Jeremy Bernfeld http://kcur.org en Voter Guide To Missouri’s ‘Right To Farm’ Measure http://kcur.org/post/voter-guide-missouri-s-right-farm-measure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Constitutional Amendment No. 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot is focused on the agriculture industry, a cornerstone of the Missouri economy.</span></p><p>It has been called the “right to farm” amendment, because it would inscribe the importance of agriculture in the Missouri state Constitution.</p><p><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/%E2%80%98right-farm%E2%80%99-pits-farmer-against-farmer">Click here for more</a></p><p><strong>Ballot language:</strong></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:36:32 +0000 Kristofor Husted & Jeremy Bernfeld 59650 at http://kcur.org 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 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 College Athletes Can’t Profit On Their Own Image, But The NCAA Can http://kcur.org/post/college-athletes-can-t-profit-their-own-image-ncaa-can <p>The NCAA makes billions of dollars selling the rights to televise games and selling merchandise and jerseys. But a spate of court cases making their way through the judicial system could put those billions in jeopardy.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 11:45:09 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 56371 at http://kcur.org College Athletes Can’t Profit On Their Own Image, But The NCAA Can National Agricultural Center & Hall Of Fame To Close For Season http://kcur.org/post/national-agricultural-center-hall-fame-close-season <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.aghalloffame.com/">The National Agricultural Center &amp; Hall of Fame</a>, which is based in Bonner Springs, Kan., will be closing its doors.</p><p>The museum blames a tough economic climate for a decrease in donations and corporate support. The Ag Center, as it’s often known, says it plans to close for the rest of 2014 while it seeks more funding and charts a way forward.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:18:38 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 55734 at http://kcur.org National Agricultural Center & Hall Of Fame To Close For Season National Geographic: 5 Steps To Feed The World http://kcur.org/post/national-geographic-5-steps-feed-world <p>With the world’s population exploding, we’ll have many more mouths to feed in the near future. But agriculture already uses up tons of resources and land. So how can we grow more food and how can we limit its damage to the environment?</p><p>Jonathan Foley, director of the <a href="http://environment.umn.edu/">Institute on the Environment</a> at the University of Minnesota, wrote “<a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/feeding-9-billion/">A Five Step Plan to Feed the World</a>,” in the May issue of National Geographic as an answer to those kinds of questions.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 55269 at http://kcur.org National Geographic: 5 Steps To Feed The World In Ivanhoe, Food Helping Neighborhood Rebuild http://kcur.org/post/ivanhoe-food-helping-neighborhood-rebuild <p>Terry Glenn’s neighborhood was hit hard by the recession, and it wasn’t booming before the rough times.</p><p>He saw houses crumble, get boarded up and left to rot. He saw neighbors moving away. And he worried that Ivanhoe, on Kansas City’s east side, was dying.</p><p>“We said, ‘We’ve got to look inside of this and see exactly what the problem is,’” Glenn said. “And once we did, we found out that the families were moving to try to find better schools, find healthier food, find different places that their family can go and have a good community.”</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:09:58 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 55064 at http://kcur.org In Ivanhoe, Food Helping Neighborhood Rebuild Kansas City Church Brings Local Food To Neighborhood Without Access http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-church-brings-local-food-neighborhood-without-access <p>Farm stands and farmers markets remain really important for many local farmers, but U.S. consumers barely buy any food directly from farms. That’s why local farmers are trying to crack in to the big institutional markets such as grocery stores, work cafeterias, schools and hospitals.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:55:31 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 54934 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Church Brings Local Food To Neighborhood Without Access Vermont Set To Be The First State To Require GMO Labeling http://kcur.org/post/vermont-set-be-first-state-require-gmo-labeling <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Vermont is poised to become the first state to enact mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:37:44 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 54697 at http://kcur.org Vermont Set To Be The First State To Require GMO Labeling Sporting KC: An Entertainment Business http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-entertainment-business <p>Sporting KC kicked off its 2014 season with a 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on March 8.</p><p>On today's <em>Central Standard</em> we discuss the entertainment aspect of a franchise that has become a business model for soccer clubs across the country.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Jake Reid</strong>, chief revenue officer for Sporting KC</li><li><strong>Thad Bell</strong>, managing editor for <a href="http://www.thedailywiz.com/">The Daily Wiz</a></li><li><strong>Sean Dane</strong>, leader of the<a href="http://www.kccauldron.com/"> KC Cauldron </a></li></ul><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:01:07 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52396 at http://kcur.org Sporting KC: An Entertainment Business Egg Wars: California Versus Missouri http://kcur.org/post/egg-wars-california-versus-missouri <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster along with five other attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against the State of California for its regulations regarding cage sizes for chickens.