Agriculture

The Greenley Research Center near Novelty, Mo., uses drainage water management in an effort to generate and regulate the amount of water in its fields. Kelly Nelson (left) and Dana Harder join Doug to discuss this system and how beneficial it has been at Greenley.

Insight is a production of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

 

 

The Greenley Research Center near Novelty, Mo., uses drainage water management in an effort to generate and regulate the amount of water in its fields. Kelly Nelson (left) and Dana Harder join Doug to discuss this system and how beneficial it has been at Greenley.

 

Courtesy Bur-Wall Registered Holsteins

 

Once a generation, a diva is crowned. She earns a reputation for being independent, polished, fearless and of limitless talent, unreachable by us normal folk. After years of climbing the ladder, she claims her crown.

Holsteins of the world have their new queen, and her name is Gigi.

The monarch butterfly population has seen a decline in the last 20 years. Doug sits down with Dusty Walter, director of natural resources for the Agricultural Experiment Station and the superintendent of the Wurdack Research Center, to discuss what has led to that decline. Walter will also discuss what the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Research Centers are doing to help support the monarch population.

Insight is a production of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Doug sits down with Peter Sutovsky. As a professor both of reproductive physiology and obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health, Sutovsky has devoted his career to researching the collective ties between the fertility issues that affect both humans and livestock animals. He will talk about some of those shared characteristics that has helped guide his research.

Doug sits down with Peter Sutovsky. As a professor both of reproductive physiology and obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health, Sutovsky has devoted his career to researching the collective ties between the fertility issues that affect both humans and livestock animals. He will talk about some of those shared characteristics that has helped guide his research.

Insight is a production of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

 

    

    

The massive Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade deal could require some countries to accept more genetically engineered crops.

The TPP is the largest free trade agreement in history, and while not yet approved by Congress, includes the U.S. and 11 other countries along the Pacific Ocean. 

Here’s how genetically engineered crops figure into the equation:

Doug sits down and chats with Pat Market, professor of atmospheric science, about preparing for the upcoming winter weather. The two also discuss thundersnow, a snowstorm featuring thunder and lightning.

Doug sits down and chats with Pat Market, professor of atmospheric science, about preparing for the upcoming winter weather. The two also discuss thundersnow, a snowstorm featuring thunder and lightning.

Insight is a production of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

 

 

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A highly contagious strain of avian flu, a huge trade pact opening export markets and a few “restless” agribusinesses top Harvest Public Media's list of the biggest agriculture and food stories of 2015.

No. 1 – A bird flu never before seen in North America devastated the egg and turkey industries, sending prices up and the government scrambling to respond.

Doug sits down with Kristin Whitworth (left), a research scientist in the Division of Animal Sciences, to talk about the recent findings that were made in the fight against a deadly disease that annually costs the pork industry hundreds of millions of dollars. She’ll also talk about the revolutionary CRISPR system used in this work and how it has opened new possibilities for her and her colleagues, including Randall Prather (center) and Kevin Wells (left), in terms of getting faster results while lowering overall lab costs at the same time.

  Doug sits down with Kristin Whitworth (left), a research scientist in the Division of Animal Sciences, to talk about the recent findings that were made in the fight against a deadly disease that annually costs the pork industry hundreds of millions of dollars. She’ll also talk about the revolutionary CRISPR system used in this work and how it has opened new possibilities for her and her colleagues, including Randall Prather (center) and Kevin Wells (left), in terms of getting faster results while lowering overall lab costs at the same time.

  With the holiday season in full bloom, Doug sits down with two guests – Bangkosh Vardhanabhuti, assistant professor of food science, and Heather Leidy, assistant professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology – to talk about some ways to feel fuller longer and thus, avoid packing on extra pounds from too many sweet treats.

Insight is a production of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

 

With the holiday season in full bloom, Doug sits down with two guests – Bangkosh Vardhanabhuti, assistant professor of food science, and Heather Leidy, assistant professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology – to talk about some ways to feel fuller longer and thus, avoid packing on extra pounds from too many sweet treats.

Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

 

The amount of ethanol blended into the U.S. fuel supply will go up under new rules issued Monday.

In releasing the details of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the policy that sets the amount of biofuels oil refiners must blend into the fuel supply, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it planned to continue to increase the proportion renewable fuels, most of which is comprised of corn ethanol.

Missouri's corn and soybean harvests continue to look good, especially corn.

November estimates from the United States Department of Agriculture shows that corn growers are averaging 145 bushels an acre, which so far is the fourth-highest return in state history.

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A new trade deal aimed at cutting thousands of taxes and opening markets with 11 Pacific Rim nations has drawn heavy lobbying from some of America’s largest agribusinesses.

