Agriculture http://kbia.org en Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? http://kbia.org/post/are-organic-vegetables-more-nutritious-after-all There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new <a href="http://csanr.wsu.edu/program-areas/m2m/research-areas/nutritional-quality/bjn-2014/">study</a> is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key benefit.<p>It's a scientific reply to an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/04/160395259/why-organic-food-may-not-be-healthier-for-you">analysis</a> that some researchers at Stanford University published two years ago. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 56032 at http://kbia.org EPA promotes contentious water rule to farmers http://kbia.org/post/epa-promotes-contentious-water-rule-farmers <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is touring farm country, trying to assure farmers that the agency isn’t asking for more authority over farmers and ranchers’ lands.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:10:20 +0000 Kristofor Husted 55889 at http://kbia.org EPA promotes contentious water rule to farmers A.G. Koster backs Right to Farm http://kbia.org/post/ag-koster-backs-right-farm <p>Missouri's Attorney General put his support behind a controversial amendment on the primary ballot. Chris Koster officially announced his endorsement of Amendment one, also known as the Right to Farm act.</p><p>In a short statement at the Missouri Farm Bureau in Jefferson City today, Koster cited the states reliance on agriculture, saying that failing to pass the measure could inhibit the success of Missouri farmers.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:05:07 +0000 Grant Suneson 55878 at http://kbia.org A.G. Koster backs Right to Farm 'Take honest look' at Amendment 1, says former Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell http://kbia.org/post/take-honest-look-amendment-1-says-former-lt-governor-joe-maxwell <p>Former Missouri Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell says the ‘Right to Farm’ question before voters in August would give more protection to foreign corporations and take away from small farmers.</p><p>Maxwell, a Democrat, told reporters in Springfield Tuesday that <a href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2014ballot/" target="_blank">Amendment 1</a> will give more liberty to corporations to buy and operate Missouri farmland.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:18:57 +0000 Scott Harvey 55847 at http://kbia.org 'Take honest look' at Amendment 1, says former Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell Nixon vetoes legislation that would have changed who regulates Missouri deer ranches http://kbia.org/post/nixon-vetoes-legislation-would-have-changed-who-regulates-missouri-deer-ranches <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shifted responsibility for regulating Missouri deer ranches to the Department of Agriculture instead of the Department of Conservation. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:12:45 +0000 Associated Press 55827 at http://kbia.org Nixon vetoes legislation that would have changed who regulates Missouri deer ranches Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves http://kbia.org/post/raw-milk-producers-aim-regulate-themselves A growing number of Americans are buying raw milk. That's milk that has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria.<p>As we've reported, the legal treatment of raw milk varies state by state. In some places like California, it's sold in stores. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:17:00 +0000 editor 55713 at http://kbia.org Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves American Medical Association seeks stricter rules for antibiotics in farm animals http://kbia.org/post/american-medical-association-seeks-stricter-rules-antibiotics-farm-animals <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The largest association of U.S. physicians is calling for tighter rules on antibiotic use in livestock.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:47:13 +0000 Kristofor Husted 55613 at http://kbia.org American Medical Association seeks stricter rules for antibiotics in farm animals Callaway County hog farm opponents start petition http://kbia.org/post/callaway-county-hog-farm-opponents-start-petition <p>Opponents of a proposed hog breeding operation in central Missouri are circulating petitions against the plan. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:49:20 +0000 Associated Press 55614 at http://kbia.org 'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply http://kbia.org/post/great-fish-swap-how-america-downgrading-its-seafood-supply What's the most popular seafood in the U.S.? Shrimp. The average American eats more shrimp per capita than tuna and salmon combined. Most of that shrimp comes from Asia, and most of the salmon we eat is also imported. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 01:57:14 +0000 editor 55488 at http://kbia.org 'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains http://kbia.org/post/drought-hammers-winter-wheat-across-plains-0 <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;">Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:56:42 +0000 Ariana Brocious 55192 at http://kbia.org Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains http://kbia.org/post/drought-hammers-winter-wheat-across-plains <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;">Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Ariana Brocious 55191 at http://kbia.org Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit http://kbia.org/post/tequila-nation-mexico-reckons-its-complicated-spirit The Mexican town of Tequila in the western state of Jalisco is the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit. Any bottle of tequila must be made from the Weber Blue species of agave, grown and distilled in this region.<p>Field after field of agave gives this land a blue hue, defining an economy and its traditions.<p>But using just one species of blue agave to make 100 percent blue agave tequila is done through cloning the plants, without pollination or flowering. