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Heirlooms Passed Down by Seed Savers Exchange

Sep 17, 2014
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Most vegetable seeds today are bred by seed companies to be hearty and easier to grow.

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Jennifer Brdar’s dream job was to be a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, watching out for unwary consumers and making sure the meat on their dinner tables was clean and disease-free.

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

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You might have noticed when grilling steaks or hot dogs this summer that they cost more than they did last year.

My Farm Roots: Hard Work a Life Lesson

Aug 26, 2014
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Every year on my birthday I know there’s a thin, flat package waiting for me to open. It’s wrapped with neat corner folds and held together perfectly with just three pieces of tape – nothing wasted.

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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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Emily Robbins is a city girl now.

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When they heard Dan Hromas’ truck rolling in, the chickens came strutting.

Right to Farm Pits Farmer against Farmer

Jul 30, 2014
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The agriculture industry is a cornerstone of the Midwest economy. In some states, it may even become a right.

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In his home in Forest City, Iowa, Riley Lewis has the original warranty deed for his farm, signed by President James Buchanan and issued to one Elias Gilbert, a soldier who served in the War of 1812.

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More than 90 percent of U.S. field corn is genetically modified, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything but Quiet

Jul 21, 2014
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Jack and Diane Aaron lived in Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan., for decades. They loved their neighborhood and it was close to family. But when a friend passed away and left them land on a farm, they decided to take a chance on country living.

While farm life is different, they found it’s anything but quiet.

“Out here we’ve got, just different sounds. We have birds that will wake us up. A cat that likes to wake me up at six because he wants to eat,” Diane Aaron said. “It’s peaceful, but it doesn’t make you crazy,”

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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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The Farm Bill touches everything from crops to consumers. And the massive piece of legislation spends nearly a trillion dollars over the next ten years.

My Farm Roots: Touch the Ground

Jul 15, 2014
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As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.

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A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.”

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Most family vacations are remembered for endless car rides, packed tourist beaches and a string of poorly decorated hotel rooms.

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Global hunger has no easy answer.

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Farms aren’t just for food any more.

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Cargill, one of the country’s largest pork producers, announced Monday it will stop using gestation crates.

What does the Right to Farm mean in Missouri?

Jun 6, 2014
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Members of Congress are throwing their support behind a proposed “right to farm” amendment in Missouri’s constitution. But critics are pointing to the measure’s ambiguous language as problematic.

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Nathan Anderson stops his red pick-up truck alongside a cornfield on his farm near Cherokee, Iowa. The young farmer pulls on a heavy brown hoodie, thick, long, sturdy gloves and a beekeeper’s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn and adjusts a yellow plastic flap that traps some of the pollen the bees bring back to their hive.

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The former operators of a large egg farm in Iowa have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with a major salmonella outbreak in 2010.

Aquaponics Brings Produce and Fish Under One Roof

May 15, 2014
Pat Blank for Harvest Public Media

Farmers all over the country are using hydroponic technology to grow produce indoors, year-round, in nutrient rich water. And fish farmers around the globe have figured out how to raise their catch in tanks. Now, some operations are combining the two, raising both produce and fish.

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Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the USDA announced a new effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.

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

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Biofuels made in the Midwest from corn stover -- the leftovers of harvested corn plants -- might be worse for global warming than gasoline in the short term.

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An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek.

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Hog farmers are now required to report outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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