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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.
Farmanac Flickr.com

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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Tracking NBAF
4:58 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Safety Concerns Aired At NBAF Hearing

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

A committee of the National Research Council visited Kansas State University Friday to get a feel for safety concerns for a giant biosafety lab planned for the Manhattan, Kan., campus.

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Harvest Public Media
3:38 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Antitrust Official Gets Stampeded By Big Beef

At sale barns, like this one in Kingsville, Mo., cattlemen still bid openly for breeding stock. Meatpackers once bought on the open market, too.
Frank Morris for NPR

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 9:34 am

Dudley Butler is quitting his job tomorrow. Never heard of him? He's President Obama's appointee to run the division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that governs antitrust issues in the meat industry. He was part of a cadre of high-level bureaucrats charged to expose and fight agribusiness monopolies. In fact, he was the last of that group.

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Tracking NBAF
3:24 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Study Outlines Economic Impact Of NBAF Lab

A new report says NBAF -- the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility -- could create 1300 jobs during the construction phase alone.

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Tracking NBAF
8:33 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Questions Loom For Future Of High-Security Lab At K-State

The site designated to become the home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, is on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

It’s been three years since the Department of Homeland Security chose Kansas as the site of its National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, but there’s a growing sense that the project has a precarious future.

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Harvest Public Media
8:44 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Health Group Pushes Farmers To Reduce Antibiotic Use

Gail Hanson, a veterinarian with the Pew Research Center, says the feed Jeremy Gustafson feeds to his hogs contains antibiotics.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

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.

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Harvest Public Media
8:50 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Selling Healthy Eating In The Aisles

Cassie McLellan, a registered dietician, advises customers at the HyVee store in Columbia, Mo., on their grocery purchases.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Walk into your neighborhood grocery store looking for healthy food and you might get lost amid a sea of confusing labels and dubious claims. Consumers looking to eat right may get the wrong ideas.

HyVee, like many grocery chains, is trying to part that sea and simplify nutrition for consumers who may not want to read the fine print on their food.

At HyVee stores, you’ll find NuVal. It’s a scoring system on a scale of 1 to 100. The healthier the food, the higher the score.

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Harvest Public Media
9:06 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Liberal Arts Degrees Grow Jobs At ConAgra

ConAgra is behind giant brands like Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice and Orville Redenbacher.
Courtesy ConAgra

You might think employees in ConAgra’s Information Technology department are all big-time techies or that they boast computer science degrees from prestigious universities. While some certainly do, ConAgra is one of many companies making hiring decisions that are a bit outside the box.

A few years ago, the company re-vamped its IT intership program looking for more recent graduates with liberal arts degrees.  IT departments are usually heavy on computer scientists and not on those who didn’t climb the traditional techie ladder.

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Harvest Public Media
12:59 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Surprise! Corn Stocks Are Up

Grain bins sit on the edge of a harvested corn field in western Kansas.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first crops supply report of the new year surprised some analysts Thursday, because it didn’t lower the estimate for corn in storage. Predictably, that led to a drop in corn prices by about 50 cents a bushel.

That price drop doesn’t just affect corn farmers. It has ramifications for the entire food system, from corn farmers to cattle ranchers to grocery store shoppers.

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Harvest Public Media
10:48 am
Fri January 13, 2012

USDA Defends Cost-Cutting Plan

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack details the USDA's Blueprint for Stronger Service plan at the American Farm Bureau conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 9.
USDAgov Flickr

Some farmers groups and consumer advocates are concerned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's plan to close 259 offices nationwide could hurt farmers and food safety.

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Harvest Public Media
3:15 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

North Kansas City Demolishes Mill; Area Ready For Development

Work crews start to demolish the old ADM mill building on Armour Road in North Kansas City, January 11, 2012.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

North Kansas City took the first step toward creating a new sprawling business development Thursday, when a demolition crew began destroying a century-old Archer Daniels Midland mill.

The hulking gray mill sits on 58 acres of prime land at the intersection of 210 highway and I-35. The city hopes a developer will re-tool the land and create a large mixed-use development that could include medical offices, retail stores and possibly even some residential units.

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Up to Date
1:36 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Nutrition Facts: What Do Those Labels Mean?

If you've been to a Hy-Vee grocery store recently, chances are you've seen some numbers right next to the price of an item of food.

It's a "NuVal" - a nutritional value placed on each and every food product. 

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Harvest Public Media
8:40 am
Tue January 10, 2012

USDA Announces Closure Of 259 Facilities

Soil scientist Eton Codling examines a South Dakota corn field.
Scott Bauer USDA

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.

The closings will encompass offices, labs and other operations. The plan will affect the USDA's Washington D.C. headquarters, facilities in 46 states and its international operations. The USDA’s budget is currently about $145 billion.

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Harvest Public Media
2:48 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

FDA Puts New Limit On Antibiotics In Livestock

Cows on Sally Angell's farm in Missouri eat feed without antibiotics.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

The Food and Drug Administration is clamping down on the off-label use of certain antibiotics in food-producing animals. 

In an order published today, the FDA said meat producers can no longer use the class known as cephalosporins in ways not approved by the agency. While curbing use won’t change much in the meat industry, the order signals a bigger concern about antibiotics regulation, some farmers say.

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Harvest Public Media
9:21 am
Thu January 5, 2012

After MF Global Crisis, Farmers May Hedge On Hedging

Traders in the wheat futures trading pit at the Kansas City Board of Trade signal each other in September 2010. The KCBOT and Chicago Mercantile Exchange host two of the country's largest commodities markets.
Tammy Ljungblad Kansas City Star

Hedging by way of the commodities market often comes in mighty handy for many of the nation’s farmers.

