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.
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)
Koetting sells choice cuts of meat for to-go orders and catering events -- two services that might increase in price in order to combat price spikes in beef. (Jessica Naudziunas/Harvest Public Media)
Regular beef shoppers might have to turn to less expensive protein like pork and chicken until the cattle industry recovers from a profit-squeezing crisis that has kicked up beef prices. (Jessica Naudziunas/Harvest Public Media)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.