Harvest Public Media 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 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 The Renewable Fuel Standard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/renewable-fuel-standard <p>A decade ago ethanol was touted as an eco-friendly biofuel that would not only decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil, but also boost the Midwest's economy. Today however, ethanol’s future is a matter of debate.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">Environmental Protection Agency </a>recently <a href="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/documents/420f13048.pdf">proposed reducing the ethanol mandate</a> for the nation’s fuel supply. Many Iowa and around Midwest believe a reduction to the RFS would be economically devastating.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:16:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 35464 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Renewable Fuel Standard The Farm Progress Show and The Nixon Tapes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-progress-show-and-nixons-tapes <div id="content"><div class="chat in"><div class="msg 1st">Host Ben Kieffer discusses this year's <a href="http://farmprogressshow.com/">Farm Progress Show</a> with Harvest Public Media reporter <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/author/1667">Bill Wheelhouse</a>, Iowa State University Professor horticulturalist <a href="http://www.hort.iastate.edu/directory/delate">Kathleen Delate</a> and organic farmer<a href="http://farmhack.net/users/grantschultz"> Grant Schultz</a>.</div><div class="msg 1st">&nbsp;</div><div class="msg 1st">&nbsp;</div><div class="msg 1st">&nbsp;</div><div class="msg Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:27:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 28296 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Farm Progress Show and The Nixon Tapes E85 Popularity up in Iowa. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/e85-popularity-iowa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Iowa’s ultra-high ethonal, E-85, fuel pumps are increasingly popular.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg reports.</span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:53:12 +0000 Dean Borg 28056 at http://iowapublicradio.org E85 Popularity up in Iowa. Dining on Nettles, Milkweed and Dandelions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dining-nettles-milkweed-and-dandelions <p style='padding: 0px; outline: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; line-height: 15px; font-family: "PT Sans", sans-serif; margin-bottom: 12px; vertical-align: baseline;'>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style='line-height: 15px; font-family: "PT Sans", sans-serif;'>It’s a humid, windy day in southeast Nebraska, and Adam Hintz is hunting for morels. The mushroom, which kind of looks like a shrunken brain, is known for being elusive, and so far, nothing’s turned up.</span></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:09:11 +0000 Hilary Stohs-Krause 23657 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dining on Nettles, Milkweed and Dandelions The Future of Crop Insurance and CRP http://iowapublicradio.org/post/future-crop-insurance-and-crp <p>As the Farm Bill is debated in the U.S. House of Representatives, host Charity Nebbe digs into the politics of farm policy in a special joint broadcast with <a href="http://www.kcur.org/">KCUR </a>in Kansas City and <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/">Harvest Public Media</a>.&nbsp; What's the future of crop insurance and the Conservation Reserve Program?&nbsp; What's at stake for farmers large and small?&nbsp; And also, how will what happens on the farm affect the rest of the country?</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:30:52 +0000 Sarah Boden 22714 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Future of Crop Insurance and CRP Ethanol Plants Caught in 'Blend Wall' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ethanol-plants-caught-blend-wall <p>On Highway 20 outside of Atkinson in north-central Nebraska, semis with trailers full of corn roll past the NEDAK ethanol plant.</p><p>The plant, which was built by local investors in 2008, has been offline since June 2012 when the drought pushed corn prices to new highs. When operating, the plant made 44 million gallons of ethanol per year from 17 million bushels of corn.</p><p>“We had corn coming in as far as 130 miles out,” said Jerome Fagerland, NEDAK's president and general manager.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:28:31 +0000 Grant Gerlock 17667 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ethanol Plants Caught in 'Blend Wall' Science of the Seed http://iowapublicradio.org/post/science-seed-1 <p>People have been cross-breeding plants for thousands of year… Manipulating traits in agricultural crops from generation to generation. When scientists discovered that they could actually modify the genes of these plants in a laboratory the landscape of agriculture changed dramatically and fast. Host Charity Nebbe, explores the science of seeds, as a continuation of the Harvest Public Media series.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:55:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe 16554 at http://iowapublicradio.org Science of the Seed Farm bill extension doesn’t sit well with many organic farmers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-bill-extension-doesn-t-sit-well-many-organic-farmers <p></p><p>S<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em;">hoppers looking for organic food may have to look a bit harder this year.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 14001 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm bill extension doesn’t sit well with many organic farmers Oh Christmas Tree http://iowapublicradio.org/post/oh-christmas-tree <p>Danny Moulds owns Kris Kringle’s Trees just north of Cedar Falls. He says the hot dry summer took a harsh toll on newly planted seedlings. He says he lost around 15 thousand Christmas &nbsp;trees on his 46 acre farm.