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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 31, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue, right, greets Jack Kingston

Sonny Perdue One Step Away From Becoming Agriculture Secretary

The Senate has a busy calendar both before and after its scheduled April 10-21 recess. When Perdue will get a vote before the full Senate remains to be seen.

March 29, 2017

 

Advocate Jamie Manzer, right, with reporter Mike Tobias

Sex Trafficking In Small Towns: ‘It Happens Virtually Anywhere’

Fighting sex trafficking is a challenge throughout Nebraska. A recent report described the services landscape for trafficking victims in Nebraska as “bleak.”

March 28, 2017

 

Farmer Don Batie

In Rural Trump Country, Trade Policy Divides

Rural voters overwhelmingly chose President Donald Trump, but when it comes to trade, rural voters are not necessarily in sync with the administration.

March 27, 2017

 

cattle

Brazil Beef Industry’s Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Week

It started on March 17 with raids on two meatpacking plants in Brazil. The country’s biggest beef companies stood accused of egregious food safety violations.

March 24, 2017

 

sonny perdue

Trump’s USDA Pick Gets Capitol Hill Hearing But No Vote Yet

Sonny Perdue was the last cabinet secretary Trump nominated, back on Jan. 19.

March 23, 2017

 

sign at one of the gates of Sunset Farms in Harris

USDA On Alert For Deadly Strain Of Avian Flu Found In China

The USDA’s head veterinarian stresses that it's impossible to predict how far a particular bird flu strain may travel or mutate.

March 20, 2017

 

usda headquarters

Rural Groups Push Against Proposed Cuts To USDA Spending

President Trump’s proposal calls for reduction in USDA discretionary spending and lays out rationale for why some programs are either eliminated or scaled back.

March 15, 2017

 

bottles of round up

Court Documents Raise Questions Of Roundup

After court documents unsealed Tuesday raised questions about research methods, Monsanto says it did not ghostwrite a 2000 study on the safety of glyphosate.

March 15, 2017

 

abandoned home

Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On Great Plains

Starting in 1910, Dearfield began attracting hundreds of black homesteaders. They came to the town for opportunity.

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.

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