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5:16 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Army Corps of Engineers to Change Approach to Managing Missouri River

Aerial photos of the Missouri river flooding in Sioux City, Iowa, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, on June 8, 2011.
Tech. Sgt. Oscar Sanchez USDA Flickr

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that it’s changing its short-term approach to managing water levels on the Missouri River, following devastating flooding this summer in Missouri, Iowa and North Dakota. 

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The Salt
2:53 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

When Taking The Pollen Out Of Honey Makes A Sticky Mess

A report says that pollen is often filtered out of honey sold in the U.S., which could make it hard to determine if the honey came from a safe place.
Ellen Webber/NPR

Allegedly, there's a tsunami washing up on American shores. It originates in Chinese beehives and the American beekeepers who've spotted it are hopping mad.

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Agriculture
6:07 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Rangers Fighting Mark Twain Forest Fires

Three hundred more acres of Mark Twain National Forest in Salem have burned since last night, in a fire that has burned 5,000 acres since Tuesday afternoon.

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The Salt
1:25 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Should Farm Kids Be Allowed To Drive A Tractor? Some Say It's Too Dangerous

Drew Wilber, 14, works on his parents' 20-acre farm near Boone, Iowa, during his day off from school on Columbus Day.
Peggy Lowe for NPR

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 6:11 pm

For a lot of farm kids, "learning to drive" means learning to drive a tractor before ever driving a car.

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Harvest Public Media
3:29 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

The Other Side of the Food Label

What do food labels really say about what's inside? (Photo by Boris Mann (bmann)/Flickr.com)
Photo by Boris Mann (bmann) Flickr.com

A free-range chicken isn’t a free-agent. It may only spend a portion of its day in the great outdoors. The rest of the time? Anywhere but a cage. Though, that information is not something you'll find spelled out for you on a package of chicken breast. On this week's Field Notes: really listening to what food labels say, or don't say.

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The Salt
9:01 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Chefs Say Variety Meats, Or Offal, Aren't Just For Halloween

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Chef Daniel O'Brien slices the pig ear terrine he made for the "Scary Bits" dinner at his Season Pantry supper club in Washington, D.C.

Melissa Forsyth for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 1:02 pm

On the surface, it's easy to dismiss this menu as a mere Halloween stunt: duck hearts, cow tongues, lamb kidneys, pig ears and even testicles.

But chef Daniel O'Brien, who runs the Seasonal Pantry supper club in Washington, D.C., and hosted a "Scary Bits" dinner this weekend, is one of a growing number of innovative American chefs who are incorporating "variety meats," or offal, into everyday menus.

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Agriculture
6:03 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Bison in North Missouri

Some of the rarest of all North American Bison have now arrived at their new home in north Missouri.

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Agriculture
5:49 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Army Corps Recieving Criticism on May Flood

At the fourth in a series of public input sessions Thursday night in Jefferson City, farmers and representatives of lawmakers shared opinions and criticism on how the corps handled the historic flooding last May, June and July.

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The Salt
10:37 am
Fri October 28, 2011

When Forgettable Salads Cause A Deadly Outbreak

Would you remember exactly what was in this salad more than a week after eating it?

Luciana Bueno Santos (LuBueno) iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 2:31 pm

Consider the last time you ordered a salad at a restaurant. What, precisely, was in it? Chances are you'll remember the biggest, brightest ingredients, like the lettuce, the tomato, maybe the grilled chicken.

But will you remember the little bits — the nuts, berries or toppings? In an age when salads increasingly aspire to be confetti-like piles of artistic greatness, you'd be pardoned if you didn't take note every morsel.

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Agriculture
5:12 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

MO Department of Agriculture Awards Grant to Local Businesses

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $1 million in grants to local agricultural businesses. The funding will help businesses conduct studies to find the best way to turn by-products into more valuable end-products.

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The Two-Way
2:59 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Crash Leaves 5,000 Chickens On Northern Calif. Highway

About 5,000 chickens spilled onto Northern California's I-80.

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Commuters on Northern California's I-80, which connects the Bay Area to Sacramento, saw something unexpected early this morning. Two rigs collided and about 5,000 chickens spilled onto the highway near Vacaville.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Destemmed, crushed, fermented and aged

Missouri is home to almost 400 vineyards that employ thousands of agricultural workers who pick, crush and nurture grapes like the Norton, the official state grape. Around $60 million worth of Missouri wine is sold each year. Today on Field Notes, we ask an expert to taste a little of that wine.

