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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

July 21, 2016

 

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The Insect Factory That Breeds Better Bugs

Colorado's "Insectary" is developing insects that will combat pests, without the aid of chemicals.

July 19, 2016

 

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Beaks On Fleek: Meet This Town’s ‘Prettiest Chickens’

We take you inside a "silly animal contest" in Colorado, where chicken owners hope their bird is crowned Prettiest Chicken.

July 18, 2016

 

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Perennial Grasses On Cropland Could Reduce Gulf’s Dead Zone

A new study supports planting perennial grasses on current cropland as a way to reduce nutrient loss from farm fields.

July 15, 2016

 

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Food Companies, Farm Groups Happy With Looser GMO Label Bill

Many food companies began labeling food that has genetically-modified ingredients in anticipation of a Vermont law that kicked in July 1.

July 11, 2016

 

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New Genetically Modified Crops Push Old Regulations

The last time government agencies updated biotech regulations was 1992. Today a wave of new discoveries is breaking out of the old regulatory framework.

July 8, 2016

 

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5 Big Questions About The US Senate GMO Label Bill

The bill outlaws states’ efforts to labels foods made with genetically-modified organisms and instead gives companies more leeway in disclosing GMOs.

July 7, 2016

 

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Midwest Farmers Fear GMO Labels Will Stigmatize Products

Consumers may view GMO disclosure labels much like surgeon general’s warnings on cigarette packages, despite a recent study showing GMO crops are safe to eat.

July 6, 2016

 

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To Bring Bison Back, Ranchers Say We Have To Eat Them

Market-based conservation contends that we create demand for an animal and work to keep its population robust so we can then eat it, as with the American bison.

June 28, 2016

 

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What A Slaughterhouse Looks Like From The Inside

While touring JBS Marshalltown Pork Plant, reporters were forbidden from taking photos, making audio recordings or quoting the company without permission.

June 27, 2016

 

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Midwest Aronia Growers Hope To Capitalize On Superfood Trend

Aronia is the modern name for the native black chokeberry and it’s billed as a “superfood." A growing cadre of Midwest farmers is trying to get in on the craze.

June 24, 2016

 

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Senators Reach Deal On National GMO Labeling Bill

The new bill would require companies to disclose genetically modified ingredients in foods. Critics dislike that the info does not have to appear on the label.

June 23, 2016

 

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More Must Be Done To Make Slaughterhouses Safer

OSHA is trying to learn more about injuries as they happen. The agency set a rule in 2015 that requires companies to report serious injuries within 24 hours.

June 20, 2016

 

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Slaughterhouse Workers Face Life-Long Injuries

Workers at meat processing plants describe punishing rates of production, leaving them with a lifetime of pain and physical problems.

June 19, 2016

 

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‘Superbug’ Found In Illinois Meatpacking Facility

The worry is that this resistance will spread to bacteria that are also resistant to other drugs, effectively making bacteria immune to antibiotics.

June 14, 2016

 

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Fines For Meatpackers’ Safety Problems ‘Embarrassingly Low’

Who is watching out for workers in the meat industry? Some charge government fines for safety problems are “embarrassingly low.”

June 13, 2016

 

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Farmland Buffet Helps Snow Goose Population Boom

To manage overpopulation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relaxed hunting regulations on geese in 1999. Some farmers have opened up their property to hunters.

June 10, 2016

 

How The Futures Market Keeps Your Grocery Bill Down (Video)

The futures market helps both producers and users of a major commodity, such as corn, defend themselves against major prices changes.

June 9, 2016

 

Cuban Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero (left) and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Vilsack: U.S. Relationship With Cuba Begins With Agriculture

Cuba is an important ally for the U.S. on some hot-button international agriculture issues, such as food safety and animal health regulations, Vilsack said.

May 31, 2016

 

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Student-Run Organic Farm Thrives At Land-Grant University

Though large-scale production of corn and soybeans can seem to be the primary crop interests at Iowa State University, the organic farm is wholly embraced.

May 26, 2016

 

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Farmers Get Creative, Frugal To Stay Afloat In Tough Times

Farmers managing the sophisticated businesses that Midwest crop farms have become are spending more time considering business school basics.

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