Inside a new facility in Blair, Neb., north of Omaha, a gleaming maze of steel tubes connect a line of giant fermentation tanks that will cultivate some of the most advanced biotechnology in the ethanol industry.
A committee of the National Research Council says an updated risk assessment of a proposed high-security biodefense lab in Manhattan, Kan.,Â appears to understate the chances of deadly pathogens being accidentally released.Â
A few years ago, things were going smoothly for Eric Neill and his family. Neill was making good money as a construction superintendent for a commercial contractor in Kansas City, traveling the country, running challenging job sites. But he wasnâ€™t satisfied.
The farmer of future will grow food and raise animals with tomorrow in mind. Theyâ€™ll know contributing to the food supply is not enough. If the soil, air and water they use to produce food is damaged, good luck feeding anyone.Â
Sioux County, in northwest Iowa, is known for its Dutch pastries. The landscape is dotted with Lutheran and reform churches.Â But today, Catholic churches and tortillerias are creeping into the landscape â€” signs of the new residents joining this vibrant community.
Missouri and Kansas lawmakers wrap up their legislative sessions.Â Corn farmers are expecting record breaking crop.Â Missouri agriculture officials work to create a buzz about bees.Â Itâ€™s a roundup of daily headlines from KCUR.
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.
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.