Agriculture

Agriculture
8:55 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Crops hurting in dry, hot weather

molamoni Flickr

High heat and a lack of rain have taken a big toll on Missouri corn and soybean crops, with nearly half of both reported in poor to very poor condition.

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Agriculture
10:19 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Open season on frogs this weekend

Deep fried frog legs
Chewy Chua Flickr

And it’s time again to get out your frog net -- Missouri frogging season opens at sunset Saturday.

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Agriculture
11:37 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Public comment period ending for Army Corp project near Arrow Rock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the public comment period is ending for the Jameson Island project near Arrow Rock – the project is intended to improve Missouri River wildlife habitat at a site in central Missouri. The public comment period ends Saturday.

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Agriculture
5:12 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Enzyme factory mixes into ethanol's future

A vial of ethanol enzyme is displayed during the grand opening of the Novozymes laboratory in Blair, Neb.
Grant Gerlock NET

Inside a new facility in Blair, Neb., north of Omaha, a gleaming maze of steel tubes connect a line of giant fermentation tanks that will cultivate some of the most advanced biotechnology in the ethanol industry.

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Agriculture
10:32 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Farm service assesses impact of heat wave

Drought conditions could have significant impact on crops
Kecko Flickr

The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is beginning an assessment of damages inflicted upon Missouri livestock and crops by recent high temperatures across the state.

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Harvest Public Media
4:40 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Is the agriculture industry being bullied?

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

There is a culture war raging in the heartland. It’s not about abortion or religion or gay marriage, it’s about how food is produced in this country.

As in any war, language is playing a big role. Take, for instance, the way Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad defended the beef product that came to be known as “pink slime.”

“It’s just tragic that people use smear language against products,” Branstad said. “We would never let people smear somebody because of who/what they look like, or their race, or their religion.”

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Agriculture
9:10 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Farmers and environmentalists at odds over Missouri River chute plans

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 6:23 pm

Farmers and environmentalists faced off at a hearing today in Jefferson City over a water project on the Missouri River west of Boonville.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to build a new chute at Jameson Island designed to protect the pallid sturgeon and other native fish species.  Building it would involve dredging along the Missouri River, and the Corps wants to dump the sediment back into the river.  The move is strongly opposed by farm interests.  Dale Ludwig with the Missouri Soybean Association says up to a million cubic yards of sediment could be dumped into the Missouri River.

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Agriculture
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).
KBIA

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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Agriculture
9:03 am
Thu June 7, 2012

The rural crime of cattle theft resurfaces in Missouri

High cattle prices and a struggling economy are to blame for a rise in cattle thefts throughout the state.

In late May, thieves stole thirteen cows from a Walnut Grove, Missouri farm. Rural Greene County in southwest Missouri has reported at least four cattle rustling cases with more than 100 missing cows this year. Kelly Smith is marketing and commodities director of the Missouri Farm Bureau. She says cattle rustling is a problem that has recently resurfaced: "It kind of peaked itself out probably in 2008 and 9, went away and has come back again. Where we see cattle rustling take place, typically is Southwest Missouri, where we see it happen a lot.”

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Agriculture
5:37 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Better breeding through cow genetics

For cattle breeders, buying a new bull or cow can be a risk—its offspring will bring home the profit. Jared Decker, a phD student in genetics at the University of Missouri, thinks he’s found a way to manage some of that risk through the manipulation of cow genetics.

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Agriculture
5:40 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

FERC approves Lake of the Ozarks boundary

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved Ameren Missouri's plan to reduce the land it owns and manages along the shore of the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Agriculture
9:06 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Mo. conservation officials to address deer disease

Missouri conservation officials are holding a public meeting Saturday to discuss a disease affecting deer in the northern part of the state.

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Agriculture
5:34 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Calm before the corn

Clay Masters Iowa Public Radio

Corn has been good to farmers. Helping fuel a boom in the ag sector. And as this year’s record corn forecast indicates, Midwestern farmers can’t seem to plant enough of the grain. Even with concerns growing about the effectiveness of today’s high-tech genetically engineered seeds, farmers aren’t backing down.

