Agriculture http://kcur.org en My Farm Roots: Hard Work A Life Lesson http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-hard-work-life-lesson <p>Every year on my birthday I know there’s a thin, flat package waiting for me to open. It’s wrapped with neat corner folds and held together perfectly with just three pieces of tape – nothing wasted.</p><p>I always knock on the front and hear the crisp, deep thud of a hardcover book. I know it’s a book. And I know who it’s from.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:51:01 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 60817 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Hard Work A Life Lesson What Goes Into The Price Of Your Tomato http://kcur.org/post/what-goes-price-your-tomato <p>Late summer in the Midwest is tomato season. For tomato growers around that country, it’s time to pick their bounty and calculate their earnings.</p><p>While sun and rain might be free, tomato farmers have to carefully weigh everything else they put in to growing their crop. Research and the development of new tools – from novel seed varieties resistant to diseases to additional fertilizers – has changed the input costs for growers.</p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:56:27 +0000 Kristofor Husted 60694 at http://kcur.org What Goes Into The Price Of Your Tomato MAP: What Tomatoes Cost In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/map-what-tomatoes-cost-kansas-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>No matter how you say tomato, we wanted to know how much yours cost.</p><p>After our <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-how-much-does-tomato-cost-kansas-city">roughly two-week online poll</a>, Kansas Citians have revealed some of the cheapest and most expensive red spheres in the metropolitan area. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>(See an interactive map below with all the juicy details.)</strong></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:10:01 +0000 Alyson Raletz 60526 at http://kcur.org MAP: What Tomatoes Cost In Kansas City My Farm Roots: Rich With Life http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-rich-life <p>Farmers are used to waking up with the rooster’s crow. But having grown up a suburban kid, John Curtis was used to a more conventional alarm clock.</p><p>As a Peace Corps volunteer in the Caribbean, he managed a farm for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). A long way from his Wisconsin home, he found a love for the most Midwestern job – that of a farmer.</p><p>“I loved walking out on the landscape and finding things I could eat,” Curtis said. “I found agriculture to be fascinating.”</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:20:01 +0000 Rich Eggar for Harvest Public Media 60455 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Rich With Life Drone To Fly Over Livestock Operations And 'Ag-Gag' Laws http://kcur.org/post/drone-fly-over-livestock-operations-and-ag-gag-laws <p>An independent journalist says he’s found a way around the so-called “ag-gag” laws – flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.</p><p>Will Potter, a Washington D.C.-based <a href="http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/">environmental blogger</a>, raised $75,000 <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1926278254/drone-on-the-farm-an-aerial-expose">on Kickstarter</a> to buy drones and other equipment to do investigative work tracking animal abuse and pollution problems on large livestock operations.</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:21:23 +0000 Peggy Lowe 60337 at http://kcur.org Drone To Fly Over Livestock Operations And 'Ag-Gag' Laws New Poultry Rules Meet Mixed Reception http://kcur.org/post/new-poultry-rules-meet-mixed-reception <p>Change is coming to the poultry industry, but not everyone is happy about it.</p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:31:08 +0000 Amy Mayer 60041 at http://kcur.org New Poultry Rules Meet Mixed Reception 'Right to Farm' Passes Narrowly, Recount Possible http://kcur.org/post/right-farm-passes-narrowly-recount-possible <p></p><p>Missouri’s so-called “Right to Farm” amendment appears to have passed Tuesday but with such a small margin that there could be a recount.</p><p>With all precincts reporting, Amendment 1 won by just 2,528 votes.</p><p>At a victory party Tuesday night, Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst said he will watch to see if a recount is requested but he doesn’t expect the results to change.</p><p>“I’m fully confident that the vote will stand,” he said.</p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:45:14 +0000 Peggy Lowe 60039 at http://kcur.org 'Right to Farm' Passes Narrowly, Recount Possible My Farm Roots: She's Her Dad's 'Son' http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-shes-her-dads-son <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Emily Robbins is a city girl now.