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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

November 26, 2014

 

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Crop Dusting Pilots Navigate Dangerous Airspace

According to the National Agricultural Aviation Association, 18 to 20 percent of commercial cropland receives some sort of aerial application.

November 24, 2014

 

Mary Kraft

Women Have Always Been Farmers, Now They’re Being Counted

Even while the total number of farmers is dropping nationwide, women are taking up a larger piece of the pie.

November 18, 2014

 

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Promised Farm Bill Savings Look Elusive Today

In bad years, higher premiums and higher payouts cost taxpayers more. When prices are lower and premiums are lower, the public is not out as much.

November 17, 2014

 

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Meat Labeling Rules May Change

Country of Origin Labeling rules require meat labels to list where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

November 13, 2014

 

farmer Grant Curtis climbs down from his combine

Failing Prices Put Young Farmers’ Dreams On Hold

With corn selling for nearly half of what it did in 2012, grain farmers are in the midst of a downturn and it’s hitting beginning farmers hardest.

November 6, 2014

 

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GMO Labeling Continues To Stumble On Ballots

Voters in Colorado resoundingly rejected the labeling of foods that contain the derivatives of genetically modified – or GMO – crops.

November 5, 2014

 

cary-fowler

Seed Banks Guard Against Uncertain Food Future, Not Doomsday

When the vault first came to the public’s attention, Cary Fowler says the apocalyptic structure was enticing to writers, far more than a frozen gene depository.

October 28, 2014

 

Lorrae Moon of Yampa Valley Fiberworks coils alpaca fiber into a neat stack.

Like Food, Yarn Goes Local, Too

Some sheep ranchers have taken advantage of the local food movement to sell wool to customers at farmers markets.

October 27, 2014

 

Melissa Garcia works with a classmate on a chicken-wing dissection

Children Of Latino Immigrants Forge Paths In Agriculture

The children of Latino immigrants may be uniquely qualified to lead the future of the Midwest’s agricultural economy.

October 23, 2014

 

Mariselina Simon and her son Pacifique

Young Immigrants Search For Home On The Farm

Farming is already more ethnically diverse than it was even a decade ago and immigrants of all stripes are working the land.

October 20, 2014

 

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Farmers Gear Up For Record Harvest, Brace For Lower Prices

Demand can’t keep up with the jump in supply. Grain prices are at their lowest level since 2009.

October 14, 2014

 

Harlan Jacobson

At Harvest, Corn Huskers Still Pick By Hand

When asked if Dick Humes thought picking corn by hand was in his blood, he laughed and said, of course. “It’s an art. A dying art."

October 9, 2014

 

salad bar at school cafeteria

Choices Can Cut School Food Waste

Many schools are finding that giving kids a say in what they eat can cut down on what ends up in the trash.

October 6, 2014

 

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Grocery Stores Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

Historically, produce like bananas with brown spots would be headed for the landfill because shoppers often expect their fruits and veggies to be immaculate.

October 2, 2014

 

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Technology, Infrastructure Cut Down On Food Waste On Farms

A United Nations Report found that in developing countries, more than 40 percent of food waste happens on the farm or in the processing part of the food chain.

September 29, 2014

 

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Food Waste Weighing Down U.S. Food System

Food is the largest single source of waste in the U.S. More food ends up in landfills than plastic, more than paper.

September 22, 2014

 

corn seeds

Heirlooms Passed Down By Seed Savers Exchange

Today’s gardeners likely wouldn’t have access to many of their favorite heirloom plants if it weren’t for the work of the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.

September 19, 2014

 

Josh Kilbane

Climate And Space Create Challenges For Local Food

Farmers will need to continue to adapt to meet the demand of a new market that increasingly wants local food.

September 12, 2014

 

Organic Alternatives Manager Maka Kalaí

Marijuana Industry Faces Food Safety Test

In the months since retail marijuana sales began, problems with potency have made headlines, turning into public relations headaches for the marijuana industry.

September 11, 2014

 

workers breaking down chicken carcasses

U.S. Meat Inspection System In Disarray, Watchdogs Say

Food safety advocates, members of Congress and even some inspectors contend the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is in disarray.

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