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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

July 9, 2014

 

Mutton busters look on as a participant loses his grip on the sheep.

Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids

For first-timers, the prospect of hopping on the back of a sheep for a wild ride can stir a range of emotions.

July 7, 2014

 

Kurt Rosentrater with workers in Bangledesh

Feed The Future Seeks Hunger Solutions From The Heartland

One goal of Feed the Future is to help farmers increase yields and production efficiency—and those are lessons the ag schools can share.

July 1, 2014

 

paddock of cattle

Drought Re-Shaping The Cattle Map

Missouri, which housed about 6 percent of the nation’s beef cattle at the start of the drought, lost roughly 8 percent of its herd.

June 24, 2014

 

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Nearly A Century Old, Panama Canal Still Vital To Midwest Economy

A massive expansion of the Panama Canal to meet the demand of the 21st Century is set to open as soon as early 2015.

June 19, 2014

 

waterways-barge

Farmers Hope For River System Improvements

The federal government would cover half the cost of river construction while the rest of the money would come from a tax on the diesel fuel used by barges.

June 18, 2014

 

horse outside a barn

Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm

Farmers markets continue to grow. Community gardens are now mainstream. The next extension of that is to actually get onto a working farm and participate.

June 13, 2014

 

hemp plant

Canada Jonesing For A Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie

While the conversation about hemp in the U.S. currently focuses on legal issues, our neighbor to the north anxiously waits to talk business.

June 9, 2014

 

hemp seedlings

Now Appearing: Hemp, For First Time In Decades

With signals from Congress and the federal government, it may not be long before some of America’s amber waves of grain get a little greener.

June 3, 2014

 

beekeeper with hives

Is Corn Dust Killing Bees?

Farmers have used insecticides on their crops for decades, so many farmers are skeptical that these seed coatings are now killing bees.

June 2, 2014

 

tractor plowing miscanthus

Miscanthus: A Growing Energy Crop

Miscanthus is a tall, stalky grass native to Southeast Asia. Researchers want to blend miscanthus with existing fuel sources.

May 26, 2014

 

Dairy farmer Tom Weighner with cows

Integrated Local Food System Can Grow The Market

From the launch of the local food effort, producers have worked alongside buyers to push for a system that integrates local food into everyday life.

May 20, 2014

 

terry glenn with produce

Local Farmers Try To Tap Bigger Markets

Local food sales numbers are hard to come by, but direct-to-consumer sales accounted for just 0.8 percent of food agricultural sales in 2007.

May 13, 2014

 

Teresa Wiemerslage

Public, Private Partners Key To Local Food Success

Increasingly, farm businesses are starting as operations intended to provide produce for schools and other institutional markets in the local area.

May 9, 2014

 

tilapia swimming in fish tank

Aquaponics Brings Produce And Fish Under One Roof

Starting an aquaponics operation requires a large investment in equipment – fish tanks, greenhouses, climate-control equipment and the like.

May 5, 2014

 

Rancher Sharon Harvat with cattle

Brazil Beef Imports Too Risky, Ranchers Worry

USDA officials say little risk exists of the disease hitching a ride to the U.S. on packages of meat, but many U.S. ranchers are still wringing their hands.

April 24, 2014

 

fisherman Jeff Smith with asian carp

Chinese Market Could Help Rid Rivers Of Invasive Asian Carp

A carp fishing industry is springing up along carp-infested U.S. waters and processors are exporting the U.S. problem fish to Chinese diners.

April 22, 2014

 

prairie-chicken-male

Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chicken Ruffles Feathers

The Fish and Wildlife Service has been threatening to step in and protect the lesser prairie chicken for years, a sour prospect for farmers and ranchers.

April 21, 2014

 

sod house wall

Unlocking Prairie Secrets From A Sod House

Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19th century.

April 19, 2014

 

greens growing under lights

Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future

Growers across the country are heading indoors, using greenhouses and hydroponics. Vertical farming takes that to a new level.

April 7, 2014

 

ffa crest

While Farm Life Changes, FFA’s Blue Jacket Stays The Same

Those involved with FFA tout the record enrollment as a testament to the organization’s nimbleness in the face of an increasingly urbanized society.

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