Peter Gray http://kcur.org en Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future http://kcur.org/post/vertical-farming-towering-vision-uncertain-future <p>Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food <em>in </em>urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.</p><p>Growers across the country are heading indoors, using greenhouses and hydroponics – growing plants in a water and nutrient solution instead of soil and using lamps to replace sunlight. Vertical farming takes that to a new level.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:27:40 +0000 Peter Gray 54181 at http://kcur.org Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future Food Hubs Could Provide Crucial Link For Amish Farmers http://kcur.org/post/food-hubs-could-provide-crucial-link-amish-farmers <p>Lacking the infrastructure of traditional suppliers, many local farms that want to connect to restaurants, schools and other big buyers are using the Internet to reach customers.</p><p>Groups of farms are banding together to form <a href="http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/foodhubs">regional food hubs</a>, leveraging online ordering, tracking and marketing tools to cut down on costs and to try to keep local food systems viable for growers and affordable for consumers.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:06:20 +0000 Peter Gray 53163 at http://kcur.org Food Hubs Could Provide Crucial Link For Amish Farmers Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You? http://kcur.org/post/drones-coming-soon-farm-near-you <p>Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:58:32 +0000 Peter Gray 53101 at http://kcur.org Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You? Hog Virus Causing Spike In Price Of Bacon http://kcur.org/post/hog-virus-causing-spike-price-bacon <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Shoppers are already paying more for pork and bacon than they did last year and many economists expect those prices to continue climbing for the next few months.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:18:15 +0000 Peter Gray 52378 at http://kcur.org Hog Virus Causing Spike In Price Of Bacon Spike In Propane Price Worries Midwest Farmers http://kcur.org/post/spike-propane-price-worries-midwest-farmers <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Residents across the Midwest are struggling with tight propane supplies, especially in this bitterly cold, snowy winter. But it’s not just homes in rural counties that are lacking adequate heating fuel. Farms that put bacon and eggs on your breakfast plate are also feeling the supply pinch.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:56:50 +0000 Peter Gray 51039 at http://kcur.org Spike In Propane Price Worries Midwest Farmers Senate To Consider Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/senate-consider-farm-bill <p>The U.S. Senate is set to take up the long overdue farm bill Monday.</p><p>The bill passed the U.S. House last week and if it makes it through the Senate, many Midwest farmers will be taking a close look at how they spread the risk of growing commodities. Sstarting immediately, direct payments would not be available to prop up the bottom line.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:57:31 +0000 Peter Gray 50677 at http://kcur.org Sellers Squeezed By High Price Of Popcorn http://kcur.org/post/sellers-squeezed-high-price-popcorn-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;">U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory. Crops not irrigated were decimated and low supplies continue to force local candy shops and giant movie theater chains alike to pay high prices for the golden grain, biting into their profit margin.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:39:04 +0000 Peter Gray 48810 at http://kcur.org Sellers Squeezed By High Price Of Popcorn FDA Pushing To Limit Livestock Antibiotics http://kcur.org/post/fda-pushing-limit-livestock-antibiotics <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The FDA wants to <a href="http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm378100.htm?source=govdelivery&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery">phase out antibiotics in meat</a>.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:52:08 +0000 Peter Gray 48230 at http://kcur.org FDA Pushing To Limit Livestock Antibiotics Rural Areas Worry About Food Stamp Cuts http://kcur.org/post/rural-areas-worry-about-food-stamp-cuts <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/farmers-limbo-again-farm-bill-expires" 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;">next farm bill is all but certain</a>&nbsp;to contain cuts to the Supplemental Nu Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:11:03 +0000 Peter Gray 47666 at http://kcur.org Rural Areas Worry About Food Stamp Cuts Illinois Farmers Put The Pumpkin In Your Thanksgiving Pie http://kcur.org/post/illinois-farmers-put-pumpkin-your-thanksgiving-pie <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">This Thanksgiving, hungry families all over the country will finish off their holiday meal with a little slice of the Midwest. That’s because the vast majority of all pumpkin that comes from a can and winds up in a pie got its start on a vine in Illinois.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:09:00 +0000 Peter Gray 47467 at http://kcur.org Illinois Farmers Put The Pumpkin In Your Thanksgiving Pie USDA: Food Stamp Program Not Driving Much Healthy Eating http://kcur.org/post/usda-food-stamp-program-not-driving-much-healthy-eating <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The federal government’s food stamp program could do more to encourage healthy eating among program recipients, according to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err147.aspx#.Uo_jLsSsim4" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decorati Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:39:52 +0000 Peter Gray 47366 at http://kcur.org