</p><p>Well, I’m using that term as a cliché. Robbins, 27, lives in Kansas City and works as an engineer at a large firm. She is part of a profession that is made up <a href="https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/undergraduate-students/engineering-still-needs-more-women">of just 14 percent women. </a></p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:55:14 +0000 Peggy Lowe 60005 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: She's Her Dad's 'Son' Farmers On The Prairie Work Through Modern Day Dust Bowl http://kcur.org/post/farmers-prairie-work-through-modern-day-dust-bowl <p>When the wind picked up from the south on John Schweiser’s farm outside Rocky Ford, Colo., the sky would go black. A charging wall of dust would force the 80-year-old farmer and his wife to hunker down in their ranch-style farmhouse.</p><p>“You’d look up and here’d come this big ol’ rolling dirt,” Schweiser said. “You couldn’t see how high it was.”</p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:56:29 +0000 Luke Runyon 59921 at http://kcur.org Farmers On The Prairie Work Through Modern Day Dust Bowl My Farm Roots: Coming Home To Roost http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-coming-home-roost <p>When they heard Dan Hromas’ truck rolling in, the chickens came strutting. The auburn-feathered Rhode Island Reds stood out, even in the tall, green brome grass of Hromas’ rented 3-acre pasture outside of York, Neb.</p><p>The pasture is the center of Hromas’ new farming enterprise. For a little over a year he’s been selling farm eggs to local restaurants, grocery stores, and direct to customers in southeast Nebraska.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:22:40 +0000 Grant Gerlock 59708 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Coming Home To Roost 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><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But not all tomatoes are created equal. And they're not all the same price, either.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&amp;formkey=dEVUY3dLbmR5S1dheUE4TnpacUhmZXc6MA#gid=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">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? 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 Missouri's 'Right To Farm' Pits Farmer Against Farmer http://kcur.org/post/missouris-right-farm-pits-farmer-against-farmer <p>The agriculture industry is a cornerstone of the Midwest economy. In some states, it may even become a right.</p><p>In Missouri, the so-called “right to farm” is on the ballot in the form of an amendment to the state Constitution. And the controversial provision could be a model for Constitutional additions on other ag-heavy states.</p><p>Though the “right to farm” provision is focused on agriculture, it has pitted farmer against farmer with some worried that the results could change the face of farming in the Midwest.</p><p><strong>Accountability concerns</strong></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:58:29 +0000 Kristofor Husted 59644 at http://kcur.org Missouri's 'Right To Farm' Pits Farmer Against Farmer The Forensic Technology That Can Tell If There Are Drugs In Your Milk http://kcur.org/post/forensic-technology-can-tell-if-there-are-drugs-your-milk <p>TV shows like “CSI” have made forensics a hot topic, spawning books and even science programs for kids. The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find antibiotics or other medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:23:57 +0000 Amy Mayer 59588 at http://kcur.org The Forensic Technology That Can Tell If There Are Drugs In Your Milk My Farm Roots: Carrying On A Farm Family Legacy http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-carrying-farm-family-legacy <p>In his home in Forest City, Iowa, Riley Lewis has the original warranty deed for his farm, signed by President James Buchanan and issued to one Elias Gilbert, a soldier who served in the War of 1812.</p><p>“He moved here, northeast of Forest City, and lived there for one year,” Lewis said, which was the obligation veterans had if they homesteaded. “And then he sold it to Robert Clark, who was the founder of Forest City.”</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:19:28 +0000 Amy Mayer 59357 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Carrying On A Farm Family Legacy The Modern Role Of State And County Fairs http://kcur.org/post/modern-role-state-and-county-fairs <p>Counties and states all over America host seasonal fairs. Originally, they were organized to share the latest technology in agriculture and genes among livestock. But in an age of instant information are state and county fairs still relevant? On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we investigate the modern function of fairs, and talk with some professional livestock judges about their criteria for appraising animals and producing the food of tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:45:22 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 59291 at http://kcur.org The Modern Role Of State And County Fairs 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 Acres Of Genetically Modified Corn Nearly Doubled In A Decade http://kcur.org/post/acres-genetically-modified-corn-nearly-doubled-decade <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">More than 90 percent of U.S. