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.

Most Harvest Public Media stories begin with radio- regular reports are aired on member stations in the Midwest. But Harvest also explores issues through online analyses, television documentaries and features, podcasts, photography, video, blogs and social networking.  They are committed to the highest journalistic standards. Click here to read their ethics standards.

Harvest Public Media was launched in 2010 with the support of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Today, the collaboration is supported by CPB, the partner stations, and contributions from underwriters and individuals.

Tri States Public Radio is an associate partner of Harvest Public Media.  You can play an important role in helping Harvest Public Media and Tri States Public Radio improve our coverage of food, field and fuel issues by joining the Harvest Network.  Learn more here and sign up here.


Differs from Fossil Fuel Emissions
9:42 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Corn Belt Farming Boosts the Global Carbon Cycle

Crops in the Midwest take in and give off so much carbon that the impact can be seen across the northern hemisphere.
Credit Courtesy USDA NRCS South Dakota

Scientists have noticed a change in the atmosphere.

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Major Economic Consequences Possible
4:22 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Poultry Industry Warily Watches Bird Flu Outbreak

The turkeys in this barn on Noel Thompson’s farm in central Iowa are tested routinely for disease, including avian influenza. No bird flu has been found in the commercial poultry industry in this country.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Since a highly contagious strain of bird flu was found in the U.S. in December, many countries have closed their doors to chickens and turkeys raised here.

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Beef Checkoff
4:54 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Plan Calls for Beef Checkoff Fee to Double

David Pfrang, a Kansas cattleman, feeds his herd on this spring day in 2014. Pfrang believes the checkoff payments amount to taxation without representation.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

Cattle producers may get a chance to vote on whether they want to double the increasingly controversial $1 beef checkoff charge.

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So-Called Liberty Tax
1:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Ranchers Rebel over Beef Check-off

Ranchers nationwide are required to pay $1 in to the beef check-off fund every time they sell an animal, like this one shown on Pfrang’s ranch.
Credit Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star

From their small farms set in the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, two ranchers are raising a few cattle, and a lot of Cain.

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Grain Glut
11:03 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Grain Glut Could Hurt Rural Economies, Keep Prices Low

Soybeans pile up at a grain elevator outside of Heartwell, Neb. Nationwide, farmers harvested record-breaking amounts of corn and soybeans in 2014. (Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)
Credit (Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media)

American farmers grew more corn and soybeans in 2014 than ever before, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest crop production report.

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Preserving Genetic Material
11:02 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Farmers Work to Ensure Diversity in Rare Sheep Breed

Black Welsh Mountain sheep, a rare breed, graze at Desert Weyr, a farm near Paonia, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano for Harvest Public Media

Federal researchers are on a mission to back up the genetic material of the plants and animals that the nation’s food supply depends on. 

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Number One Story: The Farm Bill
3:51 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Politics Dominates the Top Ag and Food Stories of 2014

The Jamie L. Whitten Building in Washington, home to the USDA
Credit Wikipedia

2014 was the year even the lunch ladies got political.

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7:23 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New Super Chemical to Fight Super Weeds

Farmers first saw herbicide resistant Pigweeds, like the one pictured here, emerge in Georgia in the nineties.
Credit (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

Resistant pigweeds are a problem.

Pigweeds can grow up to seven feet tall and produce more than half a million seeds per plant, per season.

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Farm Policy
10:40 am
Wed December 17, 2014

The Proposed Spending Bill's Impact on Ag

Some South American researchers are developing fart backpacks to capture cow gas and turn it into green energy.
Credit Flickr

Congress' $1.1-trillion spending bill is on the way to President Obama's desk.

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Delays Getting to Market
1:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Grain Glut Clogs Railways, Rivers, Roads

An MFA Agriservices worker monitors the soybean chute as the barge fills up on the Missouri River in Glasgow, Mo.
Credit Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media

For the Midwest’s biggest crops, this harvest season was a big one.

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