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.


Pieces

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7 million Americans are enrolled in the SNAP program, or food stamps, **(including one out of every 10 Nebraskans.) SNAP is the biggest spending it...

Bought by WAMC, KTXK, KRZA, and KOSU


  • Added: Jun 05, 2013
  • Length: 04:02
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With a new farm bill, farmers may have access to fewer dollars for conservation. For 27 years, the popular Conservation Reserve Program has transfo...

Bought by WAMC, KLCC, and KOSU


  • Added: May 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 3
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HOST INTRO: As climate change continues to wreak havoc on weather patterns, crop scientists have been working to engineer plants better suited to e...

Bought by KOSU


  • Added: May 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:55
  • Purchases: 1
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HOST LEAD: Last year’s drought wreaked havoc on farmers’ fields in much of the Midwest, cutting crop yields and forcing livestock producers to cull...

  • Added: May 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:33
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HOST INTRO: Farmers throughout the Great Plains are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. They’re scrambling to find irrigation water...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:24
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U.S. grocery shoppers spent nearly $60 billion last year on private store brands. Which helps explain why food conglomerate ConAgra recently paid 6...

Bought by KOSU and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 22, 2013
  • Length: 04:11
  • Purchases: 2
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Gluten-free diets – which bar food containing wheat, rye and barley – are wildly popular today. Which is surprising, given that experts estimate on...

Bought by KVNO, KKRN, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 22, 2013
  • Length: 04:09
  • Purchases: 3
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Eggs are simple, versatile... and popular. Americans consume about 250 eggs per person each year. However, the poultry business – which grapples wi...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Apr 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:23
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LEAD: Whole Foods Market recently announced that by 2018, all products in its U-S and Canadian stores containing genetically modified organisms wil...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2013
  • Length: 04:14
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In several states across the country, farmers are trying to bring back hemp. You know – that close relative of marijuana that’s used in a seemingly...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:43