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Business
1:46 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Railroad Looking to Roll Again

Unused for years, the train tracks at the Farmers' Co-op Association in Forest City, Iowa, are set to see rail cars again soon.
Dean Borg Harvest Public Media

It’s been seven years since folks around Forest City, Iowa, have heard a train whistle on the nearby tracks. But Iowa Northern locomotives will soon be switching railcars alongside the towering grain silos at the town’s co-op elevator.

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Business
1:38 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Dairy Farmers Looking for Change

Cows at Terry Van Maanen's farm in Sioux County, Iowa, wait to be milked.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Many dairymen are calling the government price support system broken, but just how to fix it isn't clear. There's debate over how much the government should step in to help in tough times and as to what degree it should let the free market govern.  

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Business Beat
4:28 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Business Beat: Govenors Back Beef Trimmings

Craig Letch, director of food quality and assurance for Beef Products Inc., left, introduces the beef product known as pink slime or lean finely textured beef, and the cuts from which it is made to.
AP

This week: U.S. farmers made over 98 billion dollars last year, and consumers are upset about "lean beef trimmings," but governors are trying to diffuse the situation.

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Business Beat
2:55 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Business Beat: Risk of Pathogen Release from N-BAF Very Low

Walnut farmer Russ Lester is concerned about the effects climate change could bring to his California farm.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

This week: Another update in the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, and climate changes doesn't ease troubles for farmers. 

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Business
3:00 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Governors Back Beef Trimmings

Craig Letch, director of food quality and assurance for Beef Products Inc., left, introduces the beef product known as pink slime or lean finely textured beef, and the cuts from which it is made to.
AP

By Sandhya Dirks

The consumer uproar over “pink slime” has now got the beef industry roaring back.

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Agriculture
4:09 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Photos from Digest This: Farm and food controversies

Harum Helmy KBIA

How do consumers make decisions about what they consume? And, how are the various stakeholders attempting to shape those thoughts about food? Host Reuben Stern spoke with four experts with diverse views about the messages and motives behind these controversies in this special Intersection event, 

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Under the Microscope
5:33 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

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

On this week's show, we'll explore how some towns are dealing with poor access to affordable food. Plus, an interview with President Obama's principal environmental advisor.

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Business Beat
5:21 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Business Beat: February 29, 2012

Some worry that the proposed NBAF site at Kansas State University puts students at risk.
Laura Ziegler Harvest Public Media

This week: NBAF opponents are gaining strength in their fight against the Disease Laboratory.  Plus, the American Soybean Association is looking for fewer restrictions from the European Union on genetically modified soybeans.

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Business
5:05 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Soybean association seeks fewer restrictions on crops from europe

Almost all American soybeans are grown from genetically modified seeds, which are generally banned in Europe.
Kevin Dooley Flickr

The American Soybean Association is pushing for U.S. trade representatives to negotiate better trading terms with Europe, looking for the European Union to ease the strict restrictions it imposes on genetically modified soybeans. The group petitioned a U.S. trade representative who is part of a new working group with the European Union to work on its behalf. 

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Business
4:30 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

NBAF opponents gaining strength

Some worry that the proposed NBAF site at Kansas State University puts students at risk.
Laura Ziegler Harvest Public Media

Opponents of a controversial Kansas lab designed to study and combat biological diseases have recently found new momentum, as work on the Department of Homeland Security project stalled.

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Business
6:13 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

NBAF no longer part of 2013 Budget

An architectural rendering of the proposed NBAF lab in Manhattan, Kan.
Courtesy Department of Homeland Security

The White House budget for 2013 provides no construction funding for a planned livestock disease lab in Kansas and calls for a “comprehensive assessment of the project in 2012” to consider “the cost, safety, and any alternatives to the current plan.”

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Business Beat
5:32 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Business Beat: February 8, 2012

Iowa farmer Larry Stolte can store about 60 percent of his crop harvest, and is adding another 75,000 bushel grain bin this summer.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

This week: Farmers buying up grain bins to help play the market. Plus, how refineries in Kansas and Iowa could help find another source of bio fuel.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:29 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

How One Hospital Entices Doctors To Work In Rural America

Dr. Dan Shuman (right), who was recruited to the Ashland Health Clinic as part of its mission-focused medicine program, consults with a patient about smoking cessation.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 8:04 pm

Recruiting doctors to live and work in rural America is a chronic problem. Most health centers try to attract workers with big salaries and expensive homes.

Shots previously reported that one center in Maine was trying to lure medical students to the countryside for their final two years with the hope that they stick around.

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Business Beat
2:36 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Missouri farmers try to protect themselves from agritourism

Every summer tourists descend on the farm Art Gelder and his wife operate near Columbia, Mo.
Jacob Fenston Harvest Public Media

This week:  KBIA talks with William Barrett of Forbes on how the city of Columbia is in the top twenty places in the U.S. to come for a working retirement.  Plus, Missouri farmers are trying to protect themselves from "agritourism."

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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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