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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

August 8, 2016


farmer Tom Willis

Kansas Farmers Try New Irrigation System To Save Water

Kansas Water Office is teaming with farmers to demonstrate that new irrigation methods can reduce the demand on the Ogallala Aquifer without sacrificing yields.

August 8, 2016


insects in a hand

Watch: The Insect Factory That Breeds Better Bugs

Colorado’s Insectary began in response to a peach pest called oriental fruit moth that devastated the local crop in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

August 3, 2016


Taryn Riediger

Despite Changing Gender Roles, It’s Sons Who Go Home To Farm

The tradition of sons returning home to take over the farm remains a strong one. Gradually, though, women are starting to notice some changes.

August 1, 2016


Kristie and Drew Harper

Rural Towns Banking On More Than Just Farming To Survive

Rural towns like Brookfield, Missouri are trying to sell businesses on their assets, including a ready workforce, central location and affordable land.

July 28, 2016



Studying The Benefits Of Urban Agriculture

There may be limitations to the benefits of urban agriculture.

July 21, 2016



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


best dressed chicken

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



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



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


soybean plants

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


gmo label on oats

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


Ronnie Russell

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


Greg Nott feeds a bison

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


JBS Marshalltown Pork

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


aronia berries

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


gmo food label

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



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



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



‘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



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.”

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