local food http://kbia.org en USDA to use rural development money for local food connections http://kbia.org/post/usda-use-rural-development-money-local-food-connections <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new effort&nbsp;<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.538em;">Thursday</span><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.538em;">&nbsp;aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:54:36 +0000 Amy Mayer 52796 at http://kbia.org USDA to use rural development money for local food connections Retailers look to sell sustainability of food http://kbia.org/post/retailers-look-sell-sustainability-food <p>Consumers are increasingly willing to pay more for foods they believe were sustainably produced, like free-range chicken, fair-trade coffee and pesticide-free wine. But what does “sustainable” actually mean?</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:53:01 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 46432 at http://kbia.org Retailers look to sell sustainability of food Field Notes: Top ag and food stories of 2013 http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-top-ag-and-food-stories-2013 <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:23:50 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 46134 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Top ag and food stories of 2013 Field Notes: Farms, coming to a suburb near you http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-farms-coming-suburb-near-you <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 45067 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Farms, coming to a suburb near you Forget the golf course, subdivisions build around farms http://kbia.org/post/forget-golf-course-subdivisions-build-around-farms <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">For decades, housing developments in the suburbs have come complete with golf courses, tennis courts, strip malls and swimming pools. But make way for the new subdivision amenity: the specialty farm.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 45070 at http://kbia.org Forget the golf course, subdivisions build around farms Field Notes: Farmer Joel Salatin on the local food movement http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-farmer-joel-salatin-local-food-movement <p></p><p><em>This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.</em></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:42:21 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 43783 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Farmer Joel Salatin on the local food movement Going on a picnic? Pack the refrigerator pickles and slaw http://kbia.org/post/going-picnic-pack-refrigerator-pickles-and-slaw <p>Most Saturdays, Chef Mike Odette, who is co-owner of <a href="http://sycamorerestaurant.com/">Sycamore Restaurant</a> in Columbia, Mo., is talking to farmers and customers at the farmers market and searching for food to work into his next menu. Odette makes a point of getting the best local, seasonal food that he can for Sycamore, which is one of the most popular restaurants in town. But today, his mission is a little different.</p><p>“We're looking for some veggies that would make good slaw to take on a picnic, and some veggies that would make good refrigerator pickles,” he says.</p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 14:48:38 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 38174 at http://kbia.org Going on a picnic? Pack the refrigerator pickles and slaw Lucky's Farmers Market set to open downtown in fall http://kbia.org/post/luckys-farmers-market-set-open-downtown-fall <p></p><p>Lucky’s Farmers Market, based in Boulder, Colo. is setting up shop where the Osco Drug building used to sit. Aside from possibly creating about 100 jobs, the opening of the grocery store fills another need in Columbia.</p><p>According to Luis Zamora, Southwest Regional Director of U.S. Department of Agriculture, Columbia’s considered to have limited grocery options. Bo Sharon, president of Lucky’s Farmers Market, says the new store should help alleviate the issue.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 21:18:39 +0000 Andrew Yost 33396 at http://kbia.org Lucky's Farmers Market set to open downtown in fall Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart http://kbia.org/post/small-farmers-arent-cashing-wal-mart When Wal-Mart calls, Herman Farris always finds whatever the retailer wants, even if it's yucca root in the dead of winter. Farris is a produce broker in Columbia, Mo., who has been buying for Wal-Mart from auctions and farms since the company began carrying fruits and vegetables in the early 1990s.<p>During the summer and fall, nearly everything Farris delivers is grown in Missouri. That's Wal-Mart's definition of "local" — produce grown and sold in the same state. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:36:39 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 28303 at http://kbia.org Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart Field Notes: How Wal-Mart's local foods push is playing out in the Midwest http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-how-wal-marts-local-foods-push-playing-out-midwest <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;<strong><u><a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes">Field Notes</a></u></strong>, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:05:49 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 28200 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: How Wal-Mart's local foods push is playing out in the Midwest Wal-mart and the local farmer; Mississippi River and barge business http://kbia.org/post/wal-mart-and-local-farmer-mississippi-river-and-barge-business <p></p><p>The lingering drought continues to keep the Mississippi River at historically low levels. But now the Army Corps of Engineers says the river will likely stay open for transportation at least through this month. But many grain and energy industries that send products up and down the river aren’t yet breathing a sigh of relief. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports from the Corn Belt where a lot of grain begin its journey south down the Mississippi.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:58:17 +0000 Kristofor Husted 27390 at http://kbia.org Wal-mart and the local farmer; Mississippi River and barge business Can small farms benefit from Wal-Mart’s push into local foods? http://kbia.org/post/can-small-farms-benefit-wal-mart-s-push-local-foods <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is muscling in on one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture: local food.</span></p><p>Wal-Mart says 11 percent of the produce sold in its stores nationwide comes from local farms, a large increase from the mere 4 percent it sold two years ago when the chain announced its intention to step up local sourcing as part of a larger sustainability platform and a commitment to buy from small businesses.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:29:54 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 27187 at http://kbia.org Can small farms benefit from Wal-Mart’s push into local foods? Making the case for local, fresh (if not organic) foods http://kbia.org/post/making-case-local-fresh-if-not-organic-foods <p>Tammy Sellmeyer bends to pick up a strawberry in the middle of a hoop house on the 25-acre farm she owns and operates with her husband, Greg, just south of Fulton, Mo. The Sellmeyers plant some 3,000 strawberry plants here each year and sell them at the Columbia, Mo. farmers market. This past May, they sold 400 quarts in just three hours. But two years ago, they didn't have many berries to sell at all because pests got to their crop.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:57:48 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 25772 at http://kbia.org Making the case for local, fresh (if not organic) foods