Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Midwest Recruiting California Dairies To Pump Up Rural Economy

Many California diaries are struggling through drought and feeling crowded by urbanization. Midwestern states are hoping to capitalize by offering abundant water, feed, and open spaces.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

As drought, feed costs, and urban development wear on West Coast milk producers, states like Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa are pitching themselves as a dairy heaven. Even in California, the nation’s No. 1 dairy state, many dairy farmers are listening.

For the Midwest, an influx of dairies isn’t just about milk. It’s about pumping dollars into the rural economy.

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Crime & Safety
5:46 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Execution Down Nationwide, But Missouri Sets Its Own Execution Record


Fewer prisoners were executed in 2014 in the United States than in any year for the last two decades. Thirty-five executions were performed throughout the country, according to an annual reporter from the Death Penalty Information Center.

However, Missouri bucked the trend of fewer executions, tying with Texas in leading the country in executions, closely followed by Florida. The Show Me State executed 10 prisoners this year, the most the state has ever executed in a single year.

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Arts & Culture
4:55 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

KRCU Airs Overlooked Songs For The Holidays

Drawing from the vast archives of our music library, and in the spirit of holiday specials from The Elliot Potter Show, we're poised to bring you two hours of music that's strange, inexplicable, unsettling, and mostly just plain fun. 

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2:05 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Missouri Elk Herd Grows, But No Hunting Yet

Juanita Shore Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri’s elk herd is showing slow but steady growth, but conservation agents say there still aren’t enough elk to hunt.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reintroduced about 110 elk between 2010 and 2012. That number has grown to 125 now. The elk were reintroduced to the Peck Ranch Conservation Area in Shannon County in southeastern Missouri. The elk are free to roam off Peck Ranch and also range into Carter and Reynolds Counties.

MDC elk program manager David Hasenbeck said elk numbers typically grow slowly during the first few years following reintroduction.

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Harvest Public Media
12:42 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

California Dairies Look To Midwest’s Greener Pastures

Dairy farmer Brian Azevedo plans to sell his dairy in Merced, Calif., and move to South Dakota.
Ezra David Romero Harvest Public Media

California is branded as the state with happy cows, but increasingly, not necessarily happy dairy owners. For many of them in the nation’s No. 1 dairy state it’s getting tougher to make a living, that’s why some are some selling their cattle and heading to the Midwest.

A full quarter of California dairies have been shuttered since 2007, according to Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen.

“They’ve just closed their doors and they’ve decided to make their investment in other states,” Marsh said.

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