The deal – known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership – was reached in early October. It is designed to ease the flow of goods between partner nations by lowering restrictive trade policies and regulations.

Kristofor Husted / KBIA/Harvest Public Media

The immigrant workers that pick crops like cotton and melons in the U.S. can have a tough time finding a place to live. The rural areas where they can find work often lack the social services and affordable housing. That means many farm worker families end up in dilapidated buildings, which can come with health risks.

courtesy USDA

 

This post was updated with a new statement from USDA.

A senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture filed a whistleblower complaint on Wednesday accusing the federal agency of suppressing research findings that could call into question the use of a popular pesticide class that is a revenue powerhouse for the agrichemical industry.

Jonathan Lundgren, a senior research entomologist with the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service who has spent 11 years with the agency based in Brookings, S.D., said that retaliation and harassment from inside USDA started in April 2014, following media interviews he gave in March of that year regarding some of his research conclusions.

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All week, Harvest Public Media’s series Choice Cuts: Meat In America is examining how the meat industry is changing the U.S. food system and the American diet.

Beef, poultry and pork are staples of the American diet, baked into the country’s very culture, and backbones of the agricultural economy. But lately, the meats have been saddled with some baggage.

Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

All week, Harvest Public Media’s series Choice Cuts: Meat In America is examining how the meat industry is changing the U.S. food system and the American diet.

While the average American eats hundreds of pounds of meat every year, many U.S. consumers are starting to cut back as health experts learn more about the risk of a diet high in proteins from meat and environmentalists challenge the way most meat is raised.

That leaves farmers and ranchers to raise meat animals with health-conscious meat-eaters in mind.

Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

 

All week, Harvest Public Media’s series Choice Cuts: Meat In America is examining how the meat industry is changing the U.S. food system and the American diet.

 

One of the most important tools of modern medicine is in jeopardy. In the 20th century, antibiotics turned once-lethal infections into manageable diseases. They also contributed to the transformation of meat production in America.

Abby Wendle / Harvest Public Media

 

All week, Harvest Public Media’s series Choice Cuts: Meat In America is examining how the meat industry is changing the U.S. food system and the American diet.

Drive down a dirt road, a two-lane country highway, even many Interstates in the Midwest and the view out the window is likely to get monotonous: massive fields filled with acres of corn sprawled in all directions.

File photo / KBIA

Heartland is a small community in northeast Missouri and is home to the state's largest dairy. Heartland Dairy is under investigation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a worker died on the job in September. It's the third death there since 2012. But many of the employees at Heartland aren't the typical dairy workers; they're participants in a rehabilitation program.


Brian Seifferlein / Harvest Public Media

 

All week, Harvest Public Media’s series Choice Cuts: Meat In America is examining how the meat industry is changing the U.S. food system and the American diet.

Americans have a big appetite for everything meat. We smoke it, grill it, slice it, and chop it.

The typical American puts away around 200 pounds of beef, pork, and poultry every year . That’s true in many of the wealthiest countries. But developing countries are showing a growing appetitefor meat.

Logan Layden / Harvest Public Media

Generations of tilling and planting on the same land have left the nation’s soil in poor shape. And if farmers don’t change the way they grow crops, feeding the future won’t be easy.

As farmer Jordan Shearer from Slapout, Okla., puts it, “we’re creating a desert environment by plowing the damn ground."

 


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The US Department of Agriculture awarded a grant to help low-income families access affordable, healthful food in Boone County.

About $150,000 dollars was granted to better connect families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to fresh food at the farmers market.

Kathleen Masterson / Harvest Public Media

 

After years of work, U.S. negotiators on Monday announced agreement on a trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations that is expected to expand export opportunities for U.S. farmers.

The 11 countries included in the deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP, already import some 42 percent of U.S. agricultural exports at a value of $63 billion, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.


Missouri Pumpkin Patches Show Effects of Summer Weather

Oct 2, 2015

High summer rainfall affected many Missouri crops and pumpkins were not spared.

Many pumpkin patches throughout the state are producing fewer pumpkins this season.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Researchers from the University of Missouri are working with the Missouri Department of Conservation on a five-year study of white-tailed deer in the state. The study's goal is to find the survival differences of deer living in north east counties compared to south central counties.

The team of researchers are tracking the movements of deer using GPS collars in Nodaway, Gentry, Andrew, DeKalb, Wright, Texas, Douglas and Howell counties. Once the study is over, the Department of Conservation will use the data to reevaluate deer population management through strategies like hunting.

KBIA's Michaela Tucker spoke with Jon McRoberts, the project coordinator and wildlife researcher at the University of Missouri, about the progress of the study as it approaches the end of its first year.


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