Jeremy Bernfeld

Editor, Harvest Public Media

Jeremy Bernfeld is the editor of Harvest Public Media, based at KCUR. New to the Midwest, Jeremy joined Harvest as Multimedia Editor in 2011 from Boston where he helped build wbur.org, named the best news website in the country by the Radio Television Digital News Association. He has covered blizzards and tornadoes and the natural disaster that was the Red Sox’ 2011 season. A proud graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, Jeremy’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the (Falmouth, Maine) Forecaster and on NPR’s Only A Game.

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Central Standard
1:32 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Meet The Buskers

Credit Bill Anderson / KCUR

So, a fire-eater, juggler, and a comedy-hypnotist-cowboy all walk into a radio studio. On the program today, there was a merry band of street performers also known as buskers.

Essentially, they make their money by doing a live, audience-interactive performance, followed by passing a hat around in order to collect a profit. It's an incredibly risky pursuit, but those who can make a living at it, get much more than just money in return. 

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Central Standard
11:52 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Royals In The Play-offs?

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It's nearly September, and the Royals have won more games than they've lost. This might seem like a minor achievement, but here in Kansas City, this is a huge deal. We haven't had a winning season since 2003 and before that, 1994.  An entire generation of baseball fans have not seen the Royals do well. To put this into perspective, Eric Hosmer, the Royals' first baseman is 23 years old. He was born in 1989, a full 4 years after the Royals last made the play-offs (and went on to win the World Series).

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Central Standard
6:11 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Title IX's Impact Far And Wide But Complete Equality Is Still Elusive

A field hockey team after Title IX, 1977. One of the players is identified as Terri Dean.
Credit Luther College Photos / Flickr -- Creative Commons

In the early summer of 1972 President Nixon signed into law a piece of legislation that changed the way America plays sports. It is one of the most socially impacting pieces of legislation in modern history, transforming the lives of millions of women, empowering over 900% more girls to participate in High School sports and over 450% more women to participate in College athletics between 1971 and 2006.

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Harvest Public Media
3:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

House Passes Farm-Only Farm Bill

Many farmers are resigned to being unable to depend on rock-solid federal farm policy.
Credit Frank Morris / Harvest Public Media

The U.S. House passed its version of farm bill legislation Thursday. The revamped bill strips out funding for food aid and deals only with farm policy, exposing a hefty rift in decades-old alliances between urban and rural legislators and between food aid and farm policy interests.

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Harvest Public Media
10:15 am
Tue June 11, 2013

3 Takeaways From The Senate Farm Bill

Credit Harvest Public Media

The U.S. Senate approved a new comprehensive farm bill Monday, its plan for everything from food and nutrition assistance to disaster aid for livestock producers to crop insurance for farmers. But before you go popping champagne corks and celebrating the creation of five-years of agricultural policy, know this: The U.S. House has yet to weigh in.

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Central Standard
1:31 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

5 Things You Should Know About The Genetically Modified Food You’re Probably Eating

The USDA says about 88 percent of all corn planted in 2012 is genetically engineered.
Credit Caveman Chuck Coker / Flickr

Would you feed your family genetically modified food? Chances are, you already have.

On Thursday's Central Standard, the science behind genetically modified (GMO) and genetically engineered (GE) food. The guests:

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Government
12:06 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

President Obama To Visit KU

Christopher Dilts Obama for America

President Obama will visit the University of Kansas on Friday, the university said in a statement.

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Central Standard
8:48 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Child Abuse in KC

There are about three or four thousand abused or neglected children in Kansas City’s social services system. While the rate of child abuse has been declining nationally, that number has been growing in Kansas City. And as the problem swells, both Kansas and Missouri continue to privatize more and more of their child welfare services.

On this episode of Central Standard we examine the state of our child welfare system, but through the eyes of the kind of private non-profit charities increasingly being asked to fill the void: the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association, and Court Appointed Special Advocates from both Missouri and Kansas.

We’ll get a look at the real impact of child abuse in our communities, why this problem is getting worse, and what the obstacles are to overcoming it.

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Central Standard
8:58 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Grain: A Deadly Business

The Bartlett grain elevator in Atchison, Kan., exploded, killing six on Oct. 29, 2011. (Courtesy Kansas City Star)

In 2011, an explosion at a grain elevator in Atchison, Kansas, killed six people—employees and inspectors there—and rocked a community. Federal prosecutors are now considering charges in the case, but with 2010 the worst year on record, why does this keep happening?

On today's Central Standard, we explore the world of safety and regulation in the grain industry. Investigative reports this week from NPR News' Howard Berkes, Harvest Public Media's Jeremy Bernfeld, and the Kansas City Star's Mike McGraw, have revealed that hundreds have died in explosions and drownings in grain elevators—even as business is thriving, including here in Kansas—which is second in the nation in grain deaths.

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Agriculture
9:08 am
Mon March 25, 2013

When Grain Elevators Explode

Zoe Bock’s son, Chad Roberts, was killed when the Bartlett grain elevator exploded in Oct. 2011.
Courtesy Todd Feeback The Kansas City Star

When the Bartlett Grain Co. elevator exploded in Atchison, Kan., in October 2011, the town’s 11,000 residents knew it immediately.

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Central Standard
9:49 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Philosophy of Doubt

Throughout the course of the day we ask ourselves a lot of questions; what should I have for breakfast? Should I run to the store before picking up my kids or after? Should I read my book before bed or watch a TV show? We rarely take the time to contemplate larger, more philosophical questions that probe our very existence.

