Harvest Public Media
7:53 am
Wed August 27, 2014

USDA Predicts Drop In Farm Income

Farmers’ can anticipate a sharp drop in income this year, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In fact, the USDA predicts the $113 billion earned in 2014 will be the lowest amount of net farm income in five years. That’s equal to about a 14 percent fall from last year’s record amount, thanks mostly to a massive drop in crop prices.

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Harvest Public Media
8:31 am
Wed August 6, 2014

New Poultry Rules Meet Mixed Reception

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on July 31 unveiled the first major overhaul of the nation's poultry-inspection system in more than 50 years.
Credit Bigstock

Change is coming to the poultry industry, but not everyone is happy about it.

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5:40 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise

Tim Lloyd/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 4:14 pm

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows the number of Missouri households threatened by hunger has grown over the past three years.

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Harvest Public Media
7:44 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Does The Government Give Too Much Support To Sugar Growers?

Flesher says the subsidies affect the price of every one of his products.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

Americans consume a lot of sweets. Even discounting all the high fructose corn syrup you find in soft drinks, the average consumer takes in about 40 pounds of refined sugar in a year, according to the USDA.

That means food companies from Nestle to Hostess and small neighborhood candy stores have to buy sugar. Lots of it.  And those bakers and snack food makers say the government gives too much support to sugar growers and consumers are footing the bill. 

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Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Broader Competition For USDA’s ‘Rural’ Dollars

Bolita beans have been grown in the San Luis Valley since Spanish settlers moved into the area in the mid-1800s. Over time their prevalence has fallen off.
Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media

As lawmakers debate the Farm Bill in Washington, millions of dollars are at stake for small businesses across the country. Rural development grants go out to everything from home loans to water projects to small co-ops.

With budget cuts likely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is adjusting how these funds are used, and proposing changes to the word “rural.” But there’s concern that a tighter belt at the federal level means farmers and ranchers in small towns will be left behind.

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Harvest Public Media
10:28 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Amended USDA Rule Will Require More Info On Meat Labels

The USDA’s amended COOL rule will require packers and retailers to include more information on labels on beef, pork, lamb, chicken and goat meat, specifically where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.

Currently, labels only require companies to include where the animal was born.

Companies are also now barred from commingling cuts of meat from animals of different origins, which could make it easier to trace contaminated products. The USDA estimates these labeling changes could cost more than 7,000 companies up to $192 million.

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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
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
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
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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7:36 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A delay in the Kansas City schools transfer case, a start to Kansas lawmakers' redistricting effort, a new head coach for the Chiefs & more: A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

The Chiefs Pick Romeo Crennel As Head Coach

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7:36 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, December 23, 2011

Orangutans at the Topeka Zoo.
  • Topeka Zoo Improving But Still May Face Penalties
  • Governor Brownback OK With Reopening Tax Break Talks for Keystone XL

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Harvest Public Media
3:53 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Fed Funds Target Rural Rebirth

1:54 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Kansas Biosciences Get Boost From Partnership With USDA

The Kansas Bioscience Authority said at its annual meeting this week that the USDA will partner with Kansas to promote bioscience research.

The KBA says the partnership is a huge benefit to existing efforts to collaborate with local and state governments. The KBA also collaborates extensively with venture capital companies. The KBA has invested 50 million dollars in bioscience research, and has attracted a number of firms to the area who have promised to invest up to 200 million dollars.

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