USDA http://kcur.org en Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise http://kcur.org/post/number-missouri-households-going-hungry-rise A report released Wednesday by the <a href="http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)</a> shows the number of Missouri households threatened by hunger has grown over the past three years.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the national average shows 14.7 percent of American homes had low or very low food security between 2010 and 2012, Missouri's average is 16.7 percent, or about one out of six households. &#160;That's up from 15 percent during the 2007-2009 survey period. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:40:05 +0000 Marshall Griffin 43129 at http://kcur.org Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise Does The Government Give Too Much Support To Sugar Growers? http://kcur.org/post/does-government-give-too-much-support-sugar-growers <p>Americans consume a lot of sweets. Even discounting all the high fructose corn syrup you find in soft drinks, the average consumer takes in about 40 pounds of refined sugar in a year, according to the USDA.</p><p>That means food companies from Nestle to Hostess and small neighborhood candy stores have to buy sugar. Lots of it.&nbsp; And those bakers and snack food makers say the <a href="http://sugarreform.org/about/">government gives too much support</a> to sugar growers and consumers are footing the bill.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:44:47 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 40610 at http://kcur.org Does The Government Give Too Much Support To Sugar Growers? Broader Competition For USDA’s ‘Rural’ Dollars http://kcur.org/post/broader-competition-usda-s-rural-dollars <p>As lawmakers debate the Farm Bill in Washington, millions of dollars are at stake for small businesses across the country. Rural development grants go out to everything from home loans to water projects to small co-ops.</p><p>With budget cuts likely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is adjusting how these funds are used, and proposing changes to the word “rural.” But there’s concern that a tighter belt at the federal level means farmers and ranchers in small towns will be left behind.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 37335 at http://kcur.org Broader Competition For USDA’s ‘Rural’ Dollars Amended USDA Rule Will Require More Info On Meat Labels http://kcur.org/post/amended-usda-rule-will-require-more-info-meat-labels <p>The USDA’s amended COOL rule will require packers and retailers to include more information on labels on beef, pork, lamb, chicken and goat meat, specifically where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.</p><p>Currently, labels only require companies to include where the animal was born.</p><p>Companies are also now barred from commingling cuts of meat from animals of different origins, which could make it easier to trace contaminated products. The USDA estimates these labeling changes could cost more than 7,000 companies up to $192 million.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 15:28:54 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 37427 at http://kcur.org USDA: New Case Of Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California http://kcur.org/post/usda-new-case-mad-cow-disease-confirmed-california The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it has confirmed a case of Mad Cow disease in a cow in central California. It is the fourth case found in the country in recent years.<p>The animal was a dairy cow and "at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health," U.S.D.A. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:23:00 +0000 editor 16505 at http://kcur.org 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 USDA Announces Closure Of 259 Facilities http://kcur.org/post/usda-announces-closure-259-facilities <p style="margin: 5px 0px; font: 12px/19px Verdana; padding: 5px 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it will close 259 of its facilities as part of an effort to save about $150 million.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:40:34 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 10505 at http://kcur.org USDA Announces Closure Of 259 Facilities Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-tuesday-january-10-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p>• The Chiefs PickRomeo Crennel As Head Coach<br /> • Suburban Schools Seek Delay In Kansas City Transfer Case<br /> • USDA Closes 13 Facilities in Kansas and Missouri<br /> • FDA Limits Antibiotics In Livestock<br /> • Kansas Lawmakers Start Redistricting Effort<br /> • McCaskill: Keep All Energy Options On The Table</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:36:10 +0000 Maria Carter 10502 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Friday, December 23, 2011 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-friday-december-23-2011 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p>Topeka Zoo Improving But Still May Face Penalties<br /> Governor Brownback OK With Reopening Tax Break Talks for Keystone XL</p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 13:36:49 +0000 Maria Carter 9551 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Friday, December 23, 2011 Fed Funds Target Rural Rebirth http://kcur.org/post/fed-funds-target-rural-rebirth <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d7e394c7ad7-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d7e394c7ad7-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d7e394c7ad7-"></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-926055.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 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Sept. 23 that it is sinking $118 million, mainly from the Stimulus fund, into rural communities. A small school district in southwest Missouri, for instance, will get over a million dollars in loans and grants to set up a system to heat buildings with farm waste. A tractor factory in sparsely populated north-central Kansas will get a low interest loan for a new building.</p> Thu, 23 Sep 2010 20:53:52 +0000 Frank Morris & Harvest Public Media 7097 at http://kcur.org Kansas Biosciences Get Boost From Partnership With USDA http://kcur.org/post/kansas-biosciences-get-boost-partnership-usda <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d7f11297ce7-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d7f11297ce7-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d7f11297ce7-"></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-915325.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>At its annual meeting in Overland Park this week, the Kansas Bioscience Authority announced that the USDA had selected Kansas to be one of 9 partnership sites.</p> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 18:54:42 +0000 Laura Ziegler 6884 at http://kcur.org