</p><p>The original legislature, <a href="http://www.smartvoter.org/2008/11/04/ca/state/prop/2/">Proposition 2</a>, was passed in 2008, which required cages to be nearly twice as large as most standard chicken cages. The follow up law requires all eggs sold in California to comply to these same conditions.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:00:15 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52397 at http://kcur.org Ag Data Could Generate Prescriptions For Fields http://kcur.org/post/ag-data-could-generate-prescriptions-fields <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">A couple of seeds, some fertilizer, a little sunshine – just add water and you’re ready to harvest your crops, right?</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:57:34 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 52170 at http://kcur.org The Business Of Meat In America http://kcur.org/post/business-meat-america <p>This country's meat industry no longer includes the picturesque red barn and white picket fences. Instead, the meat we buy at the supermarket is likely processed by one of the four large meat packing companies that controls the majority of the industry.</p><p>On today's <em>Central Standard</em>, journalist and author Christopher Leonard discusses his book "The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business." Also, Mark Dopp of the American Meat Institute weighs in on what he perceives&nbsp;as the benefits of having a more centralized&nbsp;system.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51800 at http://kcur.org On Death Row: Missouri Inmate Michael Taylor Scheduled To Be Executed http://kcur.org/post/death-row-missouri-inmate-michael-taylor-scheduled-be-executed <p>Missouri inmate Michael Taylor is scheduled to be executed just after midnight on Wednesday. Pentobarbital from an unnamed compounding pharmacy will be used.</p><p>Taylor's attorneys are concerned that the drug may cause his client unnecessary suffering because the anonymous pharmacy cannot be checked for legitimacy and any previous violations. By law, compounding pharmacies that supply lethal injection formulas in Missouri are allowed to remain anonymous.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51806 at http://kcur.org Langston Hughes’ Kansas City Connections http://kcur.org/post/langston-hughes-kansas-city-connections <p>Lawrence,&nbsp;Kan., is&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/post/william-s-burroughs-and-lawrence-kansas-linked-inexorably">known as the place where famed Beat poet William S. Burroughs</a>&nbsp;lived out his final days. But it was also the home to another of America’s greatest writers: Langston Hughes.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:01:26 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51196 at http://kcur.org Langston Hughes’ Kansas City Connections The Missouri Dairy Industry Crisis http://kcur.org/post/missouri-dairy-industry-crisis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The dairy farm has been a staple of the idea of the American farm, but </span><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/changing-dairy-industry-leaves-some-farmers-dust" style="line-height: 1.5;">approximately 2,500 smaller dairy farms in Missouri have closed shop</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, unable to compete with larger operations.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:00:50 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51402 at http://kcur.org Standout Missouri Football Player Michael Sam Says He Is Gay http://kcur.org/post/standout-missouri-football-player-michael-sam-says-he-gay <p>Michael Sam, a standout football player at the University of Missouri, said in interviews Sunday that he is gay.</p><p>As an All-American defensive lineman and the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Sam is expected to be selected in May’s NFL draft. If he were to be drafted, Sam would be the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:35:17 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 51030 at http://kcur.org Senate Passes Farm Bill, Sends It To President http://kcur.org/post/senate-passes-farm-bill-sends-it-president <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:31:15 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 50776 at http://kcur.org Senate Passes Farm Bill, Sends It To President Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-charts-new-course-nations-farmers The House on Wednesday passed a new five-year <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/29/268238623/house-passes-compromise-farm-bill" target="_blank">compromise farm bill.</a> The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote.<p>The farm bill — the result of a two-year-long legislative saga — remains massive. The bill contains about $500 billion in funding, most of which is pegged to the food stamp program, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).<p>But the farm bill, as you might expect, also charts agricultural policy for the nation's farmers. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:39:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 50450 at http://kcur.org New Farm Bill May Be In Sight http://kcur.org/post/new-farm-bill-may-be-sight <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">House and Senate negotiators&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/27/267266501/new-bipartisan-farm-bill-emerges-from-long-debate-in-congress" 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;">emerged Monda Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:23:42 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 50442 at http://kcur.org New Farm Bill May Be In Sight Missouri Ag Director Says He Wants To Increase Exports http://kcur.org/post/missouri-ag-director-says-he-wants-increase-exports <p>The director of Missouri’s agriculture department says he wants to increase agricultural exports from the state.</p><p>Exports are already a big deal for Missouri farmers. In 2012, the state sent almost $4 billion worth of farm products overseas, a figure that more than doubled over the previous ten years.</p><p>Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, says capitalizing on foreign markets is vital for producers here.