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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 20, 2014

 

combinerear

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

 

bananas for sale

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

 

compost

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

 

landfill

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.

September 8, 2014

 

farmers Jack and Diane Aaron

My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything But Quiet

Probably the biggest undertaking the Jack and Diane Aaron took on was the restoration of the barn on the property, built in 1935.

September 2, 2014

 

woman riding a horse

Real Farm Life, At The Intersection Of Arts And Agriculture

“We all understand now that there’s... a pretty large divide between the farming community and the general public,” said Fred Kirschenmann of Ag Arts.

September 1, 2014

 

farmer Dan Hromas

My Farm Roots: Coming Home To Roost

Dan Hromas became a farmer after spending the better part of two decades as a soldier. Like farming, military service runs in the family.

August 26, 2014

 

three people packing tomatoes

What Goes Into The Price Of Your Tomato

U.S. farmers grow about $2 billion worth of tomatoes annually, though production numbers have steadily decreased over the past decade.

August 25, 2014

 

farmer Riley Lewis

My Farm Roots: Carrying On A Farm Family Legacy

One of Riley Lewis’ sons currently works alongside him and he has also worked with his own father and grandfather.

August 22, 2014

 

Kari Williams

My Farm Roots: Smells Like Home

The fate of Kari Williams' family’s farms in Nebraska is uncertain. Her uncles are getting close to retirement. None of her cousins are clamoring to take over.

August 19, 2014

 

unmanned aerial vehicle

Drone To Fly Over Livestock Operations And ‘Ag-Gag’ Laws

Reaction to Will Potter’s plan in farm country has ranged from anger, invitations to visit the farms, and warnings about the drones becoming target practice.

August 18, 2014

 

farmer elisha pullen

My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground

Farmer Elisha Pullen has grown accustomed to being the only person on his county road where he has room to stretch out.

August 17, 2014

 

Emily Robbins and her father, Vic

My Farm Roots: She’s Her Dad’s ‘Son’

Emily Robbins wanted to be outside and hang out with her dad, so getting to drive tractor was a natural thing.

August 6, 2014

 

Farmer John Schweiser

Farmers On The Prairie Work Through Modern Day Dust Bowl

While big swathes of the Great Plains have partially recovered from the extreme 2012 drought, some sections are still desperately dry.

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