drought

Agriculture
8:50 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Livestock farmers seek safety net, while Washington politics delay aid

Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Farmers growing crops have insurance to ward off the financial failure of their season during this terrible drought. But there’s no safety net like that in place for livestock producers. And any emergency aid is tied up in Washington politics.

The rock and the hard place where Stacey McCallister now sits looks like this:

Rock: McCallister’s herd of 200 dairy cattle in south central Missouri have feed for about the next 60 days.

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Transportation
8:13 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Nixon says state observing river levels for shipping

The Missouri River near Rocheport, Mo.
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Governor Jay Nixon (D) says his administration is keeping tabs on river levels along the Missouri and Mississippi as drought conditions persist across the state.  He indicates that the Missouri River may be in worse shape.

“I think that the challenges on the Missouri are a little more significant than the Mississippi," Nixon said at a gathering Wednesday in Jefferson City.  "Minnesota has had a fair amount of rain in that part of the country, but we’re watching those issues very carefully.”

Weather
7:57 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Report shows Midwest is heating up

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According to a new study, the Midwest is getting hotter. With this summer's record-breaking temperatures, that probably doesn't sound like news.

But a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows our hot weather isn't an anomaly - things have been heating up across the Midwest for the past six decades.

The study found that on average, some Midwestern cities like St. Louis now have twice the number of very hot, humid, summer days as it did in the 1940s. Nighttime temperatures are also on the rise, and heat waves of three or more days are becoming more common.

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PM Newscasts
6:05 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Newscast for July 31, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Mo. Supreme Court throws out caps on medical malpractice
  • State Supreme Court upholds fiscal notes for ballot initiatives
  • USDA releases crops progress report
  • Columbia Airport adds flights to Atlanta
Intersection
5:15 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The drought and its impact

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Rivers
8:53 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Mo. River gets boost from northern reservoirs

The Missouri River near Rocheport, Mo.
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The same reservoirs in northern states that were blamed for last year's flooding on the Missouri River are now giving the river a boost during a severe drought.

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AM Newscasts
8:22 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Newscast for Friday, July 27, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Intense demand prompts Nixon to announce more water funding for farmers
  • MU Faculty call to postpone press shutdown
  • Drought puts cows in Midwest at risk of nitrate poisoning
Drought
8:13 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Intense demand prompts Nixon to announce more water funding for farmers

(via Flickr/KOMUnews/Malory Ensor)

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 4:16 pm

More money is being put into an emergency program to aid farmers and ranchers battling water shortages in Missouri.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has added $5 million to the $2 million set aside for crop and livestock producers who want to drill new wells or deepen existing ones during the ongoing drought.  More than 600 applications have been sent in since the program’s announcement on Tuesday.

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Business
4:40 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Drought brings misery to Arkansas River basin

Dan Henrichs, a cattle rancher on the High Line Canal in Avondale, Colo., is also the local ditch superintendent. Most irrigation canals near his ranch have run dry
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

Drought has set in early and hard across the Midwest, parching the Arkansas River basin. The river trickling out of the mountains is dry before it reaches some of the major agricultural uses downstream. And the drought is torching crops, sapping tourism and threatening supplies of drinking water.

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Agriculture
5:51 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

More water, faster for farmers under state drought measures

Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

As the dry conditions and excessive heat continue to bear down on Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday to announce emergency assistance for farmers who need access to water.

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Weather
5:13 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Drought causes Missouri state of emergency

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared an emergency because of the recent drought.

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PM Newscasts
6:19 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Newscast for July 20, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nixon seeks to allow Mo. farmers to graze animals
  • After Colorado shooting, Missouri lawmaker wants to restart conversation on gun laws
  • Flags surround church in honor of fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt
Agriculture
6:08 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Nixon seeks to allow Mo. farmers to graze animals

KBIA File Photo

Gov. Jay Nixon is urging Missouri soil and water districts to allow farmers to briefly graze their animals on livestock exclusion areas.

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Weather
5:41 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

NOAA predicts dry, hot weather will linger

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Federal weather forecasters predict the unusually hot dry weather that has gripped much of the nation will linger into fall, especially for the parched heartland.

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Agriculture
5:15 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hoop barns becoming more common in Midwest

Brent Bryant, managing director of Beef Hoop Systems, keeps cattle under a hoop barn at his company's research farm
Rick Frederickson for Harvest Public Media

Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.

