farming http://kcur.org en 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 Report: Farmer Suicide Rate Higher Than All Other Workers http://kcur.org/post/report-farmer-suicide-rate-higher-all-other-workers <p>U.S. farmers are more than three times more likely to commit suicide than other workers, a new study has found.</p><p>University of Iowa researcher Wendy Ringgenberg&nbsp;compiled a study based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration farm death statistics from 1992 to 2010. <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-workers-far-more-likely-die-suicide-why" target="_blank">In a recent interview with Iowa Public Radio</a>, Ringgenberg said suicide rates have likely been underestimated and underreported.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:07:16 +0000 Cody Newill 57469 at http://kcur.org Report: Farmer Suicide Rate Higher Than All Other Workers Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm http://kcur.org/post/agritourism-growing-opportunity-farm <p>Farms aren’t just for food any more. With the <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/local-food-challenge">local food movement growing</a>, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:43:37 +0000 Luke Runyon 57455 at http://kcur.org Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm Midwest A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Country http://kcur.org/post/midwest-cattle-paradise-drought-stretches-beef-country <p>Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado">from California to Colorado</a> and <a href="http://lubbockonline.com/agriculture/2014-03-02/texas-trails-nebraska-number-cattle-feeding#.U5dGJPmwJcQ">from Texas to Nebraska</a> seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:58:59 +0000 Grant Gerlock 57385 at http://kcur.org Midwest A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Country Drought Hammers Winter Wheat Across The Plains http://kcur.org/post/drought-hammers-winter-wheat-across-plains <p>Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.</p><p>In Nebraska, a full quarter of the winter wheat crop is rated poor to very poor, and Nebraska farmers are doing comparatively well. More than 40 percent of the wheat acres in Colorado are poor or worse; nearly 60 percent in Kansas and Texas; and an incredible 80 percent in Oklahoma.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:24:23 +0000 Ariana Brocious 57071 at http://kcur.org Drought Hammers Winter Wheat Across The Plains A Signal To Hog Producers: Cargill To Stop Use Of Gestation Crates http://kcur.org/post/signal-hog-producers-cargill-stop-use-gestation-crates <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Cargill, one of the country’s largest pork producers,<a href="http://www.cargill.com/news/releases/2014/NA31657661.jsp" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">announced Monday</a>&nbsp;that it will stop using gestation crates, the&nbs Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:52:05 +0000 Grant Gerlock 57069 at http://kcur.org A Signal To Hog Producers: Cargill To Stop Use Of Gestation Crates Farmers Hope For River System Improvements http://kcur.org/post/farmers-hope-river-system-improvements <p>Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress. &nbsp;</p><p>The nation’s rivers are essential for moving agricultural products to market.</p><p>“It’s our third coast, if you will,” said Jim Tarmann, field services director with the Illinois Corn Growers Association. “Over 60 percent of our grain exports move via the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. That’s how things get to our world markets.”</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:50:21 +0000 Rich Egger 57008 at http://kcur.org Farmers Hope For River System Improvements What Does The ‘Right To Farm’ Mean In Missouri? http://kcur.org/post/what-does-right-farm-mean-missouri <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">U.S. Congress members are throwing their support behind a proposed “right to farm” amendment in Missouri’s constitution. But critics are pointing to the measure’s ambiguous language as problematic.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:12:24 +0000 Kristofor Husted 56889 at http://kcur.org What Does The ‘Right To Farm’ Mean In Missouri? Finding Fresh Products In The Farmers' Market http://kcur.org/post/finding-fresh-products-farmers-market <p></p><p>It's the season for farm-fresh local produce, and one of the popular spots in the Kansas City metro area is the Overland Park Farmers' Market.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we take a trip to that market and talk with vendors ages 18 to 80 about what they’re selling and why they’ve chosen this particular spot to sell their wares.</p><p><strong>The vendors and market-goers:</strong></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 55411 at http://kcur.org Finding Fresh Products In The Farmers' Market Climate Change Report: Short-Term Benefits, Long-Term Worries For Farmers http://kcur.org/post/climate-change-report-short-term-benefits-long-term-worries-farmers <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The White House’s new climate change report predicts threats to agriculture, including severe weather, more pests and greater demands for water and energy.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:36:33 +0000 Amy Mayer 55315 at http://kcur.org Climate Change Report: Short-Term Benefits, Long-Term Worries For Farmers Six Cool Maps From The Farm Census http://kcur.org/post/six-cool-maps-farm-census <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Rural pockets of the country still lack internet connectivity, the agricultural census shows." data-attribution="Credit USDA-NASS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kunc/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201405/farms_with_itnernet.JPG" alt="" /><p>Remember that scene from the 1979 movie <em>The Jerk</em> where Steve Martin’s character leaps with glee over <a href="http://youtu.be/ahuPW6_t-z0" target="_blank">the delivery of new phone books</a>? That same sequence plays out every five years when the U.S. Department of Agriculture drops its agricultural census and ag data nerds everywhere rejoice.<p> Mon, 05 May 2014 14:25:26 +0000 Luke Runyon 55230 at http://kcur.org Six Cool Maps From The Farm Census Brazil Beef Imports Too Risky, Farmers Worry http://kcur.org/post/brazil-beef-imports-too-risky-farmers-worry <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2009-0017-0010">green light a proposal</a> that would allow imports of fresh beef from certain sections of Brazil, despite the South American country’s history of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, a highly contagious pathogen that cripples cattle.