Amy Mayer http://iowapublicradio.org en 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 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 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 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 Candidate Profile: Joe Grandanette http://iowapublicradio.org/post/candidate-profile-joe-grandanette <p>Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Joe Grandanette. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/2014-voter-guide" target="_blank">series</a>. Thu, 22 May 2014 15:49:36 +0000 Amy Mayer & Katherine Perkins 41043 at http://iowapublicradio.org Candidate Profile: Joe Grandanette 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 River Curriculum Helps Decorah Earn Statewide Honor http://iowapublicradio.org/post/river-curriculum-helps-decorah-earn-statewide-honor <p></p><p>Each year, the statewide nonprofit organization <a href="http://iowarivers.org/">Iowa Rivers Revival</a> honors a community for its commitment to the river that runs through it. This year the group named Decorah as its River Town of the Year.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 40249 at http://iowapublicradio.org River Curriculum Helps Decorah Earn Statewide Honor Robust System Can Grow Local Market http://iowapublicradio.org/post/robust-system-can-grow-local-market <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 smell of baking dinner rolls fills the kitchen at Decorah High School in northeast Iowa. As two kitchen workers mix a fresh broccoli salad, another, Chad Elliott, ladles tomato soup from a large metal pot on the stove into white plastic buckets for delivery to the town’s elementary schools.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 39648 at http://iowapublicradio.org Robust System Can Grow Local Market Public, Private Partners Key to Local Food Success http://iowapublicradio.org/post/public-private-partners-key-local-food-success <p></p><p>As Food Corps service member Ashley Turk navigates her way through a brand-new greenhouse in the courtyard at Waukon High School in the northeast corner of Iowa, she points to a robust supply of red and green lettuce leaves growing neatly in rows.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s huge,” she says. “We cut it off and it just keeps growing.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The greenhouse lettuce is among the offerings in the school’s salad bar. And students will soon be growing carrots, tomatoes and other vegetables, Turks says.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 39516 at http://iowapublicradio.org Public, Private Partners Key to Local Food Success USDA makes PED a reportable disease http://iowapublicradio.org/post/usda-makes-ped-reportable-disease <p></p><p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that hog farmers are now required to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/2014/faq_ped_reporting.pdf">report outbreaks</a>&nbsp;of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:13:45 +0000 Amy Mayer 39350 at http://iowapublicradio.org USDA makes PED a reportable disease VEISHEA Celebration at Iowa State Canceled http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veishea-celebration-iowa-state-canceled <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Raucous behavior in the </span>Campustown<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood just off the Iowa State University campus in Ames early Wednesday left one student hospitalized. And it led to the </span>cancelation<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of an annual spring tradition.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:05:35 +0000 Amy Mayer 38879 at http://iowapublicradio.org VEISHEA Celebration at Iowa State Canceled Ethanol Advocates Fight for Renewable Fuel Standard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ethanol-advocates-fight-renewable-fuel-standard <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Ethanol advocates made the case for preserving the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on Tuesday in front of the Senate Agriculture Committee.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:27:58 +0000 Amy Mayer 38811 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ethanol Advocates Fight for Renewable Fuel Standard Rootworms May Fall Victim to Greater Crop Rotation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rootworms-may-fall-victim-greater-crop-rotation <p></p><p>After a long battle with corn rootworm, Midwest farmers thought they’d found relief in genetically modified seeds with engineered-in toxins to beat back the best. But recent research confirms what farmers have been noticing for several years: the western corn rootworm has been evolving to outwit the technology.</p><p>When Aaron Gassmann, a bug researcher at Iowa State University, started answering calls to come look at some cornfields, he went out and quickly had a hunch. Now, his research proves his fear.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 38455 at http://iowapublicradio.org Rootworms May Fall Victim to Greater Crop Rotation USDA predicts more soybean acres this year http://iowapublicradio.org/post/usda-predicts-more-soybean-acres-year <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">The U. S. Department of Agriculture is predicting fewer acres will be planted in corn this year, compared to last year, while soybean acreage will be up.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 38385 at http://iowapublicradio.org USDA predicts more soybean acres this year Pig Virus Now Impacting Pork Prices http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pig-virus-now-impacting-pork-prices <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A virus that has devastated piglets for nearly a year is now responsible for lower pork supplies and higher prices.</span></p><p>Phil Borgic of Nokomis, Ill. knows first hand what happens when porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus infects a hog barn. He walked through one in late January pointing out the differences among litters.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 37390 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pig Virus Now Impacting Pork Prices Online Commodity Challenge helps farmers learn market tools http://iowapublicradio.org/post/online-commodity-challenge-helps-farmers-learn-market-tools <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a frigid winter day , Chad Hart tries to warm his economics students at Iowa State University to the idea of managing some of the risk of farming using the commodity markets. Because as he told them on the first day of class, farmers don’t make money planting or harvesting crops; they make money selling them. And Hart knows that marketing—managing those sales for the best profit—can be intimidating.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:54:46 +0000 Amy Mayer 36438 at http://iowapublicradio.org Online Commodity Challenge helps farmers learn market tools President Signs New Farm Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-signs-new-farm-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">President Barack Obama signed the new farm bill into law Friday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, ending years of negotiations and wrangling.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:12:43 +0000 Amy Mayer 35965 at http://iowapublicradio.org President Signs New Farm Bill The Uneasy Marriage of Food Stamps and Farm Policy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/uneasy-marriage-food-stamps-and-farm-policy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When President Obama signs the </span><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/new-farm-bill-may-be-sight" style="line-height: 1.5;">long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – the new farm bill – into law Friday, both farmers and food stamps advocates will be sighing in relief. This farm bill process was fraught with ups and downs and the loose coalition tying nutrition and farm programs seemed barely able to survive.