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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Intro: Farmers who plant corn or soybeans in land susceptible to flooding or erosion know they are taking a leap of faith. This so-called “marginal...

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HOST INTRO: Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top. And that Irrigation infrastr...

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To dock or not to dock? That is the question some Midwest dairy farmers are debating now that the National Milk Producers Federation has taken a st...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2012
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HOST INTRO: Much of the country has been cracked open by heat and drought this summer, and farmers are feeling the pinch of low crop yields and bat...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2012
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Eighteen years ago, genetically modified crops were introduced in the United States. First there were tomatoes, then soybeans, potatoes and corn. A...

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2012
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Beyond the headlines of this year’s prolonged drought, a story is emerging on the advances being made to alleviate harm to food production in the f...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2012
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Farm groups are demanding a new farm bill from Congress. The current law expires at the end of September. But an issue that goes beyond the farm is...

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2012
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While members of congress are back in their home states running for reelection, back in Washington wait piles of unresolved legislation. Including ...

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  • Added: Aug 14, 2012
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In the past twenty years, the human population of Kansas has remained fairly stable. Not so for the dairy cow population, which has increased by 50...

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icking fruit, tasting wine, petting a goat, roping a cow. When customers pay for the honor of taking on such farm chores ... or delights … it’s cal...

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