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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

June 14, 2016



Fines For Meatpackers’ Safety Problems ‘Embarrassingly Low’

Who is watching out for workers in the meat industry? Some charge government fines for safety problems are “embarrassingly low.”

June 13, 2016


Drew Fowler, a PhD student at the University of Missouri

Farmland Buffet Helps Snow Goose Population Boom

To manage overpopulation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relaxed hunting regulations on geese in 1999. Some farmers have opened up their property to hunters.

June 10, 2016


How The Futures Market Keeps Your Grocery Bill Down (Video)

The futures market helps both producers and users of a major commodity, such as corn, defend themselves against major prices changes.

June 9, 2016


Cuban Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero (left) and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Vilsack: U.S. Relationship With Cuba Begins With Agriculture

Cuba is an important ally for the U.S. on some hot-button international agriculture issues, such as food safety and animal health regulations, Vilsack said.

May 31, 2016


students weeding

Student-Run Organic Farm Thrives At Land-Grant University

Though large-scale production of corn and soybeans can seem to be the primary crop interests at Iowa State University, the organic farm is wholly embraced.

May 26, 2016



Farmers Get Creative, Frugal To Stay Afloat In Tough Times

Farmers managing the sophisticated businesses that Midwest crop farms have become are spending more time considering business school basics.

May 24, 2016


monarch butterflies

To Save The Monarch Butterfly, Many Are Turning To Milkweed

Milkweed is the literal lifeblood for the monarch caterpillars, serving as the insect’s sole food source early in their life cycle.

May 23, 2016


Liz Carlisle's Lentil Underground

Coastal Foodies And Montana Farmers Meet Over Lentils

Liz Carlisle's "Lentil Underground" tells the story of the changing ag landscape in Montana, but the lessons are applicable to farmers and consumers everywhere.

May 18, 2016


school kitchen

Many Schools Short On Equipment For Making Healthy Meals

In the absence of equipment for making their own meals from scratch, schools rely on large manufacturers to provide them pre-made.

May 17, 2016


firefighter near burning field

Drones May Help Keep Ranchers Safer During Burn Season

Researchers in Nebraska are designing a new drone to start fires, which may help protect people while encouraging agricultural productivity.

May 11, 2016


chicken workers at poultry plant

Report: Poultry Plant Workers Face Grim Working Conditions

Oxfam’s report paints the picture of a widespread problem, where basic worker needs are denied in service of producing vast amounts of cheap, processed chicken.

May 11, 2016


cow mooing

Why Do Cows Moo?

Researchers have measured the acoustics and frequency in cows’ moos to understand the behavior each type of communication is associated with.

May 10, 2016



Rattlesnake Roundups Corner Venomous Prey

Over 2,000 rattlesnakes went through the roundup in Okeene, Oklahoma this year, but none left alive. A buyer purchases the reptiles for their hides and meat.

May 4, 2016


school lunch tray

Why Congress May Back Off New School Lunch Standards

The School Nutrition Association wants more flexibility in the nutrition rules to keep more kids buying lunch. It appears lawmakers are listening.

May 3, 2016



Egg Prices Falling Faster Than Expected

Egg prices spiked in the wake of avian flu, but the USDA now expects retail egg prices to fall 9 to 10 percent this year compared to the average 2015 price.

May 3, 2016


packages of chicken

FDA Says Lower Salmonella Rates ‘Encouraging’

The FDA study is part of a larger government effort to reduce the persistently high rates of the food-borne illness in chicken and turkey.

April 27, 2016


cows in rotary parlor

How A Cheese Factory Can Change A Landscape

When a big food company builds a factory, it doesn’t just bring in new industry. Farmers change what they grow, expand their herds and buy new land.

April 27, 2016


corn field

Gene-Edited Corn Could Be In Farm Fields In A Few Years

CRISPR technology deletes segments of an organism’s own genome to engineer the expression of a particular trait.

April 25, 2016


farm machine

For Farmers, Every Planting Season Is A High Stakes Bet

As farmers put seeds in the ground -- and their confidence in another season -- they know they get just one shot at making their business profitable this year.

April 20, 2016


certified non-gmo

3 Things You Should Know About GMO Labels

What are GMO labels, and what do they tell you? Here are three things you should know, from the reporters at Harvest Public Media.

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