Under The Microscope: Sonic signals as a traffic alert

May 15, 2014

Scott Campbell, an 8-year veteran of the Missouri Department of Transportation, was hit by a distracted driver in a pickup truck while on the job in April 2014.
Scott Campbell, an 8-year veteran of the Missouri Department of Transportation, was hit by a distracted driver in a pickup truck while on the job in April 2014.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Farmers can expect more challenges, thanks to climate change. That’s according to a recent report released by the White House.

Iowa State University professor Gene Takle co-authored the chapter on agriculture in the 2014 National Climate Assessment. He says expected changes in humidity, precipitation and temperature may produce more extreme weather events.

“We need to be thinking forward as to the kinds of adaptation strategies that we need to adopt while at the same time we are looking for measures to mitigate the underlying cause of climate change,” Takle says.

The report also calls for more research into strategies for farming in a changing climate.

More new research shows that working on a farm is dramatically more dangerous than previously thought. Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe reports that a new study found the government fails to report more than three-quarters of farm injuries.

You may see this when you're driving: signs and even flashing lights tell you to slow down when you are in a work zone. But even with such warnings, in just the past five years, just in the State of Missouri, 53 people have been killed, and almost 3,000 injured in road work zones. Now Missouri officials are looking at deploying harder-to-ignore methods to get drivers to slow down.