Harvest Public Media Group

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OUR MISSION:   Global demand for food is rising, and the push and pull for resources has serious ramifications for our country’s economic recovery and prosperity. Today’s emerging agenda for agriculture is headlined by energy and climate change, food safety, biofuels, animal production and welfare, human health, water quality, and local food systems. By examining these local, regional and national issues and their implications, Harvest Public Media has created a rich multimedia resource devoted to food, agriculture and rural issues.

HOW WE REPORT:   Most Harvest Public Media stories begin with radio — regular reports are aired on our six member stations in the Midwest. But Harvest also explores issues through online analyses, television reports, podcasts, photography, video, blogs and social networking.  

FUNDING:   Harvest Public Media is a collaboration of public media stations across the Midwest and is funded by those stations. Initial funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

PARTNER STATIONS: KCUR in Kansas City (lead station); Iowa Public Radio ; NET which operates statewide public TV and radio networks; KBIA in Columbia, Mo.; KUNC in Greeley, Colo.; the Illinois Newsroom; and St. Louis Public Radio

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For the Midwest farmer, every year is unique. Early spring. Long, cold winter. Sizzling heat wave. Mother Nature throws up constant curve balls. So, honestly, what’s the big deal about climate change? Well, that’s what we’re exploring here at Harvest Public Media in our ongoing series “Climate Pains: America’s Breadbasket braces for change in the weather.”

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In a five-part special report, Harvest Public Media asks: Just who will be the U.S. farmer of the future?

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Americans seem to be spending a lot of time talking about how and what they eat. Credit the local food movement for much of this discussion. From home gardens to farmers markets to a concern about food miles, Americans are connecting to food in new ways. Some “lovacores” even advocate for food systems to be rebuilt on the premise of a local food advantage.

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In this five-part series, Harvest Public Media explores the American ethanol industry and its impact on consumers and rural communities. The first three parts of this series aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, and the entire series is free for download and broadcast. You can find an online package HERE; please link back to this on your station’s site should you air any part of this series. Doing so will help support Harvest’s mission to produce high quality agriculture and biofuel journalism for public media.


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In recent years, farmers in the Midwest have transformed millions of acres of prairie grass to rows of corn. High crop prices are a big motivation,...

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HOST INTRO: Think back to the last time you ordered a lamb chop at a restaurant. Or bought a brand new wool coat. Chances are it’s been awhile. And...

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While the nation’s economy was slumping over the last five years, the American farm economy was booming. Companies that make tractors and other far...

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The drought, now in its third year in parts of the High Plains is taxing a resource that has been under pressure for decades, the High Plains Aquif...

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School gardens are on the rise in the US, offering educators a chance to teach students about math and science through a hands-on experience. But a...

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It’s not just Major League Baseball dealing with a doping scandal. The beef industry was shaken LAST WEEK when one of the country’s largest compani...

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The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow. Climate models and population growth paint a prett...

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Across the Midwest, states are promoting the wine industry as a way to boost tourism and economic development in rural areas. But as vineyards move...

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Anchor Lead: If you think soybeans are just for livestock and vegetarians, think again. Over 3 billion bushels of soybeans are produced in the U.S....

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The world’s soil is in trouble, even in the fertile Midwest. Some experts warn that if degradation continues unchecked, topsoil could be gone in 60...

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