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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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
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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.

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The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.

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On a hot day in late August, Kevin Bien stood amid the shade of a large gray piece of farm equipment. 

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Hog producers and their veterinarians have a new tool to help fight a virus that has the potential to kill entire litters of piglets.

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Farmers in the Midwest were devastated by a crippling drought in 2012, and the federal crop insurance program paid out a record $17.3 billion.

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