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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

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

 

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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

 

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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.

March 31, 2014

 

farmers looking at ag drone

Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You?

Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

March 28, 2014

 

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Recovering From Flooding, Farmers Hope For Enough Water

Colorado farmers that depend on water are scrambling to repair flood-damaged irrigation networks in time for the crucial spring planting season.

March 14, 2014

Bioterror 

dairy truck

Padlock The Milk! FDA’s Push To Safeguard The Food Supply

Should a toxin be injected somewhere along the supply chain for liquids like orange juice or milk, experts believe it could have devastating consequences.

March 13, 2014

Bioterror 

herd of cattle

Could Our Food Supply Be A Target For Terrorists?

Experts suspect that the reason the U.S. has avoided a large-scale attack on food is that it doesn’t carry the same weight as a suicide bomb or shooting.

March 10, 2014

Stronger Together 

meeting of Amish farmers

Food Hubs Could Provide Crucial Link For Amish Farmers

A single Amish farmer may not be able to hire a driver to ship products to a local restaurant. But by banding together, the economics may start to make sense.

March 4, 2014

Unwanted 

invasive-toadflax

Climate Change Could Benefit Some Invasive Plants

In 2005, USDA researcher Dana Blumenthal set out to document what effect climate change will have on large swathes of grassland.

February 28, 2014

Play Games, All Sorts 

Robbie Maass shows his mother, Leah, the Commodity Challenge

Farmers Play The Markets, Learn To Avoid Risk

In Commodity Challenge, you have fake bushels of grain. You line up a marketing strategy, watch the real markets and then see what your decisions earned you.

February 24, 2014

Ag Census 

farmland near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

Young Farmers Waiting For Their Opportunity

The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows the number of farmers under 35 years-old has grown slightly, about 1 percent nationally.

February 20, 2014

Ag Info 

ag-data-computer

Farmers Worry About Sharing Big Data

Farmers are using precision information from their fields to prescribe exact doses of everything from seeds to fertilizer. How much data do they want to share?

February 11, 2014

Tough Times 

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Changing Dairy Industry Leaves Some Farmers In The Dust

The dairy industry is more efficient than ever, but ramping up production is costly and often out of reach for some small dairies.

February 7, 2014

Finally Farm Bill 

EBT SNAP sign

Uneasy Marriage Of Food Stamps And The Farm Bill

Since the earliest farm supports in the 1930s, the link between those who grow food and those who need it has been part of federal agriculture policy.

February 3, 2014

Dollars And Cents 

corn field

Falling Corn Prices Impacting Farm Rent Agreements

The price of corn expected to free fall this year, which has many farmers considering the cost of renting and planting this season.

February 2, 2014

 

holding marijuana plant

Colorado Creates Food Safety System To Regulate Marijuana Industry

Colorado’s marijuana regulators, essentially, have to create a new state-run food safety system to ensure that the now-legal THC-infused foods are safe.

January 27, 2014

What's Growing 

Ajay Nair holding sweet potatoes

Making The Leap: How Niche Crops Go Mainstream

Diverting acres away from a major commodity to an un-tested crop is risky, but sometimes farmers can reap the benefits of innovation.

January 22, 2014

On The Farm 

piglets

Virus Continues To Rip Through Hog Farms

A virus that kills piglets is ripping through farms around the country. Midwest pork producers are doing everything they can to fight it off.

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