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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 24, 2015



USDA’s MIDAS Computer Program Tarnished

So far, USDA has spent $430 million on the system, a project known by the acronym MIDAS for Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems.

November 23, 2015


crop field

No Taxpayer Savings In Farm Bill Commodity Payouts

Many farmers are receiving their first government payments under the new Farm Bill enacted last year, and taxpayers are spending more than projected.

November 18, 2015


hens in a cage

Housing Hens Ruffles Some Feathers In The Egg Industry

There's more to housing hens than square inches. Some egg farmers argue the cage-free barns are less humane than traditional hen housing.

November 16, 2015


Students at Colorado State University greenhouse

There Are Jobs In Ag, Just Not Enough New Grads To Fill ‘Em

Part of the problem in filling these jobs is location. Many recent college grads look to major cities for their first jobs, not the rural Midwest.

November 10, 2015



Meat Alternatives Want A Part Of Your The Dinner Plate

The people pushing insect cuisine make compelling arguments. They say insects are high in protein and calcium, and they’re easier on the environment.

November 10, 2015


rye grass and old corn crops

Nitrates A Costly, Persistent Problem For Small Towns

Nitrogen fertilizer on farm fields helps crops grow, but if there’s too much left over in the soil, it can pollute water supplies as nitrates.

November 3, 2015


Farmer Erik Terstriep

‘Combine Karaoke’ And Cursing: Sounds Of Harvest In Midwest

Some farmers make business calls behind the wheel or listen to sports radio. One man in Illinois has gotten attention for writing poetry while harvesting.

November 3, 2015



Farmers Raising Meat Look To Keep Up With Your Changing Diet

The most recent dietary guidelines recommend most Americans eat about .21 pounds of meat per day. Most Americans average about .36 pounds of meat per day.

October 29, 2015


raw chicken for sale

Consumers Should Demand Better Treatment Of Poultry Workers

Oxfam America released a report calling on consumers to help better working conditions for the people who work at the four largest poultry producers.

October 28, 2015


Jonathan Lundgren

USDA Whistleblower Claims Censorship Of Pesticide Research

Jonathan Lundgren’s work has included extensive examination of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides widely used by farmers to control pest damage to corn.

October 27, 2015


Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Alpaca Bubble Burst, Backyard Farmers Pick Up The Pieces

It’s just one more chapter in a long line of agricultural speculative bubbles, from emus to chinchillas to Berkshire hogs to Dutch tulips.

October 27, 2015


hog farmer Gene Gourley holding piglet

Farmers Asked To Curtail Antibiotic Use In Livestock

To ensure we still have antibiotics to treat diseases in both humans and livestock, doctors and farmers need to use them carefully.

October 22, 2015


capitol hill

Senator Wants GMO Label Bill Passed By End Of The Year

In a surprise move, some U-S Senate Democrats have joined Republicans in support of a bill that requires labeling food with genetically-modified ingredients.

October 20, 2015


harvesting corn

Massive Corn Crops Necessary To Satisfy Appetite For Meat

Our appetite for meat, which began growing exponentially in the U.S. after World War II, is one of the reasons farmers in the Midwest grow so much corn.

October 19, 2015


soccer team at Fort Morgan

Bridging The Cultural Divide In Colorado Meatpacking Town

“We have all these people from other places in the world and we have one thing in common: soccer," says Nick Ng, soccer coach at Fort Morgan High School.

October 15, 2015


farmers standing in a field

Farmers School Themselves On Soil Health, Revive Dying Dirt

The benefits of no-till and cover crops abound. Still, there are hurdles to making the move away from traditional farming.

October 13, 2015


slicing meat

Choice Cuts: Making Room For More Meat

By the time 2050 comes around, the meat on your plate may not be that different, but the story of how it got there could be.

October 9, 2015


corn on the husk

Environmental Markets Could Sell Farmers On Conservation

The USDA recently put $10 million behind grants to establish environmental markets, including one in Iowa to reduce nitrogen runoff.

October 7, 2015



TPP Trade Deal Could Expand Agricultural Exports

The TPP is expected to give U.S. farmers easier access to markets in countries like Japan and Australia by reducing tariffs on products like beef and rice.

October 6, 2015


farmer Richard Oswald

China Slowdown May Squeeze Midwest Soybean Farmers

American farmers are the world’s largest soybean exporters and China is the largest buyer. If that market collapsed it would trigger a global decline in prices.

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