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 35890 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Uneasy Marriage of Food Stamps and Farm Policy Corn Dust Another Threat to Honeybees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/corn-dust-another-threat-honeybees <p>The way certain corn seeds get planted is having an unintended negative affect on honeybees in the Corn Belt.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:06:18 +0000 Amy Mayer 35713 at http://iowapublicradio.org Corn Dust Another Threat to Honeybees Farm Bill Compromise Passes House http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-bill-compromise-passes-house <p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:48:14 +0000 Amy Mayer 35551 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm Bill Compromise Passes House Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pig-virus-continues-spread-raising-fears-pricier-bacon Pork producers across the country are grappling with a virus that's going after piglets. Livestock economists estimate the porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, virus has already killed about 1 million baby pigs in the U.S. since it was first found in Iowa last spring.<p>Canada <a href="http://www.opic.on.ca/images/pdfs/ONPEDNOTIFICATION.pdf">reported</a> its first case Thursday, and the disease shows no sign of abating. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 35340 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon Niche Crops Leap into Bigger Markets http://iowapublicradio.org/post/niche-crops-leap-bigger-markets <p></p><p>In the Midwest, crop agriculture often gets divided between the major commodities of corn, soybeans and wheat and everything else. Switching to an un-tested crop is risky for farmers, but sometimes agronomics and market forces meet in a sweet spot and they can reap the benefits of innovation.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 35137 at http://iowapublicradio.org Niche Crops Leap into Bigger Markets Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus continues relentless spread http://iowapublicradio.org/post/porcine-epidemic-diarrhea-virus-continues-relentless-spread <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Pork producers across the country are continuing to grapple with a virus that’s killing their piglets. Experts estimate Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (</span>PED<span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">) virus has already killed about 1 million baby pigs and the disease shows no sign of abating.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 34803 at http://iowapublicradio.org Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus continues relentless spread Corn stover market set to grow in 2014 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/corn-stover-market-set-grow-2014 <p>Something farmers often call “trash” could be a new <u>cash crop</u> in 2014. Two cellulosic ethanol plants are expected to begin operations in the coming year, one near Nevada and the other in Emmetsburg. They will create ethanol from the leaves, stalks and cobs of the corn plant, rather than the grain. And that means farmers will be able to sell the residue left on the field after harvest to the energy producers. Iowa State University agronomy professor Rick Cruse says cellulosic production could eventually expand to accept other raw materials.</p><p></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:47:09 +0000 Amy Mayer 34319 at http://iowapublicradio.org Corn stover market set to grow in 2014 Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/top-ipr-reporter-picks-2013 <p>2013 has been a busy year for Iowa Public Radio's news team. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporters and correspondents about some of the most meaningful and challenging stories they covered. It's a "reporter's notebook" edition of the show.</p><p>Here is a list of the full features heard on today's show:</p><blockquote><p>January 10 - <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/undocumented-immigrants-university">Undocumented Immigrants at University</a></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:24:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury, Joyce Russell, Rob Dillard, Amy Mayer, Durrie Bouscaren, Clay Masters, John Pemble & Dean Borg 34194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 Poultry inspection rules in focus on Capitol Hill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/poultry-inspection-rules-focus-capitol-hill <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">A bipartisan group of senators is pressuring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to finalize changes to the way poultry is inspected.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:58:41 +0000 Amy Mayer 33831 at http://iowapublicradio.org Poultry inspection rules in focus on Capitol Hill Another farm bill deadline passes without a deal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/another-farm-bill-deadline-passes-without-deal <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If it seems like Congress just can’t get the farm bill done, well… that’s because it can’t. All year long, Washington lawmakers have been saying they want to pass a full five-year farm bill. But even though leaders of the House-Senate conference committee say they are close, they have acknowledged it just </span><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/no-farm-bill-year#.UqoTUfRUf-s" style="line-height: 1.5;">won’t get done</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this year. They’re pushing it off until January.</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 33432 at http://iowapublicradio.org Another farm bill deadline passes without a deal Scientists seek more microbial might on the farm http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scientists-seek-more-microbial-might-farm <p></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:59:08 +0000 Amy Mayer 32288 at http://iowapublicradio.org Scientists seek more microbial might on the farm Schools buying local produce, but room to expand http://iowapublicradio.org/post/schools-buying-local-produce-room-expand <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa’s school districts spent six percent of their food budgets buying from local farms in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s </span><a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/census/#/map" style="line-height: 1.5;">Farm to School Census</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. That means efforts to fill cafeteria trays with local foods have plenty of room to grow.</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:57:46 +0000 Amy Mayer 32064 at http://iowapublicradio.org Schools buying local produce, but room to expand Science not likely to resolve dicey food issues http://iowapublicradio.org/post/science-not-likely-resolve-dicey-food-issues <p></p><p>Hot-button food issues of the day, such as the use of genetically modified organisms or the treatment of livestock, tend to pit large industries against smaller activist groups. Often, both sides will claim the science supports what they are saying. That can leave consumers in a bit of a bind.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 31157 at http://iowapublicradio.org Science not likely to resolve dicey food issues