agriculture http://kbia.org en Intersection: What are CAFOs and how do they affect Missouri http://kbia.org/post/intersection-what-are-cafos-and-how-do-they-affect-missouri <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or </span>CAFOs<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">, are prevalent in Missouri’s agriculture industry. The large farms are very controversial, and many have concerns about the environmental impact of the farms and humane treatment of animals living there. In Callaway County, plans for a new </span>CAFO<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;"> have prompted very vocal opposition. But </span>CAFOs<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;"> are also a mainstay of the agriculture industry, and are legal if maintained correctly.On this Intersection we addressed </span>CAFOs<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;"> in-depth: about what they are, how they’re used in Missouri, about the controversy surrounding them, and about the future of the operations in the state.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:03:16 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump & Ryan Famuliner 56458 at http://kbia.org Intersection: What are CAFOs and how do they affect Missouri Republican Mo. Congressmembers to join push for "right to farm" http://kbia.org/post/republican-mo-congressmembers-join-push-right-farm <p></p><p>Several Missourians in the U.S. House are backing a proposed amendment to the state Constitution on farming. Fri, 30 May 2014 13:55:10 +0000 Associated Press 53781 at http://kbia.org Republican Mo. Congressmembers to join push for "right to farm" 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 A postcard from the Missouri State Fair http://kbia.org/post/postcard-missouri-state-fair <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre-wrap;">This week for the show, I went to the Missouri State Fair and all you’re getting is this audio postcard. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, I talked to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marlys</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Peck, who, along with her family, has been selling corn dogs at the fair for more than 41 years. Every year, Peck and her parents spend the state-fair week under the same tree near the historic&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Womens</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Building.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:18:32 +0000 Harum Helmy 38818 at http://kbia.org A postcard from the Missouri State Fair Vilsack Says Immigration Reform Critical For Agriculture http://kbia.org/post/vilsack-says-immigration-reform-critical-agriculture <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/sites/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/3315458-1691031173.jpg" alt="" /><p>Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest’s role as a global leader in agriculture.<p>That’s the message from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.<p>Vilsack told St. Louis Public Radio today that moving forward with the immigration reform plan recently passed by the U.S. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:20:40 +0000 Tim Lloyd 38720 at http://kbia.org WTO ruling could boost US chicken exports http://kbia.org/post/wto-ruling-could-boost-us-chicken-exports <p></p><p>The nation’s poultry industry exported a record 8.1 billion pounds of chicken last year, according to the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council. But a recent decision from the World Trade Organization in the latest skirmish between the US and China could drive up that number dramatically. It’s the latest volley in the export battle between the world’s top two economic superpowers.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:14:27 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 38270 at http://kbia.org WTO ruling could boost US chicken exports Agriculture Secretary pushes for farm bill http://kbia.org/post/agriculture-secretary-pushes-farm-bill <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is continuing to push Congress to send a farm bill to President Obama’s desk. And he says dwindling farmer numbers mean coupling agricultural policy with nutrition programs is essential.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:17:21 +0000 Amy Mayer 37553 at http://kbia.org Agriculture Secretary pushes for farm bill Farm, safety groups oppose sale of Smithfield Foods http://kbia.org/post/farm-safety-groups-oppose-sale-smithfield-foods <p>A coalition of farm and food safety groups wants federal regulators to quash the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese conglomerate in what would be the largest such takeover of a U.S. business.</p><p>The St. Louis Post-Dispatch <a href="http://bit.ly/1245Mog">reports</a> that the 17 groups are asking the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to oppose the pork processor's sale to Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:27:32 +0000 Associated Press 37488 at http://kbia.org Food hubs try to grow local farms http://kbia.org/post/food-hubs-try-grow-local-farms <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Restaurants across the country have jumped on the local food bandwagon. They’re trying to source more of their produce from nearby farms, but it's not easy. Enter: Food hubs.