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Agriculture
12:00 am
Thu October 13, 2011

Mo Prisioners Find Way to Harvest for Food Pantry

Missouri inmates have a green thumb when it comes to growing fruits and vegetables.
By Laura Davidson (Columbia, Mo.)

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri September 30, 2011

What's up with peanut butter

Peanut butter prices are up — and likely to increase again.
Edward Todd iStockphoto.com

How much you are willing to pay for your favorite sandwich? If it has peanut butter in it, you may soon be recalculating. A looming shortage of U.S. peanuts is causing the price of peanut butter to soar. Even if you're willing to pay more for peanut butter, you should know what's driving up the cost of this American staple food. Listen to this episode of Fields Notes for the answer.

Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Tending to a rambunctious garden

Author and environmental journalist Emma Marris writes about the shifting trend in nature conservation methodology in her book "Rambunctious Garden."
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Think of the most natural, pristine place you've ever visited. You might envision a national forest or state park. These locales provide a landscape of solace, peace and quiet. We relate to these getaways as pure, real nature that's managed to stay untouched through centuries of human intervention. Now imagine your favorite hiking path or placid lake as a construction of wildlife: an outdoors reality based on someone else's idea of an anti-urban, off-the-beaten-path wilderness. On this episode of Field Notes, we explore nature conservation with environmental journalist Emma Marris.

Agriculture
12:00 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Missouri Farmers Eligible for Flood Disaster Funds

Floods plagued Missouri farmers in 2011 – but now they are getting some relief.

By Matt Noonan (Columbia, Mo.)

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Agriculture
12:00 am
Fri September 16, 2011

The USDA’s beef with E. coli

The Circle A Angus Ranch feedlot in Huntsville, Mo. is the last place these cows will live before they're sent to processing plants in Kansas.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

The US Department of Agriculture this week announced it will test for more deadly strains of E. coli in ground beef beginning March 2012.

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Agriculture
12:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

More than a little dry: widespread drought in Missouri and Kansas

The second warmest summer on record is coming to a close, but states like Texas and Kansas are still gripped by high temperatures and extremely low rainfall.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Sun September 11, 2011

More than a little dry

Inside the University of Missouri's drought simulator, or a massive greenhouse on wheels, where crop scientists are mimicking high temperature, low rainfall conditions to research a stronger, drought resistant plant.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

The second warmest summer on record is coming to a close, but states like Texas and Kansas are still gripped by high temperatures and extremely low rainfall. Now, the drought has spread north to southwestern Missouri where farmers in the parched Ozark foothills haven't seen real moisture since May.

Agriculture
12:00 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Columbia Recieves Urban Ag Grant

A $20 thousand grant will be used in an effort to advance urban agriculture and healthy food systems in Columbia.By Mychaela Bruner  (Columbia, Mo.)

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Young farmers peddle vegetables on the street

Columbia bar manager Jesse Garcia holds a petit pan squash after purchasing it from Quail Bone Farm cyclists Justin Robertson and Katie Thorn.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

When it comes to selling produce, farmers have a few options. There are grocery stores, then there are farmers markets. In Kansas City, mobile markets are even cropping up. Check out that story, here. Now, we bring you barebones farmers on wheels. Road bikes are the preferred form of travel and mode of commerce for the operators of Quail Bone Farm in Columbia, Mo.

Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri August 19, 2011

For the love of food and foodies

Genell Pridgen is a partner in the Nebraska Environmental Action Coalition’s Mobile Meat Processing Project. She led tours through an empty unit at Farm Aid, and says this is one way for to keep food grown and raised in one place, eaten in the same area.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Farm Aid’s “Homegrown Village” is a sort of cheesy title for something that’s really simple, and from what I saw and heard, rare.

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Agriculture
12:00 am
Fri August 12, 2011

We hear it for Farm Aid

Farm Aid

Farm Aid, the music festival to benefit American family farmers, is in its 26th year. With this year’s concert scheduled for Aug. 13 in Kansas City, Kan., it’s a good time to review the event’s relevancy. What began as a response to a farm crisis has changed over time, but the goal is the same: Support farmers who are struggling.

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Agriculture
12:00 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Under the Microscope: November 11, 2010

Members of the Missouri chapter of the Walnut Council took a hayride during their fall meeting on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 in Polo, Missouri. They viewed a number of different tree management techniques and learned about ideal conditions in which to grow.
Lauren Hasler

Thousand Cankers Disease could create a $850 million problem for the state of Missouri. MU’s John Faaborg uses tail feathers to track migrating birds on “Call of the Wild.”

Hosted By Rebecca Wolfson (Columbia, MO)

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