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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

March 14, 2017

 

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students Liz Hada, left, and Melissa Garcia Rodriguez

Diversify The Landscape By Diversifying Who Works It

Agronomy enrollment at Iowa State has more than tripled since 2006, when there was just one student who identified as other than white. Today, 23 students do.

March 13, 2017

 

A sign on the western edge of the fire evacuation zone in Kansas

Wildfires Threaten Ranchers In Cattle Country

The largest of the fires spread from the Oklahoma Panhandle into southwest Kansas, and has consumed more than 800,000 acres of prime grassland.

March 8, 2017

 

A Colorado farm field

Study: Agriculture Should Ramp Up Response To Climate Change

New research identifies the Corn Belt as the region where climate change could have the biggest impact on overall farm productivity.

March 7, 2017

 

farmer hauling hay

Farmers Wary As Federal Ag And Energy Leadership Shifts

In Trump’s Cabinet, oil-rich states like Texas and Oklahoma are well represented, making some in the Corn Belt worry about the future of corn-based ethanol.

March 6, 2017

 

Kansas farmer Phil Holman-Hebert

In Search Of Profit, Some Conventional Farmers May Go Local

Despite Kansas’s place as a prime farm state, just a tiny fraction of the produce consumed there is produced locally. That represents opportunity for farmers.

March 1, 2017

 

group of people

Trump Orders Review Of Clean Water Rule Opposed By Farm Groups

Trump on his own can’t repeal the rule. The executive order directs the new EPA administrator to revise it, which could take years.

February 28, 2017

 

Liz Graznak and her daughter Sylvia

Student Debt Poses Obstacle For Young Farmers

Student loans in the U.S. have run grads into $1 trillion of debt. For young people trying to start their own farm, student debt can put their dreams on hold.

February 27, 2017

 

Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts

Senate Ag Leaders Hope To Avoid Budget Cuts In New Farm Bill

With both houses of Congress and the White House in Republican hands, it is unclear how lawmakers plan to shape a new bill.

February 22, 2017

 

Brandon Stewart, left, and Rob Fenton

Watch: Research Hints At Ways To Keep Burgers Safe From E. Coli

Researchers can differentiate harmless strains of E. coli, which are naturally present in most warm-blooded animals, from the nasty Shiga toxin-producing kind.

February 21, 2017

 

Isra Mohamud

Immigrant Communities Diversify Face Of Rural Colorado City

For the students at Fort Morgan High School, refugee resettlement and the lagging rural economy aren’t abstract political ideas. They’re living it.

February 20, 2017

 

carton of eggs

To Cut Food Waste, Expiration Labels Get An Update

You could start seeing more standardized food labels by summer 2018, the soft deadline trade groups told members to aim for in adopting the new language.

February 20, 2017

 

Jeanne Crumly

Nebraska Landowners Revive Fight Against Keystone XL

When Keystone XL was last up for approval, Jeanne Crumly and a group of other local landowners sued to block TransCanada from seizing land by eminent domain.

February 15, 2017

 

worker checks on cows being milks at a dairy farm

Increased Immigration Enforcement Sets Ag Industry On Edge

Undocumented immigrants make up a significant portion of the country’s agricultural workforce. A crackdown on immigrant workers could put farms at-risk.

February 14, 2017

 

cowboy

Embezzlement Probe Adds To Questions About Beef Checkoff Oversight

The check-off is a network of 45 state-based boards and councils that collects the money to promote the beef industry.

February 10, 2017

 

carton of eggs

Organic Animal Welfare Rules Delayed, Giving Opponents Hope

Implementation of the rules has been pushed back thanks to President Donald Trump’s “regulatory freeze.”

February 9, 2017

 

corn

Farm Income Forecast To Drop For Fourth-Straight Year

The price of foundational crops like corn and wheat have slipped dramatically in recent years, leaving many farmers struggling to break even.

February 6, 2017

 

farmers with cows

How Fancy Cheese May Save Some Small-Scale Dairies

Increasing demand for upscale, local foods has created a market for on-farm cheesemakers. Profit is not guaranteed and the up-front investment is significant.

January 31, 2017

 

researchers in a field

Watch: How Farmers Are Trying To Protect The Soil

Winter cover crops have been used by farmers for centuries, but over the last decade or so they have once again started to become more popular.

January 31, 2017

 

non-dairy milks on grocery shelves

A War Over Words Erupts In The Dairy Industry

Dairy farmers say milk comes only from a mammal, which is backed up by the FDA. Plant-based milk companies say foods amount to much more than legal definitions.

January 27, 2017

 

arctic apple

The Arctic Apple Means We’ll See More GMOs At Grocery Stores

The big question for the biotech industry: once consumers know how these apples are created, whether they will care.

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