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Seg. 1: Kansas City's Port Authority | Seg. 2: Recovering Flooded Farmland

Segment 1: Port KC wields power beyond the banks of the Missouri River.

The goal of Port KC, is to drive economic development in Kansas City, Missouri, but many are questioning the agency's ability to act without answering to municipal voters or elected officials. Today, the organization's chief lends his perspective to the conversation, and defends their conduct when it comes to awarding tax incentives and taking on projects that are miles from the Port of Kansas City.

Segment 2, beginning at 23:33: Farmers are awash with problems stemming from heavy rains and flooding.

Record rain levels have filled to the brim rivers and reservoirs throughout the Midwest. In fact, months after spring planting season has passed the tracts of some farmers are still underwater and inaccessible. Hear how one farmer is making ends meets, and what it takes to recover farmland that's been submerged for weeks by water and sand.

  • Richard Oswald, farmer in Atchison County, Kansas
  • DeAnn Presley, professor of environmental soil science and management at Kansas State University
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