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Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. 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

July 18, 2017

 

Cattle feed at a Nebraska feedlot.

Mad Cow Disease Detected In Alabama

The animal “at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States,” according to the USDA.

July 17, 2017

 

Grandview R-II School district

Rural Students Head Online When Schools Don’t Offer Physics

One rural school district in Missouri offers credit for online classes in an effort to give its students the educational opportunities it can’t afford.

July 10, 2017

 

An Iowa soybean harvest

Missouri Suspends Sales Of Controversial Pesticide Dicamba

Dicamba is suspected in the damage of tens of thousands of farm acres primarily in Arkansas, but also in southeast Missouri and in neighboring states.

July 10, 2017

 

charred trees

Great Plains Sees Massive Increase In Wildfires

Wildfires can be started by neglected campfires or cigarette butts. They can ignite from prescribed burns run amok or launch from lightning strikes.

July 6, 2017

 

church service

Churches Support Refugees, Immigrants In Meatpacking Town

In small, rural, diverse towns like Denison, Iowa, religious institutions can serve as prominent points of connection between the different communities.

July 5, 2017

 

bee and flower

Can Bee Buzzes Predict Pollination Success For Farmers?

A new technique based on recording buzzing bees hopes to show farmers just how much pollinating the native bee population is doing in their fields.

June 27, 2017

 

small town of Haxton

High-Tech Farms Take Hold, How Do Nearby Towns Stay Afloat?

As each new innovation came to market, farmers who could afford it jumped on board. Those who could not were unable to keep up. And it's still true in Colorado.

June 26, 2017

 

Farmer Tim Mueller

The Gamble Of The Farmers That Raise Our Chicken

Farmers sign multi-million dollar deals to do business with big corporations. It requires a major investment from farmers, who hope the investment will pay off.

June 24, 2017

 

corn field

Kansas Jury Sides With Farmers In Syngenta Lawsuit

A federal jury found seed giant Syngenta negligent when it introduced strains of genetically engineered corn seed that were not approved for import by China.

June 19, 2017

 

beakers

Worry About The ‘Growing Threat’ Of Agricultural Espionage

Intellectual property is often hard to protect, no matter what form it takes. The technology used in our food system, however, presents a unique challenge.

June 17, 2017

 

dow dupont

Dow, DuPont Merger Approved By US Antitrust Regulators

Once merged, the companies plan to then split off into three separate businesses, one of which will be focused on agriculture.

June 16, 2017

 

cow carcasses

American Beef Industry To Send Bull Back Into China’s Shops

China is set to once again import U.S.-raised beef. To take advantage of the massive new market, the U.S. cattle industry is going to have to make some changes.

June 14, 2017

 

new hospital

USDA Reorganization Shakes Confidence In Trump’s Rural Agenda

Many of USDA’s rural development programs are aimed at creating jobs. That can make a difference in towns where agriculture no longer provides as many jobs.

June 8, 2017

 

sunset

Rural Areas Still Lag Behind In Digital Technology Adoption

Rural residents are still 10 percent less likely to have broadband access at home than people in cities, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

June 7, 2017

 

cattle

Fairness Rule Divides Cattle Country On Role Of Government

Ranchers worry that a move to delay federal rules that would make it easier for them lodge complaints about unfair treatment may spell the end of the new rules.

June 6, 2017

 

organic chives

As Organic Industry Grows, It Edges Toward Mainstream

The counter-culture movement that once agitated the food industry from the periphery has grown much closer to conventional.

June 5, 2017

 

field of oats

Sustainable Agriculture Research Center Survives Cut, Barely

The Iowa Legislature decided to defund the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, leaving it to rely on money from its existing endowment and grants.

May 30, 2017

 

dry field

Uncertainty Ahead For Government Climate Research

Farmers may not be able to depend on research conducted by the government to help them adapt to climate change.

May 23, 2017

 

barge

NAFTA Renegotiation Puts Agriculture Groups On Edge

While it’s difficult to pin a dollar figure on how NAFTA has directly affected farmers and ranchers in the U.S., it has opened up markets for certain products.

May 23, 2017

 

Cattle rancher Mike John

Farmers Looking For New Markets Worry They’re Losing Out On Trade

Even more disconcerting is news that Japan has pitched the idea of a mini-TPP, which would exclude the U.S. and lower tariffs among competitors.

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