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:59:48 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 50010 at http://kcur.org How The Government Shaped What We Eat http://kcur.org/post/how-government-shaped-what-we-eat <p>Try as we might, Americans can’t seem to get Uncle Sam out of our kitchens. Government policies have a hand in just about everything we buy, cook and eat. An exhibit at the National Archives in Kansas City puts all of this into focus. It’s called What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? The traveling exhibit was first shown in Washington DC and it chronicles the history of the government policies that effect the food we eat.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:41:54 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Jeremy Bernfeld 49787 at http://kcur.org How The Government Shaped What We Eat What Ford's New Truck Means For Kansas City's Auto Industry http://kcur.org/post/what-fords-new-truck-means-kansas-citys-auto-industry <p>Automaker Ford <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/14/262357214/ford-unveils-f-150-with-aluminum-body">announced big changes to its F-150 pickup truck</a> at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday and that means big changes to Kansas City’s auto industry. Ford’s plant in Claycomo, Mo., is one of just two factories that builds the F-150, the most popular vehicle in America.</p><p>Starting with its 2015 model, the new F-150 will be manufactured mostly from aluminum, rather than much heavier steel.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:09:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 49802 at http://kcur.org What Ford's New Truck Means For Kansas City's Auto Industry Sub-Zero Temperatures Have Farmers Worried About Wheat Crop http://kcur.org/post/sub-zero-temperatures-have-farmers-worried-about-wheat-crop <p>In parts of Kansas, forecasts of biting cold temperatures with lows five or ten degrees below zero has farmers worried about the wheat crop that’s in the ground.</p><p>Hard red winter wheat is the most common wheat variety grown in the United States. It’s often used to make bread. Planted in the fall, it lays dormant underground in the winter months. It’s hardy. But bitter cold temperatures for a few consecutive days can lower the temperature of the soil to dangerous levels.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:20:18 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 49316 at http://kcur.org Sub-Zero Temperatures Have Farmers Worried About Wheat Crop One Thing 2013 Won't Deliver: A Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/one-thing-2013-wont-deliver-farm-bill <p>Congress won’t pass a farm bill before early next year.</p><p>That was the message from Washington Tuesday, when the principal farm bill players emerged from negotiations and announced they won’t have a full bill ready before the House adjourns for the year on Friday.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:04:50 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 48155 at http://kcur.org 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For http://kcur.org/post/meat-we-trust-argues-we-got-meat-industry-we-asked The meat on your dinner table probably didn't come from a happy little cow that lived a wondrous life out on rolling green hills. It probably also wasn't produced by a robot animal killer hired by an evil cabal of monocle-wearing industrialists.<p>Truth is, the meat industry is complicated, and it's impossible to understand without a whole lot of context. That's where Maureen Ogle comes in. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:21:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 48033 at http://kcur.org 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For How The U.S. Meat Industry Beefed Up Its Production http://kcur.org/post/how-us-meat-industry-beefed-its-production <p>Got a beef with the meat industry? You’re not the only one, but it’s taken many decades for the industry to assume the shape it has today.</p><p>In the first part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the history of meat production and distribution in the United States. We examine the shift from family to factory livestock farming, how government intervention has affected the industry and how the popularity of organics is changing the conversation.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:51:10 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld & Beth Lipoff 47370 at http://kcur.org How The U.S. Meat Industry Beefed Up Its Production Giving Thanks With StoryCorps http://kcur.org/post/giving-thanks-storycorps <p>The day after Thanksgiving isn't just the nation's craziest shopping day. It's also the day <a href="http://storycorps.org" target="_blank">StoryCorps</a> asks for stories that honor those for whom we feel grateful in life.</p><p>In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we look at ten years of StoryCorps' 'National Day of Listening.'</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:49:45 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld & Beth Lipoff 47371 at http://kcur.org Giving Thanks With StoryCorps The Farm Bill Expired This Week, What Does That Mean For You? http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-expired-week-what-does-mean-you <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You may have heard that the </span><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/farmers-limbo-again-farm-bill-expires#.Uk3q0ySsh8E" style="line-height: 1.5;">farm bill expired at midnight on Monday</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but chances are, you probably haven&rsquo;t noticed. The farm bill is buried in Washington under a mountain of significant and controversial legislation, from the government shutdown to the debt ceiling, and likely won&rsquo;t be in the headlines any time soon.</span></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:25:50 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 44678 at http://kcur.org The Farm Bill Expired This Week, What Does That Mean For You? Farmers In Limbo – Again – As Farm Bill Expires http://kcur.org/post/farmers-limbo-again-farm-bill-expires <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:32:56 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 44493 at http://kcur.org