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Under the Microscope
7:11 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Managing the Missouri River

Soybeans planted in previously flooded areas near the Missouri River in Atchison County, Mo., poke up through the silt.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear about efforts to manage the Missouri River.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:06 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Control of Missouri River divides communities

Jim Redmond, with the Northwest Iowa Sierra Club, stands along the Missouri River in Sioux City, Iowa. Redmond said the river could handle the rainfall of the 2011 flood, but not when it’s cutoff from the flood plain.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

Along a vast stretch of the Missouri River, the floodwaters that ravished homes, businesses and farms last year are not a distant memory.

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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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Business Beat
5:26 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Farmers stick with corn despite challenges

Clay Masters Iowa Public Radio

This week on the show: Columbia’s City Manager talks about the direction of the local economy. Plus, farmers continue to plant corn despite failing efforts to combat rootworm.

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Harvest Public Media
2:12 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Liberal arts degrees grow jobs at Con Agra

Technology and hands-on computer skills are important assets for most job seekers in today’s economy.

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Business Beat
2:06 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Business Beat: Liberal arts degrees turning into ag jobs

This week: KBIA spoke with a director of the center of Agro Forestry at the University of Missouri on why the state isn't using biomass as a renewable energy source. Plus, one company is hiring people with degrees you wouldn't expect.

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Business Beat
12:18 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Business Beat: FDA challenging the use of antibiotics in animals

Sgt. Jay Larrew, with the Nebraska National Guard, works with an Afghan beekeeper to evaluate hive vigor.
Vaughn Hammond UNL Extension
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This week:  Harvest Public Media speaks with a University of Nebraska Educator who just returned from Afghanistan where he helped teach Afghanis farming techniques, and the FDA is looking to change the way Cephalosporins are used for animals.  

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Business Beat
5:41 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Debugging the Monsanto corn issue

This picture of severe rootworm damage was taken in September in a corn field in north-central Illinois.
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This week: Rootworm is causing a headache for some farmers who thought they already had a fix for that problem. Plus, a university of Missouri study takes a look at the impact economic strains have on middle class families.

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Under the Microscope
5:40 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Remaking school lunches

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

This week on the show: your child's school lunches aren't likely to get much healthier anytime soon. Plus: why you should still get the flu vaccine.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

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.

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Business
4:23 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Business Beat: November 23, 2011

Prescott Frost kneels in a small herd of his cattle near his ranch south of Bassett, Neb.
Hilary Stohs-Krause NET

Demand for ‘alternatively raised meat’ seems like an opportunity for farmers in the Midwest. But it’s not a booming industry in the region just yet. Plus, an update on the effort to bring broadband internet to rural areas of Missouri.

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