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Harvest Public Media Group

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OUR MISSION:   Global demand for food and fuel 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, fuel and field.

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.; and Tri-States Public Radio in Macomb, Ill.

 

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The answer to the lack of robots in meat processing gives insight into the limits of robotic technology, and the economics of what it takes to put ...

Bought by WABE and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 11, 2015
  • Length: 04:07
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HOST INTRO: When you think of moving to a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools and rows of identical ...

Bought by WABE and WFIU


  • Added: Dec 17, 2013
  • Length: 04:51
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As farm bill negotiations continue in Washington, it’s fairly certain that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will be cut. One...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2013
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As farmers across the Midwest have simplified the landscape and plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for pheasants and other...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Dec 02, 2013
  • Length: 05:01
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Farmers and scientists have long understood that what lives beneath the soil affects how crops grow. That spurred the field of plant pathology, whi...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: Dec 02, 2013
  • Length: 04:05
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Hot-button food issues of the day—such as the use of genetically modified organisms or the treatment of livestock—tend to pit large industries agai...

Bought by KOSU


  • Added: Nov 11, 2013
  • Length: 04:06
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Organic food is a hot market in the U.S. The Organic Trade Association says that sales over the last five years have grown 35 percent. But there’s ...

Bought by KOSU


  • Added: Nov 11, 2013
  • Length: 04:01
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HOST INTRO: Thanks to tight competition, hog farmers all over the country are feeling a push to expand or get out of the business. That means indoo...

Bought by KOSU


  • Added: Nov 11, 2013
  • Length: 03:42
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Host intro: What goes up, generally comes down. And that’s certainly true this year with corn prices. After record highs, farmers are expecting the...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2013
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The export market is becoming more and more important to U.S. farmers. While the final numbers haven’t been tallied, it looks like American farmers...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2013
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In recent years, farmers in the Midwest have transformed millions of acres of prairie grass to rows of corn. High crop prices are a big motivation,...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: Oct 17, 2013
  • Length: 04:20
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HOST INTRO: Think back to the last time you ordered a lamb chop at a restaurant. Or bought a brand new wool coat. Chances are it’s been awhile. And...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2013
  • Length: 04:38
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While the nation’s economy was slumping over the last five years, the American farm economy was booming. Companies that make tractors and other far...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2013
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The drought, now in its third year in parts of the High Plains is taxing a resource that has been under pressure for decades, the High Plains Aquif...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
  • Length: 05:18
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School gardens are on the rise in the US, offering educators a chance to teach students about math and science through a hands-on experience. But a...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
  • Length: 03:56
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It’s not just Major League Baseball dealing with a doping scandal. The beef industry was shaken LAST WEEK when one of the country’s largest compani...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
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The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow. Climate models and population growth paint a prett...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KOSU, and KVNO


  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
  • Length: 03:48
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Across the Midwest, states are promoting the wine industry as a way to boost tourism and economic development in rural areas. But as vineyards move...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
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Anchor Lead: If you think soybeans are just for livestock and vegetarians, think again. Over 3 billion bushels of soybeans are produced in the U.S....

Bought by KVNO


  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
  • Length: 03:30
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The world’s soil is in trouble, even in the fertile Midwest. Some experts warn that if degradation continues unchecked, topsoil could be gone in 60...

Bought by KVNO


  • Added: Jul 30, 2013
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 1