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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

January 20, 2016

 

wheat combine

Wheat Belt Farmers Sow Less Wheat

The inflated dollar makes it difficult to trade U.S. goods on the world market and farmers are responding.

January 18, 2016

 

corn field and combine

Growing Renewable Energy To Farm With Less Fossil Fuels

Food production consumes about a fifth of the U.S. energy supply. Some farmers are trying to cut back on the coal and gas used to grow our food.

January 13, 2016

 

harvesting corn

Sharing Economy Comes To The Farm

A site dedicated to leasing and using farm equipment is making available expensive machinery during the times producers need it most.

January 11, 2016

 

ear of corn

TPP Could Mean More Global Trade Of GMOs

TPP would make it harder for countries to prevent GMOs from entering their markets if they’re already approved in the U.S.

January 7, 2016

 

Mormon Island

Farmers Lease Water In New Nebraska Program

Nebraska irrigates more farmland than any state and a lot of that water is pumped from underground. A new program may help both farmers and endangered species.

January 5, 2016

 

wheat floret

Wheat Struggling To Keep Up With Corn, Soybean Technology

Seed companies have poured billions into biotech soybeans and corn that raises more grain with less water. Now, there’s a push to grow wheat research.

January 4, 2016

 

Baby turkeys in barn

As Recovery Continues, Farmers Prepare For More Bird Flu

Another outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest remains likely, even if farms and public health systems are more prepared to deal with it.

December 30, 2015

 

bio methane gas pipe

Making Energy From Waste: The Other Natural Gas

One expert says current technologies could transform organic waste into enough natural gas to replace half the diesel fuel used in the US transportation sector.

December 29, 2015

 

containers of_ammonia fertilizer

More Fertilizer Plants Come Online, Bring CO2 Baggage

Three of the world’s largest facilities are scheduled to come on stream in the next year to produce a variety of nitrogen products.

December 27, 2015

 

hogs

Researchers Worry Last-Resort Antibiotic Is Failing

For years, the antibiotic colistin was known as the best chance to combat antibiotic resistance. But journalist Maryn McKenna says there’s bad news.

December 24, 2015

 

Aaron Singrey

Veterinarian Becomes Gumshoe, Pursuing Globe-Trotting Virus

The industry fears that PED, not yet eradicated and known as a pernicious, intrepid world traveler, will come charging back this winter.

December 21, 2015

 

microscope image of PED

Deadly Pig Virus Remains A Mystery – And A Threat

What we have pieced together from interviews and public records shows that PED confounded researchers and industry insiders scrambling to contain it.

December 16, 2015

 

packing up fresh-cut Christmas tree

Growers Rally Around Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees

Farmers are pooling their money to advertise and promote their fresh-cut trees. It’s an effort to reach consumers who value a convenient (plastic) Christmas.

December 14, 2015

 

Nate Storey and Swiss chard

Fuel: It’s What’s For Dinner

Up to a fifth of our nation’s total energy use goes into growing, transporting, processing and preparing our food, but those energy inputs are often hidden.

December 10, 2015

 

lunch at Carve

Why Fast-Casual Restaurants Are Surging

In the three years after the 2008 recession, fast-casual visits rose 17 percent, while other sections of the restaurant industry lagged.

December 8, 2015

 

beef in a package

WTO: COOL Could Lead To $1 Billion Tariffs

Canada and Mexico could impose tariffs on more than $1 billion-worth of U.S. goods as a way to compensate for losses brought on by a U.S. labeling law.

December 7, 2015

 

barren cornfield

Boom Leaves Farmers Stuck With High Property Taxes

Some states base property tax rates on income potential. Others go by rental rates or recent land sales. However they’re calculated, the results are similar.

December 3, 2015

 

soybean crops

EPA Seeks To Pull New Herbicide From The Market

EPA received new information that suggests the herbicide Enlist Duo is more toxic to plants than the agency previously thought.

December 2, 2015

 

Andrew Scaboo and Tony Stafford

University-Made Roundup Ready Seeds Ready For Market

Imagine your fancy multi-vitamin goes generic. Then the local university adds in extra vitamins that are particularly important for people living in your area.

November 30, 2015

 

monarch butterfly on a red flower

In The Fields, A Search For Monarch Butterflies

An Iowa State University report estimated an 81% decline in the Midwest monarch population 1999-2010, with a 58% decline in milkweed presence at the same time.

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