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:28:00 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 55035 at http://kbia.org Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit Midwest a cattle paradise as drought stretches beef country http://kbia.org/post/midwest-cattle-paradise-drought-stretches-beef-country <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;">Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado" style="font-family: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-size: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">from California to </a><a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado" 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: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">Colorado</a>and<span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://lubbockonline.com/agriculture/2014-03-02/texas-trails-nebraska-number-cattle-feeding#.U5dGJPmwJcQ" style="font-family: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-size: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">from Texas to Nebraska</a><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 54833 at http://kbia.org Midwest a cattle paradise as drought stretches beef country 'Right to Farm' opponents plan Capitol rally http://kbia.org/post/right-farm-opponents-plan-capitol-rally <p>Opponents are planning to rally at the Missouri Capitol against a proposed amendment to the state Constitution establishing a "right to farm ."</p><p>The question on the state's Aug. 5 ballot asks voters whether the right "to engage in farming and ranching" should be "forever guaranteed" in the Missouri Constitution.</p><p>Critics contend the measure will lead to lawsuits over what farming practices are permitted, and to special protections for large agricultural special interests.</p><p>Supporters of the proposal say their goal is to protect and promote agriculture.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:10:02 +0000 Associated Press 54810 at http://kbia.org 'Right to Farm' opponents plan Capitol rally Callaway County residents consider fighting hog CAFO proposal http://kbia.org/post/callaway-county-residents-consider-fighting-hog-cafo-proposal <p>Some residents of central Missouri's Callaway County say they're exploring legal strategies to fight a proposed indoor hog farm near Kingdom City.</p><p>Eichelberger Farms of Iowa plans to buy 20 acres from a private owner just south of Interstate 70 for a 10,000-hog confined animal feeding operation.</p><p>Residents who oppose the project tell the <a href="http://bit.ly/1njMalP0">Columbia Missourian</a> they will "explore all legal options available to protect our health, lifestyles and property rights."</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:06:56 +0000 Associated Press 54809 at http://kbia.org Callaway County residents consider fighting hog CAFO proposal MU researchers develop soybean database http://kbia.org/post/mu-researchers-develop-soybean-database <p>Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new all-inclusive web database for collecting soybean information.</p><p>The Soybean Knowledge Base is a public database that will store and integrate information on a variety of soybean topics, such as genes and genomes. &nbsp;Although the ability to collaborate information was important, the University mostly developed the database to store their own information.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:06:59 +0000 Lina Young 54780 at http://kbia.org MU researchers develop soybean database In The Making Of Megafarms, A Mixture Of Pride And Pain http://kbia.org/post/making-megafarms-few-winners-and-many-losers It seems that everybody, going back at least to <a href="http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/quotations-agriculture">Thomas Jefferson</a>, loves small family farms.<p>Yet those beloved small farms are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Big farms are taking over.<p>According to the <a href="http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/">latest census of American agriculture</a>, released this year, there are two million farms in America. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 54658 at http://kbia.org In The Making Of Megafarms, A Mixture Of Pride And Pain Growing Worker Shortage Looms Over Logging Industry's Future http://kbia.org/post/growing-worker-shortage-looms-over-logging-industrys-future Timber is big business in Tennessee. About $1 billion worth of the state's tree products is shipped abroad every year. But within the industry, there is concern that there may soon be too few loggers to keep the profession going.<p>The Redfern family has been working the state's forests for four generations, but it isn't sure it will see a fifth.<p>Michael Redfern, 57, runs a three-man operation with his two sons on a 25-acre property in Cedar Hill, near Tennessee's northern border with Kentucky.<p>"Well, I'm not bragging or complaining. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 54636 at http://kbia.org Growing Worker Shortage Looms Over Logging Industry's Future So-called 'Right to Farm' amendment wording creates confusion http://kbia.org/post/so-called-right-farm-amendment-wording-creates-confusion <p>The wording of a proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution that would guarantee residents' right to "engage in agricultural production and ranching practices" is leading to questions from both sides of the issue – including a question of whether the amendment would have any impact at all.</p><p>Supporters of the so-called "right to farm" measure on the August ballot say it gives farmers more legal standing to challenge unfair regulations. Opponents fear it could unravel environmental and animal welfare laws.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:21:47 +0000 Associated Press 54613 at http://kbia.org So-called 'Right to Farm' amendment wording creates confusion Lawsuit seeks to block subdivision near state park http://kbia.org/post/lawsuit-seeks-block-subdivision-near-state-park <p>A residential development under construction near Rock Bridge State Park in Boone County is being challenged in court by environmental groups that say the project threatens water quality and wildlife.