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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

December 27, 2015

 

hogs

Researchers Worry Last-Resort Antibiotic Is Failing

For years, the antibiotic colistin was known as the best chance to combat antibiotic resistance. But journalist Maryn McKenna says there’s bad news.

December 24, 2015

 

Aaron Singrey

Veterinarian Becomes Gumshoe, Pursuing Globe-Trotting Virus

The industry fears that PED, not yet eradicated and known as a pernicious, intrepid world traveler, will come charging back this winter.

December 21, 2015

 

microscope image of PED

Deadly Pig Virus Remains A Mystery – And A Threat

What we have pieced together from interviews and public records shows that PED confounded researchers and industry insiders scrambling to contain it.

December 16, 2015

 

packing up fresh-cut Christmas tree

Growers Rally Around Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees

Farmers are pooling their money to advertise and promote their fresh-cut trees. It’s an effort to reach consumers who value a convenient (plastic) Christmas.

December 14, 2015

 

Nate Storey and Swiss chard

Fuel: It’s What’s For Dinner

Up to a fifth of our nation’s total energy use goes into growing, transporting, processing and preparing our food, but those energy inputs are often hidden.

December 10, 2015

 

lunch at Carve

Why Fast-Casual Restaurants Are Surging

In the three years after the 2008 recession, fast-casual visits rose 17 percent, while other sections of the restaurant industry lagged.

December 8, 2015

 

beef in a package

WTO: COOL Could Lead To $1 Billion Tariffs

Canada and Mexico could impose tariffs on more than $1 billion-worth of U.S. goods as a way to compensate for losses brought on by a U.S. labeling law.

December 7, 2015

 

barren cornfield

Boom Leaves Farmers Stuck With High Property Taxes

Some states base property tax rates on income potential. Others go by rental rates or recent land sales. However they’re calculated, the results are similar.

December 3, 2015

 

soybean crops

EPA Seeks To Pull New Herbicide From The Market

EPA received new information that suggests the herbicide Enlist Duo is more toxic to plants than the agency previously thought.

December 2, 2015

 

Andrew Scaboo and Tony Stafford

University-Made Roundup Ready Seeds Ready For Market

Imagine your fancy multi-vitamin goes generic. Then the local university adds in extra vitamins that are particularly important for people living in your area.

November 30, 2015

 

monarch butterfly on a red flower

In The Fields, A Search For Monarch Butterflies

An Iowa State University report estimated an 81% decline in the Midwest monarch population 1999-2010, with a 58% decline in milkweed presence at the same time.

November 25, 2015

 

former farmworker Angel Castro

Immigrant Farmworkers Face Housing Crisis

Tuberculosis, pesticide exposure and viral breakouts are a few of the threats facing farmworkers living without adequate showers, ventilation and utilities.

November 25, 2015

 

Green bean casserole

Classic Green Bean Casserole Turns 60 Years Old

Despite its status as a Midwest holiday staple, Green Bean Casserole didn’t originate in the Midwest. Dorcas Reilly created it in 1955 in New Jersey.

November 24, 2015

 

midas-header

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

 

mealworms

Meat Alternatives Want A Part Of Your 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.

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