U.S. Department of Agriculture http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Crops Behind Schedule, But Conditions Much Improved Over Last Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-crops-behind-schedule-conditions-much-improved-over-last-year <p>The heavy rains that caused flooding across portions of Missouri this spring have also led to improved soil conditions for crops grown in the Show-Me State.</p><p>The exceptionally-wet spring did cause delays in getting corn, cotton and soybeans in the ground.&nbsp; But Bob Garino, Missouri Statistician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">(USDA)</a> state office in Columbia, says conditions are much better than a year ago when 2012's drought and heat wave began to take hold.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:52:12 +0000 Marshall Griffin 27412 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Crops Behind Schedule, But Conditions Much Improved Over Last Year Morning headlines- Thursday, July 12, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-july-12-2012 <p><strong>Heat wave death toll rises</strong></p><p>The death toll from the recent heat wave in St. Louis is up to 14.</p><p>The city announced yesterday that four more individuals- three men and a woman- had succumbed to the triple-digit temperatures. The exact circumstances of their deaths were not provided.</p><p>The rising death toll has prompted Mayor Francis Slay to create a coordinated severe weather response program that will include the city&#39;s health, human services, public safety and building departments.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:05:29 +0000 Sydney Miller & The Associated Press 4107 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines- Thursday, July 12, 2012 Local researcher awarded $1.3 million to study corn genetics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-researcher-awarded-13-million-study-corn-genetics <p>The <a href="http://www.nsf.gov/index.jsp">National Science Foundation</a> has awarded a local researcher $1.3 million to study the genetics of how corn plants take up nutrients.</p><p>The ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of fertilizer needed to grow the ubiquitous crop.</p><p><a href="http://www.danforthcenter.org/science/laboratories/Ivan_Baxter/">Ivan Baxter</a>, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research scientist and assistant member at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, will lead the research.</p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:54:19 +0000 VĂ©ronique LaCapra 2939 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local researcher awarded $1.3 million to study corn genetics USDA announces funding for rural broadband, Mo. not on list http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/usda-announces-funding-rural-broadband-mo-not-list <p>Telephone utilities in 18 states will receive nearly $500 million in U.S. Agriculture Department funds to build, expand and improve broadband in rural areas.</p><p>The Ag Department made the announcement Monday during the annual meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in St. Louis.</p><p>In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the money to 28 telephone utilities will provide high-speed Internet that will improve health care and educational opportunities to rural areas, along with greater job opportunities.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:25:09 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 2463 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org USDA announces funding for rural broadband, Mo. not on list Rural US sharing federal money for broadband Internet http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rural-us-sharing-federal-money-broadband-internet <p>Telecommunications companies in 16 states are sharing more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to rural America.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&amp;contentid=2011/08/0375.xml">announced the grants and loans</a> through its rural development office on Monday.</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:58:55 +0000 The Associated Press 1916 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rural US sharing federal money for broadband Internet