crop insurance en Guard donkeys; farmers plowing more prairie land <p></p><p>Wild dogs, coyotes, and bobcats are just some of the predators that have always been a threat to ranchers who raise sheep or goats. Traditionally, people think of getting dogs to help protect their flocks and herds. But there is another option and it&rsquo;s becoming more popular among ranchers. Guard donkeys. KBIA&rsquo;s Heather Adams has more.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:46:52 +0000 Kristofor Husted 42237 at Guard donkeys; farmers plowing more prairie land Farmers plowing up more and more of the prairie <p></p><p>In recent years, farmers in the Midwest have transformed millions of acres of prairie grass to rows of corn. High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land.</p><p>Rod Christen and his sister Kay farm corn, soybeans and wheat on their land near the small town of Steinauer, Neb. But their main crop is grass.</p><p>&ldquo;Big bluestem is our big producer,&rdquo; said Rod Christen. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of our Cadillac grass.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:33:50 +0000 Grant Gerlock 42234 at Farmers plowing up more and more of the prairie 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 Environmental group says drought losses avoidable Crop insurance subsidies are winning; theater screens 'sensory-friendly' film <p>Crop insurance is a big part of the farm bill debate in Washington this year. The Senate recently passed a bill that would expand the heavily subsidized program. And now the House is zeroing in on the issue. Several amendments to the farm bill pending in the House would curb how much the government provides to cut the cost farmers pay for crop insurance. But, premiums aren’t the only part of the system supported by tax payers. Crop insurance companies also enjoy lots of government largess. Harvest Public Media’s Frank Morris reports.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:55:11 +0000 Kristofor Husted 35756 at Why crop insurance subsidies are winning out <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>There is little doubt that crop insurance will emerge from the current farm bill process with hefty subsidies in place. If anything, the program will become a larger part of the farming safety net.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:12:54 +0000 Frank Morris 35743 at Why crop insurance subsidies are winning out Who Paid For Last Summer's Drought? You Did Say the words "crop insurance" and most people start to yawn. For years, few nonfarmers knew much about these government-subsidized insurance policies, and even fewer found any fault with them. Wed, 01 May 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 33013 at Who Paid For Last Summer's Drought? You Did Newscast for August 02, 2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Rep. Akin discusses Senate campaign ahead of primary</li><li>Livestock farmers seek safety net, while Washington politics delay aid</li></ul> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:35:38 +0000 Jacob Fenston 18645 at Rethinking crop insurance <p>This week, we&#39;ll hear a report about taxpayer subsidized crop insurance, and find out how a guano harvest could help some penguins.</p><p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:01:01 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 18643 at Rethinking crop insurance Drought forces some to rethink crop insurance <p>Corn prices surged to a new record high on Monday, as the worst drought in more than 50 years continues to plague more than half the country. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 23:58:02 +0000 Adam Allington 18642 at Drought forces some to rethink crop insurance US Ag Secretary talks cuts <p>U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Missouri touting President Obama&rsquo;s job creation plans, laid out this week in his state of the union address. This comes as the agriculture department faces a shrinking budget. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 23:27:57 +0000 Jacob Fenston 7875 at US Ag Secretary talks cuts Business Beat: Nov. 2, 2011 <p>This week: Special Session ended last week with many questions still unanswered, and farmers are doing everything they can to hold on to government subsidies for crop insurance.</p><p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 20:51:04 +0000 Nick Adams 2920 at Business Beat: Nov. 2, 2011