Agriculture

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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Agriculture
4:12 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Missouri Senate rejects farm tax increases

 Missouri lawmakers have rejected a plan that would have increased property taxes on the state's best farmland.

Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight categories based on land quality. The State Tax Commission recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.

The Senate voted 19-8 on Thursday to reject the proposal. The property tax changes were for 2013 and 2014.

Agriculture
4:23 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Missouri still dealing with last year's drought

Kecko Flickr

In 2011, Missouri experienced its worst drought season since the 1950s, causing a shortage of grains and lowering the quality of feed for livestock.

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Field Notes
12:16 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Translating science into news

Shari Freyermuth teaches science to non-science majors at the University of Missouri. She attended the workshop designed to help her communicate her research clearly.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Scientists researching complex topics often come up empty-handed when it comes time to explain their findings. It’s hard to distill years of intricate, complex research into tiny bytes a layman can understand.

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Agriculture
9:46 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Something foul in the water

An aerial view of Missouri River flooding between Kansas City, Mo., and Rulo, Neb., on June 20, 2011.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

It’s been eight months since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released massive amounts of reservoir water from locations north of the Missouri River. Those reservoirs were filled to the brim with historic rainwater and melted snow that accumulated over a long winter of inclement weather across the Midwest.

Most of that released water poured over valuable farmland and residential areas in northwest Missouri. The resulting financial and family devastation has opened up a huge Missouri-style feud that will likely last as long as it will take the flooded land to return to normal.

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Field Notes
12:59 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Just what do food additives add?

Packaged foods contain several additives and preservatives to keep them shelf-stable and freezable.
dno1967b Flickr

Ever looked at the labels on the back of your packaged food?

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Agriculture
5:45 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Food bank's Buddy Pack program faces cuts, elimination

Kids play on a playground. The Buddy Pack program sends kids in 32 Missouri counties home with a backpack of nutritious food each weekend, but the program is facing the challenges of rising food and fuel costs.
File photo KBIA

The Buddy Pack program at the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is in trouble.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks jobs, farm safety net

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at a roundtable in Kansas City last week.
Andy Dandino USDA

Following up on President Obama's State of the Union address last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is touring the country, touting his boss's job-creation efforts in rural America -- Missouri was his latest stop. In this week's Health & Wealth update, a conversation with Secretary Vilsack: we talk rural jobs, USDA office closures, and the fate of the farmer's safety net in the face of natural disasters and shrinking budgets. 

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Harvest Public Media
9:46 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Selling doctors on rural communities

File photo KBIA

Recruiting doctors to small towns is a chronic problem. Most places try to lure a physician by rolling out the red carpet with a big salary, a home on a golf course or other cushy perks.

Not so in Ashland, Kan., population 855, where the CEO of a tiny hospital is building a reverse recruitment model based on remote access and problems commonly found in third-world countries.

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Agriculture
5:27 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

US Ag Secretary talks cuts

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Missouri touting President Obama’s job creation plans, laid out this week in his state of the union address. This comes as the agriculture department faces a shrinking budget.

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Agriculture
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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Health & Wealth Update
10:45 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Who's at fault when an emu attacks?

Art Gelder with his Missouri mulefoot hogs.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Agriculture and tourism are two of Missouri's biggest industries. But when the two activities meet -- think wine tastings or hay rides -- legal complexities ensue. On this week's Health & Wealth update, farmers in Missouri want the legislature to pass a law clarifying who is liable if someone gets hurt in the corn maze.

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Harvest Public Media
1:35 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Victorious vegetarian eating in the heartland

Are most Midwest dinner tables filled with rows and rows of iceberg lettuce?
benketaro Flickr

Did you know the most common fresh produce in Kansas City and in the Midwest is iceberg lettuce? Yes, the green that is mostly water is apparently the best get in fly-over country. At least, the New York Times thinks so.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Taking the grass-fed road less traveled

Prescott Frost holds a photo of his great grandfather, poet Robert Frost.
Hilary Stohs-Krause NET

Two roads diverge in the U.S. beef industry. Americans are buying more alternatively raised meat — organic, natural, grass-fed and the like – but most large-scale cattle producers in the Midwest are not cashing in on the trend.

By Clay Masters.

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Weather
8:42 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Missouri gets a round of snow, drivers cautioned

Missouri drivers advised to use caution today.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A winter-weather advisory remains in effect until 6:00 this evening for much of the region, with moderate to light snow continuing to fall throughout the day. Snow, blowing snow and sleet may cause difficult conditions  for drivers. 

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KCUR's Up to Date
3:44 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Nutrition facts: What do those labels mean?