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:08:41 +0000 Luke Runyon 55226 at http://kcur.org Brazil Beef Imports Too Risky, Farmers Worry Ag Census Points To Fewer U.S. Farms http://kcur.org/post/ag-census-points-fewer-us-farms <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The number of farms in the U.S. is shrinking, according to the latest&nbsp;<a href="http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">Census of Agriculture</a>, released Friday. Mon, 05 May 2014 13:00:41 +0000 Grant Gerlock 55225 at http://kcur.org Ag Census Points To Fewer U.S. Farms In Ivanhoe, Food Helping Neighborhood Rebuild http://kcur.org/post/ivanhoe-food-helping-neighborhood-rebuild <p>Terry Glenn’s neighborhood was hit hard by the recession, and it wasn’t booming before the rough times.</p><p>He saw houses crumble, get boarded up and left to rot. He saw neighbors moving away. And he worried that Ivanhoe, on Kansas City’s east side, was dying.</p><p>“We said, ‘We’ve got to look inside of this and see exactly what the problem is,’” Glenn said. “And once we did, we found out that the families were moving to try to find better schools, find healthier food, find different places that their family can go and have a good community.”</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:09:58 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 55064 at http://kcur.org In Ivanhoe, Food Helping Neighborhood Rebuild Study: Government Fails To Report Three-Quarters Of Farm Injuries http://kcur.org/post/study-government-fails-report-three-quarters-farm-injuries <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>Farm work has always been one of the <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/most-dangerous-jobs-in-america-2013-8?op=1">most dangerous jobs in America</a> -- as the government has reported, academics have researched and those doing the work well know. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:39:26 +0000 Peggy Lowe 55002 at http://kcur.org Study: Government Fails To Report Three-Quarters Of Farm Injuries Integrated Local Food System Can Grow The Market http://kcur.org/post/integrated-local-food-system-can-grow-market <p>The smell of baking dinner rolls fills the kitchen at Decorah High School in northeast Iowa. As two kitchen workers mix a fresh broccoli salad, another, Chad Elliott, ladles tomato soup from a large metal pot on the stove into white plastic buckets for delivery to the town’s elementary schools.</p><p>Elliott says most of the food served in the district is made from scratch and many ingredients come from local farms and dairies.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:39:12 +0000 Amy Mayer 54994 at http://kcur.org Integrated Local Food System Can Grow The Market Kansas City Church Brings Local Food To Neighborhood Without Access http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-church-brings-local-food-neighborhood-without-access <p>Farm stands and farmers markets remain really important for many local farmers, but U.S. consumers barely buy any food directly from farms. That’s why local farmers are trying to crack in to the big institutional markets such as grocery stores, work cafeterias, schools and hospitals.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:55:31 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 54934 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Church Brings Local Food To Neighborhood Without Access Returning Home To Build A New Life http://kcur.org/post/returning-home-build-new-life <p></p><p>It can be a lonely, difficult life when you’re a farmer on the high plains of western Kansas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss a new memoir about a woman who returned to the family farm. We talk with her about the hardships she faced-- ghosts from her past, adjusting back to farm life after years away and dealing with the looming threat of drought as the nearby river levels kept dropping.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54629 at http://kcur.org Returning Home To Build A New Life Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future http://kcur.org/post/vertical-farming-towering-vision-uncertain-future <p>Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food <em>in </em>urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.</p><p>Growers across the country are heading indoors, using greenhouses and hydroponics – growing plants in a water and nutrient solution instead of soil and using lamps to replace sunlight. Vertical farming takes that to a new level.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:27:40 +0000 Peter Gray 54181 at http://kcur.org Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future 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 Missouri Among States Suing California Over Henhouse Restrictions http://kcur.org/post/missouri-among-states-suing-california-over-henhouse-restrictions <p></p><p></p><p>By most measures David Kesten's hens are living the good life.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"They can act like chickens, they can run around," says </span>Kesten<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who's raising hens in an old wooden shed in the open countryside near Concordia, Mo. "They can go out and catch bugs, they can dig in the ground."</span></p><p>But most U.S. hens live crammed into very close quarters, according to Joe Maxwell, with the Humane Society of the U.S. And he says that's just wrong.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:18:34 +0000 Frank Morris 52279 at http://kcur.org Missouri Among States Suing California Over Henhouse Restrictions 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 Food Hubs Try To Grow Local Farms http://kcur.org/post/food-hubs-try-grow-local-farms <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Restaurants across the country have jumped on the local food bandwagon. They’re trying to source more of their produce from nearby farms, but it's not easy. Enter: Food hubs.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:29:19 +0000 Sean Powers 49167 at http://kcur.org Food Hubs Try To Grow Local Farms 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 Pheasants Losing Habitat To Farmland http://kcur.org/post/pheasants-losing-habitat-farmland <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As farmers across the Midwest have simplified the landscape and plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for pheasants, quail and other grassland birds has become increasingly scarce and their numbers are falling.</span></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:32:10 +0000 Grant Gerlock 48028 at http://kcur.org Pheasants Losing Habitat To Farmland