Amy Mayer http://wuis.org en Farmers Bid Farewell To Big Expense Tax Write-Offs http://wuis.org/post/farmers-bid-farewell-big-expense-tax-write-offs <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>It could be yet another sign that the good times are over.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 19938 at http://wuis.org Farmers Bid Farewell To Big Expense Tax Write-Offs Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon http://wuis.org/post/pig-virus-continues-spread-raising-fears-pricier-bacon Pork producers across the country are grappling with a virus that's going after piglets. Livestock economists estimate the porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, virus has already killed about 1 million baby pigs in the U.S. since it was first found in Iowa last spring.<p>Canada <a href="http://www.opic.on.ca/images/pdfs/ONPEDNOTIFICATION.pdf">reported</a> its first case Thursday, and the disease shows no sign of abating. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 17661 at http://wuis.org Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon Higher Beef Prices: Good For Producers; May Be Tough On Consumers http://wuis.org/post/higher-beef-prices-good-producers-may-be-tough-consumers <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:51:58 +0000 Amy Mayer 12802 at http://wuis.org Higher Beef Prices: Good For Producers; May Be Tough On Consumers My Farm Roots: Winning Respect http://wuis.org/post/my-farm-roots-winning-respect <p><em>This is the eleventh installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. </em><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii"><em>Click here</em></a><em> to explore more </em><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii"><em>My Farm Roots</em></a><em> stories and to share your own.</em></p><p>Danelle Myer owns a small vegetable farm and like many other small farmers, she’s passionate about the kind of operation she wants to grow: a small, local business.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:02:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 7358 at http://wuis.org My Farm Roots: Winning Respect Turmoil In Farm Transitions http://wuis.org/post/turmoil-farm-transitions <p>Part 2 of the Harvest Desk's series Changing Lands, Changing Hands travels to Iowa.&nbsp; Driving out of the&nbsp; town of Panora, in the western part of the state, the winding roads offer broad vistas of rolling hills. Many of the mailboxes along Redwood Road show the name Arganbright. Jim Arganbright grew up in this area, one of 10 children. He and his wife, Beverly, have eight kids.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:41:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 5424 at http://wuis.org Turmoil In Farm Transitions My Farm Roots: Lessons From The Farm Crisis http://wuis.org/post/my-farm-roots-lessons-farm-crisis <p><a data-mce-="" href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">My Farm Roots</a>,&nbsp; a series from WUIS and <strong>Harvest Public Media</strong>, tells Americans’ stories and memories of rural life.&nbsp; Because when you hail from farm country, roots run deep.<br>Times are good on the farm right now, but that hasn’t always been true. Many of today’s young farmers grew up in the shadow of the farm crisis on the 1980's and watched as rural areas were ripped apart by debt and foreclosures.<br>Those hard times will always stay with them.&nbsp; Today, an Iowa farmer tells his story:<img alt="" class="mceWPmore mceItemNoResize" data-mce-="" src="http://wuisnews.wordpress.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif" title="More..."></p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:17:10 +0000 Amy Mayer 3856 at http://wuis.org My Farm Roots: Lessons From The Farm Crisis Pork Producers Root Out Market Niche With Berkshire Pigs http://wuis.org/post/pork-producers-root-out-market-niche-berkshire-pigs Raising pork can be a tough business for producers, who've lately been watching feed prices rise along with the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/07/25/157355792/meat-producers-and-ultimately-consumers-hurt-by-drought">cost of corn</a>. That's one reason why a small but growing number of former commodity pork producers are trying their luck with specialty breeds instead. These premium pigs, raised on small farms with methods that appeal to consumers, can also fetch a premium price.<p>Take Iowa farmer Randy Hilleman. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:57:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 1892 at http://wuis.org Pork Producers Root Out Market Niche With Berkshire Pigs