agriculture http://kcur.org en Tell KCUR: How Much Does A Tomato Cost In Kansas City? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-how-much-does-tomato-cost-kansas-city <p></p><p>Summer: it's hot, it's time for a vacation and it's delicious, juicy tomato season.</p><p>But not all tomatoes are created equal. And they're not all the same price, either.</p><p><a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&amp;formkey=dEVUY3dLbmR5S1dheUE4TnpacUhmZXc6MA#gid=0">Tell KCUR: How much did your tomato cost?</a></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:03:16 +0000 Alyson Raletz 59678 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: How Much Does A Tomato Cost In Kansas City? Wyandotte County Fair Connects Kids With Agricultural Roots http://kcur.org/post/wyandotte-county-fair-connects-kids-agricultural-roots <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People usually associate state and county fairs with Ferris wheels and food on a stick. But in areas that have seen their demographics shift from rural to urban populations, these fairs are now serving a new role of connecting city folk to their country roots.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:13:30 +0000 Christina Lieffring 59360 at http://kcur.org Wyandotte County Fair Connects Kids With Agricultural Roots 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 PHOTOS: Barns Of Missouri And Kansas Through Your Lens http://kcur.org/post/photos-barns-missouri-and-kansas-through-your-lens <p>A drive through the Midwest countryside wouldn't be complete without a dozen or so barn sightings.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As our daily talk show, Central Standard, prepares for its examination of challenges that go into barn restoration, we rounded up a collection of regional barn photos — thanks to you.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:56:45 +0000 Alyson Raletz 58968 at http://kcur.org PHOTOS: Barns Of Missouri And Kansas Through Your Lens 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 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 Iowa Egg Farm Charged In Salmonella Outbreak http://kcur.org/post/iowa-egg-farm-charged-salmonella-outbreak <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The former operators of a large egg farm in Iowa have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with a major salmonella outbreak in 2010.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 12:42:31 +0000 Amy Mayer 56149 at http://kcur.org Iowa Egg Farm Charged In Salmonella Outbreak Flour Milling Merger Moves Forward http://kcur.org/post/flour-milling-merger-moves-forward <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Federal regulators Tuesday gave the final go-ahead for two of the country’s largest flour milling companies to merge.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:40:44 +0000 Luke Runyon 56089 at http://kcur.org Flour Milling Merger Moves Forward Canada Jonesing For A Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie http://kcur.org/post/canada-jonesing-piece-american-hemp-pie <p>The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain <a href="http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/fiber/industrial-hemp-profile/">hemp is growing</a>, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, <a href="http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32725.pdf">estimated at $500 million per year</a>, runs on foreign hemp.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 12:52:31 +0000 Luke Runyon 56017 at http://kcur.org Canada Jonesing For A Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie 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 Study: Cellulosic Ethanol Production May Harm Climate http://kcur.org/post/study-cellulosic-ethanol-production-may-harm-climate <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Biofuels made in the Midwest from corn stover, the leftovers of harvested corn plants, may be worse for global warming than gasoline in the short term, according to a recent study. It’s casting doubt on the greenhouse benefits of cellulosic ethanol.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:25:07 +0000 Grant Gerlock 54660 at http://kcur.org Corn Farmers Fight Rootworm Resistance http://kcur.org/post/corn-farmers-fight-rootworm-resistance <p>After a long battle with corn rootworm, Midwest farmers thought they’d found relief in genetically modified seeds engineered to produce toxins deadly to the pest. But recent research confirms what farmers have been noticing for several years: the western corn rootworm has been evolving to outwit the technology.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:32:18 +0000 Amy Mayer 53791 at http://kcur.org Corn Farmers Fight Rootworm Resistance Hog Farmers Differ On Packer-Owned Pigs http://kcur.org/post/hog-farmers-differ-packer-owned-pigs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Nebraska hog farmers aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on a proposal that would allow meatpacking companies more control over the state’s hog industry. And farmers all over the country are watching.<o:p></o:p></p><p>Currently, a 1998 state law bans meatpacking companies from owning and raising the hogs the process. But lawmakers have proposed an end to the ban, which would allow for more vertical integration of the hog industry.<o:p></o:p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:49:23 +0000 Grant Gerlock 53446 at http://kcur.org Hog Farmers Differ On Packer-Owned Pigs The Weekend To-Do List, March 28-30, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-march-28-30-2014 <p></p><p>Ready to confront the weird weather with a bit of fun? Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 28-30, 2014 has you covered.</p><p><strong><a href="http://ticketmaster.com" target="_blank">Keiko<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Matsui</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://ticketmaster.com" target="_blank"> </a></strong>(New age music), 8 p.m. Friday at the Jazz Museum's Gem Theater, 1615 E. </span>18th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $47&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:59:49 +0000 Laura Spencer, Brian McTavish & Beth Lipoff 53284 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List, March 28-30, 2014 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? Bring Home The Bacon: Virus Cutting Pork Supplies http://kcur.org/post/bring-home-bacon-virus-cutting-pork-supplies <p>Bacon-loving shoppers prepare yourselves: A <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/ped-virus-continues-rip-through-hog-farms">virus that has devastated piglets</a> for nearly a year is causing lower pork supplies and higher prices.</p><p>Farmer Phil Borgic of Nokomis, Ill., knows firsthand what happens when porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus infects a hog barn. He walked through one in late January, pointing out the differences among litters.