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.

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A Connection to the Past
11:08 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Heirlooms Passed Down by Seed Savers Exchange

Some of the rarest plant varieties in the world bloom at the gardens of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.
Credit Chiot’s Run/Flickr

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

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Critics Complain of Privatization
6:36 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

U.S. Meat Inspection System in Disarray, Watchdogs say

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this year unveiled the first major overhaul of the nation's poultry-inspection system in more than 50 years.
Credit BigStock image

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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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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Double-Digit Price Spike
5:13 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

High Meat Prices Not Scaring Shoppers

Nick Patterson, a meat associate at a Fareway grocery store in Ames, Iowa, shows a customer a rack of ribs before packaging them up.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

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

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Wilson O’Connell
4:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

My Farm Roots: Hard Work a Life Lesson

Thousands of miles, and years, away from his upbringing on a Kansas farm during the height of the Great Depression, Wilson O’Connell now lives in the Boston suburbs.
Credit Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

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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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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Emily Robbins
3:29 am
Tue August 12, 2014

My Farm Roots: She's Her Dad's 'Son'

Emily Robbins and her father, Vic, at the family's farm in Osage County, Kansas.
Credit Courtesy Emily Robbins

Emily Robbins is a city girl now.

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Dan Hromas
4:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

My Farm Roots: Coming Home to Roost

The poultry farm Dan Hromas started near York, Neb., since returning from military service in Iraq has helped him re-integrate in to civilian life.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

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

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Missouri Ballot Measure
5:45 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Right to Farm Pits Farmer against Farmer

Farmer Jeff Jones and his daughters feed grain to their foraging cattle once a day in Callaway County, Mo. They’re concerned about the health and environmental effects a potential hog farm next door might have.
Credit Kris Husted/Harvest Public Media

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

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