Agriculture and Harvest Public Media http://iowapublicradio.org en Modern-Day Dust Bowl Challenges Prairie Farmers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/modern-day-dust-bowl-challenges-prairie-farmers <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">When the wind picked up from the south on John Schweiser’s farm outside Rocky Ford, Colo., the sky would go black. A charging wall of dust would force the 80-year-old farmer and his wife to hunker down in their ranch-style farmhouse.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:22:01 +0000 Luke Runyon 44615 at http://iowapublicradio.org Modern-Day Dust Bowl Challenges Prairie Farmers My Farm Roots: Coming Home to Roost http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-coming-home-roost <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When they heard Dan </span>Hromas’<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> truck rolling in, the chickens came strutting. The auburn-feathered Rhode Island Reds stood out, even in the tall, green </span>brome<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grass of </span>Hromas’<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rented 3-acre pasture outside of York, Neb.</span></p><p>The pasture is the center of Hromas’ new farming enterprise. For a little over a year he’s been selling farm eggs to local restaurants, grocery stores, and direct to customers in southeast Nebraska.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:01:33 +0000 Grant Gerlock 44562 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Coming Home to Roost Forensics for the Farm Keep Food Safe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/forensics-farm-keep-food-safe <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">TV shows like “CSI” have made forensics a hot topic, spawning books and even science programs for kids. The same technology used at crime scenes to link a stray hair to a suspect can also find antibiotics or other medications in milk and meat. And the use of sophisticated testing is becoming increasingly available for livestock producers, who stand to lose lots of money if their products are tainted.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 44294 at http://iowapublicradio.org Forensics for the Farm Keep Food Safe My Farm Roots: Carrying On A Farm Family Legacy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-carrying-farm-family-legacy <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">In his home in Forest City, Iowa, Riley Lewis has the original warranty deed for his farm, signed by President James Buchanan and issued to one Elias Gilbert, a soldier who served in the War of 1812.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 44166 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Carrying On A Farm Family Legacy Fresh Yogurt, Really Fresh http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fresh-yogurt-really-fresh <p><a href="http://www.countryviewdairy.com/">http://www.countryviewdairy.com/&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:29:33 +0000 Pat Blank 44059 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fresh Yogurt, Really Fresh My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything But Quiet http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-farm-life-anything-quiet <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Jack and Diane Aaron lived in Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan., for decades. They loved their neighborhood and it was close to family. But when a friend passed away and left them land on a farm, they decided to take a chance on country living.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">While farm life is different, they found it’s anything but quiet.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 43836 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything But Quiet Acres of GMO Corn Nearly Double in a Decade http://iowapublicradio.org/post/acres-gmo-corn-nearly-double-decade <p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:25:03 +0000 Amy Mayer 43856 at http://iowapublicradio.org Acres of GMO Corn Nearly Double in a Decade Out of Public Eye, a Costly, Bitter Farm Bill Fight http://iowapublicradio.org/post/out-public-eye-costly-bitter-farm-bill-fight <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 43705 at http://iowapublicradio.org Out of Public Eye, a Costly, Bitter Farm Bill Fight Lobbyists of All Kinds Flock to Farm Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill <p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:04:36 +0000 Peggy Lowe 43691 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lobbyists of All Kinds Flock to Farm Bill Got Goats? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/got-goats <p>A herd of goats are the newest employees of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. &nbsp;64 of them will be eating their way through a 7 acre patch in &nbsp;Ensign Hollow Wildlife Management Area in Northeast Iowa's Clayton County. &nbsp;There's dense vegetation there that's preventing hikers, bird watchers and anglers from using the area as much as they could. &nbsp;That dense vegetation is also a challenge for traditional heavy mowing equipment because of the steep terrain. The goats have with them a pair of chocolate colored miniature donkeys who will run off any would be predators. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:11:36 +0000 Pat Blank 43556 at http://iowapublicradio.org Got Goats? EPA Promotes Water Rule to Farmers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/epa-promotes-water-rule-farmers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; 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 19:00:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted & Amy Mayer 43515 at http://iowapublicradio.org EPA Promotes Water Rule to Farmers My Farm Roots: Touch the Ground http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-touch-ground <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Growing up near rural Bell City in southeastern Missouri’s “Bootheel” region, Pullen longed to leave the farm and get an education.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jacob McCleland 43446 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Touch the Ground Palmer Amaranth Begins March Through Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/palmer-amaranth-begins-march-through-iowa <p></p><p>A fast spreading, crop destroying weed may be coming to the farms near you.</p><p><a href="http://www.agweb.com/article/palmer_amaranth_pigweed_creeps_farther_into_the_midwest_NAA_Rhonda_Brooks/">Palmer amaranth</a>, which has plagued southern farms for decades, has been marching across the Midwest. It can decimate a crop. It can withstand many common herbicides. And it can cost farmers millions.</p><p>Roger Hargrafen, a farmer in Muscatine County, Iowa, is on the front lines in the battle against Palmer amaranth. His is one of four Iowa farms confirmed as having it.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 43345 at http://iowapublicradio.org Palmer Amaranth Begins March Through Iowa Mutton busting a rodeo tradition for rough and tumble kids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mutton-busting-rodeo-tradition-rough-and-tumble-kids <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.