Agriculture

Agriculture
3:00 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Grillers beware: Drought driving beef prices up

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If you've experienced sticker shock shopping for ground beef or steak recently, be prepared for an entire summer of high beef prices.

Multi-year droughts in states that produce most of the country's beef cattle have driven up costs to historic highs. Last year, ranchers culled deep into their herds — some even liquidated all their cattle — which pushed the U.S. cattle herd to its lowest point since the 1950s.

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Agriculture
5:20 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

My Farm Roots: In hip Brooklyn, Missouri native connects with farm past

On the Brooklyn rooftop garden she helps maintain, Missouri native Monica Johnson says she's not afraid to show her farm roots.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This story is part of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, a series from KBIA Radio's partner Harvest Public Media that chronicles Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

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Agriculture
7:08 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Senate passes farm bill

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The U.S. Senate approved a new comprehensive farm bill Monday, its plan for everything from food and nutrition assistance to disaster aid for livestock producers to crop insurance for farmers. But before you go popping champagne corks and celebrating the creation of five-years of agricultural policy, know this: The U.S. House has yet to weigh in.

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Agriculture
5:07 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mo. department of agriculture warns against spread of pine shoot beetles

The pine beetle is a destructive, invasive species of that feeds on the shoots of pine trees.
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  The Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced an expansion of a quarantine area on pine products to Adair and Clark counties. The quarantine prohibits the distribution of pine products as an attempt to reduce the spread of the Pine Shoot Beetles.  

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Agriculture
9:23 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Field Notes: How are decisions made about projects that benefit rural America?

Doug O'Brien, acting undersecretary for the USDA's rural development program.
Credit Photo courtesy of the USDA.

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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Agriculture
4:46 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Agricultural lenders at MU symposium discuss industry changes

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The two-day Emerging Issues in Agricultural Lending Symposium at MU ended Thursday. This is the second year for the symposium, which gathered a variety of agricultural lenders such as loan officers, credit analysists, regulators and board members.

The symposium brought in experts to speak to lenders on challenges the agriculture industry is currently facing and possible solutions.

Symposium Director Joe Horner says the symposium gives an opportunity for experts to share changes with lenders and for lenders to have a chance to share their ideas.

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Agriculture
4:38 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Picture this: Sustainabilty in action

Lexicon of Sustainability founder Douglas Gayeton photographs Ames High sophomore Will Weber photographing a high tunnel at Berry Patch Farm in Nevada, Iowa.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Inside a high tunnel at Berry Patch farm near Nevada, Iowa, strawberry baskets hang overhead and tomato plants stand tall already laden with fruit. Farm manager Lee Matteson picks several zucchini. Then, he stands there, holding the fresh squash while Will Weber, a sophomore environmental science student from Ames High School, takes a series of photographs.  Beside Weber, and holding another impressive-looking camera, Douglas Gayeton also takes pictures—and issues advice and suggestions to Weber.

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Agriculture
4:29 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

At the farmers market, with food stamps

April Segura, of Lincoln, Neb., uses her SNAP benefits to shop at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market with her sons Jalen, 5, and Jeriel, 1.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

April Segura is a regular at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, Neb. On a warm, May afternoon, the single, stay-at-home mother of three greeted friends and acquaintances while strolling past tables of lettuce and herbs. She hoped to find more asparagus for sale.

“I love asparagus season and it’s probably about to be over,” said Segura, holding two grocery bags with one arm and her one-year-old son, Jeriel, with the other.

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Agriculture
5:19 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

12 Mo. counties eligible for disaster assistance

St. Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam 25 in Winfield, Mo., Apr. 20, 2013.
Credit Angie Smith/U.S. Missouri Army Corps of Engineers / Flickr

Farmers in a dozen Missouri counties could be eligible for emergency loans through the U.S. Agriculture Department for damage from severe spring weather.

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Agriculture
8:34 am
Mon June 3, 2013

New MU website helps farmers track rainfall and nitrogen loss

Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

A University of Missouri plant scientist has launched a website that allows crop producers to track rainfall and the risk of nitrogen loss during the spring seasons. 

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Agriculture
9:21 am
Wed May 29, 2013

State and campus leaders meet with Vietnamese ambassador, urging increased trade, student presence

Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong met with state and regional leaders to discuss trade and educational opportunities between Vietnam and Missouri, at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, on the campus of the University of Missouri, Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
Credit Andrew Kauffman / KBIA

The Vietnamese ambassador to the United States is visiting Missouri for the first time this week to discuss trade opportunities and student growth.

Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong met with US Congressmember Vicky Hartzler, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid and University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe to discuss the opportunities for trade between Missouri and Vietnam.

During the discussion, Hartzler noted that the demand for agricultural products in Vietnam presents an opportunity for Missouri producers.

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Agriculture
12:47 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Smithsonian plows into farming history

In the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's staging area, curator Peter Liebhold shows off some of the artifacts he's been collecting from farms all over rural America for the museum's upcoming 'American Enterprise' exhibition.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Visitors to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. only get small glimpses of farming, such as a mural display of immigrant farmworkers planting crops in a 19th century California town. The museum once had an Agriculture Hall, but it was removed in 2006.

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Agriculture
7:57 am
Tue May 28, 2013

New licensing rules ease requirements for farmers market egg vendors

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture says it has lessened licensing requirements for farmers' market merchants and roadside vendors selling eggs more directly to consumers.

