Agriculture

5:45am

Mon July 28, 2014
Agriculture

Midwest Becomes A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Map

Cattle come to Van Housen Feed Yard to be fattened up before heading to one of the nearby meat packing plants. Drought in beef states like Texas and Oklahoma has led to growth feedlots in Nebraska.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.

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11:14am

Fri July 25, 2014
Environment

Study: Powerful Insecticides Found Widespread In Midwest Waters

A new study found a class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in Midwest waterways.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Powerful chemicals used by many farmers to ward off insects are making their way into Midwest rivers and streams, according to a study by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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6:00am

Mon July 21, 2014
Politics

Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
Credit David Kosling / USDA

When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.

“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.

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6:00am

Sun July 20, 2014
Agriculture

Acres Of Genetically Modified Corn Nearly Doubled In A Decade

The USDA reports that 93 percent of the corn planted in the United States contains a genetically modified trait.
Credit Neil Palmer / Creative Commons

More than 90 percent of U.S. field corn is genetically modified, according todata recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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5:00am

Wed July 2, 2014
Rodeo

Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids

Two cowboys lift a mutton busting participant onto a wooly sheep at the Greeley Stampede.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

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.

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