Harvest Public Media

Providing From the Land

Jul 30, 2013
Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

As a child, Robert Harris Jr. worked the cotton fields of southeastern Missouri’s bootheel. Like many sharecroppers’ children, he fled that life.

Always a Farmer

Jul 23, 2013
Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media

In 1986, Becky Doyle was helping her husband run the family’s hog farming operation. She also had a side business of marketing gift baskets made from Illinois products.


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is urging Congress to send a farm bill to President Obama’s desk.

Looking Back Fondly

Jul 16, 2013
Justine Greve for Harvest Public Media

More than once while I was listening to Paul Horel's stories about farm life in Iowa, I felt like I was at a family reunion.

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Hog farmers across the Midwest are battling a new virus this summer.

Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Amy Konishi says when her obituary is written it’ll read, “All she knew was work.”

Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Jul 8, 2013
Ray Meints for NET News

The five-part series Changing Lands, Changing Hands takes a look at the aging of the American farmer.

My Farm Roots - Wings

Jul 3, 2013
Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

Kelly Hagler, 25, is among the millions of young people who have left rural communities for the bright lights of the city, in this case Chicago.

Last Call for Wheat Trading in KC

Jun 27, 2013
Julie Denesha/KCUR

For 157 years, the price of most wheat grown on the plains has been set by the Kansas City Board of Trade. That will soon come to an end.

Redefining the Co-op in Ways Big & Small

Jun 24, 2013
Hilary Stohs-Krause (Harvest Public Media)

One in five adults over age 15 is a member of a cooperative, according to the United Nations.

A Song in Her Heart

Jun 19, 2013
Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media

Jackie Dougan Jackson keeps a pretty thorough log of her life.

Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

In a two-part series, Harvest Public Media explores the challenges facing Community Supported Agriculture operations, or CSAs.

Growing Food Up on the Roof

Jun 13, 2013
Abbie Fentress Swanson

The farm roots for Monica Johnson, 36, are in Moundville, Mo., a 124-person town near the Missouri-Kansas border. Although she grew up in Missouri’s capitol, Jefferson City, her father Sherril was raised on the family farm, which consisted of a small herd of cattle, 600 acres of soybeans, wheat and corn and 200 acres of timber.

Mark Kenney and his family lived through the farm crisis of the 1980s, when the bottom dropped out of the U.S. economy and collapsing global food markets forced many farmers out of business.