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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Climate Change & Crop Diversity
6:20 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Seed Banks Guard Against an Uncertain Food Future, Not Doomsday

Cary Fowler, who spearheaded the construction of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on a Norwegian island, speaks at Colorado State University.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Close to a million seed packets are tucked inside a frozen mountain fortress on a Norwegian island - the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

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Rural Economies
10:22 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Grain Farming Gets More Expensive

Grain farmers face slim margins this harvest. Jason Widmar, an agriculture economist at Purdue University, said some farms might lose money in 2015.
Credit Photo by Abby Wendle

Many Midwest farmers will be looking to cut costs as farming grows more expensive and commodity prices take a dip this harvest year.

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Taxpayers Foot the Bill
6:24 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Egg Lawsuit Costs Missouri

Iowa and four other big egg-producing states were also plaintiffs in the case.
Credit Will Curran/Flickr

Airline flights and legal fees in California; rental cars and hotel rooms in Indiana; $19 at Yogurtland in Los Angeles, and expert witness fees of $500 an hour plus expenses.

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Second Generation in Ag
6:05 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Children of Latino Immigrants Forge Paths in Agriculture

Melissa Garcia works with a classmate on a chicken-wing dissection in her vet careers class in the Des Moines public schools’ animal science program.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

In a dimly-lit lab on the Des Moines, Iowa, public schools’ agricultural science campus, students in aprons, safety goggles and plastic gloves poke and probe chicken wings.

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Reshaping Ag in the Midwest
6:44 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Young Immigrants Search for Home on the Farm

At Bear Creek Dairy, 15-year-old Teun Boelen works closely with the calves, helping with difficult births, feeding the young animals and raising them until they join the herd of milk cows.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Bear Creek Dairy in Brooklyn, Iowa, is home to more than 1,100 cows, who provide about 100,000 pounds of milk each day.  The 15-year-old farmer who works closely with the farm’s calves comes from a long line of dairymen – in Europe.

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Cost Affected by Grain Prices
10:05 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Soon, Cheaper Meat at the Supermarket

Agriculture economist Chris Hurt said in 2007, the average pork price was $2.87 a pound. Now, we're paying a record high price of $4.20 a pound on average.
Credit Sam Breach

Farmers are harvesting a record corn and soybean crop this year causing the price of grain commodities to tumble, which is great news for livestock producers and people who love bacon.

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USDA Research
9:40 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Foodborne Illnesses Could Cost U.S. $15 billion

Pathogens that can cause foodborne illness are often ingested by incorrectly cooked meat.
Credit taryn/Flickr

Americans had to dig deep into their wallets to cover costs associated with foodborne illnesses, according to new estimates from the U.S. Department Agriculture.

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Illinois Corn Husking Contest
6:55 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Corn Huskers Still Pick by Hand

A group of men sit in the shade of the announcer's tower at the 34th annual Illinois State Corn Husking Competition.
Credit Abby Wendle

Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.

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Happier Chickens, Better Eggs
11:54 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging California Egg-Producing Standards

California is a huge market for eggs produced in other states, notably Missouri and Iowa.
Credit Will Curran/Flickr

A federal district court upheld a California law that requires all eggs sold in the state to come from hens housed in more spacious cages.

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Local Foods, Organics
9:49 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Farm Bill Programs Target Aid for Smaller Farms

The new farm bill includes more money to promote local food and farmers markets.
Credit Overduebook/Flickr

The Farm Bill was passed in February. But now, piece by piece, it’s taking effect. We’re beginning to see how parts of the farm bill are doing more to help farmers go small.

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