harvest public media http://kbia.org en Vertical farming: towering vision, uncertain future http://kbia.org/post/vertical-farming-towering-vision-uncertain-future <p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Peter Gray 51105 at http://kbia.org Vertical farming: towering vision, uncertain future Federal rule could dry up brewer-rancher relationship http://kbia.org/post/federal-rule-could-dry-brewer-rancher-relationship <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Few people connect craft breweries with cattle feed. But passing along the spent grains from the brewing process, like barley and wheat, to livestock ranchers is a common practice. Although now, that relationship could be in jeopardy.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:56:46 +0000 Luke Runyon 50943 at http://kbia.org Federal rule could dry up brewer-rancher relationship How climate change could benefit some invasive plants http://kbia.org/post/how-climate-change-could-benefit-some-invasive-plants <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most </span><a href="http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/publications/files/HighPlainsClimateChangeGuide-2013.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">climate models paint</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now: It will likely be warmer and the air will be more rich with carbon dioxide. Though scientists don’t yet know how exactly the climate will change, new studies show it could be a boon to some invasive plant species. &nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>A growing problem</strong></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 49170 at http://kbia.org How climate change could benefit some invasive plants 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 Midwest Amish look to food hub helpers for tech support http://kbia.org/post/midwest-amish-look-food-hub-helpers-tech-support <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Restaurants, schools and other big buyers are looking for local food year-round. &nbsp;And many of them are connecting with small farms on the Internet.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But not all local producers are on the cutting edge… or even on the power grid.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Harvest Public Media’s Peter Gray reports on a community of Amish in Illinois, as they work out how to merge tradition with technology to sell the food they grow.</div><div> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Harum Helmy 49017 at http://kbia.org USDA one step closer to approving new herbicide resistant crops http://kbia.org/post/usda-one-step-closer-approving-new-herbicide-resistant-crops <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>New herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans are a step closer to reaching farm fields in the U.S. They would help farmers control weeds that are no longer killed by the popular herbicide, Roundup.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:09:07 +0000 Grant Gerlock 46305 at http://kbia.org USDA one step closer to approving new herbicide resistant crops My Farm Roots: Community counts http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-community-counts <div><p></p><p><em>This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</em></p><p>Matt Pauly has traveled the world&nbsp; – he’s lived in New York, Paris, South Korea – but he’s still a farm boy at heart.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 45709 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Community counts My Farm Roots: Born to farm http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-born-farm <div><p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</span></em></p></div><div><p>One sign that you have strong farm roots is when your rural road is named for your family.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 45706 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Born to farm 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 My Farm Roots: Winning respect http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-winning-respect <div></div><div><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</span></em></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Danelle Myer owns a small vegetable farm and like many other small farmers, she’s passionate about the kind of operation she wants to grow: a small, local business.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 44054 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Winning respect Reporting project shines light on immigrant workers' children http://kbia.org/post/reporting-project-shines-light-immigrant-workers-children <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While doing research for the Harvest Public Media series “</span><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/shadows-slaughter-house" style="line-height: 1.5;">In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” reporters </span>Abbie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Fentress<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Swanson and Peggy Lowe called roughly two dozen institutions to get statistics about the children of immigrant and refugee workers at American </span>meatpacking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plants.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Swanson said she called federal agencies, researchers, unions, and immigration advocacy groups. But she couldn't find anyone who kept data on how many of these children live in the U.S., not to mention their health, education or economic status.</span></p><p>“They’re not on anyone’s radar,” Swanson said. “They’re not being tracked or followed, they’re kind of an invisible population in this country.”</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:37:15 +0000 Harum Helmy 43352 at http://kbia.org Reporting project shines light on immigrant workers' children My Farm Roots: Providing from the land http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-providing-land <p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an installment of the 2013 edition of </span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My Farm Roots</span><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</span></em></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:35:04 +0000 Jacob McCleland 41086 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Providing from the land My Farm Roots: Always a farmer http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-always-farmer <div><p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</span></em></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:09:50 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 40813 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Always a farmer New test could help quell spread of hog disease http://kbia.org/post/new-test-could-help-quell-spread-hog-disease <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>Hog producers and their veterinarians have a new tool to help with the fight against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV).&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:03:10 +0000 Amy Mayer 40609 at http://kbia.org New test could help quell spread of hog disease Congress Still Playing The Farm Bill Game http://kbia.org/post/congress-still-playing-farm-bill-game <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">The farm bill is, once again, entering a critical stretch. As was the case last year, the current law expires at the end of September. There’s no election to dissuade elected officials from tackling the major piece of agriculture and nutrition policy—but Congress does have a pretty full plate, with the crisis in Syria, immigration reform and a measure to continue funding federal government programs all set to come to a head.</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:29:28 +0000 Amy Mayer 40408 at http://kbia.org Congress Still Playing The Farm Bill Game