7:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Government, Agencies Debate Food Aid Programs At KC Conference

Laura Ziegler

The U.S. created its food aid program more than 50 years ago in part to alleviate surpluses in agricultural commodities. Surpluses aren't a persistent issue today, but world hunger has become a more acute problem.

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4:55 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

An Inside Look At Research On NBAF

The proposed NBAF lab in Manhattan, Kan., is on the campus of Kansas State University.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

Reporters this week got an inside look into the deliberations the National Research Council (NRC) is having while studying plans for the controversial bio-defense facility proposed for the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan.

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Tracking NBAF
10:34 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Exploring Options For NBAF

A rendering of the proposed NBAF facility in Manhattan, Kan.

It’s another big week for NBAF, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility under construction in Manhattan, Kan.

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Harvest Public Media
9:20 am
Mon April 30, 2012

MF Global Crisis Leaves Rural Brokers Stuck In The Middle

Rural commodities broker Tom Leffler checks the markets and speaks to a client on the phone.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

When futures trading firm MF Global went bankrupt at the end of October, regulators discovered $1.6 billion in customer funds missing, much of it belonging to Midwest farmers and ranchers.

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3:38 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Kan. Officials Pleased By Farm Labor Rules' Demise

Harvest Public Media

Kansas officials say they're relieved the federal government has abandoned proposed rules restricting farm work by children.

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The Salt
12:02 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Mad Cow Disease: What You Need To Know Now

Cattle feeding practices have been changed in an effort to halt the spread of mad cow disease.

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 9:29 am

Mad cow disease has been detected in a cow in California, the first time since 2006 that the deadly disease has surfaced in the U.S.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

USDA: New Case Of Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 5:25 pm

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.

The animal was a dairy cow and "at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health," U.S.D.A. Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford said in a statement.

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Harvest Public Media
9:23 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Now There's A Rural Idea

Rural America is fighting for its survival.

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The Salt
7:40 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Government Farm Subsidy Takeover Would Save Billions, Economist Says

The Yazoo River floodwaters inundate crops last year in Yazoo County, Mississippi
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 10:27 am

Arithmetic can be quite enlightening sometimes. One of the country's top agricultural economists just fiddled with the government's balance sheet on crop insurance, and arrived at a shocking conclusion: We'd spend billions of dollars less than we do now if we just gave away a simplified version of the insurance for free.

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Tracking NBAF
3:56 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Public Hearing In Washington D.C. Looks At Alternatives For NBAF

In its first public hearing today in Washington , D.C. a new panel of the National Research Council will discuss alternatives for the National Bio and Agro -Defense Facility  -- or NBAF.

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The Salt
1:24 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

FDA Launches Voluntary Plan To Reduce Use Of Antibiotics In Animals

The FDA's latest effort to end the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in animals is getting mixed reviews from activists.
Rob Carr AP

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 5:38 am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today it is calling on the nation's pork, beef, and poultry producers to reduce their use of antibiotics. But some watchdog groups say this voluntary guidance doesn't go nearly far enough.

The issue has been contentious for decades. Just last month, a federal judge ruled that the FDA had to go ahead with a plan it proposed in 1977 that would ban the use of some antibiotics as a growth promoter in animals.

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Tracking NBAF
8:46 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Funding NBAF: As Congress Waits, Will Kansas Dollars Continue?

Gov. Brownback signs an order creating an NBAF steering committee in Kansas.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

With federal funding more at risk than ever for Manhattan’s National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently said the state could expect what he called “a fight” for the next five years.

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The Salt
5:21 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Milk Not Jails Makes Partners Out Of Farmers And Ex-Cons

A dairy farmer drives some of his Holstein cows out to pasture in the Madison County, N.Y. town of Lenox.
Jim Commentucci The Post-Standard /Landov

What's plentiful in upstate New York? Cows and prison inmates, to name a few things.

Reformists in the two communities don't make natural allies, but organizer Lauren Melodia is trying to do just that.

"I was living in this prison town, and at the same time, the dairy industry was in a lot of turmoil," Melodia tells The Salt. "We thought this [dairy] might be the perfect ally in trying to build a different economy in upstate New York, and shift some of the economic dependency away from the prison system."

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Central Standard
9:29 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Farm & Food Controversies With Harvest Public Media

Still image from a recent Chipotle commercial.

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at the role of semantics when we discuss industrial agriculture. What does it mean when we say pink slime vs. lean beef trimming? Biotech vs. GMO?

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Tracking NBAF
3:32 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

NBAF Feasibility Talks Continue

The Department of Homeland Security continued the conversation about funding challenges before the House Appropriations Committee in Washington, D.C. this week.

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Tracking NBAF
3:03 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

$1 Billion Price Tag For NBAF

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility will cost more than $1 billion when all is said and done, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed today during a conference in Washington, D.C.

