Agriculture and Harvest Public Media http://iowapublicradio.org en 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 Unlocking Prairie Secrets from a Sod House http://iowapublicradio.org/post/unlocking-prairie-secrets-sod-house <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><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jackie Sojico 39095 at http://iowapublicradio.org Unlocking Prairie Secrets from a Sod House Bill to Bar GMO Labeling Unveiled http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bill-bar-gmo-labeling-unveiled <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><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">State efforts to label genetically-modified food would be outlawed under a bill unveiled by a Kansas congressman Wednesday – a plan immediately criticized as a “legislative Hail Mary” that won’t pass.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 38913 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bill to Bar GMO Labeling Unveiled Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vertical-farming-towering-vision-uncertain-future <p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Peter Gray 38781 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future 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 Federal Rule Could Dry Up Brewer-Rancher Relationship http://iowapublicradio.org/post/federal-rule-could-dry-brewer-rancher-relationship <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Few people connect craft breweries with cattle feed. But passing along the spent grains from the brewing process, like barley and wheat, to livestock ranchers is a common practice. Although now, that relationship could be in jeopardy.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 38615 at http://iowapublicradio.org Federal Rule Could Dry Up Brewer-Rancher Relationship 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 Farm Life and FFA Have Changed, But the Iconic Jacket Remains the Same http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-life-and-ffa-have-changed-iconic-jacket-remains-same <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 blue corduroy jacket worn by high school students in FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, is an icon of rural life. To the average city dweller the jacket is a vestige of dwindling, isolated farm culture, as fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms. The numbers tell a different story however. In spite of that demographic shift, a record number of kids are donning blue jackets this year.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 38371 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm Life and FFA Have Changed, But the Iconic Jacket Remains the Same 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 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 A Taste of Iowa Summer http://iowapublicradio.org/post/taste-iowa-summer <p>A first of its kind facility&nbsp;in Marshalltown&nbsp;is bringing a taste of Iowa summer to dinner tables. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa Choice&nbsp;Harvest frozen sweet corn and apples have been available in a few grocery stores in the central part of the state, but in April, all 107 Fareway stores will feature the products. &nbsp;Iowa Choice Harvest is a group of 30 farmers who have invested in the company to have Iowa grown fruits and vegetables available year round. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:48:08 +0000 Pat Blank 37878 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Taste of Iowa Summer Drones: Coming Soon to a Farm Near You? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drones-coming-soon-farm-near-you <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;">Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Peter Gray 37797 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drones: Coming Soon to a Farm Near You? States Fight California's Chicken Cage Law. But It's Really About Bacon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/states-fight-californias-chicken-cage-law-its-really-about-bacon By most measures, David Kesten's hens are living the good life.<p>"They can act like chickens, they can run around," says Kesten, who's raising hens in an old wooden shed in the open countryside near Concordia, Mo. "They can go out and catch bugs, they can dig in the ground."<p>But most U.S. hens live crammed into very close quarters, according to <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/about/leadership/executive_staff/joe_maxwell.html">Joe Maxwell</a>, with the Humane Society of the U.S. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:37:10 +0000 Frank Morris 37202 at http://iowapublicradio.org States Fight California's Chicken Cage Law. But It's Really About Bacon Harsh winter kills Iowa honeybees http://iowapublicradio.org/post/harsh-winter-kills-iowa-honeybees <p>Honeybees may be among the many victims of this winter's extended stretches of extreme cold. The State Department of Agriculture's Apiarist, Andrew Joseph says annual winter losses among U.S. beekeepers run about 30 percent. Iowa's losses are likely to be 60 to 65 percent. He says bees that are in good shape can survive a very harsh winter, but those that have been weakened by pesticides or parasites&nbsp;are not likely to survive until spring. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:38:10 +0000 Pat Blank 37578 at http://iowapublicradio.org Harsh winter kills Iowa honeybees 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 Could Our Food Supply Be a Target for Terrorists? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/could-our-food-supply-be-target-terrorists <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 sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster. Villains in trench coats scheme ways to cause the most destruction and chaos. They settle on a food company, an easy target, and plan to lace the products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out the plan with enough time to save the day.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 37445 at http://iowapublicradio.org Could Our Food Supply Be a Target for Terrorists? 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 Vilsack: Trade Deal Negotiations Ongoing http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vilsack-trade-deal-negotiations-ongoing <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom&nbsp;Vilsack&nbsp;is telling Midwest farmers to sit tight while his office hammers out a major trade deal with a group of Asian countries, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:53:58 +0000 Luke Runyon 37159 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vilsack: Trade Deal Negotiations Ongoing 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 Food Hubs Could Provide Crucial Link for Amish Farmers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/food-hubs-could-provide-crucial-link-amish-farmers <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> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:25:42 +0000 Peter Gray 36863 at http://iowapublicradio.org Food Hubs Could Provide Crucial Link for Amish Farmers Climate change could benefit some weeds http://iowapublicradio.org/post/climate-change-could-benefit-some-weeds <p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 36789 at http://iowapublicradio.org Climate change could benefit some weeds 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 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 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 For Farmers Who Rent, 2014 Could Be a Tough Year http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-who-rent-2014-could-be-tough-year <p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:43:54 +0000 Peter Gray 36054 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Farmers Who Rent, 2014 Could Be a Tough Year 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 Colorado Creates Food Safety System for Marijuana Products http://iowapublicradio.org/post/colorado-creates-food-safety-system-marijuana-products <p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 35442 at http://iowapublicradio.org Colorado Creates Food Safety System for Marijuana Products