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

Series

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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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HOST INTRO: The world’s soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of...

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The American paddlefish has gained a worldwide reputation for its eggs, which are turned into caviar. In between the rivers and the five-star resta...

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HOST INTRO: When genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations to start flying. No ...

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Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA’s, allow consumers to buy shares of eggs, meat, fruit and veggies from a farm at the beginning of the seaso...

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One in five adults over age 15 is a member of a cooperative, according to the United Nations. That’s 1 billion people worldwide. And the UN says co...

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INTRO: It’s been a tough year for many winter wheat farmers and it looks like it will only get tougher. In Kansas, the largest winter wheat produce...

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Most of the corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. But not wheat. That’s why it was so surprising when Roundup-resistant whe...

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HOST INTRO: Hungry? Just turn to a crack in the sidewalk or that abandoned lot next to the post office. That’s the ethos of some urban Americans, w...

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Midwestern cities have a long history of resettling refugees. Cities typically have the resources to help families adjust—including English classes...

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HOST INTRO: Crops and cattle, soil and sweat. American agriculture has a proud history to share, a story to tell. But getting the attention of a te...

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