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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600 Companies Backed the Bill
12:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Lobbyists of All Kinds Flock to Farm Bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
Credit (Courtesy David Kosling/USDA)

The Farm Bill touches everything from crops to consumers. And the massive piece of legislation spends nearly a trillion dollars over the next ten years.

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Elisha Pullen
3:19 am
Tue July 15, 2014

My Farm Roots: Touch the Ground

Though he grew up without designs on farm life, Elisha Pullen has embraced rural living on his farm near Bell City, Mo.
Credit Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.

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A Crowd Pleaser
12:52 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Mutton Busting a Rodeo Tradition for Rough and Tumble Kids

Two cowboys lift a mutton busting participant onto a wooly sheep at the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede rodeo.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.”

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Kari Williams
10:33 am
Tue July 8, 2014

My Farm Roots: Smells like Home

Growing up in Nebraska, Kari Williams spent many vacations visiting her family’s farms.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Most family vacations are remembered for endless car rides, packed tourist beaches and a string of poorly decorated hotel rooms.

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Feed the Future
12:56 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Seeking Hunger Solutions from the Heartland

Kurt Rosentrater, center, and Mamun Ur Rashid, in blue shirt, meet with workers at a feed mill in Bangladesh as part of a project designed to improve fish feed in the developing world.
Credit Courtesy Kurt Rosentrater

Global hunger has no easy answer.

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Marketing the Farm Experience
10:39 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Agritourism a Growing Opportunity

Blake Bohlender attended a three-day camp at Laughing Buck Farm near Fort Collins, Colorado
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Farms aren’t just for food any more.

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Joins Competitors in Making Change
9:47 am
Tue June 10, 2014

A Signal to Hog Producers: Cargill to Stop Use of Gestation Crates

Barns like this one often house more than a thousand pregnant sows in gestation crates.
Credit Sarah McCammon for Harvest Public Media

Cargill, one of the country’s largest pork producers, announced Monday it will stop using gestation crates.

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Ballot Initiative in August
12:11 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

What does the Right to Farm mean in Missouri?

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Members of Congress are throwing their support behind a proposed “right to farm” amendment in Missouri’s constitution. But critics are pointing to the measure’s ambiguous language as problematic.

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Insecticide-Coated Seeds
2:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Is Corn Dust Killing Bees?

Bees at these hives near a corn field in Cherokee, Iowa, must pass through a yellow plastic trap that scrapes off a bit of pollen. Researchers are studying whether insecticide-coated seeds could be harming the bee population.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Nathan Anderson stops his red pick-up truck alongside a cornfield on his farm near Cherokee, Iowa. The young farmer pulls on a heavy brown hoodie, thick, long, sturdy gloves and a beekeeper’s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn and adjusts a yellow plastic flap that traps some of the pollen the bees bring back to their hive.

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Lock & Dam Upgrades
8:42 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Farmers Hope for River System Improvements

The Crimson Glory pushing a barge down the Illinois River at Peoria.
Credit Rich Egger

Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress.

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