Business Beat: November 23, 2011

Nov 23, 2011

Demand for ‘alternatively raised meat’ seems like an opportunity for farmers in the Midwest. But it’s not a booming industry in the region just yet. Plus, an update on the effort to bring broadband internet to rural areas of Missouri.

Governor Jay Nixon says more than 75-percent of the state has access to broadband Internet service.  As Marshall Griffin reports, the governor recently provided an update on the state’s efforts to expand access to rural portions of Missouri at a broadband summit in Jefferson City.

Americans are buying more alternatively raised meat — organic, natural, grass-fed and the like. But in general, large-scale cattle producers in the Midwest are not cashing in on the trend. Harvest Public Media’s Clay Masters tells us about a cattle operation on the plains that’s trying to change that.