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8:23 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Mo. governor to tour drought-stricken areas

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon is traveling the state to survey damage from Missouri's hot, dry summer.

Nixon planned to meet with farmers and local officials Tuesday in Lewis County in northeast Missouri, in Atchison County in northwest Missouri and in Polk County in southwest Missouri. The governor is to be joined by the state's agriculture director.

5:53 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The lasting heritage of the Homestead Act

Kendall Hodgson, left, and Ed Hodgson, first cousins, in front of the Hodgson homestead near Little River, Kan.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

LITTLE RIVER, Kan. – Before this town was here, before the railroads were here, before a post office was here, the Hodgsons were here.

In 1871, Hannah and Henry Clay Hodgson moved into a one-room dugout on the banks of the Little Arkansas, their view an Indian camp on the other side of the river. They arrived in central Kansas in November, in the midst of a blizzard, and it took them three days from the train stop in Salina to get the 60 miles south to this outpost.

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Business Beat
5:52 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Language and agriculture

Jamie Pudenz wants to own a cow-calf operation, but he's worried the current political climate will have adverse effects on production agriculture.
Sandhya Dirks Harvest Public Media

A war over words is part of a bigger struggle between agriculture interests and their critics. Plus, a national report looks at agriculture research grants from private corporations to land grant Universities, including MU.

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9:05 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Southwest Columbia farm and home donated to MU

A 400-acre farm and home donated to MU is near the university's South Farm (pictured).

Wes and Simone Sorenson pledged to donate their house and the 400 acre farm it sits on 10 years ago, but the University wouldn’t take ownership until after they had died. Wes died in May, and now the University is discussing how to best use the land.

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Under the Microscope
5:53 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

On agriculture and immigration

Terry van Maanen bought Winding Meadows Dairy from his father in the '80s and has grown it to about 600 cows. He sells milk to Land O Lakes.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we'll hear about how immigrant populations are filling a gap in agricultural labor.

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5:27 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Blending of cultures may be blueprint for growth

Luis Campos came to the U.S. illegally but eventually became a legal resident. Campos is now the parlor manager at Winding Meadow Dairy in Rock Valley, Iowa.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Sioux County, in northwest Iowa, is known for its Dutch pastries. The landscape is dotted with Lutheran and reform churches.  But today, Catholic churches and tortillerias are creeping into the landscape — signs of the new residents joining this vibrant community.

In Sioux County, as in a scattering of communities across the Midwest, Hispanic immigrants are working in meat processing plants, dairies, egg-laying facilities and hog barns. In fact, the majority of U.S. farm laborers today were born outside the U.S.

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AM Newscasts
9:10 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Newscast for April 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Ryan Ferguson hearing continues in Jefferson City.
  • More on confirmed e. coli. cases in Missouri.
  • Missouri House endorses law making undercover filming of agriculture facilities a crime.
2:46 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Mo. bill criminalizes undercover videos at farms

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation seeking to make it a crime for undercover activists to produce videos portraying poor conditions at agricultural facilities.

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4:24 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

The arrival of early spring weather

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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4:09 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Photos from Digest This: Farm and food controversies

Harum Helmy KBIA

How do consumers make decisions about what they consume? And, how are the various stakeholders attempting to shape those thoughts about food? Host Reuben Stern spoke with four experts with diverse views about the messages and motives behind these controversies in this special Intersection event, 

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5:10 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Gov. Nixon sees off MO National Guard team

Members of a Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team have received a sendoff from Gov. Jay Nixon as they prepare for deployment to Afghanistan.

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8:09 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Missouri treasurer announces financial assistance for farmers

The Missouri treasurer's office will partner with community banks to negotiate lower interest loans on equipment and land.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced a new financial assistance package for beginning farmers trying to make their way in an expensive industry.

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5:31 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Big trucks on small roads

MoDOT engineers worry that heavier trucks would spell rutted roads in rural Missouri.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Cattlemen in Missouri are backing a bill in the House that would increase weight limits for hauling livestock on the state's highways. But department of transportation engineers worry heavier trucks would damage already-strained rural roads.

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12:40 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

River flooding planned topic for state Governor's Conference on Agriculture

File Photo

River flooding is expected to be a major topic at the upcoming Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture. (AP)

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5:50 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Blunt announces agricultural research to stay funded

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says Missouri agricultural research will not see a reduction in funding next year.

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