Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is muscling in on one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture: local food.

Jacob McCleland / Harvest Public Media

Southbound barges on the Mississippi River carry grain destined for world markets. Those barges regularly pass northbound tows with thousands of tons of fertilizer heading to Midwestern ports and, later, to farmers’ fields.

Christmas Trees Farms Doing OK This Year Despite Drought

Dec 10, 2012
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

This year’s Christmas tree crop should be pretty good, despite the drought, but the dry conditions may take its toll a few years down the road.

Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

Howard Audsley, who wears dark glasses and has his hair cut short in a crew cut, has been driving his Toyota truck through the state of Missouri for the past 30 years to assess the value of farmland. Barreling down the flat roads of Saline County, Mo., on a recent day, Audsley stopped his truck at a 160-acre tract of newly tilled black land. The land sold for $10,700 an acre last February, double what it would have gone for five years ago.

Southeast Missouri State University

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will assist Southeast Missouri State University in placing the latest agricultural technology at the David M. Barton Ag Research Center. That’s according to a new agreement signed by Southeast and the NRCS on Tuesday.

Southeast’s Agriculture Department will manage the technology and present it to farmers from Missouri to Arkansas, according to Ag Department Chair Michael Aide.