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Effects Of An Extended Drought

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Recent snowfalls brought much needed moisture to our region.  Even so, the drought of last year has not been broken.  Should it continue for months ... or even years ... what are the potential long-term effects?

  In the first portion of Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Julian Binfield, an expert in agricultural economics and KCUR / Harvest Public Media's Frank Morris.  They examine the influence a prolonged drought can have on everything from crops to food prices to biofuel mandates.

Julian Binfield is a Market/Policy Research Assistant Professor for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri - Columbia.  He provides insight and analysis regarding the agricultural sector of the European Union.  Julian has also produced analysis for the European Commission and is involved with other international projects such as the collaboration with the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prior to joining FAPRI in 2001, Julian spent four years working at Teagasc in Dublin, Ireland, where he was responsible for the construction of an econometric model of the livestock sector. He has a BA in Economics and Agricultural Economics from the University of Manchester, and a MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, both in the United Kingdom.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.