Agriculture http://kcur.org en My Farm Roots: Carrying On A Farm Family Legacy http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-carrying-farm-family-legacy <p>In his home in Forest City, Iowa, Riley Lewis has the original warranty deed for his farm, signed by President James Buchanan and issued to one Elias Gilbert, a soldier who served in the War of 1812.</p><p>“He moved here, northeast of Forest City, and lived there for one year,” Lewis said, which was the obligation veterans had if they homesteaded. “And then he sold it to Robert Clark, who was the founder of Forest City.”</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:19:28 +0000 Amy Mayer 59357 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Carrying On A Farm Family Legacy The Modern Role Of State And County Fairs http://kcur.org/post/modern-role-state-and-county-fairs <p>Counties and states all over America host seasonal fairs. Originally, they were organized to share the latest technology in agriculture and genes among livestock. But in an age of instant information are state and county fairs still relevant? On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we investigate the modern function of fairs, and talk with some professional livestock judges about their criteria for appraising animals and producing the food of tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:45:22 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 59291 at http://kcur.org The Modern Role Of State And County Fairs On Front Lines, Farmers Struggle Against Chemical-Resistant Weeds http://kcur.org/post/front-lines-farmers-struggle-against-chemical-resistant-weeds <p>A fast spreading, crop destroying weed may be coming to the farms near you.</p><p><a href="http://www.agweb.com/article/palmer_amaranth_pigweed_creeps_farther_into_the_midwest_NAA_Rhonda_Brooks/">Palmer amaranth</a>, which has plagued southern farms for decades, has been marching across the Midwest. It can decimate a crop. It can withstand many common herbicides. And it can cost farmers millions.</p><p>Roger Hargrafen, a farmer in Muscatine County, Iowa, is on the front lines in the battle against Palmer amaranth. His is one of four Iowa farms confirmed as having it.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:25:42 +0000 Amy Mayer 59220 at http://kcur.org On Front Lines, Farmers Struggle Against Chemical-Resistant Weeds Acres Of Genetically Modified Corn Nearly Doubled In A Decade http://kcur.org/post/acres-genetically-modified-corn-nearly-doubled-decade <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">More than 90 percent of U.S. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:45:28 +0000 Amy Mayer 59057 at http://kcur.org Without Intervention, Old Barns Stand Defiantly Or Fall Unceremoniously http://kcur.org/post/without-intervention-old-barns-stand-defiantly-or-fall-unceremoniously <p>The barn is an icon of the American work ethic and rural nostalgia. On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/centralstandard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we explored the trend of rehabbing and restoring old barns that would otherwise fall into irreversible decay.</p><p>We also spoke with people throughout the nation and in our own area about the challenges of preserving these structures.</p><p>Do old barns -- the red ones with big huge doors -- still matter, even as larger steel structures replace them in function?</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:08:06 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Suzanne Hogan & Matt Hodapp 59015 at http://kcur.org Without Intervention, Old Barns Stand Defiantly Or Fall Unceremoniously My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything But Quiet http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-farm-life-anything-quiet <p>Jack and Diane Aaron lived in Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan., for decades. They loved their neighborhood and it was close to family. But when a friend passed away and left them land on a farm, they decided to take a chance on country living.</p><p>While farm life is different, they found it’s anything but quiet.</p><p>“Out here we’ve got, just different sounds. We have birds that will wake us up. A cat that likes to wake me up at six because he wants to eat,” Diane Aaron said. “It’s peaceful, but it doesn’t make you crazy,”</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:01:17 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 59002 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything But Quiet 18 Big Lobbyers That Influenced The Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/18-big-lobbyers-influenced-farm-bill <p>Setting the course for almost a trillion dollars of government spending, the <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/2014-farm-bill-would-change-us-ag-policy">2014 Farm Bill</a> attracted hundreds of companies eager to find their slice of the pie.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:14:01 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 58767 at http://kcur.org 18 Big Lobbyers That Influenced The Farm Bill Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill <p>When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/years-making-new-farm-bill-becomes-law">announced passage of the Farm Bill</a> in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.</p><p>“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:42:47 +0000 Peggy Lowe 58790 at http://kcur.org Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill EPA Promotes Water Rule To Farmers http://kcur.org/post/epa-promotes-water-rule-farmers <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is touring farm country, trying to assure farmers that the agency isn’t asking for more authority over farmers and ranchers’ lands.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:40:53 +0000 Kristofor Husted 58667 at http://kcur.org EPA Promotes Water Rule To Farmers Boys Grow Teaches Kids Business Skills Through Farming http://kcur.org/post/boys-grow-teaches-kids-business-skills-through-farming <p>At a farm in Kansas City,&nbsp;Kan., a group of young men from are developing their entrepreneurship skills through farming. Boys Grow, a non-profit agency, works with these kids to develop business skills as they sell their agricultural commodities.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talked to two of these boys about their experience with Boys Grows and their hopes for the future.