Corn has been good to farmers. Helping fuel a boom in the ag sector. And as this yearâ€™s record corn forecast indicates, Midwestern farmers canâ€™t seem to plant enough of the grain. Even with concerns growing about the effectiveness of todayâ€™s high-tech genetically engineered seeds, farmers arenâ€™t backing down.
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.
This week:Â 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. Â
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.
Two roads diverge in the U.S. beef industry. Americans are buying more alternatively raised meat â€” organic, natural, grass-fed and the like â€“ but most large-scale cattle producers in the Midwest are not cashing in on the trend.
Demand for â€˜alternatively raised meatâ€™ seems like an opportunity for farmers in the Midwest. But itâ€™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.