White House says executive order coming on labeling beef as a ‘Product of USA’
WASHINGTON — The White House will unveil an executive order in the coming days that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that meat can only receive a “Product of USA” label if that livestock is raised in the U.S. rather than abroad, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday. “The EO directs USDA […]
Audio Astra: Black farmers, pools for the people, safe spaces
Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. Through coverage of reparations, sexual identity and even public pools, three public radio segments this week document how Black folks are advocating for change […]
Audio Astra: Growing hemp in Kansas, being farmers’ wives, not compromising on gun rights
Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. The thread that holds much of this week’s audio reporting together is how changing government programs and regulations impact Kansans, whether it’s about agriculture, […]
U.S. House Ag leader seeks permanent scholarship funding for 1890 land-grant colleges
WASHINGTON — Leaders from 1890 land-grant colleges laid out to the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday how a fresh infusion of scholarship funding provided by Congress has helped those historically Black institutions educate and train the next generation of agriculture workers. Committee chairman David Scott (D-Ga.) said their testimony would help members of the committee work […]
As massive livestock operations move in, fighting them gets harder for rural neighbors
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeff Jones has lived on his family’s land east of Columbia, Missouri, his entire life. Some of the family’s farms are more than 150 years old. And Jones, who raises cattle and grows row crops, has no intentions of going anywhere. But after years of fighting, his community is home to […]
Cyberattack on meat giant JBS has industry looking to fortify defenses
A ransomware attack on the world’s largest meatpacking company this week drew attention to the need for more cybersecurity in agriculture. JBS plants across the U.S. had moved toward reopening at full capacity late Wednesday after a cyberattack on servers. The White House said a Russian crime organization is likely to blame. President Joe Biden […]
State Supreme Court drills into natural gas billing dispute in southwest Kansas
Southwest Kansas natural gas billing dispute percolates from KCC to district court, Court and Appeals to reach Kansas Supreme Court.
Lesser prairie chicken may be listed as threatened in Kansas, endangered in southwest
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lesser prairie chickens could be listed as a threatened species in Kansas and northern stretches of the bird’s habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday. The lesser prairie chicken, which lives in prairie grass and shrubs in western Kansas, once numbered in the hundreds of thousands. But with about […]
Sierra Club blows whistle on KDHE plan to reform hog CAFO regulations
KDHE pressing ahead with CAFO regulations Sierra Club contends could be used to expand density of Kansas hog facilities.
Steven Johnson looking at numbers game in GOP race for state treasurer
TOPEKA — State Treasurer candidate Steven Johnson said he was confident about the tone of responses if people in his hometown of Assaria were asked to describe the farmer and politician. His advantage would be that many folks in the 400-person community south of Salina ought to have some idea where he stood on issues […]
Role of western Kansas mini-wetlands on farming, aquifer under a microscope
Research project puts western Kansas mini-wetlands under microscope to get understanding of influence on farming, aquifer.
Moran joins Democrats seeking repeal of Cuba trade barriers
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran working with Democratic senators to repeal U.S. trade embargo with Cuba, open market for Kansas farm exports.