farmers http://kcur.org en While Farm Life Changes, FFA’s Blue Jacket Stays The Same http://kcur.org/post/while-farm-life-changes-ffa-s-blue-jacket-stays-same <p>The blue corduroy jacket worn by high school students in FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, is an icon of rural life. To the average city dweller the jacket is a vestige of dwindling, isolated farm culture, as fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms. The numbers tell a different story however. In spite of that demographic shift, a record number of kids are donning blue jackets this year.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:48:03 +0000 Luke Runyon 53972 at http://kcur.org While Farm Life Changes, FFA’s Blue Jacket Stays The Same 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 Farmers Play The Markets, Learn To Avoid Risk http://kcur.org/post/farmers-play-markets-learn-avoid-risk <p>On a frigid winter day, Chad Hart tries to warm his economics students at Iowa State University to the idea of managing some of the risk of farming using the commodity markets. Because, as he told them on the first day of class, farmers don’t make money planting or harvesting crops; they make money selling them. And Hart knows that marketing—managing those sales for the best profit—can be intimidating.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:06:07 +0000 Amy Mayer 51790 at http://kcur.org Farmers Play The Markets, Learn To Avoid Risk Preliminary Data From Ag Census Shows Aging Farmers, Declining Farms http://kcur.org/post/preliminary-data-ag-census-shows-aging-farmers-declining-farms <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture is beginning to release figures from its 2012 Census of Agriculture. An early standout in the data is the value of products being sold.</p><p>Greg Thessen, with the USDA’s agricultural statistics service, says sales figures come shining through in the preliminary data.</p><p>"The biggest thing it showed was the large increase in the market value of products that farmers sold in 2012," he said.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:10:42 +0000 Amy Mayer 51603 at http://kcur.org Farmland Real Estate 'Bubble' May Be Ready To Pop http://kcur.org/post/farmland-real-estate-bubble-may-be-ready-pop <p>The so-called farmland real estate bubble appears to be starting to deflate. After years of steep property values, a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City shows the high times may be coming to an end.</p><p>Since 2011, the price for a plot of a farmland across the Midwest has been growing at breakneck speed. Most of that has been due to the same trajectory in the price of major commodity crops like corn and soybeans. Now, with crop prices slipping, farmers are set to bring in less money. Money they could be using to buy or rent more land.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:15:30 +0000 Luke Runyon 51391 at http://kcur.org Virus Continues To Rip Through Hog Farms http://kcur.org/post/virus-continues-rip-through-hog-farms-0 <p>Pork producers across the country are continuing to grapple with a virus that’s killing their piglets. Experts estimate Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus has already killed about 1 million baby pigs and the disease shows no sign of abating.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:45:36 +0000 Amy Mayer 50047 at http://kcur.org Virus Continues To Rip Through Hog Farms Meet The Saddest Man In Kansas On Thanksgiving http://kcur.org/post/meet-saddest-man-kansas-thanksgiving <p></p><p></p><p>For Kansas farmer Frank Reese, Thanksgiving is a sad holiday. He raises heritage turkeys, a breed very different than those you can buy at in a modern-day supermarket. Few farmers in this country are still raising that kind, and many breeds of the bird are endangered.</p><p>To finance his preservation efforts, Reese has to work two jobs, and sell hundreds of birds a year to slaughter.</p><p><strong>On the farm</strong></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:21:40 +0000 Esther Honig 47188 at http://kcur.org Meet The Saddest Man In Kansas On Thanksgiving Farmers Plowing Up More And More Of The Prairie http://kcur.org/post/farmers-plowing-more-and-more-prairie <p>In recent years, farmers in the Midwest have transformed millions of acres of prairie grass to rows of corn. High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land.</p><p>Rod Christen and his sister Kay farm corn, soybeans and wheat on their land near the small town of Steinauer, Neb. But their main crop is grass.</p><p>&ldquo;Big bluestem is our big producer,&rdquo; said Rod Christen. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s kind of our Cadillac grass.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:45:33 +0000 Grant Gerlock 45172 at http://kcur.org Farmers Plowing Up More And More Of The Prairie Black Farmers' Experience Captured by Photojournalist http://kcur.org/post/black-farmers-experience-captured-photojournalist <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53548009bb6b2-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53548009bb6b2-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53548009bb6b2-"></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-938619.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 – Photojournalist John Ficara spent four years documenting the lives of black farmers as they dealt with discrimination and hardship.</p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:39:19 +0000 Harvest Public Media 7339 at http://kcur.org Black Farmers Again Seek Settlements From Decade-Old Discrimination Lawsuit http://kcur.org/post/black-farmers-again-seek-settlements-decade-old-discrimination-lawsuit <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53548009b956d-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53548009b956d-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53548009b956d-"></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-924693.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>Columbia, Mo – <b>(Harvest Public Media)</b> Congress is back in session, and black farmers are again seeking priority on the Senate's action list. They are due compensation from a decade-old lawsuit that found the USDA treated minorities unfairly in the 1980s. We travel to Hayti, Missouri to visit with the remaining members of a rather discouraged black farming community.</p> Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:14:53 +0000 Harvest Public Media 7071 at http://kcur.org Black Farmers Again Seek Settlements From Decade-Old Discrimination Lawsuit