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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

April 19, 2017

 

Rob Fleming

Growing A Prairie In The Shadow Of An Agribusiness Legacy

The names Wallace and Garst loom large in the modern history of farming. Some descendants of these agriculture titans are trying to leave a different legacy.

April 17, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack

Former Ag Secretary Worried About Lack Of Rural Focus

Tom Vilsack is particularly troubled by the proposed elimination of a program that gives grant money to small towns to upgrade water treatment facilities.

April 11, 2017

 

soybeans

How A Lack Of Farm Data Could Hurt Farmers

Fewer farmers are responding to USDA surveys, which could throw off data, leaving farmers to fend for themselves when making choices for their businesses.

April 3, 2017

 

brazile creek sign

Neb. Plan Could Be Model For Cleaning Up Groundwater Pollution

The plan is to help farmers adopt practices that reduce the amount of nitrates getting into the groundwater and implementing more efficient irrigation methods.

March 31, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue, right, greets Jack Kingston

Sonny Perdue One Step Away From Becoming Agriculture Secretary

The Senate has a busy calendar both before and after its scheduled April 10-21 recess. When Perdue will get a vote before the full Senate remains to be seen.

March 29, 2017

 

Advocate Jamie Manzer, right, with reporter Mike Tobias

Sex Trafficking In Small Towns: ‘It Happens Virtually Anywhere’

Fighting sex trafficking is a challenge throughout Nebraska. A recent report described the services landscape for trafficking victims in Nebraska as “bleak.”

March 28, 2017

 

Farmer Don Batie

In Rural Trump Country, Trade Policy Divides

Rural voters overwhelmingly chose President Donald Trump, but when it comes to trade, rural voters are not necessarily in sync with the administration.

March 27, 2017

 

cattle

Brazil Beef Industry’s Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Week

It started on March 17 with raids on two meatpacking plants in Brazil. The country’s biggest beef companies stood accused of egregious food safety violations.

March 24, 2017

 

chickens

U.S. Can’t Really Know If Farmers Cutting Back On Antibiotics

New FDA rules limit how farmers can give antibiotics to animals raised for meat. But a report says FDA doesn't collect data to know if that policy is working.

March 24, 2017

 

sonny perdue

Trump’s USDA Pick Gets Capitol Hill Hearing But No Vote Yet

Sonny Perdue was the last cabinet secretary Trump nominated, back on Jan. 19.

March 23, 2017

 

sign at one of the gates of Sunset Farms in Harris

USDA On Alert For Deadly Strain Of Avian Flu Found In China

The USDA’s head veterinarian stresses that it's impossible to predict how far a particular bird flu strain may travel or mutate.

March 20, 2017

 

usda headquarters

Rural Groups Push Against Proposed Cuts To USDA Spending

President Trump’s proposal calls for reduction in USDA discretionary spending and lays out rationale for why some programs are either eliminated or scaled back.

March 15, 2017

 

bottles of round up

Court Documents Raise Questions Of Roundup

After court documents unsealed Tuesday raised questions about research methods, Monsanto says it did not ghostwrite a 2000 study on the safety of glyphosate.

March 15, 2017

 

abandoned home

Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On Great Plains

Starting in 1910, Dearfield began attracting hundreds of black homesteaders. They came to the town for opportunity.

March 14, 2017

 

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students Liz Hada, left, and Melissa Garcia Rodriguez

Diversify The Landscape By Diversifying Who Works It

Agronomy enrollment at Iowa State has more than tripled since 2006, when there was just one student who identified as other than white. Today, 23 students do.

March 13, 2017

 

A sign on the western edge of the fire evacuation zone in Kansas

Wildfires Threaten Ranchers In Cattle Country

The largest of the fires spread from the Oklahoma Panhandle into southwest Kansas, and has consumed more than 800,000 acres of prime grassland.

March 8, 2017

 

A Colorado farm field

Study: Agriculture Should Ramp Up Response To Climate Change

New research identifies the Corn Belt as the region where climate change could have the biggest impact on overall farm productivity.

March 7, 2017

 

farmer hauling hay

Farmers Wary As Federal Ag And Energy Leadership Shifts

In Trump’s Cabinet, oil-rich states like Texas and Oklahoma are well represented, making some in the Corn Belt worry about the future of corn-based ethanol.

March 6, 2017

 

Kansas farmer Phil Holman-Hebert

In Search Of Profit, Some Conventional Farmers May Go Local

Despite Kansas’s place as a prime farm state, just a tiny fraction of the produce consumed there is produced locally. That represents opportunity for farmers.

March 1, 2017

 

group of people

Trump Orders Review Of Clean Water Rule Opposed By Farm Groups

Trump on his own can’t repeal the rule. The executive order directs the new EPA administrator to revise it, which could take years.

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