</p><p>“This is a PED litter. See how dirty they are?” he said, pointing to a sow whose little piglets had dirty hooves.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:57:46 +0000 Amy Mayer 52750 at http://kcur.org Bring Home The Bacon: Virus Cutting Pork Supplies Padlock The Milk! FDA’s Push To Safeguard The Food Supply http://kcur.org/post/padlock-milk-fda-s-push-safeguard-food-supply <p>Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid.</p><p>And there’s good reason for that.</p><p>Liquids like orange juice and milk go through many processing steps -- farm, bottling plant, delivery – before reaching the consumers who drink them. And these liquids are moved, manufactured and stored in huge batches that get distributed and consumed quickly. Should a toxin be injected somewhere along the supply chain, experts believe it could have devastating human health and economic consequences.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:45:02 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 52443 at http://kcur.org Padlock The Milk! FDA’s Push To Safeguard The Food Supply Could Our Food Supply Be A Target For Terrorists? http://kcur.org/post/could-our-food-supply-be-target-terrorists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster. Villains in trench coats scheme ways to cause the most destruction and chaos. They settle on a food company, an easy target, and plan to lace the products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out the plan with enough time to save the day.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:27:28 +0000 Luke Runyon 52380 at http://kcur.org Could Our Food Supply Be A Target For Terrorists? 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 The Farm Bill's Final Steps http://kcur.org/post/farm-bills-final-steps <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Feb. 4, Congress passed the farm bill, a piece of legislature that will cut food stamps by $800 million a year, consolidate dozens of agriculture subsidy programs and provide crop insurance to farmers. Harvest Public Media's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeremy </span>Bernfeld<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;share details on the changes to one of the largest spending measures congress passes.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:&nbsp;</span></strong></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:00:01 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51063 at http://kcur.org 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 A Look At The 'Food Hub' Trend In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/look-food-hub-trend-kansas-city <p></p><p>The popularity of locally-grown and raised food in Kansas City continues to grow. But local food producers often have a hard time selling to restaurants, grocery stories and institutions like schools and hospitals. Local farmers often don’t have the volume or variety to compete with larger farms and food distributors. Even for those institutions willing to pay more for locally-sourced food, the infrastructure is lacking.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:02:06 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Matthew Long-Middleton 49169 at http://kcur.org A Look At The 'Food Hub' Trend In Kansas City New Crops Could Kill Insects By Targeting Their Genes http://kcur.org/post/new-crops-could-kill-insects-targeting-their-genes <p>With rootworms building resistance to genetically modified corn that makes its own pesticide, seed companies are working on new crops that target the insects’ genes. But some worry about unintended consequences when the technology moves from the lab to the field.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:30:20 +0000 Grant Gerlock 49030 at http://kcur.org New Crops Could Kill Insects By Targeting Their Genes 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 Some Grocery Store Meat Will Now Be Labeled With Country Of Origin http://kcur.org/post/some-grocery-store-meat-will-now-be-labeled-country-origin <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">A new labeling rule that went into full effect Saturday requires meatpackers and retailers to provide consumers with more information about where their meat comes from.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:43:13 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47351 at http://kcur.org Some Grocery Store Meat Will Now Be Labeled With Country Of Origin Proposed Merger Could Create Wheat Milling Goliath http://kcur.org/post/proposed-merger-could-create-wheat-milling-goliath <p>Fall is planting time for wheat across the Great Plains and this year’s crop went into the ground while big changes were underway in the wheat market. Some of the biggest players in the flour milling industry are joining forces to make the country’s largest miller even larger.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:13:02 +0000 Luke Runyon 47012 at http://kcur.org Proposed Merger Could Create Wheat Milling Goliath Feds Propose To Reduce Ethanol Requirement In Gasoline http://kcur.org/post/feds-propose-reduce-ethanol-requirement-gasoline <p>The federal government proposed Friday to cut the amount of corn-based ethanol oil companies have to put in the gasoline supply, by more than a billion gallons. Much of the corn used to make that ethanol is grown right here in the Midwest.&nbsp;</p><p>Cutting the amount of corn ethanol required in the Renewable Fuel Standard essentially puts a cap on demand for corn from the Midwest.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:56:29 +0000 Grant Gerlock 47010 at http://kcur.org Consumers Often Lost In The Middle Of Scientific Food Battles http://kcur.org/post/consumers-often-lost-middle-scientific-food-battles <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Hot-button food issues of the day, such as the use of genetically modified organisms or the treatment of livestock, tend to pit large industries against smaller activist groups. Often, both sides will claim the science supports what they are saying. That can leave consumers, most of whom aren’t scientists, in a bit of a bind.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:43:21 +0000 Amy Mayer 46625 at http://kcur.org Consumers Often Lost In The Middle Of Scientific Food Battles Expected Bumper Crop Has Price Of Corn Dropping http://kcur.org/post/expected-bumper-crop-has-price-corn-dropping <p>On a clear fall day in central Iowa, Aaron Lehman climbed into the cab of his green combine with a screwdriver to do some maintenance. He was hoping his corn had a couple more weeks to grow before harvesting because the price per bushel this fall is much lower than it has been for the past three years.</p><p>Corn farmers have been riding high prices for the last few years. But an expected bumper crop has prices falling this harvest season, and many economists expect the price of corn to drop to its lowest level in recent years.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:52:11 +0000 Amy Mayer 44801 at http://kcur.org Expected Bumper Crop Has Price Of Corn Dropping