beef http://kbia.org en Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas http://kbia.org/post/garden-city-tending-cultural-crossroads-kansas <p><em><strong>In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 2</strong>: Immigrant communities have sprung up around the meatpacking plant in Garden City, Kan., and while change hasn't been easy, city leaders have built a strong grassroots network supporting and embracing the town’s cultural evolution and its youngest citizens.</em></p><p>GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:13:59 +0000 Peggy Lowe 42867 at http://kbia.org Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas Grillers beware: Drought driving beef prices up http://kbia.org/post/grillers-beware-drought-driving-beef-prices <p>If you've experienced sticker shock shopping for ground beef or steak recently, be prepared for an entire summer of high beef prices.</p><p><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/blog/1556/field-notes-drought-will-continue-haunt-beef-industry/5#.UbVNVZz9XTg">Multi-year droughts in states</a> that produce most of the country's beef cattle have driven up costs to historic highs. Last year, ranchers culled deep into their herds — some even liquidated all their cattle — which pushed the U.S. cattle herd to its lowest point since the 1950s.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:00:37 +0000 Luke Runyon 35336 at http://kbia.org Grillers beware: Drought driving beef prices up Agricultural lenders at MU symposium discuss industry changes http://kbia.org/post/agricultural-lenders-mu-symposium-discuss-industry-changes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two-day Emerging Issues in Agricultural Lending Symposium at MU ended Thursday. This is the second year for the symposium, which gathered a variety of agricultural lenders such as loan officers, credit </span>analysists<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, regulators and board members.</span></p><p>The symposium brought in experts to speak to lenders on challenges the agriculture industry is currently facing and possible solutions.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:46:34 +0000 Morgan Uber 35005 at http://kbia.org Agricultural lenders at MU symposium discuss industry changes What does Europe’s horsemeat scandal mean for the US? http://kbia.org/post/what-does-europe-s-horsemeat-scandal-mean-us <p>Consumers in Europe are still&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/world/europe/british-furor-over-horse-meat-grows-despite-testing.html" ><u ><strong>shocked and paralyzed</strong></u></a>&nbsp;after learning that ready-made meals advertised as beef products – lasagna, hamburger, salami – actually contained horsemeat. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:19:32 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 29063 at http://kbia.org What does Europe’s horsemeat scandal mean for the US? Now That Beef With Japan Is Over, Missouri's Economy Stands To Gain http://kbia.org/post/now-beef-japan-over-missouris-economy-stands-gain <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Japan's decision to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports will provide a boost to the American meat industry, but tight supplies may limit how much exports can grow this year.</span><p>Beef producers hope to restore Japanese sales to where they were before the first case of mad cow disease was found in the United States in 2003.<p>Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill commended Japan’s decision to ease restrictions on U.S. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:34:38 +0000 The Associated Press 28130 at http://kbia.org Now That Beef With Japan Is Over, Missouri's Economy Stands To Gain Checkoff beef and fiscal cliff (for now) http://kbia.org/post/checkoff-beef-and-fiscal-cliff-now <p></p><p></p><p>Did you feel that pullback January 1st? That was Congress finally passing a compromise bill to prevent the country from careening off the fiscal cliff. In the early hours of 2013, the Senate passed the bill. And much later that day, the House passed it.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:04:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 26736 at http://kbia.org Checkoff beef and fiscal cliff (for now) 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 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 Beef feedlots grapple with never-ending waste http://kbia.org/post/beef-feedlots-grapple-never-ending-waste <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>You think you deal with a lot of bull crap? Allan Sents needs a front-end loader and a dump truck to deal with all the cattle manure he’s up against. Literally.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 20:37:15 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 26494 at http://kbia.org Beef feedlots grapple with never-ending waste Field Notes: Drought will continue to haunt beef industry http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-drought-will-continue-haunt-beef-industry <p><em>This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><strong><u><a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration: none; ">Field Notes</a></u></strong>, <i>in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</i></p> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 16:19:27 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 26244 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Drought will continue to haunt beef industry America's next top beef cow http://kbia.org/post/americas-next-top-beef-cow <p></p><p></p><p>Columbia City Council is considering an ordinance that would put a temporary abeyance on demolition permits in downtown Columbia. This comes on the heels of a petition to demolish the oldest building downtown. KBIA’s Ryan Famuliner has a report on the zoning classification the council is looking at.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:24:14 +0000 Kristofor Husted 26181 at http://kbia.org America's next top beef cow Judging a cow by more than its cover http://kbia.org/post/judging-cow-more-its-cover <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><em>This story on the American beef industry is part of a special reporting series from Harvest Public Media. &nbsp;Check out the rest of their stories at <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/big-beef">harvestpublicmedia.org</a>.