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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Two big, rapid-fire snowstorms recently belted Kansas dropping more than two feet of snow. They caused thousands of accidents, all kinds of hardshi...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 03:32
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We continue now with Harvest Public Media’s three-part series on the Science of the Seed. Over the past two days we’ve considered the beginnings of...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2013
  • Length: 02:57
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In a case argued this month (Feb. 19) before the U.S. Supreme Court, Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman (BOH-muhn) is challenging the reach of Monsanto’s...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2013
  • Length: 04:15
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HOST LEAD: Sales of specialty cheeses sold in US grocery stores grew 7 percent last year – in large part because of increasing demand for exotic ar...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:42
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Today we turn our attention to the humble seed, from which all grain production begins. The vast majority of the corn and soybeans in this country ...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 04:51
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As extreme weather like flooding and drought takes land out of production in Nebraska, farmers and ranchers also are getting record prices for thei...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 04:35
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Every year, more than 9-billion chickens and turkeys are slaughtered, then inspected for defects before heading to market. The U.S. Department of A...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 03:53
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HOST LEAD: Do you like to buy organic food? Well it may get a little harder to find affordable organic products in the coming months. That’s becaus...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2013
  • Length: 04:08
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HOST INTRO The world’s largest retailer is muscling in on one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture -- local food. Wal-mart says ...

Bought by KLCC, KOSU, New Hampshire Public Radio, and WAMC


  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 04:45
  • Purchases: 4
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Farmers and ranchers across the country expected to start the new year with a new farm bill, the all-important legislation setting agricultural pol...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2013
  • Length: 02:56