Jeremy Bernfeld

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Punt on RFS
1:36 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

EPA Will Not Finalize Ethanol Rules This Year

Ethanol plants, like this one in Adams, Neb., use corn from Midwest farms to pump out millions of gallons of biofuel.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

The EPA said Friday it won’t release rules for how much ethanol oil refiners have to mix in to our gasoline supply this year.

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Country of Origin Labeling
2:36 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Meat Labeling Rules Might Change

Country of Origin Labeling rules require meat labels to list where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Rules that require more information on meat labels may be on the outs.

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Hearing on Tuesday
6:05 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Monsanto Set to Settle GMO Wheat Cases

Genetically modified wheat has never been approved for farming, so nearly all of the wheat grown in the U.S. is a conventional variety.
Credit Lauren Tucker/Flickr

Monsanto has agreed to settle some of the lawsuits brought by U.S. farmers who allege they lost money when an Oregon field was discovered to have been contaminated with an experimental genetically modified strain of wheat.

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Fighting in Ukraine
2:47 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Conflict Could Boost Income for US Wheat Farmers

Farmers in Ukraine produced more than 22 million metric tons of wheat in the 2013-14 marketing year, to the U.S.’s nearly 58 million metric tons, according to USDA estimates.
Credit Valdemar Fishmen/Flickr

The ongoing turmoil in Ukraine could impact the world’s wheat supply.

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John Curtis
3:25 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

My Farm Roots: Rich with Life

John Curtis of Macomb traces his farming roots back to a stint running a model farm in the Peace Corps.
Credit Rich Egger

Farmers are used to waking up with the rooster’s crow. But having grown up a suburban kid, John Curtis was used to a more conventional alarm clock.

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Disclosure laws protect lobbyist
10:55 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Out of Public Eye, A Bitter Farm Bill Fight

K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
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With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum, representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers,  flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

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Multi-Part Series
11:18 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Local Food Challenge

Students at Waukon High School in Iowa grow carrots, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables for school lunches in an on-campus greenhouse.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Harvest Public Media’s three-part series takes a look at the growing national popularity of local foods.

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Ten Years of Data
2:45 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Report: Foodborne Illnesses More Likely to Come from Restaurants

Foodborne illnesses attributed to restaurants dwarfed the number of illnesses tied to in-home meals in a new report.
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You’re much more likely to get a foodborne illness eating at a restaurant than in your own home, according to a new report.

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The Next Frontier for Farmers
1:40 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Ag Data Could Generate Prescriptions for Fields

For most farmers these days, a laptop computer is already an essential tool.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

A couple of seeds, some fertilizer, a little sunshine – just add water and you’re ready to harvest your crops, right?

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Politics
10:55 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 1:56 pm

The House on Wednesday passed a new five-year compromise farm bill. The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote.

The farm bill — the result of a two-year-long legislative saga — remains massive. The bill contains about $500 billion in funding, most of which is pegged to the food stamp program, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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