farming http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Spike In Propane Price Worries Midwest Farmers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/spike-propane-price-worries-midwest-farmers <p>Residents across the Midwest are struggling with tight propane supplies, especially in this bitterly cold, snowy winter. But it’s not just homes in rural counties that are lacking adequate heating fuel. Farms that put bacon and eggs on your breakfast plate are also feeling the supply pinch.&nbsp;</p><p>Hog farmer Phil Borgic of Nokomis, Ill., burns <a href="http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_pri_wfr_a_epllpa_prs_dpgal_w.htm">liquid propane</a> – LP - from September through May to support his piglets. His farrowing barn goes through about two semi truckloads of LP each year.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:50:41 +0000 Harvest Public Media & Peter Gray 33611 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Spike In Propane Price Worries Midwest Farmers St. Louis Native Tells Comedy Of Errors In Memoir About Move To Rural Vermont http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-native-tells-comedy-errors-memoir-about-move-rural-vermont <p>After years of going on vacations and dreaming of living in the places they visited, St. Louis native Ellen Stimson and her family decided to move to rural Vermont to be close to the mountains.</p><p>They bought a country store, decided to homeschool their youngest son, and began raising chickens. And soon learned that vacationing in Vermont is much different than living there.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:36:02 +0000 Camille Phillips 30932 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Native Tells Comedy Of Errors In Memoir About Move To Rural Vermont Enyart Votes Yes On Farm Bill, Measure Fails http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/enyart-votes-yes-farm-bill-measure-fails <p>Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart&nbsp;was one of only 24 Democrats who voted in favor of the U.S. House's failed Farm Bill on Thursday.</p><p>Enyart, who sits on the House Agriculture Committee, supported the bill despite some misgivings but said&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he is disappointed in the bill’s failure.</span></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:49:37 +0000 KRCU 27607 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Enyart Votes Yes On Farm Bill, Measure Fails Mo. & Ill. Congressmen Speak Out On Federal Farm Bill As US House Prepares To Vote http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-ill-congressmen-speak-out-federal-farm-bill-us-house-prepares-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of Missouri and Illinois' Congressional delegations are weighing in on the U.S. House version of the Farm Bill, which could be voted on before week's end.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Republican Rodney Davis told reporters today via conference call that the bill is a big improvement over the version passed by the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:14:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 27525 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. & Ill. Congressmen Speak Out On Federal Farm Bill As US House Prepares To Vote 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 Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/small-farmers-arent-cashing-wal-mart When Wal-Mart calls, Herman Farris always finds whatever the retailer wants, even if it's yucca root in the dead of winter. Farris is a produce broker in Columbia, Mo., who has been buying for Wal-Mart from auctions and farms since the company began carrying fruits and vegetables in the early 1990s.<p>During the summer and fall, nearly everything Farris delivers is grown in Missouri. That's Wal-Mart's definition of "local" — produce grown and sold in the same state. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 19:35:09 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 8965 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart Understanding The 'Milk Cliff' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/understanding-milk-cliff You've heard of the "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/09/19/161427078/the-fiscal-cliff-in-three-and-a-half-graphics">fiscal cliff</a>," but have you heard of the milk cliff"?<p>If Congress doesn't take action in the next four days, milk prices could shoot up dramatically.<p><strong>Here's why:</strong><p>The farm bill contains something called the <a href="http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=pfs&newstype=prfactsheet&type=detail&item=pf_20110804_dppsp_en_mpsp.html">Dairy Product Price Support Program</a>. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:27:44 +0000 7814 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Understanding The 'Milk Cliff' Three 'Vital' Bills McCaskill Says Are Being Ignored http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/three-vital-bills-mccaskill-says-are-being-ignored <p>Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says she's frustrated with the House of Representatives for not taking up three pieces of legislation that she calls "bipartisan" and "vitally important."</p><p>The Democratic Senator says she doesn't understand why members of the House won't take up legislation on:</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:40:42 +0000 Julie Bierach 6872 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Three 'Vital' Bills McCaskill Says Are Being Ignored Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/despite-record-drought-farmers-expect-banner-year After one of the driest summers on record, recent rains have helped in some parts of the country. But overall, the drought has still intensified. The latest tracking classifies more than a fifth of the contiguous United States in "extreme or exceptional" drought, the worst ratings.<p>In some parts of the Lower Midwest, water-starved crops have collapsed, but the farmers have not. Farmers across the country are surviving, and many are even thriving. This year, despite the dismal season, farmers stand to make exceptionally good money, according to the U.S. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:17:59 +0000 Frank Morris 4731 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year Nixon extends state of emergency for drought http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-extends-state-emergency-drought <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p>Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has extended the state of emergency related to the drought that has gripped the state for most of the summer.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:06:05 +0000 Kelsey Proud 4550 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon extends state of emergency for drought