Business Beat

Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m.

A weekly look at business issues important to mid-Missouri.

Eva Dou / KBIA

This week: Columbia’s biggest export to China isn’t corn, soybeans, or any manufactured product.  It’s scrap metal.  In fact trade experts are calling Columbia’s export “waste and scrap.” Plus, find out how one farmer is still shifting through the aftermath after losing hundreds of acres of farmland.

Trying to keep rural towns alive

Apr 19, 2012
WenDee Rowe LaPlant / Kansas Sampler Foundation

This week on the show, people in rural areas are trying to figure out how to keep youth – and jobs – in their areas. Plus, college graduates could have a better opportunity getting a job than graduates have in the past.

Trying to keep rural towns alive

Apr 19, 2012
WenDee Rowe LaPlant / Kansas Sampler Foundation

This week on the show, people in rural areas are trying to figure out how to keep youth – and jobs – in their areas. Plus, college graduates could have a better opportunity getting a job than graduates have in the past.

Business Beat: Railroad Looking to Roll Again

Apr 11, 2012
Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media

This week: Find out how one community is going back in time to move businesses forward.  Plus, what dairy farmers want more protection in the 2012 Farm Bill.

Business Beat: Govenors Back Beef Trimmings

Apr 6, 2012
AP

This week: U.S. farmers made over 98 billion dollars last year, and consumers are upset about "lean beef trimmings," but governors are trying to diffuse the situation.

Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media

This week: Another update in the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, and climate changes doesn't ease troubles for farmers. 

Business Beat: February 29, 2012

Feb 29, 2012
Laura Ziegler / Harvest Public Media

This week: NBAF opponents are gaining strength in their fight against the Disease Laboratory.  Plus, the American Soybean Association is looking for fewer restrictions from the European Union on genetically modified soybeans.

Business Beat: February 15, 2012

Feb 15, 2012
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This week: State representatives agree Missouri needs to find better ways to get more jobs in Missouri. Plus, how a disease laboratory in Kansas has citizens worried.

Business Beat: February 8, 2012

Feb 8, 2012
Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media

This week: Farmers buying up grain bins to help play the market. Plus, how refineries in Kansas and Iowa could help find another source of bio fuel.

Eric Durban / Harvest Public Media

Corn has been the engine behind the ethanol industry for years, and that food vs. fuel debate doesn't look to end anytime soon.  But as researchers work to unlock the biofuels potential in crop residue and other biomass, a refinery is being built in Kansas may help take the industry to another level.

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According to Forbes, Columbia, Missouri is one of the top places to move to for a working retirement in the United States.

Jacob Fenston / Harvest Public Media

This week:  KBIA talks with William Barrett of Forbes on how the city of Columbia is in the top twenty places in the U.S. to come for a working retirement.  Plus, Missouri farmers are trying to protect themselves from "agritourism."

This week: KBIA spoke with a director of the center of Agro Forestry at the University of Missouri on why the state isn't using biomass as a renewable energy source. Plus, one company is hiring people with degrees you wouldn't expect.

Vaughn Hammond / UNL Extension

This week:  Harvest Public Media speaks with a University of Nebraska Educator who just returned from Afghanistan where he helped teach Afghanis farming techniques, and the FDA is looking to change the way Cephalosporins are used for animals.  

Quint Smith / KBIA file photo

This week on the show: farmers in the Midwest still have some of their money in limbo after a huge bankruptcy late last year. Plus, Governor Nixon touts his new plan for job creation in Missouri, just as Republicans question his past efforts.

Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

This week: Missouri could gain over two hundred thousand jobs by the 2025, and the Department of Labor proposed new regulations on kids working on the farm who are under 16.

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This week: Rootworm is causing a headache for some farmers who thought they already had a fix for that problem. Plus, a university of Missouri study takes a look at the impact economic strains have on middle class families.

Sydney Miller / KBIA

This week, our stories have to do with two different controversies surrounding going underground.: a new quarry, and "fracking."

Struggling Infrastructure in the Midwest

Dec 15, 2011
Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media

This week: we look at how diversity in Missouri can lead to better business and how struggling Midwest infrastructure can affect you at the grocery store.  

By: Nick Adams 

Still farming despite disability

Dec 7, 2011
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Business Beat looks at economic and business news around mid-Missouri. Starting this week, we’re adding another voice into the mix. Business Beat will be a platform for weekly reporting from Harvest Public Media. Harvest is a network of reporters across  five states reporting on the topics of food, fuel and field.

The District hosts its annual Living Windows festival Friday night in Columbia.

Growing organic is the way to go

Nov 30, 2011
Flickr

KBIA's Ryan Famuliner talks with Columbia Daily Tribune reporter Rudi Keller about the latest in the Mamtek hearing.  Plus, talk about a cash crop.  A recent study suggests organic crops could bring in more money per acre.

Hilary Stohs-Krause / NET

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.

Business Beat: Nov. 16, 2011

Nov 16, 2011
Carah Hart / KBIA

This week: KBIA reports from Southeast Missouri on what the Army Corps of Engineers is doing to prepare for another possible flood disaster.  Plus Columbia residents approved a new sales tax. 

Business Beat: Nov. 9, 2011

Nov 9, 2011
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This week:  A reporter for KBIA talks with the largest newspaper in Germany and how it is surviving the economic crisis threatening the newspaper industry, and a unique store along the Katy Trail. 

Business Beat: Nov. 2, 2011

Nov 2, 2011
Adventurer Dustin Holmes / Flickr

This week: Special Session ended last week with many questions still unanswered, and farmers are doing everything they can to hold on to government subsidies for crop insurance.

Business Beat: October 26, 2011

Oct 26, 2011
Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

This week: Missouri could gain over two hundred thousand jobs by the 2025, and the Department of Labor proposed new regulations on kids working on the farm who are under 16. 

Business Beat: October 19, 2011

Oct 19, 2011

This week: a Missouri auctioneer tries to prove his worth in the competitive business of auctioneering and a 106 year-old community sees the end of an institution.

We’ll see how the next couple weeks are vital for the European Union, and how this will affect Mid-Missouri. Plus, we’ll dig a little deeper into the ongoing story about Mamtek and how this affects other cities in Missouri.

Hosted by Nick Adams.

Business Beat October: 7th, 2011

Oct 10, 2011

Our first story deals with rural hospitals in Missouri.  Two weeks ago, President Obama told the nation, Washington has to live within its means. As Democrats and Republicans continue to scour the federal budget for over a trillion dollars in possible cuts, one group very likely to be affected is rural hospitals in the Midwest and across the nation. KBIA’s Jacob Fenston reports.

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