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Agriculture
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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Agriculture
5:39 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

A most unusual planting season

By late May, David Hausman plans to plant soybeans on top of oats on his flood-ravaged field.
Rick Fredericksen Iowa Public Radio

On this bright spring morning at Blackbird Bend, along the Missouri River, the scene is a little odd.  A 24-row corn planter is brushing over the tops of a stunning winter wheat crop, 12 inches high.

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Agriculture
12:32 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Missouri National Guard agribusiness team returns home

Members of the Missouri National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team 5 returned home to a welcome ceremony, Wednesday, April 25th.
KBIA

Agribusiness Development Team Five has returned home, after an 11-month tour in Afghanistan. The Missouri National Guard team was tasked with helping was improve agricultural practices in Afghanistan.

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Intersection
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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Agriculture
12:57 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Missouri ponders protections for animal ag

Rick Bax, an independent hog broker in Osage County, Mo., is wary of special interest groups' involvements in agriculture policy. (Jessica Naudziunas/Harvest Public Media)

There's a Missouri bill moving through the statehouse that essentially would lock in the legality of current animal production methods in the state. 

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Agriculture
3:40 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

More corn production this year

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Farmers intend to plant 96 million acres of corn this year, according to a new study by the National Agricultural Statistic Service, or NASS. That’s a 4 percent increase over last year, and the most land dedicated to corn since 1937. Here are the factors for this year's record amount of corn production.

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Agriculture
3:24 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Farmers lawsuit against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in limbo

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year's intentional breach of a levee at the height of spring flooding.

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Agriculture
12:55 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

For many ranchers, profits dry up

Battling drought and facing high costs, many ranchers sold off much of their stock. (File photo: Hilary Stohs-Krause/NET)

With ground beef selling for record prices, you might think cattle ranchers are raking in the profits.

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Agriculture
1:49 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Fake meat from Missouri

The "soy chicken" product designed by University of Missouri food scientists, front, looks a lot like real chicken, back. (Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media)

While only 2 or 3 percent of people in the U.S. are vegetarians, more than 40 percent of Americans age 18-29 choose to eat meatless once a week, according to market research firm Innova Insights.

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Agriculture
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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Intersection
12:16 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Digest this: The messages and motives behind farm and food controversies

Harum Helmy KBIA

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

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Environment
8:55 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Repeat of last year's flooding unlikely

Flooding along the Missouri River in 2011.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Missouri experienced record flooding last year along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. But this year, experts say water levels are likely to return to normal.                

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Agriculture
6:08 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Columbia Public Works Department discusses condition of city roads

Columbia is considering fixing up some of the city’s major street problems. Due to this year’s mild winter, Columbia has 400 thousand dollars leftover from its snow-removal budget.

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Agriculture
9:34 am
Thu March 8, 2012

New bus service to farmers market

KBIA

Columbia residents who want to buy local fruits and vegetables, but have trouble getting to the farmers market will be able to get there more easily by bus starting next month, thanks to a new USDA grant.

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Agriculture
12:46 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Digest this: The messages and motives behind farm and food controversies

When it comes to food, it’s often hard to know what’s fact, fiction, or exaggeration. Join KBIA and Harvest Public Media for Digest This: a public discussion looking at the messages behind how our food is produced. Experts will examine the arguments -- and emotions -- that go into our food choices, and consider what’s at stake.

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Agriculture
4:11 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

A Texas-sized profit-squeezing beef crisis

Restaurant owner Jim Koetting says he has barely had to raise prices since he opened in 2003, but with beef prices increasing, he'll have to soon. (Jessica Naudziunas/Harvest Public Media)

Maybe you’ve noticed that the price of beef is going up, rather dramatically. No matter what supermarket aisle you’re in, don’t look for relief from any time soon.

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Agriculture
5:13 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Portions of I-70 to be resurfaced in Boone County

Portions of I-70 in Boone and Callaway Counties will be resurfaced this year following the award of a construction contract by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission at a meeting today.

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