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:45:28 +0000 Amy Mayer 59057 at http://kcur.org 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 My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything But Quiet http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-farm-life-anything-quiet <p>Jack and Diane Aaron lived in Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan., for decades. They loved their neighborhood and it was close to family. But when a friend passed away and left them land on a farm, they decided to take a chance on country living.</p><p>While farm life is different, they found it’s anything but quiet.</p><p>“Out here we’ve got, just different sounds. We have birds that will wake us up. A cat that likes to wake me up at six because he wants to eat,” Diane Aaron said. “It’s peaceful, but it doesn’t make you crazy,”</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:01:17 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 59002 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything But Quiet 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 Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill http://kcur.org/post/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill <p>When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/years-making-new-farm-bill-becomes-law">announced passage of the Farm Bill</a> in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.</p><p>“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:42:47 +0000 Peggy Lowe 58790 at http://kcur.org Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill EPA Promotes Water Rule To Farmers http://kcur.org/post/epa-promotes-water-rule-farmers <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is touring farm country, trying to assure farmers that the agency isn’t asking for more authority over farmers and ranchers’ lands.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:40:53 +0000 Kristofor Husted 58667 at http://kcur.org EPA Promotes Water Rule To Farmers 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 My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-touch-ground <p>As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.</p><p>Growing up near rural Bell City in southeastern Missouri’s “Bootheel” region, Pullen longed to leave the farm and get an education.</p><p>“I grew up in the day and time when we had to do a lot of chopping and stuff like that. Hard labor,” Pullen said. “I’m going to college, I’m getting my degree and I’m going to work in the air conditioning.”</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:38:50 +0000 Jacob McCleland 58598 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground Medical Association Seeks Stricter Rules For Antibiotics In Farm Animals http://kcur.org/post/medical-association-seeks-stricter-rules-antibiotics-farm-animals <p>The largest association of U.S. physicians is calling for tighter rules on antibiotic use in livestock.</p><p>The American Medical Association (AMA) says there should be an outright federal ban on using antibiotics to plump up farm animals. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration asked pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily phase out the use of antimicrobial drugs that promote growth in livestock.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:59:37 +0000 Kristofor Husted 58535 at http://kcur.org Medical Association Seeks Stricter Rules For Antibiotics In Farm Animals 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 On The Farm, Chefs Learn The Basics Of Food Production http://kcur.org/post/farm-chefs-learn-basics-food-production <p>With <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/integrated-local-food-system-can-grow-market" target="_blank">farm to table restaurants springing up left and right</a>, cooks are having to go beyond the grocery store. That’s why about a dozen chefs from Chicago and central Illinois recently gathered for a two-day crash course on where their food comes from – the farm.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Sean Powers 58477 at http://kcur.org On The Farm, Chefs Learn The Basics Of Food Production Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids http://kcur.org/post/mutton-busting-rodeo-tradition-rough-and-tumble-kids <p>A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.</p><p>Mutton busting has its roots in Colorado, where it was first introduced in the 1980s at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The crowd-pleaser is now a favorite at many rodeos and county fairs across the Midwest and Great Plains.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:34:55 +0000 Luke Runyon 58474 at http://kcur.org Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids My Farm Roots: Smells Like Home http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-smells-home <p>Most family vacations are remembered for endless car rides, packed tourist beaches and a string of poorly decorated hotel rooms.</p><p>But not former Nebraskan and current Coloradan Kari Williams. Her family vacation memories center on smells of cow manure, adventures on horseback and roosters with bad attitudes on farms in central Nebraska.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:23:45 +0000 Luke Runyon 58269 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Smells Like Home