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Weather
9:40 am
Wed July 18, 2012

24 heat deaths in Missouri since June

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The death of an 89-year-old St. Louis County man is blamed on the heat, bringing the number of heat-related deaths in Missouri to 24 since June.

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Drought
9:08 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Mo. offers faster loans for farmers in drought

Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel
Office of Treasurer

Farmers suffering from this summer's dry, hot weather could get some help through the state treasurer's office.

Treasurer Clint Zweifel says he is offering emergency 24-hour approvals of low-interest loans through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program because of the drought conditions.

Under the program, the state deposits money at low rates in banks, which in turn can supply low-interest loans to farmers or businesses. Zweifel says it normally takes about 10 days to approve a deposit for a loan, but that can be speeded up in emergencies.

Agriculture
12:42 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Entire state of Mo. now federal agricultural disaster area

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 4:29 pm

Updated with comments from McCaskill conference call.

The entire state of Missouri is now a federal agriculture disaster area.

Seventeen of the state's counties, mostly in the Bootheel, had already received that declaration. Today's announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture extends that declaration to the other 97 counties and the city of St. Louis.

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Agriculture
8:23 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Mo. governor to tour drought-stricken areas

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon is traveling the state to survey damage from Missouri's hot, dry summer.

Nixon planned to meet with farmers and local officials Tuesday in Lewis County in northeast Missouri, in Atchison County in northwest Missouri and in Polk County in southwest Missouri. The governor is to be joined by the state's agriculture director.

Agriculture
9:18 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Mo. officials use Facebook to share drought info

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Missouri agriculture officials are using social media to share information about this summer's lack of rain, extreme heat and wildfires.

The University of Missouri Extension is encouraging people and groups to post on a Facebook page devoted to the drought. It's the latest effort to use Facebook to respond to disasters.

Facebook pages also were set up after last year's flooding and the tornados in Joplin and Branson.

AM Newscasts
1:57 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Newscast for July 13, 2012

Missouri Redistricting Office

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Farmers talk drought at MU field day
  • State House candidates face off in Columbia
  • Nixon vetoes controversial contraception bill
Agriculture
9:25 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Farmers talk drought at MU field day

Irrigation waters a field of soybeans at Bradford Research Center outside Columbia, Mo. on August 12, 2012.
Camille Phillips Harvest Public Media

Missouri is in the midst of the worst drought since 1988 – that was the buzz on the MU campus yesterday, as more than 200 farmers and researchers gathered for the annual Pest Management Field Day. Although they came to learn about the latest research on pesticides and herbicides, conversation frequently turned to the bone-dry conditions on Missouri's farms.

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Agriculture
4:25 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

USDA streamlines drought disaster assistance

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is streamlining the process for farmers to apply for government disaster help as crops in many states burn up in the widest drought in nearly 25 years.

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Agriculture
4:25 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Drought conditions prompt disaster declaration request

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:27 pm

Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to declare 114 Missouri counties agriculture disaster areas because of drought conditions.

Nixon's office says in a release that if the counties are designated as agriculture disasters, farmers in those counties would be able to receive assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency. The federal aid would also include emergency loans for losses to crops and livestock from the ongoing drought.

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Weather
12:11 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Columbia asks for less water use while it repairs equipment

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Columbia Water and Light is asking its customers to cut down on their water use between now and 6 o’ clock Saturday morning.

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Weather
8:56 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Hot, dry conditions bring mixed forecast for Missouri wine producers

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Missouri winemakers are watching their grape vines carefully this summer.

A little stress can positively effect grape quality, but as wine experts are concerned this year’s heat and drought may be too much. 

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Agriculture
8:55 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Crops hurting in dry, hot weather

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High heat and a lack of rain have taken a big toll on Missouri corn and soybean crops, with nearly half of both reported in poor to very poor condition.

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Agriculture
10:32 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Farm service assesses impact of heat wave

Drought conditions could have significant impact on crops
Kecko Flickr

The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is beginning an assessment of damages inflicted upon Missouri livestock and crops by recent high temperatures across the state.

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PM Newscasts
5:59 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Newscast for February 24, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • State Senate map preliminarily approved
  • Fulton superintendent says no more budget cuts this year
  • Columbia educator honored in documentary
  • Protest against Tiger Town in downtown Columbia
  • Last year's drought impacting this year crops
Agriculture
4:23 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Missouri still dealing with last year's drought

Kecko Flickr

In 2011, Missouri experienced its worst drought season since the 1950s, causing a shortage of grains and lowering the quality of feed for livestock.

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