Under the Microscope
5:06 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Agricultural groups concerned about toxic grass; food hubs try to grow local farms

Rancher Roger Zimmershied poses with some of his cattle on his ranch just south of Sweet Springs, Mo. Zimmershied recently switched from Kentucky 31 tall fescue to MaxQ tall fescue in two of his pastures.
Credit Jake Godin for Harvest Public Media
On this week's show, we'll hear why a popular grass for feeding cattle may be doing more harm than good, and learn about the popularity of food hubs.

Feeding cattle on grass is supposed to help the animals thrive. But Missouri’s most popular grass for feeding cattle may be doing more harm than good. As Jake Godin reports for Harvest Public Media, solving this problem is a little more complicated than resodding a lawn. 

“Food hubs” are popping up across the country. These food processing and distribution centers make it easier for restaurants, grocery stores, and others to buy local food. The U-S Department of Agriculture says there are more than 220 of them in 40 states plus the District of Columbia. As Sean Powers reports for Harvest Public Media, it’s a trend that’s not only helping struggling farms, but also bringing in new talent to agriculture. 

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