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Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. 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

May 1, 2017

 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Perdue: Trump Open To Immigrant Farm Workers Staying In U.S.

Ag Secretary Perdue says he’s hired a labor lawyer to help design the program that can help keep undocumented workers here, but remove criminals.

May 1, 2017

 

water tower and school bus

Kansas Town Anxiously Waits For Water Regulations To Change

Residents of Pretty Prairie, Kansas are concerned about how federal budget cuts might affect their ability to pay for a new water treatment system.

April 29, 2017

 

Rancher Gena Kirk

Great Plains Ranchers Look To Rebuild In Wake Of Wildfires

The USDA set aside $6 million in aid to help farmers and ranchers affected by the fires.

April 26, 2017

 

Poultry-worker

Tyson Announces Better Conditions And Safety For Meat Workers

An investigation found that the more than 500,000 slaughterhouse and meat processing plant workers have some of the most dangerous factory jobs in America.

April 25, 2017

 

combine

Farmers Lobby For Right To Repair Tractors

Farmers fixing their own equipment would be an obvious blow to the business of tractor dealers who have cornered the market on repair.

April 25, 2017

 

Then-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

Months After Nomination, Perdue Confirmed As Ag Secretary

Perdue earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine and has had a long career operating family agribusiness and transportation companies.

April 24, 2017

 

bird flu sign

Midwest Farmers Feel Prepared For Next Bird Flu Outbreak

Two years after a devastating bird flu outbreak in the Midwest, many farmers here say they now have a better idea of how to keep bird flu at bay.

April 24, 2017

 

Maass family

Farmers’ Patience Tested As Ag Secretary Confirmation Awaits

With a declining farm economy and trade with vital global markets in disarray, Sonny Perdue confronts an agriculture industry in search of stability.

April 19, 2017

 

Rob Fleming

Growing A Prairie In The Shadow Of An Agribusiness Legacy

The names Wallace and Garst loom large in the modern history of farming. Some descendants of these agriculture titans are trying to leave a different legacy.

April 17, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack

Former Ag Secretary Worried About Lack Of Rural Focus

Tom Vilsack is particularly troubled by the proposed elimination of a program that gives grant money to small towns to upgrade water treatment facilities.

April 11, 2017

 

soybeans

How A Lack Of Farm Data Could Hurt Farmers

Fewer farmers are responding to USDA surveys, which could throw off data, leaving farmers to fend for themselves when making choices for their businesses.

April 3, 2017

 

brazile creek sign

Neb. Plan Could Be Model For Cleaning Up Groundwater Pollution

The plan is to help farmers adopt practices that reduce the amount of nitrates getting into the groundwater and implementing more efficient irrigation methods.

March 31, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue, right, greets Jack Kingston

Sonny Perdue One Step Away From Becoming Agriculture Secretary

The Senate has a busy calendar both before and after its scheduled April 10-21 recess. When Perdue will get a vote before the full Senate remains to be seen.

March 29, 2017

 

Advocate Jamie Manzer, right, with reporter Mike Tobias

Sex Trafficking In Small Towns: ‘It Happens Virtually Anywhere’

Fighting sex trafficking is a challenge throughout Nebraska. A recent report described the services landscape for trafficking victims in Nebraska as “bleak.”

March 28, 2017

 

Farmer Don Batie

In Rural Trump Country, Trade Policy Divides

Rural voters overwhelmingly chose President Donald Trump, but when it comes to trade, rural voters are not necessarily in sync with the administration.

March 27, 2017

 

cattle

Brazil Beef Industry’s Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Week

It started on March 17 with raids on two meatpacking plants in Brazil. The country’s biggest beef companies stood accused of egregious food safety violations.

March 24, 2017

 

sonny perdue

Trump’s USDA Pick Gets Capitol Hill Hearing But No Vote Yet

Sonny Perdue was the last cabinet secretary Trump nominated, back on Jan. 19.

March 23, 2017

 

sign at one of the gates of Sunset Farms in Harris

USDA On Alert For Deadly Strain Of Avian Flu Found In China

The USDA’s head veterinarian stresses that it's impossible to predict how far a particular bird flu strain may travel or mutate.

March 20, 2017

 

usda headquarters

Rural Groups Push Against Proposed Cuts To USDA Spending

President Trump’s proposal calls for reduction in USDA discretionary spending and lays out rationale for why some programs are either eliminated or scaled back.

March 15, 2017

 

bottles of round up

Court Documents Raise Questions Of Roundup

After court documents unsealed Tuesday raised questions about research methods, Monsanto says it did not ghostwrite a 2000 study on the safety of glyphosate.

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