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Agriculture
9:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Field Notes: Looking inside plants for answers to a changing climate

The 2013 Water for Food Conference featured speakers from around the globe discussing the impact of climate change on agriculture.
Credit Photo by Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

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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Agriculture
1:52 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

USDA releases labeling rule for meat

Under new USDA rules, products like this will need to carry a label that will notify consumers where the animals from which their meat was derived were born, raised and slaughtered.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

Consumers may soon know more about where their meat comes from because of a long-debated change made by the US Department of Agriculture on Thursday.

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Agriculture
5:29 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Federal funds flow to rural communities

Staunton, Ill., Mayor Craig Neuhaus, left, checks out the town’s new water plant with Hank Fey, a public works director
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

In the small town of Staunton, Ill., the new $9 million water plant is a welcome addition. After all, when the 80-year-old facility it replaces seized up last year, the community’s 5,000 residents were without water for five days. 

But for Staunton’s part-time mayor Craig Neuhaus, the plant represents more than water security. He expects the water system upgrade to help bring business to this town about 40 miles north of St. Louis.  

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Agriculture
11:46 am
Tue May 21, 2013

How would you vote on Missouri’s ‘Right-to-Farm’ amendment?

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Next year, Missouri voters will get a chance to consider a controversial constitutional amendment that would affirm the rights of farmers to engage in "modern" farming and ranching practices.

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Agriculture
4:24 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

5 things you should know about the genetically modified food you’re probably eating

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 3:56 pm

Would you feed your family genetically modified food? Chances are, you already have.

On Thursday's Central Standard, the science behind genetically modified (GMO) and genetically engineered (GE) food. The guests:

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Agriculture
5:44 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Conservation acres harder to come by

Iowa farmer John Berdo stands atop one of the terraces that helps control water flow on his crop fields. Terraces are one of many conservation measures Berdo employs.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

At a basin in central Iowa’s Onion Creek Watershed, Sean McCoy pulls a state truck up near a brand-new wetland. It looks like a construction zone, with lots of bare earth.

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Agriculture
4:42 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. lawmakers pass farm constitutional amendment

USDA

The Missouri House and Senate have passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee farmers and ranchers the right to farm and ranch using "modern methods."

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Agriculture
1:20 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Field Notes: Marking the fifth anniversary of the Postville, Iowa raid

Filmmaker Luis Argueta discusses his documentary "AbUSed: The Postville Raid."
Credit Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

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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Agriculture
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

It's tough going right now for Missouri, Illinois corn growers

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Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 7:54 am

Farmers in Missouri, Illinois and much of the Midwest are having a tough time getting their corn planted.

The US Department of Agriculture says in Illinois just 7 percent of the corn crop is in the ground; while in Missouri it’s 22 percent.

Usually, nearly half of the nation’s corn has been planted by this time.

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Agriculture
5:29 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Who Paid For Last Summer's Drought? You Did

Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field near Fritchton, Ind., last summer.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:10 pm

Say the words "crop insurance" and most people start to yawn. For years, few nonfarmers knew much about these government-subsidized insurance policies, and even fewer found any fault with them. After all, who could criticize a safety net for farmers that saves them from getting wiped out by floods or drought?

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Agriculture
12:36 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Tiny variations the key to better wheat at MU research farm [video]

Each section (marked out in brackets) represents a different variety of wheat.
Credit Cade Cleavelin / KBIA

At MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center, researchers are testing thousands of genetically unique variations of wheat. They'll ultimately insert the best of them into the market as more productive, profitable wheat varieties.

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Agriculture
12:52 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Field Notes: 'The Midwest Farmer's Daughter'

Kay Emerich and her daughters Amber and Natasha run a small dairy in Wheaton, Kan.
Kathleen Masterson/Harvest Public Media

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.

For this edition of Field Notes, Harvest Public Media's Bill Wheelhouse spoke with Zachary Michael Jack, author "The Midwest Farmer's Daughter," about the shifting landscape of rural America.

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Agriculture
5:37 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Potato industry banks on 'Linda'

The U.S. Potato Board is spending about $4 million annually on a marketing campaign targeting shoppers.
Credit Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

At a Fort Collins, Colo., grocery store, Kristin Mastre paused for a minute in front a large bin of Russet and red potatoes. She picked out a few handfuls and continued on, her two boys, Carter, 4, and Logan, 7, in tow.

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Agriculture
4:59 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

This little piggy has a market niche

When these baby pigs get bigger, Iowa farmer Randy Hilleman will move them from this nursery to an open-ended hoop house where they can move between indoors and out.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

There’s more than one way to sell a pig.

And when the hog market plunged to 8 cents a pound in 1998, Iowa producer Randy Hilleman decided it was time to make a change. Hilleman raises Berkshire pigs, a breed that’s fattier than traditional pigs and costs a little more to raise. Back then, that was hurting him.

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Agriculture
12:46 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

MU researchers offer farmers tips to improve soil

Olson planted a cover crop of oats to hold this flooded soil in place, but even weeds are growing poorly.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

After the historic drought last year, farmers realized more than ever the importance of drought resistant soil.

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Agriculture
1:58 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Want To Forage In Your City? There's A Map For That

Falling Fruit tells you where you can pick peaches and other foods free for the taking around the world.
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Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 10:25 am

If you really love your peaches and want to shake a tree, there's a map to help you find one. That goes for veggies, nuts, berries and hundreds of other edible plant species, too.

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Agriculture
5:35 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Seed companies fight to maintain independence

A robotic arm loads seed bags onto pallets for shipment at Burrus Seed Company, an independent seed company in rural Illinois.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

The window in Tom Burrus’ office gives him a good look at the wide expanse of Illinois River bottomland where his company produces seed corn for farmers across Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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