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7:52 am
Tue March 11, 2014

USDA Announces 'Concerted Effort' To Help Small Farms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it is launching what it calls “a concerted effort” to help small and mid-sized farms.

The announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack comes after a recent census pointed to a reduction in the number of smaller farming operations.

Speaking with reporters from the National Farmers Union Convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Vilsack says his department is working to assist these farmers in finding markets for their products.

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Agriculture
9:32 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Monsanto And Whole Foods Clash Over GM Foods

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The recent announcement by grocery chain Whole Foods that it will require labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredients was greeted with excitement by many consumer groups. Biotech giant Monsanto, a leader in GM technology, sees it another way.

Whole Foods hopes to have labels on the GMO products on its shelves in five years. That move has certainly caught the attention of the food industry.

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Agriculture
2:35 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

New Reporting Series Covers 'America's Big Beef'

On Monday, Harvest Public Media launches a five-part series called "America’s Big Beef: An Industry in Transition." It's a deep dive into the big business of cattle.

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Harvest Public Media
11:52 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Digest This: Food Controversies

Join Harvest Public Media for a live talk show and discussion on food production Friday at 4 p.m. CST.

We all eat.

That means we all have a stake in how food is produced. And many of us also have strong opinions.

Even if you don’t spend much time thinking about what you eat, it’s pretty hard to ignore the constant, polarizing food fights — which are often the subject of television commercials, books and movies.

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Harvest Public Media
9:10 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Republicans On The Farm

KCUR News
3:04 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Who's Wearing Those Overalls?

Kansas City, MO – The vast majority of women-run farms are smaller, and focus on niche markets, like grass-fed livestock. Together, Helen Gunderson and Betsy Dahl are breaking into a typical male territory and taking it in their own direction.

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KCUR News
1:24 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Redefining the Farm Woman

Kansas City, MO –

Across the Midwest, the landscape of farming is subtly changing hands. As the population ages, one group of farmland owners is growing: widows. In Iowa, women over 65 now own more than a one-quarter of the farmland.

While women have long been a part of farm life, women landowners frequently face unique social and cultural challenges. Advocates say that they haven't always been respected as farm decision makers and leaders. Slowly this is changing.

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KCUR News
11:04 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Investing in Ag 2.0

Jason Tatge in his office at Farms Technology's headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.
(Photo by Tim Lloyd / Harvest Public Media)

Kansas City, MO –

You've probably heard of Web 2.0, but what about Ag 2.0? It's shorthand for the infusion of technology into every facet of the agriculture industry.

Now a fresh crop of entrepreneurs is busy developing technologies that could change the face of farming.

Harvest Public Media's Tim Lloyd profiles one local company that's cultivated a new way for farmers to sell what they grow.

Got your interest piqued?

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KCUR News
9:32 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Grape expectations: Introducing Marquette wine in Iowa

Des Moines, IA –

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Marquette wine may be the most highly anticipated new product to ever hit Iowa's commercial wine industry.

And it's time has arrived.

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KCUR News
3:23 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Winter Markets are Heating Up

Bad Seed winter farmers market in Kansas City, Mo.
(Photo by Eric Durban)

Kansas City, MO –

Bad Seed, which is open every Friday from May through February, is one of a handful of Kansas City winter markets and part of a nationwide trend. The number of winter farmers markets has increased 17 percent in the last two years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As more small farmers find ways to grow produce in the winter, they're finding a home at winter markets.

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Harvest Public Media
10:39 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Obama signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; More Local Produce Available to Schools

Columbia, Missouri – President Obama signed into law yesterday a measure that will set new, expansive nutrition guidelines in the country's public schools. As Harvest Public Media's Jessica Naudziunas reports, the new law will get produce from local farms.

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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act will shape new public school food offerings to help encourage healthier choices in vending machines and school lunches.

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Harvest Public Media
1:39 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Black Farmers' Experience Captured by Photojournalist

Kansas City, MO – The U.S. Senate recently approved funding for a second round of settlements for black farmers who missed their first opportunity to receive compensation for years of discrimination. Photojournalist John Ficara spent four years documenting the lives of black farmers while working on his book Black Farmers in America. He spoke with Harvest Public Media's Jessica Naudziunas about his experience.

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Harvest Public Media
3:46 pm
Mon October 11, 2010

Edamame, Ed-a-mommy, Eda who?

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As the soybean harvest winds down in Iowa, there's growing interest in ramping up production of a different kind of soybean, one that is aimed solely at human consumption.

Two carloads of food writers, news reporters and chefs recently joined a field trip to a farm outside of Corning, Iowa to learn more about edamame, the Japanese word for a special variety of green soybeans. Often found in Asian and health food recipes, it is no longer just a novelty. They're in the frozen food isle of many grocery stores.

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Harvest Public Media
3:53 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Fed Funds Target Rural Rebirth

KCUR News
9:14 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Black Farmers Again Seek Settlements From Decade-Old Discrimination Lawsuit

Talmadge West plucks a walnut from a tree on his farm in Hayti, MO on Wednesday, August 25.
Photo by Polina V. Yamshchikov

Columbia, Mo –

Talmadge West has returned to the rural Bootheel to retire. Though his family legacy is rooted in corn, soybeans and cotton native to this part of the state, West doesn't farm. He's kept his family history alive with a garden. He walks around his backyard, eating a meal along the way.

From the beginning, West says, black farmers in Pemiscot County were set up to struggle.

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