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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
7:12 am
Thu January 19, 2012

FDA challenging the use of antibiotics in animals

Cows on Sally Angell's farm in Missouri eat feed without antibiotics.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

The Food and Drug Administration is publishing an order this month that limits the way farmers can use certain antibiotics to treat animals, and eggs.

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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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KCUR's Up to Date
3:44 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Nutrition facts: What do those labels mean?

NuVal scores on orange juice at a Hyvee grocery store in Columbia, MO.
Jessica Naudziunas KBIA

If you've been to a Hy-Vee grocery store recently, chances are you've seen some numbers right next to the price of an item of food.

It's a "NuVal" - a nutritional value placed on each and every food product. 

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Under the Microscope
4:39 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

The changing fast food menu

Chain restaurants will soon be required to list calorie information on their menu.
Grant Gerlock/NET News

This week on the episode: fast food chains may soon be forced to disclose health information on their menus. Plus, a surging student population places pressure on the mental health counselors at the University of Missouri.

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Business Beat
4:46 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Proposed child labor changes questioned on the farm

MacKenzie Lewis, 15, pulls weed-control plastic up from a watermelon field on Julie and Scott Wilber's farm near Boone, Iowa.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

This week: Missouri could gain over two hundred thousand jobs by the 2025, and the Department of Labor proposed new regulations on kids working on the farm who are under 16.

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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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Business Beat
4:43 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Digging up controversy

Barrett Materials' quarry in New Haven, Mo (seen here) is the only one the company owns currently. The company's proposed quarry in Belle, Mo. has prompted local residents to appeal to the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission
Sydney Miller KBIA

This week, our stories have to do with two different controversies surrounding going underground.: a new quarry, and "fracking."

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Business Beat
11:53 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Struggling Infrastructure in the Midwest

Ron Bartlet feeds the ducks he keeps on his small Iowa farm.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

This week: we look at how diversity in Missouri can lead to better business and how struggling Midwest infrastructure can affect you at the grocery store.  

By: Nick Adams 

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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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Business Beat
4:14 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Still farming despite disability

Many farmers find combines like these indispensable. Bill Sandquist's combine is specially outfitted so it's easy for him to use.
The Knowles Gallery Flickr

Business Beat looks at economic and business news around mid-Missouri. Starting this week, we’re adding another voice into the mix. Business Beat will be a platform for weekly reporting from Harvest Public Media. Harvest is a network of reporters across  five states reporting on the topics of food, fuel and field.

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Exam
2:40 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Missouri a leader in agriculture education

Dylan Lyle, a junior at Tuscumbia High School, waters rows of hanging and potted plants.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

This week on Exam, we take a look at Agriculture Education in Missouri. Plus, student athletes at Truman State University are being recognized for academic success.

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Harvest Public Media
11:00 am
Mon December 5, 2011

You are what your food eats

Cows on Sally Angell's farm in Centralia, Mo., eat a diet of hay and grass supplemented with a plant-based grain feed.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

According to a study from the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, Americans consume a lot of meat, and the quality of the meat products is directly linked to animal feeding management. So, if you’re an average eater who chows down on over six ounces of meat daily, consider checking out the nutrition content on the animal feed label.

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Under the Microscope
3:21 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Getting stuck in a food desert

Onega's business district was left without a grocery store when its old market burned down in December 2010.
Sylvia Maria Gross Harvest Public Media

Rural America is losing its grocery stores. Many parts of the United States, and large swaths of rural Missouri, are now classified as ‘food deserts’, areas where residents lack access to affordable food.

But as Harvest Public Media's Sylvia Maria Gross reports, some small towns are finding creative ways deal with the problem.

Plus: Nancy Sutley is President Obama’s principal environmental advisor and the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Business Beat
4:18 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Growing organic is the way to go

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KBIA's Ryan Famuliner talks with Columbia Daily Tribune reporter Rudi Keller about the latest in the Mamtek hearing.  Plus, talk about a cash crop.  A recent study suggests organic crops could bring in more money per acre.

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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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Harvest Public Media
12:00 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Failure of budget deficit process scuttles farm bill

 

Phillip Brasher, reporter for the Des Moines Register, reports that the failure of the congressional super committee to come up with a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit throws in doubt the future of federal crop subsidies after next year.

