walmart http://kbia.org en Wal-Mart sides with Ameren in electric rate case http://kbia.org/post/wal-mart-sides-ameren-electric-rate-case <p></p><p>Wal-Mart doesn't want Missouri's largest electric customer to get a lower utility bill from Ameren Missouri.</p><p>Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. is seeking about a 25 percent reduction in the rate Ameren charges at its aluminum smelter in the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid.</p><p>Wal-Mart filed a motion opposing the reduction Friday with the Missouri Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:20:01 +0000 Associated Press 49247 at http://kbia.org Wal-Mart sides with Ameren in electric rate case 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 Newscast for May 28, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-may-28-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Regional news from the </span>KBIA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Newsroom, including:</span></p><ul><li>Wal-Mart pleads guilty to violating federal rules in Missouri</li><li>US Rep. Hartzler visits Columbia's community health center</li><li>Mo. court blocks eminent domain by port authority</li><li>Adoption advocates urge Gov. Nixon to veto foreign law bill Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:46 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 34486 at http://kbia.org Wal-Mart pleads guilty to violating federal rules in Missouri http://kbia.org/post/wal-mart-pleads-guilty-violating-federal-rules-missouri <p>Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty in Missouri to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act by failing to properly handle pesticides that had been returned by customers at its stores across the country.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 22:57:08 +0000 Associated Press 34478 at http://kbia.org Wal-Mart pleads guilty to violating federal rules in Missouri Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart http://kbia.org/post/small-farmers-arent-cashing-wal-mart When Wal-Mart calls, Herman Farris always finds whatever the retailer wants, even if it's yucca root in the dead of winter. Farris is a produce broker in Columbia, Mo., who has been buying for Wal-Mart from auctions and farms since the company began carrying fruits and vegetables in the early 1990s.<p>During the summer and fall, nearly everything Farris delivers is grown in Missouri. That's Wal-Mart's definition of "local" — produce grown and sold in the same state. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:36:39 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 28303 at http://kbia.org Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart Field Notes: How Wal-Mart's local foods push is playing out in the Midwest http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-how-wal-marts-local-foods-push-playing-out-midwest <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;<strong><u><a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes">Field Notes</a></u></strong>, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:05:49 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 28200 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: How Wal-Mart's local foods push is playing out in the Midwest Wal-mart and the local farmer; Mississippi River and barge business http://kbia.org/post/wal-mart-and-local-farmer-mississippi-river-and-barge-business <p></p><p>The lingering drought continues to keep the Mississippi River at historically low levels. But now the Army Corps of Engineers says the river will likely stay open for transportation at least through this month. But many grain and energy industries that send products up and down the river aren’t yet breathing a sigh of relief. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports from the Corn Belt where a lot of grain begin its journey south down the Mississippi.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:58:17 +0000 Kristofor Husted 27390 at http://kbia.org Wal-mart and the local farmer; Mississippi River and barge business Can small farms benefit from Wal-Mart’s push into local foods? http://kbia.org/post/can-small-farms-benefit-wal-mart-s-push-local-foods <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is muscling in on one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture: local food.</span></p><p>Wal-Mart says 11 percent of the produce sold in its stores nationwide comes from local farms, a large increase from the mere 4 percent it sold two years ago when the chain announced its intention to step up local sourcing as part of a larger sustainability platform and a commitment to buy from small businesses.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:29:54 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 27187 at http://kbia.org Can small farms benefit from Wal-Mart’s push into local foods? Wal-Mart to pay for environmental damages http://kbia.org/post/wal-mart-pay-environmental-damages <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to spend $1.25 million to settle claims over a southwest Missouri contractor&#39;s disposal of unsold products such as charcoal, potting soil, herbicides and pesticides.</span></p><p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 21:50:43 +0000 Associated Press 10721 at http://kbia.org Wal-Mart to pay for environmental damages