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:08:22 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58626 at http://kcur.org Boys Grow Teaches Kids Business Skills Through Farming My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-touch-ground <p>As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.</p><p>Growing up near rural Bell City in southeastern Missouri’s “Bootheel” region, Pullen longed to leave the farm and get an education.</p><p>“I grew up in the day and time when we had to do a lot of chopping and stuff like that. Hard labor,” Pullen said. “I’m going to college, I’m getting my degree and I’m going to work in the air conditioning.”</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:38:50 +0000 Jacob McCleland 58598 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground Medical Association Seeks Stricter Rules For Antibiotics In Farm Animals http://kcur.org/post/medical-association-seeks-stricter-rules-antibiotics-farm-animals <p>The largest association of U.S. physicians is calling for tighter rules on antibiotic use in livestock.</p><p>The American Medical Association (AMA) says there should be an outright federal ban on using antibiotics to plump up farm animals. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration asked pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily phase out the use of antimicrobial drugs that promote growth in livestock.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:59:37 +0000 Kristofor Husted 58535 at http://kcur.org Medical Association Seeks Stricter Rules For Antibiotics In Farm Animals Soybean Acres Up, Corn Down In This Year's Planting http://kcur.org/post/soybean-acres-corn-down-years-planting <p>Farmers planted a record number of soybean acres this season. But corn is flat in several Midwestern states, while down slightly in others.</p><p>Those are some of the takeaways from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report on planted grain acres for the season, which offers the first glimpse of production for 2014.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:59:19 +0000 Amy Mayer 58534 at http://kcur.org Soybean Acres Up, Corn Down In This Year's Planting On The Farm, Chefs Learn The Basics Of Food Production http://kcur.org/post/farm-chefs-learn-basics-food-production <p>With <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/integrated-local-food-system-can-grow-market" target="_blank">farm to table restaurants springing up left and right</a>, cooks are having to go beyond the grocery store. That’s why about a dozen chefs from Chicago and central Illinois recently gathered for a two-day crash course on where their food comes from – the farm.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Sean Powers 58477 at http://kcur.org On The Farm, Chefs Learn The Basics Of Food Production Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids http://kcur.org/post/mutton-busting-rodeo-tradition-rough-and-tumble-kids <p>A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.</p><p>Mutton busting has its roots in Colorado, where it was first introduced in the 1980s at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The crowd-pleaser is now a favorite at many rodeos and county fairs across the Midwest and Great Plains.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:34:55 +0000 Luke Runyon 58474 at http://kcur.org Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids My Farm Roots: Smells Like Home http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-smells-home <p>Most family vacations are remembered for endless car rides, packed tourist beaches and a string of poorly decorated hotel rooms.</p><p>But not former Nebraskan and current Coloradan Kari Williams. Her family vacation memories center on smells of cow manure, adventures on horseback and roosters with bad attitudes on farms in central Nebraska.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:23:45 +0000 Luke Runyon 58269 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Smells Like Home Feed The Future Seeks Hunger Solutions From The Heartland http://kcur.org/post/feed-future-seeks-hunger-solutions-heartland <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Global hunger has no easy answer.</p><p>But as part of a partnership with the federal government called&nbsp;<a href="http://feedthefuture.gov/">Feed the Future</a>, researchers at land-grant universities are trying new approaches to the decades-old dilemma.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:05:01 +0000 Amy Mayer 58056 at http://kcur.org Feed The Future Seeks Hunger Solutions From The Heartland 100 Years On, Panama Canal Still Vital To Midwest Economy http://kcur.org/post/100-years-panama-canal-still-vital-midwest-economy <p>When it opened in 1914, the Panama Canal introduced the harvest from Midwest farms to the world and helped link U.S. farmers to the global economy. Nearly a century-old, the canal today remains an important connector of global trade, from the U.S. heartland to Asia.</p><p>“Obviously it’s one of our major achievements,” said Bill Angrick, a former state Ombudsman of Iowa who was born in the Canal Zone and has studied the engineering marvel. “It’s like going to the moon. It’s something we did well and did right.”</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:58:46 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 57755 at http://kcur.org 100 Years On, Panama Canal Still Vital To Midwest Economy Report: Farmer Suicide Rate Higher Than All Other Workers http://kcur.org/post/report-farmer-suicide-rate-higher-all-other-workers <p>U.S. farmers are more than three times more likely to commit suicide than other workers, a new study has found.</p><p>University of Iowa researcher Wendy Ringgenberg&nbsp;compiled a study based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration farm death statistics from 1992 to 2010. <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-workers-far-more-likely-die-suicide-why" target="_blank">In a recent interview with Iowa Public Radio</a>, Ringgenberg said suicide rates have likely been underestimated and underreported.