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.


High Speeds, Low Altitudes
2:25 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Crop Dusting Pilots Navigate Dangerous Airspace

Pilot Mike Lee scouts terrain his pilots will treat over the Missouri-Arkansas state line.
Credit Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

Mike Lee steers his plane over the Missouri-Arkansas state line, checking out a checkerboard of green and brown fields of rice, cotton, corn and soybeans.

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Talkin’ Turkey
8:08 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Turkey Economics, Plus Fun Facts and a Recipe on the Side

According to Knowles, turkeys can change the color of their waddles at a moments notice, flushing from pale pink to candy-apple red.
Credit Abby Wendle

Farmers raised fewer turkeys this year than they have in the past three decades. 

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Punt on RFS
1:36 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

EPA Will Not Finalize Ethanol Rules This Year

Ethanol plants, like this one in Adams, Neb., use corn from Midwest farms to pump out millions of gallons of biofuel.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

The EPA said Friday it won’t release rules for how much ethanol oil refiners have to mix in to our gasoline supply this year.

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Recognition Slow to Come
6:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Women have Always been Farmers, Now They’re being Counted

Farmers Sondra and Matt Pierce split the duties on their sugar beet farm in rural Boulder County, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

When farmer Sondra Pierce had her first child, she decided to forgo daycare.

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Country of Origin Labeling
2:36 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Meat Labeling Rules Might Change

Country of Origin Labeling rules require meat labels to list where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Rules that require more information on meat labels may be on the outs.

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National Debate Ongoing
11:19 am
Thu November 13, 2014

GMO Labeling Continues to Stumble on Ballots

Proponents of GMO labeling in Colorado were able to gather more than 170,000 signatures to put the question on the ballot.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

An effort to label genetically modified foods in Colorado has failed to garner enough support, following a national trend of statewide GMO labeling ballot measures facing uphill battles.

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Tight Times Now, More Ahead
12:20 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Beginning Farmers Cultivate More Patience, If Not More Corn

Grant Curtis, 35, manages his parents corn and soybean farm in Sciota, Illinois, just north of Macomb. The downturn in prices has him worried about his future on the farm. Photo by Abby Wendle.

Grant Curtis remembers the day he went shopping for his first tractor.

“It was an eye opening experience,” he said. “Walking into a dealership, getting the prices, walking back to the bank and pleading my case. Saying, ‘I want to get back to the farm, but I need a way to do that.’”

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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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