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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Pork producers across the country are continuing to grapple with a virus that’s killing their piglets. Experts estimate Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus has already killed about 1 million baby pigs and the disease shows no sign of abating.

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For the first time in nearly 10 years, the nation’s beef herd might be poised for growth, which could mean relief from rising meat prices.

Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

A new wheat variety may have cracked the code to marry the fluffiness of white bread with whole grain nutrition.

Sellers Squeezed by High Price of Popcorn

Dec 17, 2013
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U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory.

No Antibiotics for Pigs and Cattle

Dec 12, 2013
Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media

The Food and Drug Administration wants to phase out antibiotics in meat.

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Congress won’t pass a farm bill before early next year.


Food and Drug Administration regulators inspected less than two-percent of the food shipments that were imported to the U.S. in the 2012 fiscal year.

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Both supporters and opponents of ethanol have had a lot to say since the EPA announced a proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard, the rules that force oil companies to buy and use certain levels of ethanol.

Food Stamps & Healthy Diets

Nov 29, 2013

A new study found the federal government’s food stamps program could do more to encourage healthy eating among recipients.


Though farm bill talks heated up this week in Washington, key legislators emerged from negotiations Thursday disappointed and predicted there would be no progress until after Congress returns in December from its recess.

Clay Masters

Thanks to tight competition, hog farmers are feeling a push to expand or get out of the business.

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Immigrants have always been the backbone of America’s meat packing plants, offering upward mobility for its newcomers.

Rural Neighbors Split on Wind Energy Lines

Nov 1, 2013
Durrie Bouscaren for Harvest Public Media

The rolling plains of Midwest farm country are being tapped for their natural resources again. This time, though, the bounty would be wind energy, instead of corn, wheat or soybeans.

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Nancy Friesen sat nervously at the controls of a giant John Deere combine that made the corn stalks look like match sticks.

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Rod Christen and his sister Kay farm corn, soybeans, and wheat on the family’s land near the small town of Steinauer in southeast Nebraska, but their main crop is grass.