouri were asked which candidate was more supportive of small business, 35 percent chose President Barack Obama, 24 percent picked Gov. Mitt Romney, and 41 percent said they were unsure. (That’s from a recent George Washington University and Thumbtack <a href="http://www.thumbtack.com/mo/">poll</a>.)</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:01:09 +0000 Kristofor Husted 23772 at http://kbia.org For small business owners, election highlights key issues Campaigns focus on small business but not farm bill http://kbia.org/post/campaigns-focus-small-business-not-farm-bill <p></p><p>Countdown to Election Day is upon us.</p><p>And while business development continues to surge as a hot topic this campaign season, the expired farm bill seems to have disappeared off candidates' radars completely. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer has this report on just how much candidates are talking farm policy...in farm country.</p><p>By most accounts, Missouri is a pink state.</p><p>Not red. Not blue. Pink.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:37:49 +0000 Kristofor Husted 23765 at http://kbia.org Campaigns focus on small business but not farm bill Even in farm country, campaigns not focusing on farm policy http://kbia.org/post/even-farm-country-campaigns-not-focusing-farm-policy <div class="article-body"><p> When Congress recessed for the election season without passing a new farm bill, many observers thought farmers would demand explanations as campaign trails blazed through small towns. But despite its importance in farm country, the farm bill and farm policy are largely being overshadowed by other campaign issues.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:12:08 +0000 Amy Mayer 23764 at http://kbia.org Even in farm country, campaigns not focusing on farm policy Fighting for food http://kbia.org/post/fighting-food <p>When it comes to the business of food, there’s a rivalry around every corner. You’ve got fights for prime farmland, wars over water use, even buying food at the grocery store has its competition with household bills encroaching on family budgets for the shopping list.</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:23:25 +0000 Kristofor Husted 23371 at http://kbia.org Fighting for food Water blues and prison maintenance blues http://kbia.org/post/water-blues-and-prison-maintenance-blues <p>Water use has become a hot issue among Midwest farmers after this summer's drought. Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top. And that Irrigation infrastructure helped some farmers keep the drought at bay this year. Their fields stayed green long after others withered away. But as Grant Gerlock reports for Harvest Public Media, using so much water now may force some farmers to use less water in the future.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:32:02 +0000 Kristofor Husted 22232 at http://kbia.org Water blues and prison maintenance blues Mo. state prison's maintenance blues http://kbia.org/post/mo-state-prisons-maintenance-blues <p>As a 5-piece band wound its way through an acoustic set of music, guests slowly shuffled into the “Inside the Walls” festival at the Missouri State Penitentiary. To the southwest, the main entrance to the prison towered over the festival.</p><p>Charles Vaughan used to live in a house across the street. He remembers the 1954 riots, which were the worst in the history of the penitentiary. Vaughan remembers his dad and brother were on top of a nearby building with guns.</p><p>“There was a big fire going on," he said. "My mom was keeping me in the house which upset me because I wanted to get on the roof and my mom was piling furniture right in front of the front door.”</p><p>But now the penitentiary looks much lonelier. Its paint peels. Some of its buildings have been torn down. In fact — of those that remain, some parts are even off limits to tours – this is due to a process Steve Picker calls “demolition by neglect.” He’s the former executive director of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:08:26 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 22231 at http://kbia.org Mo. state prison's maintenance blues Farm bill holdup leaves farmers in limbo http://kbia.org/post/farm-bill-holdup-leaves-farmers-limbo <p>This week on the show, what would happen if Congress doesn&rsquo;t pass a farm bill? Plus, a quick check in on the new student-oriented bus route in Columbia, that started running this week; and what it might mean for the city&rsquo;s overall transit system. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:56:23 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 19491 at http://kbia.org Farm bill holdup leaves farmers in limbo Huge food distributor phasing out gestation crates in pork production http://kbia.org/post/huge-food-distributor-phasing-out-gestation-crates-pork-production <p>This week: North America&rsquo;s largest food distributor is phasing out its use of gestation crates in pork production. Plus, a story about the drought&rsquo;s impact on ranchers in the Midwest. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:34:19 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 19070 at http://kbia.org Huge food distributor phasing out gestation crates in pork production Entrepreneurship increases in economic recession, new study says http://kbia.org/post/entrepreneurship-increases-economic-recession-new-study-says <p>Microsoft, Staples, and SouthWest Airlines.</p><p>What do these companies have in common? Yes, they&#39;re big companies, they employ a lot of people and they&#39;re successful. But here&#39;s one more thing--all of these companies were created in a period of economic downturn. &nbsp;The Fortune 500 is littered with stories like this.</p><p>Business Beat spoke with Maria Figueroa-Armijos who&#39;s one of the authors of a new study which suggests that certain types of entrepreneurs are on the rise and it&rsquo;s not in spite of the recession--it&rsquo;s because of it.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 23:06:24 +0000 Scott Pham 18578 at http://kbia.org Entrepreneurship increases in economic recession, new study says Following the Arkansas River to track the drought http://kbia.org/post/following-arkansas-river-track-drought <p>This week on the show: Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s Frank Morris follows the river to show the impact of this year&rsquo;s drought. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:41:00 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 18072 at http://kbia.org Following the Arkansas River to track the drought Keeping cows cool: serious stuff http://kbia.org/post/keeping-cows-cool-serious-stuff <p>It&rsquo;s going to seem like this week&rsquo;s show is all about keeping cows cool, and it kind of is, but keep in mind this is a serious threat to agriculture in Missouri, and thus, the overall economy in the state. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:42:34 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 17801 at http://kbia.org Keeping cows cool: serious stuff New app aims to help connect Columbia Transit, riders http://kbia.org/post/new-app-aims-help-connect-columbia-transit-riders-0 <p>This week: an app may help the Columbia Transit system deal with an unengaged ridership. Plus, Harvest Public Media looks at the lasting impact of the Homestead Act. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:27:23 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 17403 at http://kbia.org New app aims to help connect Columbia Transit, riders Flying overseas - to look at wheat? http://kbia.org/post/flying-overseas-look-wheat <p>Visits from foreign buyers play a role in sustaining certain agriculture markets in the Midwest. Plus, educators, designers and engineers team up to try to fund the next big innovation for small farms. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 21:16:16 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 17031 at http://kbia.org Flying overseas - to look at wheat? You've heard of ethanol, but what about enzymes? http://kbia.org/post/youve-heard-ethanol-what-about-enzymes <p>This week on the show: an enzyme factory aims to be a big part of the ethanol industry, and a business incubator in Columbia lands a state tax credit. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 22:23:32 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 16633 at http://kbia.org You've heard of ethanol, but what about enzymes? Talent pool not yet caught up with local tech industry http://kbia.org/post/talent-pool-not-yet-caught-local-tech-industry <p>This week on Business Beat: an active tech industry in Columbia is seeing a talent deficiency in some areas. Plus, a jump in home sales in Mid-Missouri. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:44:43 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 16248 at http://kbia.org Talent pool not yet caught up with local tech industry