ag runoff http://kbia.org en Field Notes: CAFOs and aid for veterans in the Farm Bill http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-cafos-and-aid-veterans-farm-bill <p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 44841 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: CAFOs and aid for veterans in the Farm Bill CAFO concerns in environmentally sensitive areas http://kbia.org/post/cafo-concerns-environmentally-sensitive-areas <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Thanks to tight competition, hog farmers are feeling a push to expand or get out of the business. That means indoor confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are growing, even in the most environmentally sensitive areas.</p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">The hog industry’s impact on the water supply is worrying many residents of northeast Iowa’s Winneshiek County, near Decorah.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 44842 at http://kbia.org CAFO concerns in environmentally sensitive areas Nitrate runoff part two; City Council amends development ordinances http://kbia.org/post/nitrate-runoff-part-two-city-council-amends-development-ordinances <p></p><p></p><p>Columbia City Council members approved stricter requirements for a controversial potential housing development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. KBIA’s Kate Grumke reports dozens of residents spoke up about their concerns at Monday’s meeting.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 22:00:25 +0000 Kristofor Husted & Kate Grumke 39986 at http://kbia.org Nitrate runoff part two; City Council amends development ordinances In Iowa, government asks farmers to control runoff http://kbia.org/post/iowa-government-asks-farmers-control-runoff <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>This summer, officials in Iowa have been asking farmers to voluntarily reduce the amount of fertilizer they use. That’s because the fertilizer contains nitrates that are being washed into state waterways and creating environmental concerns locally and nationally. The runoff has been particularly bad this year, and the outcry over typical crop practices is growing.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:54:36 +0000 Clay Masters 39985 at http://kbia.org In Iowa, government asks farmers to control runoff Scientists detect high levels of nitrogen in Midwest waterways http://kbia.org/post/scientists-detect-high-levels-nitrogen-midwest-waterways <p>This spring and summer, U.S. Geological Survey scientists <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/scientists-check-corn-belt-waters-effects-ag-runoff">waded into 100 Midwest streams</a> to test for hundreds of chemicals used in farming, including nutrients, pesticides like atrazine and glyphosate, and livestock hormones. The results from the study are trickling in. But preliminary findings indicate that from May through early July, 21 percent of the region’s streams contained very high levels of nitrogen in the form of nitrates.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:39:02 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 39487 at http://kbia.org Scientists detect high levels of nitrogen in Midwest waterways Field to tap: The impact of farm runoff on drinking water http://kbia.org/post/field-tap-impact-farm-runoff-drinking-water <p>It doesn’t come as a major surprise that agricultural runoff is doing more harm than good to the environment. Agriculture is the nation’s leading cause of impaired water quality, according to the <a href="http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/outreach/point1.cfm" style="line-height: 1.538em;">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a>. Storms move pesticides, nutrients and sediment from farmers’ fields to nearby waterways. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 38523 at http://kbia.org Field to tap: The impact of farm runoff on drinking water What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In http://kbia.org/post/what-farm-runoff-doing-water-scientists-wade America's hugely productive food system is one of its success stories. The nation will export a projected $139.5 billion in agricultural products this fiscal year alone. It's an industry that supports "more than 1 million jobs," according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.<p>But all that productivity has taken a toll on the environment, especially rivers and lakes: Agriculture is the nation's leading cause of impaired water quality, according to the <a href="http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/outreach/point1.cfm">U.S. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 36556 at http://kbia.org What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In Scientists check for effects of ag runoff; can a CSA ever be too big? http://kbia.org/post/scientists-check-effects-ag-runoff-can-csa-ever-be-too-big <div></div><div><p></p><p>On this week's show, we'll discuss ag runoff and community supported agriculture.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:48:03 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 35823 at http://kbia.org Scientists check for effects of ag runoff; can a CSA ever be too big?