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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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.

Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media

Hot weather is no surprise during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.

Community Counts

Aug 28, 2013
Courtesy Matt Pauly

This is the thirteenth installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.

Born to Farm

Aug 20, 2013
Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

This is the twelfth installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.

Winning Respect

Aug 14, 2013
Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

This is the eleventh installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.

Frank Morris/Harvest Public Media

This is the tenth installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.

Providing From the Land

Jul 30, 2013
Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

As a child, Robert Harris Jr. worked the cotton fields of southeastern Missouri’s bootheel. Like many sharecroppers’ children, he fled that life.

Always a Farmer

Jul 23, 2013
Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media

In 1986, Becky Doyle was helping her husband run the family’s hog farming operation. She also had a side business of marketing gift baskets made from Illinois products.

Politico.com

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is urging Congress to send a farm bill to President Obama’s desk.

Looking Back Fondly

Jul 16, 2013
Justine Greve for Harvest Public Media

More than once while I was listening to Paul Horel's stories about farm life in Iowa, I felt like I was at a family reunion.

Phil Roeder/Flickr

Hog farmers across the Midwest are battling a new virus this summer.

Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Amy Konishi says when her obituary is written it’ll read, “All she knew was work.”

Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Jul 8, 2013
Ray Meints for NET News

The five-part series Changing Lands, Changing Hands takes a look at the aging of the American farmer.

My Farm Roots - Wings

Jul 3, 2013
Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

Kelly Hagler, 25, is among the millions of young people who have left rural communities for the bright lights of the city, in this case Chicago.

Last Call for Wheat Trading in KC

Jun 27, 2013
Julie Denesha/KCUR

For 157 years, the price of most wheat grown on the plains has been set by the Kansas City Board of Trade. That will soon come to an end.

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