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Stargazing in KC

Looking up at the sky is something we do everyday; maybe to check the weather, see if the sun is poking out and you need a jacket, and for some, to discover more about the universe we live in.


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Agriculture
9:10 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Technology Chips Away At Influence Of Prominent Ag Towns

Once a formidable trading floor, action on the Kansas City Board of Trade has slowed considerably over the last decade.
Credit Jeremy Bernfeld / Harvest Public Media

At the crossroads of industry, railroads and farm country Kansas City has long been a capital of the plains. In recent years, though, Kansas City and other agriculture hubs have seen technology chip away at their importance.

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America's Big Beef
7:36 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Beef Feedlots Grapple With Endless Waste

Allan Sents co-owns McPherson County Feeders, a beef feedlot in central Kansas, with his wife Deanna. His 11,000 cattle produce a lot of waste.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

You think you deal with a lot of bull crap? Allan Sents needs a front-end loader and a dump truck to deal with all the cattle manure he’s up against. Literally.

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Agriculture
6:30 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Farm Success At Heart Of Kansas City Board Of Trade Sale

A rival exchange agreed to buy the Kansas City Board of Trade, seen here in June 2012.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

Long a symbol of agriculture’s strength in America’s heartland, the Kansas City Board of Trade has an uncertain future in the wake of its proposed sale to a rival exchange.

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My Farm Roots
3:30 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Family On The Family Farm

Brandon Fahrmeier and his brother Bret Fahrmeier farm in Lexington, Mo., on land that has been in their family since the 1940s.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

Brandon Fahrmeier had a nice job as a sales rep in Ohio for a large company. He and his wife had a nice suburban home. Then they had kids. 

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Harvest Public Media
8:33 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Markets Woo Wary Farmers

The CME Group, which operates both the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, wants to reassure farmers that their money is safe on the commodities markets.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

Farmers are the bedrock of the agricultural commodities markets – after all, they make the products that are traded there.

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2012 All-Star Game
1:58 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Royals Fans Hope To See All-Stars In Kansas City Again Soon

Royals blogger Michael Engel has seen a lot in 27 years of Royals fandom. Just not a lot of good.
Jeremy Bernfeld KCUR

The Kansas City Royals have won the World Series every time they’ve made the playoffs the last 27 years. Problem is, they’ve only made the playoffs once in that span – in 1985.

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My Farm Roots
1:33 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Farming Means Family

Kate Edwards shows off her small 1-acre vegetable plot near Solon, Iowa.
Andrea Silenzi Harvest Public Media

Kate Edwards hasn’t always been a farmer. No, she came back to the farm after college, grad school and a stint as an environmental engineer.

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Farmer of the Future
6:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Take Me To Your Fields: Robots On The Farm

Brent Ware, a member of the robotics team at Kansas State, stands next to a planting robot that won a national competition.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

There’s always work to be done on the farm, but often it’s the same work day, after day, after day. Parts of the job must feel a bit like an assembly line.

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The Salt
10:51 am
Wed May 16, 2012

From Science Fiction To Fact, Robots Are Coming To A Farm Near You

Brent Ware, a member of the robotics team at Kansas State, stands next to a planting robot that won a national competition.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 1:59 pm

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Harvest Public Media
9:20 am
Mon April 30, 2012

MF Global Crisis Leaves Rural Brokers Stuck In The Middle

Rural commodities broker Tom Leffler checks the markets and speaks to a client on the phone.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

When futures trading firm MF Global went bankrupt at the end of October, regulators discovered $1.6 billion in customer funds missing, much of it belonging to Midwest farmers and ranchers.

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Government
8:45 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Santorum Wins Kansas Caucuses

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses Saturday and thirty-three of the forty delegates that go with them.   

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Harvest Public Media
2:59 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Food Industry Courts Meat-Eating Vegetarians

"Vegetarian chicken" made by Savage River Farms, front, certainly looks like regular cooked chicken, back.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

Some vegetarian food is getting a makeover. It's being made to look, feel and taste more like meat.

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Harvest Public Media
3:15 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

North Kansas City Demolishes Mill; Area Ready For Development

Work crews start to demolish the old ADM mill building on Armour Road in North Kansas City, January 11, 2012.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

North Kansas City took the first step toward creating a new sprawling business development Thursday, when a demolition crew began destroying a century-old Archer Daniels Midland mill.

The hulking gray mill sits on 58 acres of prime land at the intersection of 210 highway and I-35. The city hopes a developer will re-tool the land and create a large mixed-use development that could include medical offices, retail stores and possibly even some residential units.

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Harvest Public Media
8:40 am
Tue January 10, 2012

USDA Announces Closure Of 259 Facilities

Soil scientist Eton Codling examines a South Dakota corn field.
Scott Bauer USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it will close 259 of its facilities as part of an effort to save about $150 million.

The closings will encompass offices, labs and other operations. The plan will affect the USDA's Washington D.C. headquarters, facilities in 46 states and its international operations. The USDA’s budget is currently about $145 billion.

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Harvest Public Media
9:21 am
Thu January 5, 2012

After MF Global Crisis, Farmers May Hedge On Hedging

Traders in the wheat futures trading pit at the Kansas City Board of Trade signal each other in September 2010. The KCBOT and Chicago Mercantile Exchange host two of the country's largest commodities markets.
Tammy Ljungblad Kansas City Star

Hedging by way of the commodities market often comes in mighty handy for many of the nation’s farmers.

But in the aftermath of derivatives trader MF Global’s recent bankruptcy —in which $1.2 billion in customer funds, much of it from Midwest farmers, went missing — some observers are questioning whether farmers and other investors might reconsider their options.

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