KJAN Programs

Heartbeat Today 05-21-2015

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

May 21st, 2015 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with some of the top graduating seniors at CAM High School.

USDA Report 05-21-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 21st, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Max Dirks

Mills County landfill to dispose of birds w/Avian Influenza

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The remains of chickens killed by the avian flu will be buried in a Mills County landfill as soon as next week, weather permitting. The Daily Non Pareil reports the United States Department of Agriculture has reached a deal with Iowa Waste Systems, owner of the Loess Hills Sanitary Landfill near Malvern to serve as one of several statewide sites to received the dead birds.

Robert Glebs, CEO of Iowa Waste Systems said they have told the USDA they would like to accept 10 loads of dead chickens as a ‘test run’ for the first burial, which amounts to about 200 tons in weight. The test run was supposed to have taken place Wednesday, but Glebs says rain, which could have allowed excess water into the ground as a leachate, prevented it from taking place. He said the landfill will try to bury the chickens next week, weather permitting.

The plastic bags with chickens inside are placed deep in the ground before being covered with waste and soil within five minutes.State Senator Mark Costello, a Republican from Imogene, says hehas received more than a few grievances from people in the area with worries about diseased animal remains coming to their neck of the woods. However, Costello said the protocols and regulations to keep the diseased remains safe and contained are stringent and detailed. The Iowa Department of Transportation will figure out a safe route for the trucks, which are purified after carrying the remains to the site, he said.

According to Costello, the remains are placed in bags, which are heated to destroy the flu germs, before being buried and do not leak. He said he was unsure how many trucks carrying remains could be coming to Mills County, but he heard recent estimates put 25 million birds have died from the flu. The outbreak in the upper Midwest could cost producers nearly $1 billion, according to the Associated Press.

Dustin Vande Hoef, public information director for the Iowa Department of Agriculture, said the landfill will follow special waste-handling criteria. Vande Hoef said previous animal disease outbreaks have been handled in similar fashion in the past.

Backyard and Beyond 05-20-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

May 20th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Lisa Riggs of Elk Horn about Tivoli Fest this weekend.

Heartbeat Today 05-20-2015

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

May 20th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with some of the top graduating seniors at Riverside High School.

Cass County Extesnsion Report 05-20-2015

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 20th, 2015 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson

Open Class Bucket/Bottle Calf – Registration Extended

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Fair Board will once again sponsor the open class Bucket/Bottle Calf show at the Montgomery County Fair. The open class Bucket/Bottle Calf show is open to all kindergarten through 3rd graders in Montgomery County. Any newborn or orphan calf, steer or heifer, daily or beef, that was calved between March 1st and May 15th may be shown.

Calf must be bucket or bottle fed. The Bucket/Bottle Calf show will be held on Sunday, July 19th at 2:00 pm with check-in from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Bucket/Bottle Calf packets can be picked up at the Montgomery County Extension and Outreach Office at 400 Bridge Street.

Registration has been extended to Monday, June 1st. For questions, contact the extension office at 712-623-2592 or open class Bucket/Bottle Calf superintendent Mary Gohlinghorst at 712-623-9041.

Egg prices jump as impact of bird flu begins pinching supply

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Egg prices have surged higher as the death of millions of hens from bird flu is beginning to tighten supplies. The Midwest price of a dozen large eggs rose to $1.88. That’s 58 percent higher than they were a month ago when the bird flu first hit Iowa chicken farms. Prices have been climbing at a rate of about 5 percent a day for the past week as supplies become tighter.

Rick Brown, an egg industry analyst with commodity market firm Urner Barry, says it’s because 10 percent of chickens that lay eggs for food are dead or dying from bird flu. Eggs used principally as an ingredient in ice cream, mayonnaise and other products are up even more, about 162 percent to $1.65 a dozen since April 22.

Iowa reports 2 more chicken farms, turkey farm with bird flu

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say bird flu has been found on another turkey farm in Buena Vista County, two more chicken farms in Sioux County and in a backyard flock of chickens. The four new cases announced Tuesday raise the state’s total to 60 and boosts the number of chickens dead or dying to about 26 million. The latest turkey farm has 24,000 birds raising turkey losses in Iowa to more than 960,000.

One chicken farm has 150,000 egg laying hens and the other 100,000 pullets, younger chickens that were to be egg layers. The backyard flock had 15 chickens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed more than 39 million birds in 15 states with the H5N2 virus that scientists believe came to the Midwest this spring with migrating waterfowl.

Backyard and Beyond 05-19-2015

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

May 19th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Registered Nurse Mary Louise Walker about nutrition and heart health.