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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

January 20, 2014

Wonder Bread 

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New Wheat Behind Whole Grain White Bread

A new wheat variety may have cracked the code to marry the fluffiness of white bread with whole grain nutrition.

January 13, 2014

Added Value 

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Retailers Look To Sell Sustainability Of Food

Some retailers are capitalizing on the consumer demand for foods produced in environmentally friendly ways.

January 10, 2014

More Moo 

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New Direction For Beef Herd Could Ease Meat Prices

Retail prices for choice cuts of beef are up 8 percent over the past year, but a rise in the nation's cattle numbers could mean relief for consumers.

January 3, 2014

Problem Pests 

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New Crops Could Kill Insects By Targeting Their Genes

With rootworms building resistance to GM corn that makes its own pesticide, seed companies are working on new crops that target the insects’ genes.

December 28, 2013

Won't You Be My Neighbor 

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Forget The Golf Course, Subdivisions Build Around Farms

A new model for suburban development is springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement.

December 16, 2013

Little Bugs 

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Under The Microscope: Microbes Can Help Farmers

Some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields.

December 9, 2013

Where Are The Quails? 

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Pheasants Losing Habitat To Farmland

As farmers across the Midwest have plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for grassland birds has become increasingly scarce.

December 3, 2013

Snip Snap 

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Rural Areas Worry About Food Stamp Cuts

Funding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program isn’t just an urban concern. Families living amid fertile farmland increasingly rely on SNAP benefits.

November 25, 2013

Factory Farms 

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CAFO Concerns In Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Due to increased competition amongst hog farmers, indoor confined animal feeding operations are growing, even in the most environmentally sensitive areas.

November 18, 2013

Hidden Grains 

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Filling A Gap In The Organic Pipeline

Sales of organic food over the last five years have grown 35 percent, but there’s a problem in the supply chain – not enough organic grain.

November 5, 2013

Grain To Go 

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Shipping Containers Can Open Export Markets To Farmers

While the final numbers haven’t been tallied, it looks like American farmers may have shipped a record $140 billion worth of product overseas in the last year.

October 25, 2013

Buh-Bye 

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The Long, Slow Decline Of The U.S. Sheep Industry

Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in the U.S. has been cut in half. Today, the domestic sheep herd is one-tenth the size it was during World War II.

October 18, 2013

Cash For Corn 

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Expected Bumper Crop Has Price Of Corn Dropping

Corn farmers have been riding high prices for the last few years. But an expected bumper crop has prices falling this harvest season.

September 13, 2013

The Wet Stuff 

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Farmers Confront Challenges Of Drying Aquifer

The 39,000 irrigation wells in Kansas pump long and hard in growing season. If you want a visual for that much water, picture Niagara Falls.

September 8, 2013

Beefed Up 

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Tyson Suspends Use Of Controversial Drug

Tyson Foods announced it would suspend purchases of cattle treated with a controversial drug. Concerns for animal welfare or for sales in other countries?

September 6, 2013

The Wet Stuff 

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Farmers Look To Do More With Less Water

The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.

September 2, 2013

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Herbicide Drift Threatens Midwest Vineyards

Drift can happen with any weed killer. A stiff breeze can carry tiny droplets from the sprayer in one field to the vineyard next door.

August 29, 2013

Off Season 

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No Summer Siesta For School Gardens

Because the growing season doesn’t coincide with the school year, the question of how to most effectively use school gardens is often a concern.

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