agriculture http://kbia.org en From Brooklyn to Boone County, and back again http://kbia.org/post/brooklyn-boone-county-and-back-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I was offered this job nearly two years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to move to Columbia, Mo., from Brooklyn, N.Y., to cover agriculture and food production in the Heartland.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:02:37 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 49167 at http://kbia.org From Brooklyn to Boone County, and back again Missouri Farm Bureau holds annual Commodity Conference http://kbia.org/post/missouri-farm-bureau-holds-annual-commodity-conference <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Missouri Farm Bureau’s annual Commodity Conference and Legislative Briefing brought over 200 Missouri farmers to Jefferson City Monday and Tuesday. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst said the event is meant to help inform Missouri farmers of current issues in agriculture.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:51:21 +0000 Emerald O'Brien & Xiaosu Tian 48731 at http://kbia.org Missouri Farm Bureau holds annual Commodity Conference Columbia's Ronald McDonald House recieves food donations http://kbia.org/post/columbias-ronald-mcdonald-house-recieves-food-donations <p>The Ronald McDonald House in Columbia received a donation of food from the Missouri Farm Bureau on Friday, February 7.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:09:09 +0000 Hope Kirwan 47946 at http://kbia.org Columbia's Ronald McDonald House recieves food donations USDA figures show Missouri farmers grew more corn and soybeans last year http://kbia.org/post/usda-figures-show-missouri-farmers-grew-more-corn-and-soybeans-last-year <p></p><p>Missouri farmers appear to have grown more corn and soybeans last year than in 2012.</p><p>Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Missouri farmers produced an estimated 435 million bushels of corn last year, up 76 percent from 2012. Soybean production rose 25 percent to an estimated 197 million bushels.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:13:29 +0000 Associated Press 46567 at http://kbia.org USDA figures show Missouri farmers grew more corn and soybeans last year MU seeks matching funds for teaching winery http://kbia.org/post/mu-seeks-matching-funds-teaching-winery <p>The University of Missouri&nbsp; has raised half of the $3 million it needs to build a teaching winery.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/19vvi4k">Columbia Missourian</a> reports that the university now is seeking matching money from the state for the facility. Plans calls for a research building and wine and food education facility to be added in later phases.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:21:33 +0000 Associated Press 45973 at http://kbia.org MU seeks matching funds for teaching winery Scientists look for ways microbes can help farmers http://kbia.org/post/scientists-look-ways-microbes-can-help-farmers <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Farmers and scientists have long understood that what lives beneath the soil affects how crops grow. Often, they work to fight plant diseases—warding off infectious viruses and damaging fungi, for example. But now some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields and diminishing their dependence on chemical inputs.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:24:01 +0000 Amy Mayer 44844 at http://kbia.org Scientists look for ways microbes can help farmers Organic acreage continues its steady climb http://kbia.org/post/organic-acreage-continues-its-steady-climb <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Walk into a grocery store these days and you’re likely to find whole sections devoted to organic foods. The organic label gives insight into how the food was produced, usually without the aid of synthetic chemicals, antibiotics and food additives.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:47:01 +0000 Luke Runyon 44640 at http://kbia.org Organic acreage continues its steady climb Rural areas face limited access to nutritious food http://kbia.org/post/rural-areas-face-limited-access-nutritious-food <p>Limited access to nutritious food is an issue facing rural communities in Missouri and the nation at large, according to University of Missouri specialists.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:09:09 +0000 Colin Hope 43375 at http://kbia.org Rural areas face limited access to nutritious food Government shutdown stops USDA data, leaves farmers guessing http://kbia.org/post/government-shutdown-stops-usda-data-leaves-farmers-guessing <p>Normally, Friday, Oct. 11, would be a big day for the commodity markets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture&rsquo;s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Report is due, providing what is widely excepted to be the most trusted and complete snapshot of farm markets in the middle of harvest season.</p><p>But, with the government shut down the report is not coming out. In fact, farmers and ranchers aren&rsquo;t getting any of the USDA information they rely on, and in this case, ignorance is not bliss.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:09:03 +0000 Frank Morris 41980 at http://kbia.org Government shutdown stops USDA data, leaves farmers guessing House Speaker Tim Jones to go on agricultural tour http://kbia.org/post/house-speaker-tim-jones-go-agricultural-tour <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is planning a statewide tour that will focus on agricultural issues.</span></p><p>The Eureka Republican will make about a half-dozen stops Oct. 15-17 with visits to farms, agricultural products plants and bioenergy facilities. Jones wants to talk with farmers and gather information for the 2014 legislative session.</p><p>Communities on the schedule include California and Sedalia.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:04:13 +0000 Associated Press 41090 at http://kbia.org House Speaker Tim Jones to go on agricultural tour Columbia forum highlights conflict between consumers and farmers http://kbia.org/post/columbia-forum-highlights-conflict-between-consumers-and-farmers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The disconnect between consumers wanting to know more about where their food comes from and farmers producing that food is nothing new to Harvest Public Media. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:11:02 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 40946 at http://kbia.org Columbia forum highlights conflict between consumers and farmers USDA projects 'flash drought' will lower crop yields http://kbia.org/post/usda-projects-flash-drought-will-lower-crop-yields <p>The driest August across northern Missouri since 1984 has the United States Department of Agriculture revising crop yield projections downward for the upcoming harvest.&nbsp; In addition, a continued drought plagues the northern part of the state, with 20 counties affected by what the National Weather Service calls a “severe drought”.</p><p>“Drought has and always will be a part of the Missouri landscape,” said University of Missouri Climatologist Pat Guinan.&nbsp; However, he characterizes the last few weeks as a flash drought, and a “drought on steroids.”</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:54:59 +0000 Ben Turner 40574 at http://kbia.org USDA projects 'flash drought' will lower crop yields Environmental group says drought losses avoidable http://kbia.org/post/environmental-group-says-drought-losses-avoidable <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Farmers across the country received more than $17 billion in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. A report released on Tuesday by an environmental group blames farmers for not doing enough to shield the soil against the heat.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:00:28 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 39501 at http://kbia.org Environmental group says drought losses avoidable Farmers look to do more with less water http://kbia.org/post/farmers-look-do-more-less-water <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.</span></p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:35:40 +0000 Luke Runyon 39294 at http://kbia.org Farmers look to do more with less water MU Extension warns of danger to crops http://kbia.org/post/mu-extension-warns-danger-crops <p>The University of Missouri Extension is warning that recent wet weather increases the chances of diseases developing in corn and soybeans.</p><p>Agronomy specialist Jill Scheidt says rain carries funguses in the air, making it easier for the funguses to spread. She says diseases like rust, gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, brown spot, crazy top and stalk and ear rots develop best in wet and humid conditions.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:35:23 +0000 Associated Press 39046 at http://kbia.org MU Extension warns of danger to crops