pesticides http://kcur.org en 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 KC Health Department Teaching Classes On Pesticide-Free Pest Control http://kcur.org/post/kc-health-department-teaching-classes-pesticide-free-pest-control <p>Michael Swoyer from the Kansas City Health Department receives a lot of calls from residents with bedbugs.</p><p>Unfortunately, he says there's not much the city can do to help them — exterminating bedbugs is a time-consuming and expensive business.</p><p>So,&nbsp;Swoyer&nbsp;and the Kansas City Health Department are organizing classes for the general public on how to prevent rats, mice and bedbugs from colonizing in homes – and what people should do if they’re already there.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:56:23 +0000 Christina Lieffring 58212 at http://kcur.org KC Health Department Teaching Classes On Pesticide-Free Pest Control In Iowa, Government Asks Farmers To Control Runoff http://kcur.org/post/iowa-government-asks-farmers-control-runoff <p>This summer, officials in Iowa have been asking farmers to voluntarily reduce the amount of fertilizer they use. That’s because the fertilizer contains nitrates that are being washed into state waterways and creating environmental concerns locally and nationally. The runoff has been particularly bad this year, and the outcry over typical crop practices is growing.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:47:25 +0000 Clay Masters 43063 at http://kcur.org In Iowa, Government Asks Farmers To Control Runoff Produce Wars: The Dirty Dozen Vs. The Clean 15 http://kcur.org/post/produce-wars-dirty-dozen-vs-clean-15 <p>"Organic" has been the buzzword in produce for years, but not everyone has the budget to buy only fruit and vegetables with that certification.</p><p></p><p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 40911 at http://kcur.org Produce Wars: The Dirty Dozen Vs. The Clean 15 Widely Used Pesticide Under Scrutiny http://kcur.org/post/widely-used-pesticide-under-scrutiny <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d7fef3c7bc0-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d7fef3c7bc0-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d7fef3c7bc0-"></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-907525.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>Salina, KS – Atrazine is one of the most widely used weed-killers in the country. But farm fields aren't the only place the chemical is commonly found.</p> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:34:43 +0000 Bryan Thompson 6728 at http://kcur.org EPA Attempts To Limit Amish And Mennonite Pesticide Use http://kcur.org/post/epa-attempts-limit-amish-and-mennonite-pesticide-use <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d826c005cee-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d826c005cee-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d826c005cee-"></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-891037.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>Rich Hill, Mo. – The University of Missouri, in a campaign funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, is trying to teach Missouri Amish and Mennonite farmers more environmentally-friendly farming practices.</p> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:01:52 +0000 Alex Smith 6419 at http://kcur.org EPA Attempts To Limit Amish And Mennonite Pesticide Use