Jeremy Bernfeld http://iowapublicradio.org en 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 Farmers Try to Tap Bigger Local Markets http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-try-tap-bigger-local-markets <p></p><p>Farm stands and farmers markets remain really important for many local farmers, but U.S. consumers barely buy any food directly from farms. That’s why local farmers are trying to crack in to the big institutional markets such as grocery stores, work cafeterias, schools and hospitals.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 39580 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers Try to Tap Bigger Local Markets What You Should Know about Our Food System http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-our-food-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Food doesn’t just come from a grocery store. Millions of farmers spend their lives producing the crops and raising the livestock that we eat and use.</span></p><p>So it makes sense: If you’re interested in what’s on your plate, you’re interested in what’s going on in the field.</p><p>With that in mind, here are four things you should know about today’s food system:</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">The new farm bill became law in February</strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 39161 at http://iowapublicradio.org What You Should Know about Our Food System Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-face-new-ag-policy-compromise-farm-bill The House on Wednesday passed a new five-year <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/29/268238623/house-passes-compromise-farm-bill" target="_blank">compromise farm bill.</a> The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote.<p>The farm bill — the result of a two-year-long legislative saga — remains massive. The bill contains about $500 billion in funding, most of which is pegged to the food stamp program, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).<p>But the farm bill, as you might expect, also charts agricultural policy for the nation's farmers. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 35504 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For http://iowapublicradio.org/post/meat-we-trust-argues-we-got-meat-industry-we-asked The meat on your dinner table probably didn't come from a happy little cow that lived a wondrous life out on rolling green hills. It probably also wasn't produced by a robot animal killer hired by an evil cabal of monocle-wearing industrialists.<p>Truth is, the meat industry is complicated, and it's impossible to understand without a whole lot of context. That's where Maureen Ogle comes in. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:21:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 33254 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For Farm bill expires, leaves farmers in limbo--again http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-bill-expires-leaves-farmers-limbo-again <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:51:00 +0000 Amy Mayer & Jeremy Bernfeld 29913 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm bill expires, leaves farmers in limbo--again Greetings from Midwest state fairs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/greetings-midwest-state-fairs <p>The Iowa, Missouri and Illinios state fairs all wrap up this weekend. Couldn't visit them all? Get a glimpse here.</p><p>http://youtu.be/41ONhOSCCTI</p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer, Abbie Fentress Swanson & Jeremy Bernfeld & Bill Wheelhouse 27595 at http://iowapublicradio.org Greetings from Midwest state fairs House passes farm-only farm bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/house-passes-farm-only-farm-bill <p>The U.S. House passed its version of farm bill legislation Thursday. The revamped bill strips out funding for food aid and deals only with farm policy, exposing a hefty rift in decades-old alliances between urban and rural legislators and between food aid and farm policy interests.</p><p>Now, that alliance has been battered.</p><p>“Agriculture has joined many of the other topics that are discussed in Congress in becoming a partisan debate of policy,” said Chad Hart, an economist with Iowa State University.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 23847 at http://iowapublicradio.org House passes farm-only farm bill House rejects farm bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/house-rejects-farm-bill <p></p><p>In a stunning move, the U.S. House voted against approving farm bill legislation Thursday, leaving the bill's future up in the air.</p><p>The House rejected the farm bill on a final tally of 234-195 after a day of dramatic, tight votes on amendments to the bill.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:59:21 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 22810 at http://iowapublicradio.org House rejects farm bill Beef feedlots grapple with never-ending waste http://iowapublicradio.org/post/beef-feedlots-grapple-never-ending-waste <p></p><p>Had a hamburger lately? The cow it came from likely passed through a feedlot – a huge farm that fattens cattle before they’re slaughtered. &nbsp;The thousands of cattle housed at a feedlot produce tons and tons of waste and if it’s not properly disposed, it could lead to an environmental disaster.&nbsp;In Part 3 of Harvest Public Media’s series, <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/big-beef">America’s Big Beef</a>, Jeremy Bernfeld reports.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 12032 at http://iowapublicradio.org Beef feedlots grapple with never-ending waste Gas with more ethanol headed to some pumps http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gas-more-ethanol-headed-some-pumps <p>Head to your local filling station and you might see a new blend of gas at the pump. After a three-year regulatory process, the Environmental Protection Agency approved E15 – gas made with 15 percent ethanol – this summer.</p><p>Most gas we pump is already blended with ethanol, sometimes it contains as much as 10 percent, but the ethanol industry fought hard to bring E15 to the market. For ethanol backers and the farmers who feed the ethanol industry, getting drivers to pump gas with 50 percent more ethanol is a big win.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:44:39 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 8060 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gas with more ethanol headed to some pumps My Farm Roots: Brandon Fahrmeier http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-brandon-fahrmeier <p><em>This is the ninth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. </em><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>Click here to explore more </em></a><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>My Farm Roots </em></a><em>stories and to share your own.</em></p><p>Brandon Fahrmeier had a nice job as a sales rep in Ohio for a large company. He and his wife had a nice suburban home. Then they had kids. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 11:57:48 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 7443 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Brandon Fahrmeier My Farm Roots: Kate Edwards http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-kate-edwards <p><em>This is the first installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s new series chronicling Americans&rsquo; connection to the land. Click here (</em><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots</em></a><em>) to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</em></p><p></p><p>Kate Edwards hasn&rsquo;t always been a farmer. No, she came back to the farm after college, grad school and a stint as an environmental engineer.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:38:56 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 4508 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Kate Edwards Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A Robot? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/could-farmer-future-bea-robot <p>There&rsquo;s always work to be done on the farm, but often it&rsquo;s the same work day, after day, after day. Parts of the job must feel a bit like an assembly line.</p><p>While it&rsquo;s impossible to automate farming like many manufacturers have automated their assembly lines, using robotic technology on the farm might not be so far off.</p><p>The biological and agricultural engineering robotics team at Kansas State University knows a thing or two about agricultural robots. They&rsquo;ve won national robotics competitions in each of the last five years.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 12:27:55 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 1988 at http://iowapublicradio.org Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A Robot? From Science Fiction To Fact, Robots Are Coming To A Farm Near You http://iowapublicradio.org/post/science-fiction-fact-robots-are-coming-farm-near-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Usadb4bBn4k</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 15:51:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 1624 at http://iowapublicradio.org From Science Fiction To Fact, Robots Are Coming To A Farm Near You