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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Double-Digit Price Spike
5:13 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

High Meat Prices Not Scaring Shoppers

Nick Patterson, a meat associate at a Fareway grocery store in Ames, Iowa, shows a customer a rack of ribs before packaging them up.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

You might have noticed when grilling steaks or hot dogs this summer that they cost more than they did last year.

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Wilson O’Connell
4:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

My Farm Roots: Hard Work a Life Lesson

Thousands of miles, and years, away from his upbringing on a Kansas farm during the height of the Great Depression, Wilson O’Connell now lives in the Boston suburbs.
Credit Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

Every year on my birthday I know there’s a thin, flat package waiting for me to open. It’s wrapped with neat corner folds and held together perfectly with just three pieces of tape – nothing wasted.

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John Curtis
3:25 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

My Farm Roots: Rich with Life

John Curtis of Macomb traces his farming roots back to a stint running a model farm in the Peace Corps.
Credit Rich Egger

Farmers are used to waking up with the rooster’s crow. But having grown up a suburban kid, John Curtis was used to a more conventional alarm clock.

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Emily Robbins
3:29 am
Tue August 12, 2014

My Farm Roots: She's Her Dad's 'Son'

Emily Robbins and her father, Vic, at the family's farm in Osage County, Kansas.
Credit Courtesy Emily Robbins

Emily Robbins is a city girl now.

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Dan Hromas
4:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

My Farm Roots: Coming Home to Roost

The poultry farm Dan Hromas started near York, Neb., since returning from military service in Iraq has helped him re-integrate in to civilian life.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

When they heard Dan Hromas’ truck rolling in, the chickens came strutting.

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Missouri Ballot Measure
5:45 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Right to Farm Pits Farmer against Farmer

Farmer Jeff Jones and his daughters feed grain to their foraging cattle once a day in Callaway County, Mo. They’re concerned about the health and environmental effects a potential hog farm next door might have.
Credit Kris Husted/Harvest Public Media

The agriculture industry is a cornerstone of the Midwest economy. In some states, it may even become a right.

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Riley Lewis
4:31 am
Tue July 29, 2014

My Farm Roots: Carrying On a Farm Family Legacy

For four generations, Riley Lewis’ family has farmed a plot of land near Forest City, Iowa. Lewis currently raises corn, soybeans and hogs.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

In his home in Forest City, Iowa, Riley Lewis has the original warranty deed for his farm, signed by President James Buchanan and issued to one Elias Gilbert, a soldier who served in the War of 1812.

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Most Soybeans GMO Too
9:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Acres of GMO Corn Nearly Doubled in a Decade

The USDA reports that 93 percent of the corn planted in the United States contains a genetically modified trait.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

More than 90 percent of U.S. field corn is genetically modified, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Jack and Diane Aaron
9:10 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything but Quiet

Jack and Diane Aaron spent years in Kansas City, Kan., but have embraced their new rural life in Raymore, Mo.
Credit Suzanne Hogan for Harvest Public Media

Jack and Diane Aaron lived in Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan., for decades. They loved their neighborhood and it was close to family. But when a friend passed away and left them land on a farm, they decided to take a chance on country living.

While farm life is different, they found it’s anything but quiet.

“Out here we’ve got, just different sounds. We have birds that will wake us up. A cat that likes to wake me up at six because he wants to eat,” Diane Aaron said. “It’s peaceful, but it doesn’t make you crazy,”

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Disclosure laws protect lobbyist
10:55 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Out of Public Eye, A Bitter Farm Bill Fight

K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
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With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum, representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers,  flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

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