But in the aftermath of derivatives trader MF Global’s recent bankruptcy —in which $1.2 billion in customer funds, much of it from Midwest farmers, went missing — some observers are questioning whether farmers and other investors might reconsider their options.

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Headlines
7:10 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, January 5, 2012

Opinions differ on the effects of the Wichita Boeing shutdown, the Missouri Legislature talks K-12 budgets, KU defeats K-State & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Harvest Public Media
9:10 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Republicans On The Farm

IowaPolitics.com Flickr

Whoever wins, the 2012 presidential election is sure to change the country, and the farm.

The eventual Republican nominee will have to address numerous farm-related issues. In this era of shrinking budgets, what will happen to crop insurance, agricultural subsidies and the farm bill? With a renewed national focus on the environment and foreign oil dependence, what role will ethanol play in the future? With high land prices, how will family farmers continue to pass their farms to the next generation? How will changes in immigration policy affect farmers?

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Harvest Public Media
9:24 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Calorie Counts: Coming Soon To A Restaurant Near You

Grant Gerlock NET News

The most popular menu choice at Amigos restaurant in Lincoln, Neb., is the soft taco. The combo meal with a soft taco, a 20-ounce Pepsi and mexi-fries, which are like tater tots, adds up to 1,100 calories.

While you can find that calorie count on the Amigos web site, it’s not on the menu — yet.

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Harvest Public Media
9:51 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Fracking's New Angle In Kansas

A natural gas drill high on a hilltop over Marcellus Shale deposits in the eastern U.S. Shale-gas production is booming across the country, driven in part by the expanded use of a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Bigstock.com

After finding success and controversy in other states, horizontal fracking is bringing a new angle to the oil and gas business in Kansas, along with environmental concerns.

“It’s just now starting here in Kansas. We probably have a handful of horizontal drilling operations currently going on, but we anticipate that to grow,” said Doug Louis, director of the conservation division with the Kansas Corporation Commission, which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry.

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Harvest Public Media
10:01 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Local Poultry Producers In A Bind

Ron Bartlet feeds the ducks he keeps on his small Iowa farm.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Just as the local foods movement is growing legs in the Midwest, a key piece of infrastructure is struggling. 

Many small poultry processing plants have closed, in large part because of  challenges finding laborers and making a profit. Without the plants, small farmers say they won't be able to provide meat to local grocery stores and farmers markets.

In Iowa, poultry growers this year got an unexpected, and unwelcome, surprise right during poultry harvest time -- one of Iowa's three state-inspected poultry plants shut down.  

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School Lunches
3:13 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

School Lunch Changes Still In The Works

Food service workers set out Individual salads at a school cafeteria in Lincoln, Neb.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

From Harvest Public Media: With more families depending on the National School Lunch Program to feed their children, school districts are gearing up to implement new nutrition guidelines being handed down by the federal government by early next year.

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Tracking NBAF
12:00 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

All Eyes On NBAF Construction, Just No Cameras

The dirt’s far from settled at the construction site of the new home for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility— or NBAF — in Manhattan, Kan.

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KCUR News
3:04 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Who's Wearing Those Overalls?

Kansas City, MO – The vast majority of women-run farms are smaller, and focus on niche markets, like grass-fed livestock. Together, Helen Gunderson and Betsy Dahl are breaking into a typical male territory and taking it in their own direction.

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KCUR News
1:24 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Redefining the Farm Woman

Kansas City, MO –

Across the Midwest, the landscape of farming is subtly changing hands. As the population ages, one group of farmland owners is growing: widows. In Iowa, women over 65 now own more than a one-quarter of the farmland.

While women have long been a part of farm life, women landowners frequently face unique social and cultural challenges. Advocates say that they haven't always been respected as farm decision makers and leaders. Slowly this is changing.

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KCUR News
11:04 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Investing in Ag 2.0

Jason Tatge in his office at Farms Technology's headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.
(Photo by Tim Lloyd / Harvest Public Media)

Kansas City, MO –

You've probably heard of Web 2.0, but what about Ag 2.0? It's shorthand for the infusion of technology into every facet of the agriculture industry.

Now a fresh crop of entrepreneurs is busy developing technologies that could change the face of farming.

Harvest Public Media's Tim Lloyd profiles one local company that's cultivated a new way for farmers to sell what they grow.

Got your interest piqued?

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KCUR News
9:32 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Grape expectations: Introducing Marquette wine in Iowa

Des Moines, IA –

(Photo by slolee / Flickr Creative Commons License)

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Marquette wine may be the most highly anticipated new product to ever hit Iowa's commercial wine industry.

And it's time has arrived.

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KCUR News
3:23 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Winter Markets are Heating Up

Bad Seed winter farmers market in Kansas City, Mo.
(Photo by Eric Durban)

Kansas City, MO –

Bad Seed, which is open every Friday from May through February, is one of a handful of Kansas City winter markets and part of a nationwide trend. The number of winter farmers markets has increased 17 percent in the last two years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As more small farmers find ways to grow produce in the winter, they're finding a home at winter markets.

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Harvest Public Media
10:39 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Obama signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; More Local Produce Available to Schools

Columbia, Missouri – President Obama signed into law yesterday a measure that will set new, expansive nutrition guidelines in the country's public schools. As Harvest Public Media's Jessica Naudziunas reports, the new law will get produce from local farms.

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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will shape new public school food offerings to help encourage healthier choices in vending machines and school lunches.

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Harvest Public Media
1:39 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Black Farmers' Experience Captured by Photojournalist

Kansas City, MO – The U.S. Senate recently approved funding for a second round of settlements for black farmers who missed their first opportunity to receive compensation for years of discrimination. Photojournalist John Ficara spent four years documenting the lives of black farmers while working on his book Black Farmers in America. He spoke with Harvest Public Media's Jessica Naudziunas about his experience.

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