Business Beat

Wednesdays at 5:20pm and Thursdays at 8:21am

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



Business Beat
11:53 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Struggling Infrastructure in the Midwest

Ron Bartlet feeds the ducks he keeps on his small Iowa farm.
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 

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Business Beat
4:14 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Still farming despite disability

Many farmers find combines like these indispensable. Bill Sandquist's combine is specially outfitted so it's easy for him to use.
The Knowles Gallery Flickr

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.

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Arts and Culture
10:24 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Columbia living windows boosts ecnomy

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

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Business Beat
4:18 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Growing organic is the way to go


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.

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4:23 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Business Beat: November 23, 2011

Prescott Frost kneels in a small herd of his cattle near his ranch south of Bassett, Neb.
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.

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Business Beat
5:41 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Business Beat: Nov. 16, 2011

The blown levee near Milus Wallace's land in South Missouri in late September.
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. 

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Business Beat
3:37 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Business Beat: Nov. 9, 2011

Photograph of newspapers
livornoalone Flickr

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. 

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Business Beat
3:51 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Business Beat: Nov. 2, 2011

Jefferson City Corn Field
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.

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Business Beat
6:14 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Business Beat: October 26, 2011

MacKenzie Lewis, 15, pulls weed-control plastic up from a watermelon field on Julie and Scott Wilber's farm near Boone, Iowa.
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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4:31 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Business Beat: October 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.

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5:49 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Business Beat: October 12, 2011

Flags of the European Union and Greece

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.

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3:26 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Business Beat October: 7th, 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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5:50 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Business Beat: October 5, 2011

Teenagers come together on Saturday to help clean up Columbia
Kelly Gehringer

This week: President Obama’s budget tax could effect Missouri Hospitals.  Another company cuts jobs from Moberly.  The Columbia Regional Airport is approved to have major renovations.

Hosted by Nick Adams

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5:54 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Business Beat: September 28, 2011

This week:  Direct payments for farmers could be coming to a halt.  … And a business incubator built in Sedalia could have a positive impact lined up for the city.  Hosted by Nick Adams

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6:01 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Business Beat: September 21, 2011

This week: Yogurt businesses are booming in Columbia, but is it because of a preconceived notion? Mamtek International, based in Moberly, was suppose to bring 600 more jobs to the city but is now having financial difficulty.  And Monday’s City Council meeting left Columbians unhappy with a new price increase.

Hosted by Nick Adams.

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