agriculture research

4:06 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

MU researchers develop soybean database

Credit Carol Von Canon / Flickr

Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new all-inclusive web database for collecting soybean information.

The Soybean Knowledge Base is a public database that will store and integrate information on a variety of soybean topics, such as genes and genomes.  Although the ability to collaborate information was important, the University mostly developed the database to store their own information.

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2:11 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

BIFAD meeting focuses on agriculture research in Missouri and abroad

University of Missouri faculty presented their agriculture research at the BIFAD meeting in Columbia, Mo.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) heard about University of Missouri (MU) research on Friday on subjects such as genetically-modified cassava, food contamination in the global supply chain and root biology in relation to drought. About three dozen professors, economists, students and scientists attended the public meeting at the university's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo.

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8:20 am
Fri March 15, 2013

National group tackling global food problems meets today at MU

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton was appointed by President Obama to chair the Board of International Food and Agriculture Development in May 2011. The Board meets today on MU campus.
Credit Eric Staszczak / KBIA

An international group that presents research aimed at solving global agriculture issues, is meeting at The University of Missouri today. A public meeting of the Board of International Food and Agriculture Development, or BIFAD, gathers on MU’s campus to draw upon university research to help solve the world’s food problems.    

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4:52 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Public research for private interests

Dr. Dan Thomson, a Kansas State veterinary professor and director of the Beef Cattle Institute, holds a “Beef Quality Assurance” training at the Beef Fest in Emporia, Kan., in August. The BQA is a National Beef Cattlemen Association training that is aimed at improving consumer confidence in beef.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

This story on the American beef industry is part of a special reporting series from Harvest Public Media.  Check out the rest of their stories at

Agricultural colleges in the top five beef-producing states have become quasi-arms of the cattle industry, selling science to corporate bidders who set the research agenda with their dollars.

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Business Beat
4:34 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Big business for beef and (hopefully) for Columbia

University researchers now often team up with big beef businesses.
Credit Hilary Stohs-Krause / NET

Over the next four weeks, Business Beat will be airing the remaining pieces of the Harvest Public Media series called America’s Big Beef: An Industry In Transition.

To kick off the series, we have to go back 150 years when Abraham Lincoln established the land-grant colleges where research could be done to help the common man. But Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media reports that today public colleges in the top five beef-producing states are now often working for big business.

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1:21 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Field Notes: Have land-grant institutions lost their sense of social mission?

Chuck Hassebrook is a member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. He is critical of corporate funding for research at land-grant universities.

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

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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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5:32 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

The corporations, the ag research, and the money

A Missouri Cornfield
James J Jenkins Flickr

A report in April from the Washington based environmental group Food and Water Watch researched the relationship between public universities and the corporations that give the schools agriculture research grants. The study found that corporate money was accounting for a large part of funding to agriculture schools all around the country, including the University of Missouri.

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