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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Last fall, officials predicted that farmland along the Missouri River in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas might be out of production for at leas...

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  • Added: May 14, 2012
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Missouri soybeans are exported all over the world… and markets are growing. Reporting for Harvest Public Media, Eva Dou (DOE) visited the self-proc...

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  • Added: May 14, 2012
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HOST: Across the Corn Belt, the planting season is off to a roaring start. And with farmers expected to put in more acres of corn than they have si...

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For many Midwesterners,wind is an occasional nuisance. For farmers, though, the wind's impact can be huge — drying out crops and eroding topsoil. G...

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Hog farmers are under a lot of scrutiny these days. Animal rights advocates say that the efficient pork production system producers have developed ...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2012
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An unlikely coalition of farmers, businesses and social advocates is pushing for a law in Kansas that would create a state-sanctioned work program ...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2012
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US farmers made almost 98 billion dollars last year, the most ever. High commodity prices and surging productivity have touched off a run on farm l...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2012
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Climate change means uncertainty for farmers everywhere. Warming, elevated carbon dioxide levels – and unpredictable extremes like flood and drough...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2012
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By most estimates, only about 2 or 3 percent of Americans are vegetarians. But more than forty percent of Americans aged eightenn to twenty-nine ch...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2012
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Now, a story about what’s in your food. If you want a definitive answer on food industry claims, like ‘natural,’ or ‘fresh,’ you could pour over p...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2012
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