farmers http://kut.org en Texas Veterans Stepping Up to Fill Boots of Aging Agricultural Workers http://kut.org/post/texas-veterans-stepping-fill-boots-aging-agricultural-workers <p>Agriculture is big business in Texas. Statewide, it has a <a href="http://texasagriculture.gov/About/TexasAgStats.aspx" target="_blank">$100 billion dollar economic impact</a>.</p><p>But the industry may be at risk. The average age of a Texas farmer or rancher is 59. And fewer young people are taking over the labor-intensive work.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set up a program to <a href="http://txagrability.tamu.edu/about-us.php" target="_blank">assist aging agricultural workers</a> in Texas. They’ve also identified a population that may be well-suited for taking over the work – veterans.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119209998%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-WSAnA" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9143 at http://kut.org Texas Veterans Stepping Up to Fill Boots of Aging Agricultural Workers Supreme Court Rules For Monsanto In Case Against Farmer http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-rules-monsanto-case-against-farmer A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that an Indiana farmer infringed on Monsanto's patent when he planted soybeans that had been genetically modified by Monsanto without buying them from the agribusiness giant.<p><a href="exhaustion%20does%20not%20permit%20a%20farmer%20to%20reproduce%20patented%20seeds%20through%20planting%20and%20harvesting%20without%20the%20patent%20holder's%20permission." target="_blank">In the decision</a>, written by Justice Elena Kagan, the nine justices ruled that "patent exhaustion does not permit a farmer to reproduce patented seeds through planting and harvesting Mon, 13 May 2013 15:28:58 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7711 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Rules For Monsanto In Case Against Farmer A Permanent Farmers Market, and 5 Other Ways Austin Can Become A Foodie Capital http://kut.org/post/permanent-farmers-market-and-5-other-ways-austin-can-become-foodie-capital <p>The City of Austin is thinking about helping to create a&nbsp;permanent farmers' market that would operate seven days a week. It was the <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/684046-txp-austin-food-sector-report-03282013.html#document/p27/a101178">first recommendation </a>in <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/684046-txp-austin-food-sector-report-03282013.html">a recent report </a>produced for the city by <a href="http://www.txp.com/about-txp">Texas Perspectives</a>, a local economic analysis and consulting firm.&nbsp;</p><p>"Permanent food markets and food hubs could well speak to all the major findings of this report," TXP wrote, "as they offer the possibility of enhancing the Austin food sector in a way that appeals to both tourists and locals."&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:33:55 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Nathan Bernier 7618 at http://kut.org A Permanent Farmers Market, and 5 Other Ways Austin Can Become A Foodie Capital 'God Made A Farmer' And The Super Bowl Made Him A Star http://kut.org/post/god-made-farmer-and-super-bowl-made-him-star <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sillEgUHGC4</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 18:39:29 +0000 6453 at http://kut.org 'God Made A Farmer' And The Super Bowl Made Him A Star Is Buying Organic Worth It? http://kut.org/post/buying-organic-worth-it <p>A Stanford University <a href="http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2012/september/organic.html">study</a> published today doubting the health benefits of organic fruits, vegetables and meats has some Texas farmers raising questions.</p><p>The study, authored by Dena Bravata, MD, MS, was published in today’s issue of <a href="http://annals.org/journal.aspx" target="_blank"><em>Annals of Internal Medicine</em></a>. It found no consistent differences in the vitamin content of organic food versus the cost-cutting, conventionally grown alternative.</p><p>“That study doesn’t really look at a lot of very important factors,” says Judith McGeary, founder of the Texas-based <a href="http://farmandranchfreedom.org/" target="_blank">Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance</a>. “Vitamin content isn’t the only issue, even for adults. One issue is the exposure to pesticides, which are to be blunt, poison. And the study did show that there was significantly less exposure to pesticides from organic produce than from conventional."</p><p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 21:42:23 +0000 Reshma Kirpalani 5016 at http://kut.org Is Buying Organic Worth It? How the Midwest Drought is Affecting Texas Farmers http://kut.org/post/how-midwest-drought-affecting-texas-farmers <p>While Texas has partially recovered from drought conditions&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/drought-conditions-improve-across-central-texas">thanks to heavy rain</a>, the Midwest is going through one its worst drought years in decades. And conditions may impact some&nbsp;&nbsp;&ndash; but not all&nbsp;&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Texas farmers&rsquo; pocketbooks.</p><p><a href="http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDAOC-4a2684">According to</a> the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome">United States Department of Agriculture</a>, the nation is going through the worst agricultural drought&nbsp;since 1988. For corn and soybean growers it&rsquo;s been especially harmful, since more than three-quarters of those crops are considered to be in a drought area. But that could actually prove to be beneficial for Texas.</p><p>&ldquo;With the Midwest suffering from drought, that&rsquo;s driving prices up,&quot; says Bob Rose, chief meteorologist with the<a href="http://www.lcra.org/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Lower Colorado River Authority</a>. &quot;So that means the market price for the corn, for many of the farmers in Texas and our area, is going to be very good.