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Harvest Public Media
11:52 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Digest This: Food Controversies

Join Harvest Public Media for a live talk show and discussion on food production Friday at 4 p.m. CST.

We all eat.

That means we all have a stake in how food is produced. And many of us also have strong opinions.

Even if you don’t spend much time thinking about what you eat, it’s pretty hard to ignore the constant, polarizing food fights — which are often the subject of television commercials, books and movies.

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Tracking NBAF
9:30 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Another Round Of NBAF Questions

Some worry the NBAF site on the K-State campus puts students at risk.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

The latest in the dizzying round of discussions about the safety and security of the Department of Homeland Security’s high-level bio containment lab in Manhattan, Kan., will take place this Friday in Washington, D.C.

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Harvest Public Media
8:29 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Climate Change And Regulations Worry Farmers

A worker at Dixon Ridge Walnuts in Lodi, Calif., prunes a tree.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

No matter your personal opinion on the subject, talk of climate usually conjures up images of warming, floods and rising sea levels.  Those are the ecological changes predicted from coast to coast.

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Tracking NBAF
9:45 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Latest NBAF Report Cuts Risk Of Pathogen Release

Signs outside the NBAF site in Manhattan, Kan.

The risk of a pathogen release at the controversial National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility being built in Manhattan, Kan., is much less than originally calculated, according to a new, much-anticipated report from the Department of Homeland Security.

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11:56 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Gleaning Farmers' Fields For The Hungry

Phil Roeder Flickr

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, learn about an area organization that gleans sweet corn fields, apple orchards, and more, transporting fresh fruits and vegetables to the hungry in our area.

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Harvest Public Media
2:59 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Food Industry Courts Meat-Eating Vegetarians

"Vegetarian chicken" made by Savage River Farms, front, certainly looks like regular cooked chicken, back.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

Some vegetarian food is getting a makeover. It's being made to look, feel and taste more like meat.

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Tracking NBAF
9:50 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Opponents Of High-Security Lab In Manhattan Gain Steam

Signs outside the site.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

Opponents of a controversial Kansas lab designed to study and combat biological diseases have recently found new energy, as work on the Department of Homeland Security project stalled.

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Tracking NBAF
3:51 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Brownback Says Obama Still Committed To NBAF

Governor Sam Brownback says members of the president's administration continue to support the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which is slated to be built in Manhattan.

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Tracking NBAF
9:40 am
Tue February 14, 2012

NBAF Supporters, And Opponents, In An Uproar After Obama's Funding Cuts

The White House budget for 2013 provides no construction funding for a planned livestock disease lab in Kansas and calls for a “comprehensive assessment of the project in 2012” to consider “the cost, safety, and any alternatives to the current plan.”

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Tracking NBAF
3:48 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

NBAF Funding Slashed In Obama Budget

Architectural rendering of NBAF building. President Obama has decided not to fund construction of the huge animal disease lab in Kansas next year.
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

Supporters of a high security bio-defense facility in Manhattan, Kan., got some depressing news today. The White House Budget for 2013 cuts funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) from $50 million to $10 million.

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Harvest Public Media
10:07 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Biomass Or Bust: Kansas Ethanol Plant Seeks Higher Ground

Corn stalks, leaves and cobs like these at the Kansas State Southwest Research and Extension Center in Garden City, Kan., can be harvested as biomass.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Drive by a field that’s ready for biomass harvest and you’ll think you’re too late. The grain is gone and it’s just broken stalks and leaves everywhere.

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Tracking NBAF
12:49 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Risk Unavoidable, With Or Without NBAF

The proposed NBAF lab at in Manhattan, Kan., would guard the nation's food supply against diseases like bird flu and Mad Cow disease.
Wen Nag

Kansas political leaders and top officials at Kansas State University are united in support of a plan to bring the nation's premier agricultural disease laboratory to the K-State campus in Manhattan.

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8:31 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Republicans At Odds Over Undocumented Worker Program

A bill introduced into the legislature proposes that undocumented immigrants be allowed to work in Kansas for two years at a time to address labor shortages at feedlots and dairies.
NDSU Ag Comm

A pro-business, pro-immigration bill introduced in the Kansas legislature yesterday pits traditionally Republican business leaders against the hardline anti-immigration Secretary of State and maybe the Republican governor as well.

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Harvest Public Media
10:27 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Cows Munch On Recycled Captain Crunch

Breakfast for you or your cattle? Food waste, like discarded oatmeal, from many factories gets recycled into livestock feed.

Throwing food scraps to hogs and other farm animals is an age-old practice. As food production has become more industrialized, food factories have found ways to continue to recycle massive amounts of would-be food waste.

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