</p><p>Had those young trees survived they would have been ready for harvest in 2019. Because the drought was so widespread, Iowa Department of Natural Resources District Forester Mark Vitosh says it may be harder to find the more popular varieties in the future.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:03:43 +0000 Pat Blank 11112 at http://iowapublicradio.org Oh Christmas Tree In the food wars, opposing sides take their message across the aisles http://iowapublicradio.org/post/food-wars-opposing-sides-take-their-message-across-aisles <p></p><p></p><p>Debate surrounding what we eat and how it’s made is nothing new, but in this year of outcry over pink slime, criticism regarding gestation crates and questions about the value of organic food, the various sides are reaching out in new ways and new places. Even when the opposing camps actually speak with each other, though, middle ground is still proving hard to find.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:58:10 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 11055 at http://iowapublicradio.org In the food wars, opposing sides take their message across the aisles Roundup resistance leading to more chemicals, study finds http://iowapublicradio.org/post/roundup-resistance-leading-more-chemicals-study-finds <p></p><p>Farmers and weeds are in a constant competition. When the herbicide called Roundup came along, farmers got a clear edge. But now weeds are beginning to catch up. Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media has more on how Roundup-resistant weeds are changing the game.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:25:21 +0000 Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media 9498 at http://iowapublicradio.org Roundup resistance leading to more chemicals, study finds Drought Resistant Corn Yields http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-resistant-corn-yields <p></p><p>After the dry summer, this harvest offers a good look at what drought resistant corn can do. In conjunction with Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer reports the big companies may soon be touting their results, but farmers may not rush to plant drought resistant seed next year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:30:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 8897 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought Resistant Corn Yields My Farm Roots: Nathan Dorn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-nathan-dorn <p>Down a stretch of rural highway and country roads lined with fields, about an hour south of Lincoln, Neb., lies the Dorn family farm. That’s where Nathan Dorn grew up, where his grandfather farmed before him and where his father, uncles and cousin now farm beside him.</p><p>Dorn’s strong ties to the land made the decision to continue the family tradition of farming an easy one. But it also leaves him feeling misunderstood by the average American.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:00:59 +0000 Camille Phillips 8532 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Nathan Dorn Coalescing around the Farm Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/coalescing-around-farm-bill <p>The current farm bill expires at the end of September and lawmakers won’t have a new one passed, thanks largely to election-year politics. Despite the partisan bickering in Washington, many in farm country are working together to keep their concerns on the front burner.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:47:12 +0000 Amy Mayer 8503 at http://iowapublicradio.org Coalescing around the Farm Bill My Farm Roots:Rose Alderson http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-rootsrose-alderson <p><em>This is the tenth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connections to the land. </em><u><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></u><em> stories and to share your own.</em></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:22:30 +0000 Frank Morris 7844 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots:Rose Alderson Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net http://iowapublicradio.org/post/livestock-producers-caught-without-safety-net <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; ">Farmers growing crops have insurance to ward off the financial failure of their season during this terrible drought. But there&rsquo;s no safety net like that in place for livestock producers. They are being turned away from government offices when they ask for help. What&rsquo;s the holdup? Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s Peggy Lowe reports that aid for livestock producers is tied up in Washington politics.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:28:46 +0000 Peggy Lowe 5345 at http://iowapublicradio.org Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net Who are you calling a corporate farmer? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/who-are-you-calling-corporate-farmer <p>A surprising thing happens while touring Chris Boeckmann&rsquo;s turkey farm, where 50,000 birds are grown each year for Cargill Inc.</p><p>After seeing the huge brooder barn, after looking into a second enormous facility for the older birds and after spying the Cargill sign, the obvious conclusion is that this is a corporate farm.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 11:54:26 +0000 Peggy Lowe 2126 at http://iowapublicradio.org Who are you calling a corporate farmer? Farmers of the Future http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-future <p>The 2007 U-S Census of Agriculture reveals these trends&hellip; the percentage of women and Hispanic farmers is growing.&nbsp; And farmers are getting older.&nbsp; For today&#39;s Talk of Iowa, in cooperation with Harvest Public Media, we talk with Farmers of the Future.&nbsp; Young farmers trying to break into the business tell us how they&rsquo;re overcoming obstacles and planning for changes in agriculture.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 20:49:37 +0000 Charity Nebbe 2089 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers of the Future