livestock http://www.kunc.org en Midwest Becomes A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Map http://www.kunc.org/post/midwest-becomes-cattle-paradise-drought-stretches-beef-map <p>Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado" target="_blank">from California to Colorado</a> and <a href="http://lubbockonline.com/agriculture/2014-03-02/texas-trails-nebraska-number-cattle-feeding" target="_blank">from Texas to Nebraska</a> seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock & Harvest Public Media 59076 at http://www.kunc.org Midwest Becomes A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Map Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids http://www.kunc.org/post/mutton-busting-rodeo-tradition-rough-and-tumble-kids <p></p><p>A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 58469 at http://www.kunc.org Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids The System Supplying America's Chickens Pits Farmer Vs. Farmer http://www.kunc.org/post/system-supplying-americas-chickens-pits-farmer-vs-farmer After reading Christopher Leonard's <em>The</em> <em>Meat Racket</em>, a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/19/276981085/is-tyson-foods-chicken-empire-a-meat-racket">broadside</a> against the contract-farming system, I decided to take a closer look at it.<p>I drove to North Carolina and ended up in the kind of place that supplies practically all of our chickens: a metal-sided, 500-foot-long structure near the town of Fairmont.<p>In the dim light, I see 30,000 little chicks scuttling around on the floor. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 54173 at http://www.kunc.org The System Supplying America's Chickens Pits Farmer Vs. Farmer Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'? http://www.kunc.org/post/tyson-foods-chicken-empire-meat-racket Christopher Leonard's new exposé on the chicken industry, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Meat-Racket-Takeover-Americas/dp/1451645813/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392403784&sr=8-1&keywords=meat+racket">The Meat Racket</a>, doesn't devote much ink to the physical object on our plate, the chicken meat itself.<p>Instead, Leonard focuses on the economic machinery that delivers the meat to us, or, as he puts it, "the hidden power structure that has quietly reshaped U.S. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 54152 at http://www.kunc.org Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'? Regulators Beef Up Labels For Meat http://www.kunc.org/post/regulators-beef-labels-meat <p>A new labeling rule that went into full effect Saturday requires meatpackers and retailers to provide consumers with more information about where their meat comes from.</p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson & Harvest Public Media 52304 at http://www.kunc.org Regulators Beef Up Labels For Meat