</em></p><p>Backstage behind the cattle pens at the giant livestock show at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., “cow fitter” Maddee Moore was awash in glamour goods.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:27:32 +0000 Frank Morris 26152 at http://kbia.org Judging a cow by more than its cover Increasingly, Holstein beef is what’s for dinner http://kbia.org/post/increasingly-holstein-beef-what-s-dinner <p><span class="apple-converted-space"><i><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">This blog is part of ongoing coverage from <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/blogs">Harvest Public Media</a>, a public radio reporting project in the Midwest that focuses on important issues related to food production and agriculture.</span></i></span></p><p>When I dig into a burger, I might think about how the cow the beef came from was raised -- whether it was grass or grain fed, locally raised or imported -- but rarely do I consider what breed of cow the meat came from.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:15:54 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 26038 at http://kbia.org Increasingly, Holstein beef is what’s for dinner Public research for private interests http://kbia.org/post/public-research-private-interests <p></p><p><em>This story on the American beef industry is part of a special reporting series from Harvest Public Media. &nbsp;Check out the rest of their stories at <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/big-beef">harvestpublicmedia.org</a>.</em></p><p>Agricultural colleges in the top five beef-producing states have become quasi-arms of the cattle industry, selling science to corporate bidders who set the research agenda with their dollars.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:52:48 +0000 Peggy Lowe 25829 at http://kbia.org Public research for private interests Big business for beef and (hopefully) for Columbia http://kbia.org/post/big-business-beef-and-hopefully-columbia <p></p><p>Over the next four weeks, Business Beat will be airing the remaining pieces of the Harvest Public Media series called America’s Big Beef: An Industry In Transition.</p><p>To kick off the series, we have to go back 150 years when Abraham Lincoln established the land-grant colleges where research could be done to help the common man. But Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media reports that today public colleges in the top five beef-producing states are now often working for big business.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:34:31 +0000 Kristofor Husted 25828 at http://kbia.org Big business for beef and (hopefully) for Columbia Field Notes: Have land-grant institutions lost their sense of social mission? http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-have-land-grant-institutions-lost-their-sense-social-mission <p><em>This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes">Field Notes</a><em>, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 19:21:06 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson & Peggy Lowe 25584 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Have land-grant institutions lost their sense of social mission? Can you make any money raising organic beef in Missouri? [infographic] http://kbia.org/post/can-you-make-any-money-raising-organic-beef-missouri-infographic <p>In Tebbetts, Mo., JJR Family Farm raised USDA-certified organic livestock without antibiotics or genetically-modified feed. &nbsp;After six years of raising and selling organic beef, they decided it was just too expensive to keep the certification. &nbsp;Rancher John Rice helped us figure out just how much it costs to raise organic beef in Missouri. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:18:06 +0000 Scott Pham & Abbie Fentress Swanson 25531 at http://kbia.org Can you make any money raising organic beef in Missouri? [infographic] How much is organic certification worth? http://kbia.org/post/how-much-organic-certification-worth <p>The organic farming industry is booming. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched its federal organic certification program in 2002, the number of organic farms has more than doubled. U.S. organic food sales have also grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $31.5 billion in 2011, according to the <u><a href="http://www.organicnewsroom.com/2012/04/us_consumerdriven_organic_mark.html">Organic Trade Association</a></u>. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:15:14 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 25527 at http://kbia.org How much is organic certification worth? Canadian beef recall wreaks havoc in the U.S. http://kbia.org/post/canadian-beef-recall-wreaks-havoc-us <p>While Canada grapples with the largest beef recall in its history, meat suppliers and retailers in the U.S. have been dealing with their own share of fallout from the contaminated meat. The recall has consumers and food safety advocates demanding anew that the U.S. Department of Agriculture keep fresh meat border inspections in place so tainted meat can be stopped before it enters the food supply chain.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:14:41 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 23019 at http://kbia.org Canadian beef recall wreaks havoc in the U.S. MU Genetics research could lead to better beef, profits for breeders http://kbia.org/post/mu-genetics-research-could-lead-better-beef-profits-breeders <p>A researcher at the University of Missouri is trying to find a way to track the most productive cattle to predict future profits. Plus, a quick update on the rise in Missouri&rsquo;s state revenue last month, and what that might mean for state funding levels. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 22:53:38 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 15461 at http://kbia.org MU Genetics research could lead to better beef, profits for breeders Better breeding through cow genetics http://kbia.org/post/better-breeding-through-cow-genetics <p>For cattle breeders, buying a new bull or cow can be a risk&mdash;its offspring will bring home the profit. Jared Decker, a phD student in genetics at the University of Missouri, thinks he&rsquo;s found a way to manage some of that risk through the manipulation of cow genetics. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 22:37:42 +0000 Sarah Redohl 15458 at http://kbia.org Better breeding through cow genetics