Grant Gerlock http://iowapublicradio.org en 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 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 Hog Farmers Differ on Packer-Owned Pigs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hog-farmers-differ-packer-owned-pigs <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><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Nebraska hog farmers aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on a proposal that would allow meatpacking companies more control over the state’s hog industry. And farmers all over the country are watching.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:52:18 +0000 Grant Gerlock 38136 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hog Farmers Differ on Packer-Owned Pigs Report Says U.S. Wastes Nearly One Third of Food Produced http://iowapublicradio.org/post/report-says-us-wastes-nearly-one-third-food-produced <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly a third of the food available to be eaten in the U.S. is thrown out instead. And all of that wasted food comes with a steep price tag.</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:59:19 +0000 Grant Gerlock 37054 at http://iowapublicradio.org Report Says U.S. Wastes Nearly One Third of Food Produced Young Farmers Wait for Their Opportunity http://iowapublicradio.org/post/young-farmers-wait-their-opportunity <p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 36565 at http://iowapublicradio.org Young Farmers Wait for Their Opportunity Farmers Worry About Sharing Big Data http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-worry-about-sharing-big-data <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 15px;">When it comes to keeping data secure, farmers are worried about some of the same issues as the rest of us. Precision data from the farm could help drive new levels of productivity, but farmers have to decide just how much they want to share.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 36399 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers Worry About Sharing Big Data Up Against Blend Wall, Ethanol's at a Crossroads http://iowapublicradio.org/post/against-blend-wall-ethanols-crossroads <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;">A steady stream of semi-trailers rolls across the scales at the E Energy ethanol plant near the town of Adams in southeast Nebraska. The smokestack behind the scale house sends up a tall plume of white steam. The sweet smell of fermenting corn is in the air.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:08:43 +0000 Grant Gerlock 35117 at http://iowapublicradio.org Up Against Blend Wall, Ethanol's at a Crossroads US beef herd poised for growth http://iowapublicradio.org/post/us-beef-herd-poised-growth <p>For the first time in nearly 10 years, the nation’s beef herd may be poised for growth, which could mean relief from rising meat prices. But with the fewest cattle in the beef supply since the 1960s, slow growth won’t cut prices anytime soon.</p><p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 34476 at http://iowapublicradio.org US beef herd poised for growth USDA one step closer to approving new herbicide resistant crops http://iowapublicradio.org/post/usda-one-step-closer-approving-new-herbicide-resistant-crops <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">New herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans are a step closer to reaching farm fields in the U.S. They would help farmers control weeds that are no longer killed by the popular herbicide, Roundup.</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:40:54 +0000 Grant Gerlock 34466 at http://iowapublicradio.org USDA one step closer to approving new herbicide resistant crops Disaster aid for livestock producers on hold http://iowapublicradio.org/post/disaster-aid-livestock-producers-hold <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Highway 2/71 north of Crawford, in the Nebraska Panhandle, is a ribbon of pavement in a vast rolling grassland broken by the occasional tree covered butte. It runs through an area rancher Dave Moody calls the “gumbo,” thanks to the thick mud that develops after a long rain.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 31665 at http://iowapublicradio.org Disaster aid for livestock producers on hold Farmers plowing up more and more of the prairie http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-plowing-more-and-more-prairie <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;">In recent years, farmers in the Midwest have transformed millions of acres of prairie grass to rows of corn. High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 30999 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers plowing up more and more of the prairie Farm Families Pick Massive Corn Harvest As Prices Shrink http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-families-pick-massive-corn-harvest-prices-shrink Corn prices are down and the farm bill is stalled in Congress. So there's a lot of uncertainly in the air as harvest season gets into full swing across the Midwest. But this is a time of year when farm families like the Friesens in Henderson, Neb., come together to focus on the big task at hand: the corn harvest.<p>Everyone in the family has a job to do.<p>"Like my dad — he drives auger wagon," Curt Friesen says. "He drives auger wagon only. That's all he's done since 1976, I think. ... My wife, Nancy, she drives the combine; that's her job."<p>Curt drives a truck. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:34:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 30596 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm Families Pick Massive Corn Harvest As Prices Shrink Harvest Brings Farm Families Together, Redefines Commitment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/harvest-brings-farm-families-together Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, here's a reality about farming. From the earliest days of this country, it's been an uncertain business, and for many decades, national policies have been designed to smooth out that risk. But, of course, the risk never entirely goes away. You can never control the rain, for example, and lately the uncertainty has been growing. Corn prices are down. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:50:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 30585 at http://iowapublicradio.org