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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

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.

January 25, 2017

 

Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins, Colorado

Ag Department Lifts Gag-Order On Taxpayer-Funded Research

The Agricultural Research Service rescinded its initial directive in an email to employees Tuesday evening.

January 25, 2017

 

USDA science researcher

USDA Scientists Told Not To Publicly Share Their Work

The directive comes as President Donald Trump begins his term and before his nominee for Agriculture Secretary undergoes U.S. Senate confirmation hearings.

January 24, 2017

 

cows

Farm Groups Anxious As Trump Pulls U.S. Out Of TPP Trade Deal

The American Farm Bureau Federation claimed in its analysis that the TPP could have increased U.S. agricultural exports by billions of dollars a year.

January 23, 2017

 

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Watch: 5 Ways Drones Help Bring Food To Your Table

Drones are seen by many as part of the next generation of “precision agriculture” tools. Here are five ways drones are already impacting the food system.

January 19, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue

Trump To Tap Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

If nominated and confirmed, Sonny Perdue will take charge of the USDA, an agency with nearly 100,000 employees and a $150 billion budget.

January 18, 2017

 

tractor on a field

Down Times In Farm Country Persist, But Not Yet A ‘Crisis’

The USDA expects payments from government safety net programs to reach $12.9 billion for 2016, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous year.

January 17, 2017

 

tom vilsack

Former Ag Secretary Vilsack To Head Dairy Industry Trade Group

Tom Vilsack announced that his first job outside the Cabinet will be heading up a dairy industry trade group that pushes for access to foreign markets.

January 16, 2017

 

cooked sweet potatoes

Why We’re Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

In 2000, Americans ate about 4 pounds of sweet potatoes per person. Today, it’s nearly double that, at 7.5 pounds per person.

January 14, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack portrait USDA

Agriculture Secretary Lone Trump Cabinet Post Without Nominee

The next Agriculture Secretary will be charged with shepherding a new Farm Bill through Congress. Work on the law is slated to begin almost immediately.

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