Business Beat
2:46 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Grappling with beef waste; fostercare kids learn financial lessons

Foster care kids learn how to budget with the help of a St. Louis program.
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Had a hamburger lately? The cow it came from likely passed through a feedlot – a huge farm that fattens cattle before they’re slaughtered. The thousands of cattle housed at a feedlot produce tons and tons of waste. That manure can be used as a valuable fertilizer. But if it’s not properly disposed, it could lead to an environmental disaster. In Day 4 of Harvest Public Media’s series, America’s Big Beef, Jeremy Bernfeld reports.

Foster care can be difficult for many reasons: Stress on the family, forced assimilation into a new environment for the child and a lack of resources can create problems for those in the system. But what you don’t always hear about is what happens to the kids who age out of the system at 18. KBIA’s Dalton Barker reports that one St. Louis foundation is helping teach the former foster children the financial lessons to succeed after foster care.

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