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Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and ?eld. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Harvest covers these agriculture-related topics through an expanding network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest.

Recent Posts by Harvest Public Media

October 19, 2016


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Trump And Clinton May Agree On Food Stamps, Conservation

The campaigns agree on food policy in some surprising ways. Most notable: both campaigns say that food-stamp benefits should remain a part of the Farm Bill.

October 17, 2016


Geologist Carrie Elliott in a boat

Researching New Ways Farmers Can Fight Gulf’s ‘Dead Zone’

Upstream farmers can’t just stop using fertilizer all together. Researchers are looking at plant-based strategies to help mitigate the dead zone.

October 11, 2016


just mayo

USDA: Egg Board Campaign Against Mayo Company ‘Inappropriate’

San Francisco-based Hampton Creek makes several types of plant-based mayo products.

October 11, 2016


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Cities Cope With Ag Runoff, Create Their Own Pollution, Too

A stunning 90 percent of US urban streams contained concentrations of pesticides, most of which were used to keep bugs out of our homes and away from our yards.

October 4, 2016


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Farmers Dabble In Voluntary Measures To Stop Harmful Runoff

While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, they have little muscle in combating agricultural runoff.

October 3, 2016


Alan Fabrizius with tractors

Low Wheat Prices Mean Lean Times For Wheat Belt Farm Economy

As harvest of winter wheat got underway in June in Kansas, the price began plummeting.

September 27, 2016


A patch of rye planted as a cover crop

Farmers Feel Pressure To Fight Agricultural Water Pollution

Planting cover crops and spoon-feeding fertilizer are two ways to cut agriculture’s contribution to nitrates in water, but not enough farmers are buying in yet.

September 26, 2016



In The Face Of Uncertain Future, Ag Industry Titans Pair Up

The prospect of fewer, larger companies controlling so much of the basic food supply is giving some farmers and anti-trust advocates heartburn.

September 21, 2016


Monsanto chief technology officer Robb Fraley

Senate Committee Hears Both Sides On Proposed Ag Company Mergers

Supporters and opponents of several proposed mergers among agricultural seed and chemical companies are making their case to lawmakers in Washington.

September 20, 2016


headwaters of the South Platte River

How Are Nitrates Ending Up In Drinking Water Supplies?

Crop farms and livestock operations are the biggest contributors to nutrient problems in the Gulf of Mexico

September 16, 2016


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Organic Industry Wants To Define Humanely Raised Meat

Organic animal welfare standards are expected to be finalized by year's end. It could clear up some questions for consumers but leave division behind the plate.

September 7, 2016


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Midwest Farmers Brew Up Hops For Local Craft Beer

There are several reasons why getting a start in commercial hop growing can be daunting, from expensive start-up costs to intensive labor demands.

September 6, 2016


Gary Wenig in his high tunnel

Farmers Look To Chickens And Bugs As Natural Pesticides

Researchers are looking at ways to combat pests by introducing predatory bugs, but there is danger in introducing a new species to an ecosystem.

August 31, 2016


bear wood sculpture

At Fair Time, Chainsaws Create A Buzz

From carnival barkers and Ferris wheels, to snorts and moos of livestock, county fairs are noisy affairs. Add to the din this season: chainsaws buzzing.

August 29, 2016


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Can Oats Improve Bottom Lines In The Corn Belt?

Oats are a popular cover crop. Typically they're killed when it’s time to plant the cash crop. Giving oats a full season would offer farmers a product to sell.

August 24, 2016


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What Can The Sharing Economy Do For Local Food?

Commercial kitchen space can be hard to come by and expensive to build. One tech startup is trying to fix that, using concepts from the sharing economy.

August 22, 2016


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Vilsack Hopes Next Administration Continues Diverse Scope

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is the only remaining member of President Obama’s original cabinet, and has been at the helm of USDA since 2009.

August 22, 2016


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Old Barns Are Turning Into Hot Decorating Product

While the dilapidated barn might be a nuisance for farmers, reclaimed barn wood is a hot decorating trend from Manhattan to Manhattan Beach

August 16, 2016


Auctioneer Spanky Assiter

Buy And Dry: Farmers Sell Water Rights To Thirsty Cities

Increasingly, water in Colorado is more valuable coming out of lawn sprinklers and bathroom faucets than growing sugar beets.

August 8, 2016


farmer Tom Willis

Kansas Farmers Try New Irrigation System To Save Water

Kansas Water Office is teaming with farmers to demonstrate that new irrigation methods can reduce the demand on the Ogallala Aquifer without sacrificing yields.

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