</span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 43170 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mutton busting a rodeo tradition for rough and tumble kids My Farm Roots: Smells Like Home http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-smells-home <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Most family vacations are remembered for endless car rides, packed tourist beaches and a string of poorly decorated hotel rooms.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 43111 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Smells Like Home Chef Camp Teaches Basics of Food Production http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chef-camp-teaches-basics-food-production <p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sean Powers 43014 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chef Camp Teaches Basics of Food Production FFA Chapter "Beefs Up" Its Investments http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ffa-chapter-beefs-its-investments <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Students at Crestwood High School FFA are making a 20 thousand dollar investment in a soon to be opened beef processing facility near Lime Springs in North Iowa. They're using some of the 90 thousand dollars they had in the bank after selling some land a few years ago. Initially the FFA chapter was unable to take advantage of the opportunity because state law did not allow investment of taxpayer money in a private enterprise. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:54:08 +0000 Pat Blank 43091 at http://iowapublicradio.org FFA Chapter "Beefs Up" Its Investments Hunger Help from the Heartland http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hunger-help-heartland <p></p><p>Global hunger has no easy answer.</p><p>But as part of a partnership with the federal government called <a href="http://feedthefuture.gov/">Feed the Future</a>, researchers at land-grant universities are trying new approaches to the decades-old dilemma.</p><p>“The world’s poorest people, and hungriest people, generally, the majority of them are small farmers living in rural areas,” said Tjada D’oyen McKenna, deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future. “And agriculture is the most effective means of bringing them out of poverty and under-nutrition.”</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 42531 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hunger Help from the Heartland Controversial Hamburger Product Returns http://iowapublicradio.org/post/controversial-hamburger-product-returns-0 <p>A much-maligned beef product that’s sometimes added to&nbsp; hamburger is making a comeback after a sharp decline&nbsp; two years ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Processors cut back&nbsp; on the production of&nbsp; what they call finely textured beef when a nasty&nbsp; nickname “pink slime” caught on in the media.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now&nbsp; demand for the product is on the rise because of high beef prices. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:10:15 +0000 Joyce Russell 42326 at http://iowapublicradio.org Controversial Hamburger Product Returns A New Way To Raise Beef ? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-way-raise-beef <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:57:15 +0000 Pat Blank 42207 at http://iowapublicradio.org A New Way To Raise Beef ? Midwest: A Cattle Paradise as Drought Stretches Beef Country http://iowapublicradio.org/post/midwest-cattle-paradise-drought-stretches-beef-country <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:48:04 +0000 Grant Gerlock 42096 at http://iowapublicradio.org Midwest: A Cattle Paradise as Drought Stretches Beef Country Drought Hammers Winter Wheat Across the Plains http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-hammers-winter-wheat-across-plains <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">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.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:19:00 +0000 Ariana Brocious 41973 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Hammers Winter Wheat Across the Plains Congress OKs River System Improvement Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/congress-oks-river-system-improvement-bill Farmers are hopeful improvements are coming to the Midwest river system, which is crucial for shipping grain, in the form of the Waterways Resource Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). After years of work on the bill, Congress recently smashed together separate bills passed by each chamber and sent the White House a new $12.3 billion water infrastructure bill with bipartisan support. President Obama has yet to state whether he plans to sign the bill. The legislation authorizes improvements such as deepening ports. Wed, 28 May 2014 21:16:13 +0000 Amy Mayer 41372 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Fed Up" Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry and Government http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fed-links-obesity-epidemic-sugar-industry-and-government <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 41047 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Fed Up" Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry and Government Flour Milling Merger Moves Forward http://iowapublicradio.org/post/flour-milling-merger-moves-forward <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Federal regulators Tuesday gave the final go-ahead for two of the country’s largest flour milling companies to merge.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:36:43 +0000 Luke Runyon 40981 at http://iowapublicradio.org Flour Milling Merger Moves Forward Treated Seeds May Contribute to Honeybee Losses http://iowapublicradio.org/post/treated-seeds-may-contribute-honeybee-losses <p></p><p>Nathan Anderson stops his red pick-up truck alongside a cornfield on his farm near Cherokee, Iowa. The young farmer pulls on a heavy brown hoodie, thick long, sturdy yellow gloves and a beekeeper’s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 40925 at http://iowapublicradio.org Treated Seeds May Contribute to Honeybee Losses Canada Jonesing for Piece of American (Hemp) Pie http://iowapublicradio.org/post/canada-jonesing-piece-american-hemp-pie <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 40861 at http://iowapublicradio.org Canada Jonesing for Piece of American (Hemp) Pie Now Appearing: Hemp, for the First Time in Decades http://iowapublicradio.org/post/now-appearing-hemp-first-time-decades <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 40735 at http://iowapublicradio.org Now Appearing: Hemp, for the First Time in Decades Farmers Take Missouri River Flood Worries to Court http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-take-missouri-river-flood-worries-court <p></p><p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:12:47 +0000 Grant Gerlock 40326 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers Take Missouri River Flood Worries to Court Planting with the *Clouds* http://iowapublicradio.org/post/planting-clouds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week's crop report from the USDA shows &nbsp;Iowa&nbsp;farmers spent very little time in the&nbsp;field planting corn last week. Only 23 percent of the expected corn acreage is in the ground. That's nine days ahead of last year but 10 days later than the five year average. The cool wet spring is improving soil moisture reserves with only two percent of the state's topsoil now considered short of moisture.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 23:03:15 +0000 Pat Blank 40194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Planting with the *Clouds*