Abbie Fentress Swanson http://iowapublicradio.org en Padlock the Milk! FDA’s Pushing to Safeguard the Food Supply http://iowapublicradio.org/post/padlock-milk-fda-s-pushing-safeguard-food-supply <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;">Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">And there’s good reason for that.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 37448 at http://iowapublicradio.org Padlock the Milk! FDA’s Pushing to Safeguard the Food Supply Even As Dairy Industry Booms, There Are Fewer And Fewer Farms http://iowapublicradio.org/post/even-dairy-industry-booms-there-are-fewer-and-fewer-farms Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>On Friday, President Obama is scheduled to sign a new farm bill into law. It contains a provision that allows all dairy farms to be part of a safety net. The point is to offset risk when milk prices are too low or feed costs too high. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 35918 at http://iowapublicradio.org Retailers look to sell sustainability of food http://iowapublicradio.org/post/retailers-look-sell-sustainability-food <p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:22:56 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 34671 at http://iowapublicradio.org Retailers look to sell sustainability of food In A Small Missouri Town, Immigrants Turn To Schools For Help http://iowapublicradio.org/post/small-missouri-town-immigrants-turn-schools-help <em>This story comes to us from Harvest Public Media, a public radio reporting project that focuses on agriculture and food production issues.</em> <em>You can see more photos and hear more audio from the series </em><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/shadows-slaughterhouse-dreams-own-words-immigrant" target="_blank">here</a>.<em> Wednesday, we'll have a story from a meatpacking plant in Garden City, Kan., which takes a proactive stance toward its newest immigrants.</em><p>For centuries, immigrants in search of a better life have been drawn to America's largest cities. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 33324 at http://iowapublicradio.org In A Small Missouri Town, Immigrants Turn To Schools For Help New meat labels help inform consumers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-meat-labels-help-inform-consumers <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">A new labeling rule that went into full effect Saturday requires meatpackers and retailers to provide consumers with more information about where their meat comes from.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 32631 at http://iowapublicradio.org New meat labels help inform consumers In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, Part 3 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shadows-slaughterhouse-part-3 <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;">Not yet 9 a.m. on a warm fall day, freshmen Binh Hua and My Nguyen are in protective goggles, long hair pulled back, ready for their chemistry class in a Garden City Community College lab.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Abbie Fentress Swanson 31344 at http://iowapublicradio.org In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, Part 3 In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse: their dreams http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shadows-slaughterhouse-their-dreams <p>(Design by Scott Pham/KBIA)</p><p></p><p>Across the country, rural towns are becoming home to a diverse population of children whose parents work in the meatpacking industry. These young immigrants and refugees have dreams that are bigger than working at the plant. They’re hoping to move out of the shadows of the slaughterhouses that paved the way for their parents to move here from parts of Asia, Africa and Central America.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Abbie Fentress Swanson 31345 at http://iowapublicradio.org In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, Part 1 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shadows-slaughterhouse-part-1 <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;">It’s almost 9 a.m. in Noel, Missouri, and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 31242 at http://iowapublicradio.org In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, Part 1 Shutdown impacts food inspections http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shutdown-impacts-food-inspections <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;">Consumers can rest assured that even with the government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, all of the meat, poultry and eggs bought from the grocery store will be inspected as usual by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.</span></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:40:15 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 30094 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shutdown impacts food inspections 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 Retiring to the farm anything but quiet http://iowapublicradio.org/post/retiring-farm-anything-quiet <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;">It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 27397 at http://iowapublicradio.org Retiring to the farm anything but quiet Corn belt researchers advance soybean science http://iowapublicradio.org/post/corn-belt-researchers-advance-soybean-science <p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 26396 at http://iowapublicradio.org Corn belt researchers advance soybean science What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-farm-runoff-doing-water-scientists-wade America's hugely productive food system is one of its success stories. The nation will export a projected $139.5 billion in agricultural products this fiscal year alone. It's an industry that supports "more than 1 million jobs," according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.<p>But all that productivity has taken a toll on the environment, especially rivers and lakes: Agriculture is the nation's leading cause of impaired water quality, according to the <a href="http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/outreach/point1.cfm">U.S. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 23507 at http://iowapublicradio.org What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In Scientists check Corn Belt waters for effects of ag runoff http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scientists-check-corn-belt-waters-effects-ag-runoff <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Eleven miles northeast of Centralia, Mo., five U.S. Geological Survey scientists don waders and bright reflective life jackets to wade into Goodwater Creek. Plenty of fish live in the stream’s murky slow-moving waters, along with snakes, crayfish, mussels and snapping turtles. On this overcast morning, the team collects water samples and checks submerged cages of fathead minnows for eggs.