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:59:48 +0000 Carlos Morales 4726 at http://kut.org How the Midwest Drought is Affecting Texas Farmers First Person: Young Organic Farmer http://kut.org/post/first-person-young-organic-farmer <p><object height="256" width="445"><param name="movie" showinfo="0" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7raXo_rr29o?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="256" showinfo="0" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7raXo_rr29o?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="445"></embed></object></p><p>First Person is an ongoing series from KUT News where Central Texans tell their own stories, in their own words.</p><p>KUT News freelancer&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jeffheimsath.com/">Jeff Heimsath</a>&nbsp;filmed Marissa Lankes, an organic farmer at Austin&rsquo;s Boggy Creek Farms. While passionate about her work, Lankes dispels the romanticism of farming, and argues that interest in artisan fields like organic farming may be a product of dimming career prospects for young citizens and recent college graduates.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 May 2012 19:58:01 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4155 at http://kut.org Studies Show Why Insecticides Are Bad News For Bees http://kut.org/post/studies-show-why-insecticides-are-bad-news-bees The search for the killer of America's bees is a little bit like an Agatha Christie novel. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:22:45 +0000 Dan Charles 3942 at http://kut.org Studies Show Why Insecticides Are Bad News For Bees How Homegrown Charcoal May Get Your Garden Through A Drought http://kut.org/post/how-homegrown-charcoal-may-get-your-garden-through-drought You've probably heard of <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/07/08/137704346/probing-the-secret-life-of-compost">compost</a> – that thick chocolate-colored stuff that's an organic gardener's best friend and supplies plants with all kinds of succulent nutrients.<p>But what about biochar? It's another ancient farming material made from slow-burned wood (also known as charcoal) that holds nutrients and water into soil without them draining away. And lately it has enjoyed a certain revival because it can also pull and store the carbon in greenhouse gases from the air. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:07:13 +0000 3906 at http://kut.org How Homegrown Charcoal May Get Your Garden Through A Drought There's More To Fixing Food Deserts Than Building Grocery Stores http://kut.org/post/theres-more-fixing-food-deserts-building-grocery-stores There has been a lot of talk about what's wrong with <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert/">food deserts</a>. First lady Michelle Obama, for one, says far too many people can't access the fruits and vegetables they need to be healthy. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:25:38 +0000 Rachel Estabrook 3882 at http://kut.org There's More To Fixing Food Deserts Than Building Grocery Stores Farmers’ Market Doubles Purchasing Power for Needy Families http://kut.org/post/farmers-market-doubles-purchasing-power-needy-families <p>A new farmers&rsquo; market opens on Austin&#39;s eastside tomorrow. And aside from offering fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses, the market offers a special incentive for families needing food assistance. &nbsp;</p><p>The market, located at the YMCA East Communities Branch will be run by the&nbsp;<a href="http://sfcfarmersmarket.org/">Sustainable Food Center</a>&nbsp;(SFC). It&rsquo;s the fourth farmer&rsquo;s market the&nbsp;SFC&nbsp;operated in Austin.</p><p>But&nbsp;SFC&nbsp;community relations director Susan&nbsp;Leibrock&nbsp;notes that this center is different: shoppers using a SNAP, Lone Star or WIC benefits card will have their fruit and vegetable purchases matched, up to $10 each week, by the market.</p><p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:51:09 +0000 Andy Uhler & Wells Dunbar 3868 at http://kut.org Farmers’ Market Doubles Purchasing Power for Needy Families Help Drought Stricken Farmers: Eat Their Food http://kut.org/post/help-drought-stricken-farmers-eat-their-food <p>Three-quarters of Texas is experiencing &ldquo;<a href="http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/DM_state.htm?TX,S">exceptional drought</a>&rdquo;, the worst category used by the US Drought Monitor. The effect on farmers and ranchers has been profound. But a state program launching today aims to give city folk a way to help farmers and ranchers by enjoying the fruits &ndash; and meats &ndash; of their labor.</p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:51:06 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2046 at http://kut.org Help Drought Stricken Farmers: Eat Their Food Farmers Sound Alarm On Drought Disaster http://kut.org/post/farmers-sound-alarm-drought-disaster <p>Historically dry conditions have brought the the Texas agriculture industry to its knees, according to the Texas Farm Bureau&#39;s board of directors. The board met for its quarterly meeting in Waco today and released <a href="http://www.txfb.org/newsmanager/templates/NewsRelease.aspx?articleid=9232&amp;zoneid=5">this statement</a>.</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 21:46:22 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1455 at http://kut.org Farmers Sound Alarm On Drought Disaster Drought Conditions Threaten Texas http://kut.org/post/drought-conditions-threaten-texas <p>The <a href="http://drought.unl.edu/dm/DM_state.htm?TX,S">latest US Drought Monitor Map</a>, released this morning, shows 85 percent of Texas is "abnormally dry."</p><p>Eighty Texas counties currently have burn bans in effect, according to <a href="http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/decban.png">a Texas Parks and Wildlife map</a>. Travis County is not currently under a burn ban but the neighboring counties of Williamson, Lee, Burnet, and Blanco are.</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:32:57 +0000 Nathan Bernier 433 at http://kut.org Drought Conditions Threaten Texas