</p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:57:11 +0000 Sean Powers 37330 at http://kbia.org Food hubs try to grow local farms What the 'farm-only' House farm bill means for nutrition programs http://kbia.org/post/what-farm-only-house-farm-bill-means-nutrition-programs <p>The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of the farm bill, a version that excludes funding for nutrition assistance programs nationwide.&nbsp; But most analysts believe the Democrat-controlled Senate won’t approve a version that does not include funding for programs like food stamps.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:43:44 +0000 Andrew Nichols 37148 at http://kbia.org What the 'farm-only' House farm bill means for nutrition programs House passes farm-only farm bill http://kbia.org/post/house-passes-farm-only-farm-bill <p>The U.S. House passed its version of farm bill legislation Thursday. The revamped bill strips out funding for food aid and deals only with farm policy, exposing a hefty rift in decades-old alliances between urban and rural legislators and between food aid and farm policy interests.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:13:45 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 36937 at http://kbia.org House passes farm-only farm bill Midwestern hog farmers contend with outbreak of porcine virus http://kbia.org/post/midwestern-hog-farmers-contend-outbreak-porcine-virus <p>Hog farmers across the Midwest are battling a new virus this summer. It’s often fatal in very young piglets, and researchers are still trying to explain the outbreak.</p><p>Since mid-May, when Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus or PEDV was first identified in this country, it has spread quickly, turning up in 15 states. Over 218 pigs have been diagnosed.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:15:53 +0000 Amy Mayer 36782 at http://kbia.org Midwestern hog farmers contend with outbreak of porcine virus AgriMissouri conference comes to Jefferson City next month http://kbia.org/post/agrimissouri-conference-comes-jefferson-city-next-month <p>An agriculture conference in Jefferson City next month will include sessions about marketing, organizing a business and hiring employees.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Agriculture says the 2013 AgriMissouri Conference is scheduled for July 21-23. The event will feature panel discussions, speakers and workshops for individuals and businesses operating at farmers' markets, on the farm and through storefronts.</p><p>Attendees also will get the chance to visit several agritourism operations, including bed-and-breakfasts and wineries.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:50:58 +0000 Associated Press 35941 at http://kbia.org AgriMissouri conference comes to Jefferson City next month 'Animal trespass' bill proposed http://kbia.org/post/animal-trespass-bill-proposed <p>A cattle producers' group wants Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to sign legislation relaxing potential penalties when livestock get loose.</p><p>Livestock producers currently can be charged with misdemeanor animal neglect if they fail to provide adequate care or control resulting in substantial harm to an animal.</p><p>A bill pending before the governor would apply the animal neglect charge only to inadequate care — not poor control.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:27:37 +0000 Associated Press 35940 at http://kbia.org 'Animal trespass' bill proposed New MU website helps farmers track rainfall and nitrogen loss http://kbia.org/post/new-mu-website-helps-farmers-track-rainfall-and-nitrogen-loss <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A University of Missouri plant scientist has<a href="http://plantsci.missouri.edu/nutrientmanagement/Nitrogen/Nitrogen watch 2013/nitrogen watch 2013.htm"> launched a website</a> that allows crop producers to track rainfall and the risk of nitrogen loss during the spring seasons.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:34:16 +0000 Alyssa Strickland 34759 at http://kbia.org New MU website helps farmers track rainfall and nitrogen loss It's tough going right now for Missouri, Illinois corn growers http://kbia.org/post/its-tough-going-right-now-missouri-illinois-corn-growers Farmers in Missouri, Illinois and much of the Midwest are having a tough time getting their corn planted.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The US Department of Agriculture says in Illinois just 7 percent of the corn crop is in the ground; while in Missouri it’s 22 percent.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Usually, nearly half of the nation’s corn has been planted by this time.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Corn Growers Association vice president Paul </span>Bertels<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it’s not just the rain that’s been a problem.</span><p><span Wed, 08 May 2013 13:51:39 +0000 Maria Altman 33363 at http://kbia.org It's tough going right now for Missouri, Illinois corn growers