Kathleen Masterson http://kcur.org en Two Sides Prepare For Vote On Genetically Modified Labeling In Calif. http://kcur.org/post/two-sides-prepare-vote-genetically-modified-labeling-calif This November, voters in California will decide whether the state should require labels on foods with genetically engineered ingredients. If the initiative, known as Proposition 37, passes, manufacturers would have to say somewhere on the front or the back of the food's packaging if the product contains or may contain genetically engineered ingredients. <br /> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 22:35:00 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 23742 at http://kcur.org Two Sides Prepare For Vote On Genetically Modified Labeling In Calif. California Dairy Farmers Split Over Milk Payments In Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/california-dairy-farmers-split-over-milk-payments-farm-bill California is known as the land of fruits and nuts, but it also happens to be the country's <a href="http://www.californiadairypressroom.com/Press_Kit/Dairy_Industry_Facts">largest</a> milk-producing state. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:14:00 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 19785 at http://kcur.org California Dairy Farmers Split Over Milk Payments In Farm Bill Blending Of Cultures May Be Blueprint For Growth http://kcur.org/post/blending-cultures-may-be-blueprint-growth <p>Sioux County, in northwest Iowa, is known for its Dutch pastries. The landscape is dotted with Lutheran and reform churches.&nbsp; But today, Catholic churches and tortillerias are creeping into the landscape &mdash; signs of the new residents joining this vibrant community.</p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 17920 at http://kcur.org Blending Of Cultures May Be Blueprint For Growth Climate Change And Regulations Worry Farmers http://kcur.org/post/climate-change-and-regulations-worry-farmers <p>In the Midwest, the few degrees of warming has actually benefited agriculture, on average. But in California – where they grow more than 200 crops, including perennials such as walnuts and apricots – some crops could be adversely affected. Plus, California farmers also have new climate change regulations to contend with, which worry many growers more than the weather.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:29:07 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 14039 at http://kcur.org Climate Change And Regulations Worry Farmers Ag-Gag Law Blows Animal Activists' Cover http://kcur.org/post/ag-gag-law-blows-animal-activists-cover After a series of videos revealing apparent cruel treatment of farm animals went viral, Iowa has made it a crime for people to misrepresent themselves to gain access to a farm. The so-called "Ag-Gag" law targets undercover animal rights activists who secretly take videos. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:45:00 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 13982 at http://kcur.org Ag-Gag Law Blows Animal Activists' Cover Storing Grain Can Aid Farmers In Commodity Pricing http://kcur.org/post/corn-storage-helps-farmers-commodities-market Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>American farmers depend on the commodities market. The smallest change in the price of grain can increase their profit, or wipe it out. Corn farmers have done well in recent years, and some are using the cash in an effort to make themselves into players on the commodities market. They're investing in big grain bins, allowing them to hold on to their harvest until they get the price they want. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 11996 at http://kcur.org Cows Munch On Recycled Captain Crunch http://kcur.org/post/cows-munch-recycled-captain-crunch <p>Throwing food scraps to hogs and other farm animals is an age-old practice. As food production has become more industrialized, food factories have found ways to continue to recycle massive amounts of would-be food waste.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:27:39 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 11774 at http://kcur.org Cows Munch On Recycled Captain Crunch Health Group Pushes Farmers To Reduce Antibiotic Use http://kcur.org/post/health-group-pushes-farmers-reduce-antibiotic-use <p>Even though the use of antibiotics in livestock feed has been linked to an increase in drug-resistant bacteria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently backed away from a 30-year-old proposal that would ban the use of antibiotics tetracycline and penicillin in livestock feed.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:44:36 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 11160 at http://kcur.org Health Group Pushes Farmers To Reduce Antibiotic Use USDA Defends Cost-Cutting Plan http://kcur.org/post/usda-defends-cost-cutting-plan <p style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.1em; margin-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Some farmers groups and consumer advocates are concerned that the U.S. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:48:00 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 10757 at http://kcur.org USDA Defends Cost-Cutting Plan Local Poultry Producers In A Bind http://kcur.org/post/local-poultry-producers-bind <p style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.1em; margin-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Just as the local foods movement is growing legs in the Midwest, a key piece of infr Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:01:29 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 9061 at http://kcur.org Local Poultry Producers In A Bind Generating New Connections http://kcur.org/post/generating-new-connections <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d66b94561c6-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d66b94561c6-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d66b94561c6-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-924938.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo – <b>(Harvest Public Media)</b> In the next decade or so, much of the Midwest could be facing some big changes in land ownership. More than half the farmland in some states is owned by people age 55 and older.Keeping family farms in family hands is a real concern for some of these farmers.</p> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 14:14:13 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 7079 at http://kcur.org Generating New Connections