NuVal scores on orange juice at a Hyvee grocery store in Columbia, MO.
Jessica Naudziunas KBIA

If you've been to a Hy-Vee grocery store recently, chances are you've seen some numbers right next to the price of an item of food.

It's a "NuVal" - a nutritional value placed on each and every food product. 

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Agriculture
2:20 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Putting nutrition scores to the test

Scott Pham studies the nutrition facts on a container of 100 percent juice.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

There's more to grocery shopping these days because of nutritional ratings, on-label claims and even in-store dieticians. 

On this episode of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes,  grocery shopping with a guy who doesn’t really think about nutrition, and along the way we dissect the nutritional rating system NuVal

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Environment
5:39 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Mo gets funds for levee repairs

USACEpublicaffairs/Flickr

The state of Missouri is creating more than $3.3 million in grants to help north Missouri communities repair flood-damaged Missouri river levees.

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Agriculture
10:19 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Modernization of Food Safety

Michael Porter Flickr

With funding in hand, U.S. food safety regulations will see the biggest changes in almost 70 years in 2012. 

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Harvest Public Media
1:28 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

2011: A year in the life of farm and food

Whether it was thanks to the Farm Bill, MF Global's bankruptcy, vicious flooding or high land prices, farmers were in the headlines throughout the Midwest in 2011.

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Agriculture
9:30 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Ethanol on its own after tax break expires

Corn being unloaded from a truck will begin the process of converting to ethanol at the Lincoln Energy Plant in Iowa.
Todd Post Bread for the World

The U.S. fuel industry rang in the new year with a little less help from the government after the previously entrenched Volumetric Ethanol Excise Credit expired on Dec. 31, 2011.

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Agriculture
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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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Republicans on the farm

Whoever wins, the 2012 presidential election is sure to change the country, and the farm.

The eventual Republican nominee will have to address numerous farm-related issues. In this era of shrinking budgets, what will happen to crop insurance, agricultural subsidies and the farm bill? With a renewed national focus on the environment and foreign oil dependence, what role will ethanol play in the future? With high land prices, how will family farmers continue to pass their farms to the next generation? How will changes in immigration policy affect farmers?

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Republican candidates give agriculture short shrift in Iowa

Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd at the Iowa State Fair in August.
IowaPolitics.com Flickr

Presidential politics are in full flare in Iowa, as evidenced by the wave of dueling TV ads, and Republican candidate appearances at local businesses and churches. But leading up to the state’s Jan. 3 caucuses, something seems to be missing.

By Kathleen Masterson.

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Harvest Public Media
6:28 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

It's been a long year for farmers and foodies

photo courtesy of USDA

There have been plenty of distractions over the last year on and off the farm. The farm bill that never was stirred speculation late into November; drought reaked havoc on much of the southwest; and the price of an acre of farmland has shot up 32 percent in Iowa over the last year. On this week's Field Notes, a look back at some of the big stories in agriculture in 2011.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri December 16, 2011

A farmer’s food for thought in 7 minutes

I recently went to this local Columbia, Mo., event called 20/20. It’s a bimonthly gathering that highlights culture-makers in town who are often hidden from the public as they create, research and organize innovative ideas. And here’s the twist: These passionate people quickly present their ideas while a screen behind them displays 20 images over 400 seconds.

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The Salt
10:22 am
Thu December 15, 2011

How The Army Made A Sandwich That Stays Fresh For Two Years

The shelf-stable pocket sandwich gives soldiers a portable ration that they can eat on the go.
Bob Reinert U.S. Army

For the U.S. military around the world, the enemy can be hard to pinpoint and even harder to defeat. Back at home, the Army has a tiny and vexing foe in its sights: the bacteria that cause food to rot.

In this bacterial battle, though, it's clearer who's winning, and the evidence is a humble pocket sandwich, which looks from the outside no different than your average hot pocket in the frozen foods aisle.

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Agriculture
10:19 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Giving back through gardening

Like this garden in El Paso's Sanchez Prison, the Algoa Correctional Facility gives prisoners the opportunity to cultivate their green thumb.
Agrilifetoday Flickr

During the fall harvest, food pantries across the state received more than 50 tons of produce from an unlikely source.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Are we regulating local chicken out of business?

Some poultry producers in Iowa are struggling to find a place to process their birds.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Many small polutry farmers in Iowa are having trouble finding a place to butcher their meat after the closure of another small Iowa poultry processing plant. Some producers argue that unnecessarily stringent regulations are driving these plants out of business. 

By Kathleen Masterson.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Thu December 15, 2011

School lunch changes still in the works

Food service workers set out Individual salads at a school cafeteria in Lincoln, Neb.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

With more families depending on the National School Lunch Program to feed their children, school districts are gearing up to implement new nutrition guidelines being handed down by the federal government by early next year.

By Clay Masters.

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