</p><p>The Parkside Estates subdivision south of Columbia is on 35 acres next to the state park. Developer Southside Trails Estates is clearing land for 76 homes on the site.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:19:47 +0000 Associated Press 54394 at http://kbia.org Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment? http://kbia.org/post/can-farmed-fish-feed-world-without-destroying-environment We Americans love our fried shrimp, our <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/05/23/312539745/sushis-secret-why-we-get-hooked-on-raw-fish">sushi</a> and our fish sticks. And a lot of other people around the world count on fish as a critical part of their diet, too. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, fish now accounts for almost 17 percent of the world's intake of protein — in some coastal and island countries it's as high as 70 percent.<p>To keep up with the world's growing population and its appetite for seafood, we can't just rely on wild fish. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:27:00 +0000 editor 54163 at http://kbia.org Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment? What does the ‘right to farm’ mean in Missouri? http://kbia.org/post/what-does-right-farm-mean-missouri <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Congress members are throwing their support behind a proposed “right to farm” amendment in Missouri’s constitution. But critics are pointing to the measure’s ambiguous language as problematic.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:09:13 +0000 Kristofor Husted 54096 at http://kbia.org What does the ‘right to farm’ mean in Missouri? Republican Mo. Congressmembers to join push for "right to farm" http://kbia.org/post/republican-mo-congressmembers-join-push-right-farm <p></p><p>Several Missourians in the U.S. House are backing a proposed amendment to the state Constitution on farming. Fri, 30 May 2014 13:55:10 +0000 Associated Press 53781 at http://kbia.org Republican Mo. Congressmembers to join push for "right to farm" MDC seeks input on deer population http://kbia.org/post/mdc-seeks-input-deer-population <div style="margin:0 0 10pt 0;"><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 13:00:28 +0000 Michele Skalicky 52853 at http://kbia.org MDC seeks input on deer population 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 USDA: US corn yields to offset lesser acreage http://kbia.org/post/usda-us-corn-yields-offset-lesser-acreage <p></p><p>A government report says the nation's corn growers should have banner production this year despite lesser acreage devoted to the grain. But corn prices later in the year may suffer a bit.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its first World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report of the year.</p><p>The report estimates that corn producers will harvest 165.3 bushels of corn per acre, up 6.5 bushels from the previous year. Corn acreage is expected to slip to 91.7 million acres, from 95.4 million acres.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:26:58 +0000 Associated Press 52712 at http://kbia.org USDA: US corn yields to offset lesser acreage Climate change: short-term benefits, long-term worries for farmers http://kbia.org/post/climate-change-short-term-benefits-long-term-worries-farmers <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The White House’s new climate change report predicts threats to agriculture, including severe weather, more pests and greater demands for water and energy.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:10:41 +0000 Amy Mayer 52628 at http://kbia.org Climate change: short-term benefits, long-term worries for farmers Ag Census points to fewer U.S. farms http://kbia.org/post/ag-census-points-fewer-us-farms <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The number of farms in the U.S. is shrinking, according to the latest&nbsp;<a href="http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/" 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: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">Census of Agriculture</a>, released Friday. The census is taken every five years and shows the changing landscape for farmers.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:54:42 +0000 Grant Gerlock 52512 at http://kbia.org Ag Census points to fewer U.S. farms Amid Statewide Drought, California Races To Burn Wildfire Fuel http://kbia.org/post/amid-statewide-drought-california-races-burn-wildfire-fuel On April 30, the <a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3848/">Etiwanda Fire</a> ignited in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California, then quickly grew to more than 2,000 acres before crews were able to contain it.<p>So far this year, California has already seen much more wildfire activity than normal. As of April 26, the state has recorded <a href="http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_stats?year=2014">more than 1,100 fires</a>, according to the state's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. That's more than double the average of the previous five years. Sun, 04 May 2014 22:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52413 at http://kbia.org Amid Statewide Drought, California Races To Burn Wildfire Fuel Urban Greengrocers Are Back, To Serve Big-Spending Locavores http://kbia.org/post/urban-greengrocers-are-back-serve-big-spending-locavores Each Peach Market in Washington, D.C., is a far cry from the Trader Joe's where I usually shop. For one thing, it's tiny — smaller than the apartment I share with two others. And there are no lines snaking through aisles and aisles of tempting goods.<p>You'll find the usual staples here, and also artisanal pickles, locally grown and cured charcuterie, and yogurt from Pennsylvania's Amish country. Fri, 02 May 2014 18:49:00 +0000 editor 52334 at http://kbia.org Urban Greengrocers Are Back, To Serve Big-Spending Locavores