Thu August 22, 2013
The Salt

Reviving An Heirloom Corn That Packs More Flavor And Nutrition

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 6:35 am

The heirloom corn variety has only eight rows of kernels and hence, its name: New England Eight Row Flint.
Courtesy of Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

One day about eight years ago, chef Dan Barber of the famed Blue Hill restaurant at Stone Barns in the Hudson River Valley got a FedEx package from someone he didn't know.

Inside were two ears of corn. And a letter.

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Tue July 9, 2013
The Salt

As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 12:56 pm

Crop consultant Dan Steiner inspects a field of corn near Norfolk, Neb.
Dan Charles NPR

Across the Midwestern corn belt, a familiar battle has resumed, hidden in the soil. On one side are tiny, white larvae of the corn rootworm. On the other side are farmers and the insect-killing arsenal of modern agriculture.

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Mon July 8, 2013

EU-U.S. Trade: A Tale Of Two Farms

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 12:12 pm

Farmer Richard Wilkins, a firm believer in genetically modified crops, examines the corn crop at his farm in Greenwood, Del. U.S. and EU officials begin talks Monday on an ambitious free-trade agreement. One stumbling block is agriculture. Unlike the U.S., the EU bans the cultivation of genetically modified crops.
Jackie Northam/NPR

U.S. and EU officials begin talks Monday on an ambitious free-trade agreement aimed at generating billions of dollars of new trade. But negotiators must overcome barriers created by cultural and philosophical differences over sectors like agriculture. In Europe, the cultivation of genetically modified crops is banned, while in the U.S., they are a central part of food production. NPR's Jackie Northam visited a farm in Delaware and NPR's Eleanor Beardsley visited one in Burgundy, France, to look at those deep-seated differences. We hear from Jackie first.

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Thu July 4, 2013

What's Knee-High By July? Colorado Corn Is

This corn field south of Fort Collins is coming in nicely, at just knee-height.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The old saying for corn growers is, you want the crop to be ‘knee-high by the Fourth of July.’ If that’s any gauge of success, this year’s crop is doing just fine.

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Wed March 13, 2013

Ethanol Plants Caught in ‘Blend Wall’

In Atkinson, Neb., a semi rolls past the NEDAK plant, which shut down when corn prices peaked during the summer of 2012 and new demand from E15 failed to materialize.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

Ethanol plants in at least 13 states have stopped running in recent months because of high corn prices and a lower demand for the fuel. The industry is trying to change the equation by putting more of the biofuel in gasoline, but ethanol critics are pushing back.

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