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Harvest Public Media

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

May 10, 2019

 

One Way To Make Flyover Country More Welcoming To Migrating Birds

What if there was a way to make space for native birds and give farmers a little extra cash in return?

May 9, 2019

 

Climate Change Is Hurting Forests’ Ability To Filter Agricultural Nitrate Pollution

A new study shows forests are really good at filtering contaminants out of water, but they’re not catching everything.

May 2, 2019

 

A Growing Movement Wants To Loosen Laws Around Psilocybin Mushrooms

Will Colorado be the first to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms?

April 30, 2019

 

Missouri River Flooding Fans More Uncertainty In Farm Country

Margins are already slim for many Midwest farmers. The flooding along the Missouri River is making things worse.

April 19, 2019

 

Farm Bureaus Try For Affordable Health Care Coverage, But Plans Exclude Some

"This has been one of our greatest struggles, not only financially but emotionally."

April 12, 2019

 

Midwestern Governors Meet To Discuss Missouri River Flood Prevention

Recent flooding along the Missouri River has caused billions of dollars in damage. Governors want to plan for future flooding.

April 5, 2019

 

A Surplus Of Meat And Dairy Puts A Strain On U.S. Markets And Storage

A combination of factors have led to a surplus of meat and dairy in the US. Some food banks are getting creative with distributing the windfall.

March 22, 2019

 

Federal Jury Finds Bayer’s Roundup Weed Killer Caused A California Man’s Cancer

The latest on the federal jury's decision that found Roundup to be the likely cause of a California resident's cancer.

March 12, 2019

 

The Messy Technological Roots Of The U.S. Trade War With China

The U.S. trade war with China, now approaching a year, is often framed as hurting manufacturing and agriculture the most. But that’s mainly collateral damage in an international struggle over power and technology that has its roots in the Cold War, when China was still considered a largely undeveloped country. Intellectual property thefts that were […]

January 25, 2019

 

Undeterred By Trade Uncertainty, Farmers Plan For Spring Planting

For crop farmers, winter is the offseason. But that doesn’t mean they take the winter off.

January 4, 2019

 

Cargill’s New Robot Herds Cattle So Workers Don’t Have To

Working with cattle is dangerous, sometimes even fatal. Are robotic cattle drivers the answer for worker safety?

December 26, 2018

 

Meat’s Expanding Its Horizons, Giving The Livestock Industry Pause

With fake meat products becoming increasingly realistic, the meat industry is pushing for tighter labeling laws.

December 11, 2018

 

Final Farm Bill Shows Hemp’s In, Food-Aid Work Requirements Are Out

The long-awaited final version of the farm bill was unveiled Monday night, and it hews somewhat closely to the previous piece of massive legislation — aside from legalizing hemp on a national level.

November 30, 2018

 

Climate Report Says U.S. Cattle And Crops Will Be Stressed By Hotter, Wetter Weather

A changing climate has major implications for farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

November 30, 2018

 

Farmers Are Seeking More Temporary H-2A Workers, And Keeping Them Longer

Across the country, farmers have voiced concerns over what they say is a growing labor shortage.

November 13, 2018

 

Handing Off: The Reality Of Land Transfer Between Older, Younger Farmers

As life expectancy increases, farmers are staying in the business, but there’s still a need to plan for what happens when they die.

November 2, 2018

 

Rural Americans Are Now The Largest Slice Of Federal Food Aid Recipients

On a busy football Saturday, fans on both sides of the Iowa-Nebraska line streamed into a tiny grocery store to pick up hamburger, soda and chips. Store manager Nick Johnson, a third-generation store owner in far southwest Iowa, has long had a front-row seat to the local economy. Times have been tough since the recession, […]

October 26, 2018

 

Groups From 35 States Vie For USDA Employees

Since announcing the relocation, the USDA has received letters of interest from 136 groups in 35 states.

October 5, 2018

 

Puerto Rico’s Farmers Rebound From Hurricane Maria, But Federal Funding Still Lacking

We check in with Puerto Rican Farmers one year after Hurricane Maria, with Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock.

September 14, 2018

 

Farmers Take In The Latest Toys And Technology At Farm Progress Show

Low prices and tariffs have stressed the Midwest ag economy, but they haven’t slowed the sales pitches of companies vying for a piece of the farmer’s dollar.

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