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:07:16 +0000 Cody Newill 57469 at http://kcur.org Report: Farmer Suicide Rate Higher Than All Other Workers Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm http://kcur.org/post/agritourism-growing-opportunity-farm <p>Farms aren’t just for food any more. With the <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/local-food-challenge">local food movement growing</a>, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:43:37 +0000 Luke Runyon 57455 at http://kcur.org Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm Midwest A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Country http://kcur.org/post/midwest-cattle-paradise-drought-stretches-beef-country <p>Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado">from California to Colorado</a> and <a href="http://lubbockonline.com/agriculture/2014-03-02/texas-trails-nebraska-number-cattle-feeding#.U5dGJPmwJcQ">from Texas to Nebraska</a> seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:58:59 +0000 Grant Gerlock 57385 at http://kcur.org Midwest A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Country Beef Sent To Kansas City Restaurant Recalled Due To Mad Cow Fear http://kcur.org/post/beef-sent-kansas-city-restaurant-recalled-due-mad-cow-fear <p>Food safety regulators are recalling beef that could be tainted by parts of cattle nervous system that can carry mad cow disease and a Kansas City restaurant may be affected.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:24:04 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 57218 at http://kcur.org Recent Heavy Rains Won't Eliminate Drought In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/recent-heavy-rains-wont-eliminate-drought-kansas <p>Despite recent heavy rains across the state of Kansas, officials say the precipitation is likely not enough to end <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/">the </a><a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?KS">drought</a>.</p><p>Assistant State Climatologist Mary Knapp says Kansas has seen almost double what would be a normal amount of rain for the first part of June. But she says the rains won’t be enough to bring conditions back to normal, as the first five months of the year were very dry.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:20:08 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57110 at http://kcur.org Recent Heavy Rains Won't Eliminate Drought In Kansas Drought Hammers Winter Wheat Across The Plains http://kcur.org/post/drought-hammers-winter-wheat-across-plains <p>Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.</p><p>In Nebraska, a full quarter of the winter wheat crop is rated poor to very poor, and Nebraska farmers are doing comparatively well. More than 40 percent of the wheat acres in Colorado are poor or worse; nearly 60 percent in Kansas and Texas; and an incredible 80 percent in Oklahoma.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:24:23 +0000 Ariana Brocious 57071 at http://kcur.org Drought Hammers Winter Wheat Across The Plains A Signal To Hog Producers: Cargill To Stop Use Of Gestation Crates http://kcur.org/post/signal-hog-producers-cargill-stop-use-gestation-crates <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Cargill, one of the country’s largest pork producers,<a href="http://www.cargill.com/news/releases/2014/NA31657661.jsp" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">announced Monday</a>&nbsp;that it will stop using gestation crates, the&nbs Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:52:05 +0000 Grant Gerlock 57069 at http://kcur.org A Signal To Hog Producers: Cargill To Stop Use Of Gestation Crates Farmers Hope For River System Improvements http://kcur.org/post/farmers-hope-river-system-improvements <p>Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress. &nbsp;</p><p>The nation’s rivers are essential for moving agricultural products to market.</p><p>“It’s our third coast, if you will,” said Jim Tarmann, field services director with the Illinois Corn Growers Association. “Over 60 percent of our grain exports move via the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. That’s how things get to our world markets.”</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:50:21 +0000 Rich Egger 57008 at http://kcur.org Farmers Hope For River System Improvements What Does The ‘Right To Farm’ Mean In Missouri? http://kcur.org/post/what-does-right-farm-mean-missouri <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">U.S. Congress members are throwing their support behind a proposed “right to farm” amendment in Missouri’s constitution. But critics are pointing to the measure’s ambiguous language as problematic.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:12:24 +0000 Kristofor Husted 56889 at http://kcur.org What Does The ‘Right To Farm’ Mean In Missouri? Miscanthus: A Growing Energy Crop http://kcur.org/post/miscanthus-growing-energy-crop <p></p><p>Miscanthus, a relative of sugar cane that looks like bamboo, could be the Midwest’s next energy crop. But in a region dominated by corn and soybeans, it has yet to fully catch on.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:47:37 +0000 Rick Fredericksen for Harvest Public Media 56671 at http://kcur.org Miscanthus: A Growing Energy Crop Is Corn Dust Killing Bees? http://kcur.org/post/corn-dust-killing-bees <p></p><p>Nathan Anderson stops his red pick-up truck alongside a cornfield on his farm near Cherokee, Iowa. The young farmer pulls on a heavy brown hoodie, thick, long, sturdy gloves and a beekeeper’s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn and adjusts a yellow plastic flap that traps some of the pollen the bees bring back to their hive.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 12:49:32 +0000 Amy Mayer 56364 at http://kcur.org Is Corn Dust Killing Bees? Aquaponics Brings Fish And Produce Under One Roof http://kcur.org/post/aquaponics-brings-fish-and-produce-under-one-roof <p>Farmers all over the country are using <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1442/drought-heat-some-farmers-try-hydroponics-nebraska/5">hydroponic technology</a> to grow produce indoors, year-round, in nutrient rich water. And fish farmers around the globe have figured out how to raise their catch in tanks. Now, some operations are combining the two, raising both produce <em>and</em> fish.</p><p>Many so-called “aquaponics” operations use the waste from fish farming to fertilize the water used in growing hydroponic produce.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:23:13 +0000 Pat Blank 56320 at http://kcur.org Aquaponics Brings Fish And Produce Under One Roof