Antibiotic Use Changes 'Big Chicken' Industry

Dec 11, 2017
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Most of the major poultry producers in the U.S. have stopped using antibiotics in chicken feed. That’s in part because giving fewer antibiotics is thought to be a way to protect humans from drug-resistant diseases.

Maryn McKenna, the author of the new book “Big Chicken,” says it’s a moment of change.

Harvest Public Media brings us an excerpt of an interview between McKenna and KCUR “Up To Date” host Steve Kraske about the history of antibiotics in the meat industry.

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The farm economy is showing some stability, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says, but the upswing doesn’t extend to all agricultural sectors.

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new estimate from the Emporia State Economic Index shows Kansas’ economy started to level off in October. 

The GDP for the state shrank slightly by 0.1 percent from September. That follows months of strong growth after a low point in March. There is some positive news: Kansas' GDP grew 1.7 percent since October 2016.

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Sedgwick County is considering filing a lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of opioids.

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Officials with the Kansas Department of Revenue say a driver's license computer program rife with delays and complications is on track to launch next month.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the second phase of the department's computer system replacement is expected to go live Jan. 2. The program will replace part of a decades-old system used to issue drivers' licenses, identification cards and commercial licenses, and process motor vehicle titles and registrations.

Construction of a new memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Kansas Statehouse grounds is a step closer to reality.

A volunteer group that oversees the Statehouse grounds voted this week to seek legislation next year to authorize a statue of the 34th president at the capitol complex.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the statue would be a replica of the Eisenhower statue currently standing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The statue depicts Eisenhower speaking to troops before the Normandy invasion on D-Day in World War II.

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Operation Holiday is still seeking food donations as it prepares for its distribution event next week.

According to a news release Friday, Operation Holiday said about 13,000 people have signed up for help. That means it needs a minimum of 100,000 food items. Right now, the group said, it has left than half of that.

Operation Holiday said it has a particular need for canned soup, proteins and peanut butter. The organization said it also needs blankets and coats, which are distributed with the food.


A congressional watchdog agency called on the federal government this week to better protect meatpacking workers, who are often exposed to dangerous chemicals, not allowed bathroom breaks and refused medical treatment.

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A mental health organization in Kansas is seeking solutions from the state after a national report shows ongoing disparities in mental health coverage.

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Wichita band Tideway released its full-length debut album in January 2017 and closes out the calendar by issuing a new EP with close friends Kill Vargas. Both bands are on the bill for a show at the Crown Uptown Saturday, Dec. 9 which also feature local act The Cavves and Salt Creek from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tideway guitarist and vocalist Trent Gaddie (the band is rounded out by drummer Will Mercer and bassist/vocalist Scott Garver) stopped by the KMUW studios recently to chat about the new EP and Tideway’s history.