agriculture http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Koster's Egg Suit Against California Gets Cracking, Now Has Five Allied States http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kosters-egg-suit-against-california-gets-cracking-now-has-five-allied-states <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s effort to protect Missouri's egg producers from stiffer California mandates is getting support from five states that have joined Missouri’s suit.</p><p></p><p>The five states are Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Iowa. Combined with Missouri, the six states “produce more than 20 billion eggs per year, 10 percent of which are sold to California consumers,” Koster’s staff said.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:09:08 +0000 Jo Mannies 34220 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster's Egg Suit Against California Gets Cracking, Now Has Five Allied States Innovation Rundown: Agriculture Meets IT In A Big Data Way http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/innovation-rundown-agriculture-meets-it-big-data-way <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is there any aspect of life that technology hasn’t touched?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While I’m sure people can cite examples in the non-digital sphere, agriculture is not one of them. It hasn’t been for some time – farmers are adept at using all kinds of technology to monitor weather, pricing, soil content. But a new development is taking the idea to a new level. And St. Louis's own Monsanto seems to be leading the way.</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:52:01 +0000 Shula Neuman 33596 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Innovation Rundown: Agriculture Meets IT In A Big Data Way Missouri Department Of Agriculture Warns Of Pesticide Telemarketing Scam http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-department-agriculture-warns-pesticide-telemarketing-scam <p>The Missouri Department of Agriculture is warning consumers about a pesticide telemarketing scam.</p><p>Farmers, gardeners and others have received phone calls from salespeople claiming to offer high quality herbicides at below market prices.</p><p>The products have turned out <u>not</u> to be properly registered or labeled.</p><p>An agriculture department spokesperson declined to say what exactly was in the purchased products, what company ― or companies ― are involved in the scam, or whether the fraud extends to other states.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:41:56 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 29947 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Department Of Agriculture Warns Of Pesticide Telemarketing Scam Report: 'Significant Portion' Of Extreme Weather Crop Losses Avoidable, But Some Farmers Aren't Sold http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-significant-portion-extreme-weather-crop-losses-avoidable-some-farmers-arent-sold <p><em>Reporting from&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harvest Public Media’s Bill Wheelhouse.</span></em></p><p>Farmers across the country received more than $17 billion in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. A <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/media/2013/130827.asp?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NRDCPressReleases+%28NRDC+Press+Releases%29">report released Tuesday</a> by an environmental group blames farmers for not doing enough to shield the soil against the heat.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:59:34 +0000 WUIS 29431 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: 'Significant Portion' Of Extreme Weather Crop Losses Avoidable, But Some Farmers Aren't Sold Vilsack Says Immigration Reform Critical For Agriculture http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/vilsack-says-immigration-reform-critical-agriculture <p>Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest’s role as a global leader in agriculture.</p><p>That’s the message from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p><p>Vilsack told St. Louis Public Radio today that moving forward with the immigration reform plan recently passed by the U.S. Senate is key to retaining international talent that comes to this country to study in the plant sciences.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:54:28 +0000 Tim Lloyd 29026 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Vilsack Says Immigration Reform Critical For Agriculture How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-senate-farm-bill-would-change-subsidies The Senate voted Monday to approve its version of the farm bill, a massive spending measure that covers everything from food stamps to crop insurance and sets the nation's farm policy for the next five years.<p>The centerpiece of that policy is an expanded crop insurance program, designed to protect farmers from losses, that some say amounts to a highly subsidized gift to agribusiness. That debate is set to continue as the House plans to take up its version of the bill this month.<p>For farmer Scott Neufeld, crop insurance is an integral part of his family's business. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:18:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 27250 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How The Senate Farm Bill Would Change Subsidies For Corn, Fickle Weather Makes For Uncertain Yields http://news.stlpublicradio.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 25723 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For Corn, Fickle Weather Makes For Uncertain Yields Local Food May Feel Good, But It Doesn't Pay http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-food-may-feel-good-it-doesnt-pay Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>These days, farmers markets are springing up all over the place, from small towns to big cities. Locally grown food is booming, as shoppers invest more time, money and thought into what they eat. But not all is well in the local food movement.<p>As St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington reports, many of the farmers who supply local markets are barely getting by.<p>ADAM ALLINGTON, BYLINE: It's a chilly March morning in Elsah, Illinois, near the banks of the Mississippi. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:48:53 +0000 Adam Allington 10306 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-stricken-plains-farmers-giddy-over-heavy-snow Two rapid-fire snowstorms <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/22/172680402/storm-buries-kansas-missouri-as-it-heads-east" target="_blank">belted Kansas</a> with more than 2 feet of snow this week. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Frank Morris 9798 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow Supreme Court Seems Ready To Side With Monsanto In Soybean Patent Case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-seems-ready-side-monsanto-soybean-patent-case <p><em><strong>Updated on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:10 p.m. to add quote from Bowman.</strong></em></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/11-796.pdf">heard oral arguments today</a> in a legal battle between St. Louis-based Monsanto and a 75-year-old Indiana farmer.</p><p>The case revolves around whether Vernon Hugh Bowman violated Monsanto's patent rights when he bought seeds from a grain elevator and planted them.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 19:51:48 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 9450 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Supreme Court Seems Ready To Side With Monsanto In Soybean Patent Case