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Fire Up The Oven, Strays On Farms, Demand For Grass-Fed Beef

Stray pets cause problems for livestock farmers. As American diets change, ranchers change their methods. And, there's a chicken inside that pumpkin!

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It could potentially be devastating if you have people letting a dog or two out and they pack up with another dog, it could really cost a lot of money.

Farmer Larry Howard changed how he raises his livestock after they were being picked off by roaming pets. We’ll speak with an animal control office to find out more about this problem.

What does harvest season sound like — an audio postcard from Harvest Public Media.

Also, the next story in Choice Cuts, about how consumers’ demand for grass-fed beef is changing the industry.

And a couple recipes you can knock out with one hot oven. One uses a pumpkin in which to cook a chicken. The other is a delicious idea for those tomatoes you stuck in the freezer late-summer.

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Farmers Raising Meat Look To Keep Up With Your Changing Diet

The most recent dietary guidelines recommend most Americans eat about .21 pounds of meat per day. Most Americans average about .36 pounds of meat per day.

Chicken Baked In A Pumpkin Pot

Thanks to a rainy spring season and hot summer temperatures, I started harvesting pumpkins from my garden in July. I'm using one in which to bake a chicken.

Tuscan-Flavored Roasted Tomatoes

I like to serve these tomatoes during brunch but you'll find that they are versatile enough to serve along side just about any dish.

‘Combine Karaoke’ And Cursing: Sounds Of Harvest In Midwest

Some farmers make business calls behind the wheel or listen to sports radio. One man in Illinois has gotten attention for writing poetry while harvesting.

The Problem With Pets In Farm Country

It's not just abandoned cats, dogs that kill animals. Farmer Larry Howard says area pets that are allowed to roam free have caused problems for his livestock.

Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla is an announcer and producer for WFIU, where he serves as the host of Afterglow and the music trivia show Ether Game. His knowledge of food comes mostly from his Italian mother.

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