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Agriculture
9:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Some farmers look Beyond Organic

There's a division within the organic food movement.
Sarah Cady Flickr

By Jeremy Bernfeld (Harvest Public Media)

Some organic farmers don’t want to have their products labeled Certified Organic. For them, the Certified Organic label doesn’t go far enough. They want to go Beyond Organic.

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Agriculture
1:05 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

What does sustainable mean to you?

The sun sets over William Powers' farm in Ceresco, Neb.
Photo by William Powers Harvest Network

Despite this being harvest season, I’ve been pestering farmers with theoretical questions about food and agriculture labels.

Here’s something I’ve learned: If there’s one thing to guarantee a lengthy conversation with an ag-minded person, regardless of his or her crop harvesting schedule, it might be on the farm labels.

I’ve also learned that there comes a point when slapping a pithy saying on an agricultural method is a detriment to understanding just how a farmer does his job.

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Agriculture
11:18 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Looking for work, some veterans become rookie farmers

Garrett Dwyer, a Marine veteran who turned to ranching in Nebraska after working with the Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots program.
Bill Kelly NET Radio

By Jeremy Bernfeld (Harvest Public Media)

 

WANTED: A dedicated worker familiar with intense physical labor. Must possess the ability to organize, anticipate pitfalls and plan ahead. Only those comfortable with individual responsibility and leadership skills need apply.

A want-ad for a farmer or a member of the military? 

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Harvest Public Media
9:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Report slams government crop insurance payments

This year 83 percent of farmed acres carried revenue insurance.
Rastoney Flickr

By Kathleen Masterson (Harvest Public Media)

Far too many tax dollars are going directly into the pockets of private crop insurers, according to  a new report from a noted economist who helped design the government’s initial revenue crop insurance program in the 1990s.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:05 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Under the Microscope: November 10, 2011

Kansas farmer Jason Ochs still has to man his tractor to plant winter wheat. If an autonomous tractor were planting the wheat, Ochs would be free to attend to his corn and sorghum, and prepare for the winter freeze.
Eric Durban Harvest Pubic Media

This week on the show: a popular conservation program may fall victim to the 2012 Farm Bill. Plus, robot tractors.

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Agriculture
9:00 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Cleanliness key to preventing grain explosions

Mourners created a makeshift memorial to victims of the grain explosion in Atchinson, KS, near the site of the blast.
Dan Verbeck KCUR Public Radio

By Jeremy Bernfeld (Harvest Public Media)

State investigators are still investigating the cause of the explosion at a grain elevator in Atchinson, KS, which killed six people Oct. 29.

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Agriculture
3:58 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Nope, we can't blame the farm bill for making us fat

Bigstock image

By Kathleen Masterson (Harvest Public Media)

Politicians aren't the only ones taking aim at farm subsidies these days. Some public health groups and foodies say subsidies drive overproduction of corn and soybeans.  And that, they say, enables the production of cheap fast food.   

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Business Beat
3:51 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Business Beat: Nov. 2, 2011

Jefferson City Corn Field
Adventurer Dustin Holmes Flickr

This week: Special Session ended last week with many questions still unanswered, and farmers are doing everything they can to hold on to government subsidies for crop insurance.

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Business Beat
6:14 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Business Beat: October 26, 2011

MacKenzie Lewis, 15, pulls weed-control plastic up from a watermelon field on Julie and Scott Wilber's farm near Boone, Iowa.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

This week: Missouri could gain over two hundred thousand jobs by the 2025, and the Department of Labor proposed new regulations on kids working on the farm who are under 16. 

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Science, Health and Technology
9:10 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 8, 2011

The Toxic Teens readjust their robot.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

This week, we hear from a Washington University virologist whose made it his mission to combat bio-terrorism. Plus: robots!

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:21 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Under the Microscope: September 1, 2011

This week, we take a look at the tricky link between farm policy and obesity. Plus, the State Veterinarian talks about what his office does – and why it’s important.

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

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Business
6:21 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Business Beat: August 24, 2011

This week: corn production is way down this year, and it’s affecting the prices of other commodities, too. Plus, an update on the special session of the state legislature, and the state’s credit rating.

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