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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On-line Comments Still Accepted
12:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

EPA Hearing An Earful On RFS

An EPA proposal cuts the expected mandate for corn ethanol by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

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.

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USDA Study
10:43 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Food Stamps & Healthy Diets

Food stamps
Credit heritageaction.com

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

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No Bill Since September
11:42 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Farm Bill Talks Fall Through

While progress was reportedly made, it doesn't seem there will be a farm bill compromise on Capitol Hill any time soon.
Credit andrewmalone/Flickr

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.

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Battle in NE Iowa
2:32 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

CAFO Concerns in Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Winneshiek County, Iowa, is renowned for its cold water trout streams. Some fear that expanding hog facilities could put those streams in environmental danger.
Credit Clay Masters

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

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Three-Part Series
11:05 am
Wed November 6, 2013

In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse

Two students in a “newcomer” class at Florence Wilson Elementary School in Garden City: a Somali girl (left), and a Latino boy.
Credit Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

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

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Harvest Public Media
10:25 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Rural Neighbors Split on Wind Energy Lines

In O’Brien County, Iowa, Jay Hofland has agreed to sell part of his land to an energy company for a converter station that would mark the beginning of a high voltage transmission traversing the state.
Credit 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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More Corn Means Less Profit
4:17 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Farm Families Follow Drought with Record Harvest

The Friesens of Henderson, Neb., have 1,100 acres of corn to harvest, part of 97 million acres of corn to be picked across the country.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

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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Corn or Cattle
2:27 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Farm Land vs Prairie Land

The Christen family grazes cattle year-round on native prairie pastures in southeast Nebraska. Rod Christen calls big bluestem their “Cadillac grass.”
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

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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Farm Bill Expires
1:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Farmers in Limbo – Again

Without a farm bill in place, farmers all over country are left to guess at what federal policy will look like.
Credit Frank Morris/Harvest Public Media

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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Tractor and Combine Sales Increase
11:48 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Why Farmers Want New Equipment

Illinois farmer Len Corzine has bought expensive new farm equipment each year for several years in order to ensure his tractor and combine hold up during harvest and planting.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media

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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