USDA http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/number-missouri-households-going-hungry-rise <p>A report released Wednesday by the <a href="http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)</a> shows the number of Missouri households threatened by hunger has grown over the past three years.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:34:27 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29654 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise Entire state of Mo. now federal agricultural disaster area http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/entire-state-mo-now-federal-agricultural-disaster-area <p><em>Updated with comments from McCaskill conference call.</em></p><p>The entire state of Missouri is now a federal agriculture disaster area.</p><p>Seventeen of the state&#39;s counties, mostly in the Bootheel, had already received that declaration. Today&#39;s announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture extends that declaration to the other 97 counties and the city of St. Louis.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:22:22 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Marshall Griffin 4131 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Entire state of Mo. now federal agricultural disaster area National plan will affect management of Missouri's Mark Twain Forest http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/national-plan-will-affect-management-missouris-mark-twain-forest <p>The U.S. Forest Service has released <a href="http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/planningrule/home/?cid=stelprdb5349164">a final environmental impact statement</a> for its new management plan for the nation&#39;s public forests.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule">new Forest Planning Rule</a> will guide the management of America&#39;s 193-million acres of national forest lands, and provide the framework for local forest managers to develop their own forest-specific management plans.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:03:42 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2950 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org National plan will affect management of Missouri's Mark Twain Forest 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 Véronique LaCapra 2939 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local researcher awarded $1.3 million to study corn genetics St. Louis-area food banks struggling to keep up with rising need http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-area-food-banks-struggling-keep-rising-need <p>With one of the biggest meals of the year fast approaching, those who rely on St. Louis area food pantries for Thanksgiving may be in trouble. The USDA&rsquo;s food assistance program is sending far less to agencies like the St. Louis Area Food Bank than in past years. And as Tim Lloyd reports, the shortfall is making it hard for the food banks to keep up with a rising need for help.</p><p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 12:35:07 +0000 Tim Lloyd 2511 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis-area food banks struggling to keep up with rising need 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 Disaster declared for farmers in 23 Mo. counties http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/disaster-declared-farmers-23-mo-counties <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/newsroom/2011/USDA_grants_request_to_help_farmers_in_Missouri_counties_impacted_by_heavy_rain_flooding">has issued a disaster declaration</a> for farmers in 23 Missouri counties, including several in the St. Louis area, hit by floods and heavy rain since May 1.</p><p>Friday&#39;s declaration allows farmers in those counties and 26 neighboring counties to seek federal assistance for losses caused by the severe weather. Gov. Jay Nixon had requested the declaration last month.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:35:26 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 2072 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Disaster declared for farmers in 23 Mo. counties USDA to pay Mo. farmers to plant biomass energy crops http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/usda-pay-mo-farmers-plant-biomass-energy-crops <p>The <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">USDA</a> has chosen two new areas in Missouri to participate in a <a href="http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&amp;subject=ener&amp;topic=bcap">program</a> promoting biomass energy crops.</p><p>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the program will pay farmers to plant giant miscanthus, a perennial grass that can be used for energy production.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:06:15 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1442 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org USDA to pay Mo. farmers to plant biomass energy crops "Food deserts" and nutrition: a Q&A with USDA's Roger Beachy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/food-deserts-and-nutrition-qa-usdas-roger-beachy <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-954941.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-954941.mp3</a></p><p>&ldquo;Food deserts&rdquo; &ndash; places without access to fresh produce and other healthy foods &ndash; continue to be a problem throughout the U.S.</p><p>Here in St. Louis, the <a href="http://www.onsl.org/grocery-co-op/">Old North Grocery Co-op</a> opened last summer, in an effort to increase healthy food options in an underserved part of the city. It&rsquo;s the first co-op in Missouri to serve a predominantly low-income neighborhood.</p><p>The director of USDA&rsquo;s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy was in St. Louis recently visiting the Old North co-op and discussing the issue of nutrition.</p><p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:35:10 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 616 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org "Food deserts" and nutrition: a Q&A with USDA's Roger Beachy Corn reserves hit over-15-year low, could raise prices for food, ethanol http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/corn-reserves-hit-over-15-year-low-could-raise-prices-food-ethanol <p>The <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">U.S. Department of Agriculture</a> is reporting that reserves of corn have hit their lowest level in over 15 years.</p><p>The high demand for corn could put upward pressure on food prices in 2011.</p><p>The USDA says demand for corn in the ethanol industry is up 50 million bushels after record-high production in December and January.</p><p>That has left the United States with the lowest surplus of corn since 1996.</p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 19:32:40 +0000 Adam Allington 496 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Corn reserves hit over-15-year low, could raise prices for food, ethanol