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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

June 19, 2017

 

beakers

Worry About The ‘Growing Threat’ Of Agricultural Espionage

Intellectual property is often hard to protect, no matter what form it takes. The technology used in our food system, however, presents a unique challenge.

June 17, 2017

 

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Dow, DuPont Merger Approved By US Antitrust Regulators

Once merged, the companies plan to then split off into three separate businesses, one of which will be focused on agriculture.

June 16, 2017

 

cow carcasses

American Beef Industry To Send Bull Back Into China’s Shops

China is set to once again import U.S.-raised beef. To take advantage of the massive new market, the U.S. cattle industry is going to have to make some changes.

June 14, 2017

 

new hospital

USDA Reorganization Shakes Confidence In Trump’s Rural Agenda

Many of USDA’s rural development programs are aimed at creating jobs. That can make a difference in towns where agriculture no longer provides as many jobs.

June 8, 2017

 

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Rural Areas Still Lag Behind In Digital Technology Adoption

Rural residents are still 10 percent less likely to have broadband access at home than people in cities, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

June 7, 2017

 

cattle

Fairness Rule Divides Cattle Country On Role Of Government

Ranchers worry that a move to delay federal rules that would make it easier for them lodge complaints about unfair treatment may spell the end of the new rules.

June 6, 2017

 

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As Organic Industry Grows, It Edges Toward Mainstream

The counter-culture movement that once agitated the food industry from the periphery has grown much closer to conventional.

June 5, 2017

 

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Sustainable Agriculture Research Center Survives Cut, Barely

The Iowa Legislature decided to defund the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, leaving it to rely on money from its existing endowment and grants.

May 30, 2017

 

dry field

Uncertainty Ahead For Government Climate Research

Farmers may not be able to depend on research conducted by the government to help them adapt to climate change.

May 23, 2017

 

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NAFTA Renegotiation Puts Agriculture Groups On Edge

While it’s difficult to pin a dollar figure on how NAFTA has directly affected farmers and ranchers in the U.S., it has opened up markets for certain products.

May 23, 2017

 

Cattle rancher Mike John

Farmers Looking For New Markets Worry They’re Losing Out On Trade

Even more disconcerting is news that Japan has pitched the idea of a mini-TPP, which would exclude the U.S. and lower tariffs among competitors.

May 22, 2017

 

digital camera

Big Data Is Transforming How Breeders Create Better Seeds

The time-honored tradition of crossbreeding plants to get the best traits is no longer the primary way science is done. Now, we harness the power of Big Data.

May 18, 2017

 

Palmer amaranth

Scientists Say Don’t Cut Costs On Weed Control

Farmers have a chance to prevent a newly-arrived threat from becoming a permanent fixture. It’s an aggressive weed that’s been devastating crops in the Midwest.

May 17, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue in Cincinnati

Plan To Shakeup USDA Worries Rural Advocates

The Trump White House proposed a 21 percent cut to USDA’s discretionary funding, and rural advocates are worried.

May 16, 2017

 

bunker pool

Apocalypse-Proof Bunkers On Great Plains Sell For $3 Million

The business of helping people prepare to survive the next big calamity has changed substantially in the age of President Donald Trump.

May 15, 2017

 

training in beekeeping

New Kansas Farm Hopes To Cultivate A Future For Veterans

S.A.V.E. Farm stands for Service member Agricultural Vocation Education. It offers veterans the opportunity to learn the business of farming.

May 8, 2017

 

Insecticides

Watch: What Are Pesticides And How Are They Used?

Conflicting interpretations of scientific research have led various authorities to issue different levels of concern over pesticide use.

May 6, 2017

 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

Here’s What Sonny Perdue Said On Climate Change, Immigration

Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe sat down with the Secretary of Agriculture to talk about Trump Administration’s priorities for our food system.

May 2, 2017

 

Student Gabriela Cardenas, left, with instructor Marissa Velazquez

Some Rural Immigrants Take Steps Toward Citizenship

Immigrants choose to go through the naturalization process for many reasons, including gaining the right to vote and to rest easy about immigration status.

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.

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