grain en Field Notes: The aftermath of a grain explosion <p><em>This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><strong><u><a _cke_saved_href="" href="">Field Notes</a></u></strong><em>, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></p><p>Who knew storing grain could be so dangerous?</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:46:56 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson & Jeremy Bernfeld 31223 at Field Notes: The aftermath of a grain explosion Grain elevator explosions; school bond on ballot for third time <p>Coming up we’ll delve into a small school district trying to get a bond passed for the third time.</p><p>But first, grain elevators across the country store billions of bushels of farm products like corn and wheat. They’re a staple of rural communities. But the dust that piles up in grain storage facilities is highly combustible – it can be six times more explosive than gun powder. Just one spark can send a blast that will shake the ground for miles.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:01:33 +0000 Kristofor Husted 31080 at New food safety rules apply to bulk grains <p></p><div><p>New food safety regulations are about to be announced by the Food and Drug Administration. These regulations—covering everything from sanitation to record-keeping—are part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, which became law two years ago. While the produce and meat industries get the lion’s share of attention, commodity grains now fall under the FDA’s watch.</p></div><p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 23:33:52 +0000 Amy Mayer 26511 at New food safety rules apply to bulk grains Barging in on a global story <p>I left my house in Columbia, Mo., at 5:30 a.m. Thursday to make it to the Ingram Barge Co.'s Upper Mississippi River office by 8:30 am. I knew the three-hour drive had been worth it when I pulled up to the barge company’s office because the sturdy grey structure actually sits IN the Mighty Mississippi. I walked across an anchor barge that doubles as a pedestrian bridge to enter the office and passed by the <u><a href=";abrv=RCM ">R. Clayton McWhorter</a></u>, a 45-foot tall, 140-foot long towboat with four decks.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:15:24 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 24651 at Barging in on a global story South American farmers may benefit from US drought <p></p><p style="line-height: 19px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; font-family: Verdana; padding: 5px 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">Corn prices hit record highs this past August when they soared to over $8 a bushel, in large part because the drought hammering U.S. farms decimated corn stocks. Such prices were a windfall for Midwest farmers who actually&nbsp;<em style="padding: 0px 3px 0px 0px; ">had</em>&nbsp;corn to sell. But could high corn prices hurt farmers if they drive buyers looking for cheaper grain and feed to South American farms?</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:27:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 24072 at South American farmers may benefit from US drought