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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

September 14, 2017

 

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Small Town Tries New Blueprint To Replace Grocery Store

One rural Kansas community gets creative after the closing of its only grocery store.

September 5, 2017

 

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With Whole Foods Merger, Amazon Reimagines The Food System

Amazon delivers Whole Foods to your doorstep, as merger progresses.

August 31, 2017

 

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Babies Of Mothers Highly Exposed To Pesticides See Problems

Researchers matched birth records for a half-million babies born 1997-2011 to pesticide rates for one-square-mile region including the mother’s address.

August 30, 2017

 

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Climate Change Could Cut Output Of Staple Crops

A new study found that staple crops like corn and wheat will likely see negative impacts from rising global temperatures.

August 30, 2017

 

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Alarm Raised Over President’s Choice For USDA Top Science Job

Political observers see Sam Clovis' nomination to undersecretary as payback for his loyalty to Trump, but here’s the rub: he’s not a scientist.

August 28, 2017

 

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Grocery Store Restaurants Shake Up Food Service Landscape

Groceraunts feature seasonal menus, and they employ graduates of the Culinary Institute of America as chefs, all in the hope of appealing to millennials.

August 25, 2017

 

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Amazon Takeover Of Whole Foods Gets Key Federal Approval

Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods is another step closer to reality. Walmart and Google have announced their strategy to compete with the retail giant online.

August 22, 2017

 

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JBS Mired In Multiple Corruption Scandals In Brazil

Known for its rapid expansion across the globe, Brazil-based meatpacking giant JBS has been embroiled in scandal for much of 2017.

August 21, 2017

 

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Examining The Sandy Soil Along Proposed Keystone XL Route

Landowners and environmental groups wanted Keystone XL out of the Nebraska Sandhills, a region with sandy soil that is quick to erode and hard to restore.

August 17, 2017

 

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How Will Eclipse Affect Crops And Livestock, Researchers Ask

Researcher Tim Reinbott says he’s eager to see how drought-stressed corn and soybean plants react to the change in light and temperature brought by the eclipse.

August 15, 2017

 

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Drop-In Centers In Rural Kansas Address Dangers Of Isolation

Suicide rates are higher in rural areas than in urban due at least in part to isolation. Neighbor to Neighbor was founded to connect women in small town Kansas.

August 14, 2017

 

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Federal Panel Sides With Muslim Meatpacking Workers

The federal commission found a Colorado meatpacking plant violated the rights of its Muslim workers during a dispute over prayer breaks.

August 13, 2017

 

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Low-Carbon Fuels Could Lose Emphasis From Trump EPA

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August 8, 2017

 

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Farm Economy Downturn Prompts Fears Of A ‘Crisis’

Farm income is down for the fourth-straight year. Prices for the most important crops are down. Some are comparing it to the 1980s Farm Crisis.

August 2, 2017

 

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Why Some Farmers Are Bringing Livestock Back To The Prairie

Iowa farmers hope providing meat to customers who care more about farming methods than price will improve cropland while also helping them earn a profit.

August 2, 2017

 

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Perdue: Farm Labor Fix Not Likely To Surface In NAFTA Talks

Still annoyed by loss of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, many trade groups who represent commodity farmers have cautioned the administration to tread lightly.

August 1, 2017

 

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Dicamba Damage Estimate Tops 2.5 Million Acres

The herbicide is suspected of drifting in the wind to neighboring farms and causing widespread damage.

July 31, 2017

 

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Families Of Grain Elevator Blast Victims Still Search For Justice

More than five and a half years after six men were killed when a grain elevator blew up on the banks of the Missouri River, no clear cause has been pinpointed.

July 18, 2017

 

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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

 

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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.

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