</span></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 22950 at http://iowapublicradio.org Scientists check Corn Belt waters for effects of ag runoff My Farm Roots: In hip Brooklyn, connecting with farm past http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-hip-brooklyn-connecting-farm-past <p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 22636 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: In hip Brooklyn, connecting with farm past Smithsonian plows into farming history http://iowapublicradio.org/post/smithsonian-plows-farming-history <p></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 21933 at http://iowapublicradio.org Smithsonian plows into farming history USDA releases labeling rule for meat http://iowapublicradio.org/post/usda-releases-labeling-rule-meat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The USDA’s amended&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Country of Origin Labeling, or COOL,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;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.</span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 14:38:14 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 21475 at http://iowapublicradio.org USDA releases labeling rule for meat Gluten-free by popular demand http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gluten-free-popular-demand <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Six months ago, Kara Welter drastically changed her diet by eliminating food that contains wheat, rye or barley.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">“I don’t eat gluten,” said Welter, a 41-year-old marketing executive in Kansas City. “I happened to just try it because I was having stomach issues for years. And it turns out within three days, I stopped having stomach issues.”</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 19716 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gluten-free by popular demand For Corn, Fickle Weather Makes For Uncertain Yields http://iowapublicradio.org/post/corn-fickle-weather-makes-uncertain-yields Last year's drought wreaked havoc on farmers' fields in much of the Midwest, cutting crop yields and forcing livestock producers to cull their herds. This spring, the rain that farmers needed so badly in 2012 has finally returned. But maybe too much, and at the wrong time.<p>It's almost the end of April, which is prime time to plant corn. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 07:25:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 19682 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Corn, Fickle Weather Makes For Uncertain Yields A new frontier in genetically engineered food http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-frontier-genetically-engineered-food <p>Kevin Wells has been genetically engineering animals for 24 years.</p><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>“It’s sort of like a jigsaw puzzle,” said Wells recently as he walked through his lab at the University of Missouri - Columbia. “You take DNA apart and put it back together in different orders, different orientations.”</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:54:40 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 18534 at http://iowapublicradio.org A new frontier in genetically engineered food GMO labeling laws on deck in the Midwest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gmo-labeling-laws-deck-midwest <p></p><p>Just south of Hermann, Mo., <a href="http://www.swissmeats.com/"><u><b>Swiss Meat and Sausage Co.</b></u></a> processes 2 million pounds of meat a year -- everything from cattle to hogs to buffalo to elk.</p><p>And everything gets a label.</p><p>“No antibiotics added, raised without added hormones, all natural, minimally processed," Glenn Brandt, the production manager for Swiss Meat, reads from a hefty roll of hickory smoked beef sausage stickers.</p><p>What this label does not indicate, however, is whether or not the sausage contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:04:14 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 18059 at http://iowapublicradio.org GMO labeling laws on deck in the Midwest Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart http://iowapublicradio.org/post/small-farmers-arent-cashing-wal-mart When Wal-Mart calls, Herman Farris always finds whatever the retailer wants, even if it's yucca root in the dead of winter. Farris is a produce broker in Columbia, Mo., who has been buying for Wal-Mart from auctions and farms since the company began carrying fruits and vegetables in the early 1990s.<p>During the summer and fall, nearly everything Farris delivers is grown in Missouri. That's Wal-Mart's definition of "local" — produce grown and sold in the same state. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 14467 at http://iowapublicradio.org Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart 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 Drought Hurts U.S. Grain Exporters, Market Share http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-hurts-us-grain-exporters Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And now for today's business bottom line. Last summer's drought has brought bad news this fall - low crop yields, especially of corn; plus higher prices, and a prediction from the Department of Agriculture that corn exports will be at a 40-year low. The U.S. still is the world's biggest supplier of corn. But this year, American exporters won't be quite as dominant as usual, in the global corn market. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:23:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 11003 at http://iowapublicradio.org Corn Belt Farmland: The Newest Real Estate Bubble? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/corn-belt-farmland-newest-real-estate-bubble-1 <p></p><p>Howard Audsley has been driving through Missouri for the past 30 years to assess the value of farmland. Barreling down the flat roads of Saline County on a recent day, he stopped his truck at a 160-acre tract of newly tilled black land. The land sold in February for $10,700 per acre, double what it would have gone for five years ago.</p><p>Heading out into the field, Audsley picked up a clod of the dirt that makes this pocket of land some of the priciest in the state.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:13:46 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 10678 at http://iowapublicradio.org Corn Belt Farmland: The Newest Real Estate Bubble? Corn Belt Farmland: The Newest Real Estate Bubble? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/corn-belt-farmland-newest-real-estate-bubble Howard Audsley has been driving through Missouri for the past 30 years to assess the value of farmland. Barreling down the flat roads of Saline County on a recent day, he stopped his truck at a 160-acre tract of newly tilled black land. The land sold in February for $10,700<strong> </strong>per acre, double what it would have gone for five years ago.<p>Heading out into the field, Audsley picked up a clod of the dirt that makes this pocket of land some of the priciest in the state.<p>"This is a very loamy, very productive, but loamy soil," Audsley said. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:54:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 10510 at http://iowapublicradio.org Corn Belt Farmland: The Newest Real Estate Bubble?