Harvest Public Media

Harvest Public Media
12:46 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

When Midwest Farming And Tourism Intersect, Cautious Optimism Prevails

Customer Connie Farmer, left, waits for her berries as Renee Seba rings up her purchase at Mule Barn Berries. Farmer and her husband questioned Seba about the lack of a highway sign for the berry patch.
Camille Phillips Harvest Public Media

Are Midwestern farmers overlooking an opportunity ripe for the picking?

Read more
Harvest Public Media
4:45 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Livestock Producers' Drought Aid Held Up By Congress

Cattle and pork producers don’t have drought-related emergency assistance, and some may have to sell their herds.
Harvest Public Media

As one of the worst droughts in 50 years ravages the Midwest, livestock producers are left without a safety net, watching their herds suffer or be sold because there’s nothing else to do. 

Read more
My Farm Roots
12:01 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Lightening The Load

When Jan Phillips was a baby, her parents said they knew by her laughter in response to a cow-driven buggy ride that she would be adventurous. Seventy years later, she's still proving them right. This is her last year on a trip to Asia.
Courtesy of Jan Phillips

Ninety years ago this May, my grandfather, Ronald Merle Phillips, and his twin brother, Robert Earl, were born on a farm near Chetopa, Kan.

Read more
My Farm Roots
10:46 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Just Taking Notes

Tom Karst feels right at home on a summer morning at a farmer's market in Overland Park, Kan.
Donna Vestal Harvest Public Media

Sometimes farm roots don’t blossom into a farm life. But those memories can still have a huge influence, perhaps even determining a career choice.

Read more
My Farm Roots
2:52 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Making A Home Out On The Ranch

Nan Gardiner (front) with her husband Henry in Ashland, Kan.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

It’s not every day that a trip to the drug store can change your destiny.

Read more
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.

Read more
Tracking NBAF
9:02 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Another New Report To Shed Light On NBAF's Future

The proposed NBAF lab at in Manhattan, Kan., would study ways to guard the nation's food supply against diseases like bird flu and Mad Cow disease.
Harvest Public Media

The future of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan is under the microscope this week for the second time in just over a month.

Read more
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.

Read more
KC Currents
11:38 am
Mon July 9, 2012

'My Farm Roots' Collects Stories From The Land

Nan Gardiner told her story to My Farm Roots.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Many people in the Kansas City area have close ties to agriculture, whether they currently work on a farm, or grew up on one and left. Or maybe their ancestors settled in the region to work the land. 

Read more
Agriculture
10:35 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Importers Get The Whole Wheat Tour

The view of the Kansas City Board of Trade’s trading floor from the observation deck
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

Kansas wheat farmers may be tied to the land, but their crop isn’t. About half of the wheat grown in the United States each year is exported.

Read more
Harvest Public Media
8:43 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Farmers + Engineers = Farm Hack

Carolyn Scherf, a farmhand from the Iowa City-area; Troy Washam, co-owner of a small farm near DeWitt, Iowa; and Grant Schultz, co-director of Farm Hack Iowa, stand in the University of Iowa Garden at the conclusion of the first Midwestern Farm Hack.
Clare Roth Harvest Public Media

“Hack” isn’t a word usually associated with agriculture, but that might be starting to change.

Read more
Harvest Public Media
7:26 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Control Of Missouri River Divides Communities

Jim Redmond, with the Northwest Iowa Sierra Club, stands along the Missouri River in Sioux City, Iowa. Redmond said the river could handle the rainfall of the 2011 flood, but not when it’s cutoff from the flood plain.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

Along a vast stretch of the Missouri River, the floodwaters that ravished homes, businesses and farms last year are not a distant memory. 

Read more
Harvest Public Media
3:48 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Enzyme Factory Mixes Into Ethanol's Future

A vial of ethanol enzyme is displayed during the grand opening of the Novozymes laboratory in Blair, Neb.
Grant Gerlock NET

Inside a new facility in Blair, Neb., north of Omaha, a gleaming maze of steel tubes connect a line of giant fermentation tanks that will cultivate some of the most advanced biotechnology in the ethanol industry.

Read more
Tracking NBAF
8:29 am
Mon June 18, 2012

NBAF's Real Risk Is Still Anyone's Guess

Though ground had been broken for NBAF in February, funding and security questions have stalled the project.
Laura Ziegler Harvest Public Media

A committee of the National Research Council says an updated risk assessment of a proposed high-security biodefense lab in Manhattan, Kan., appears to understate the chances of deadly pathogens being accidentally released. 

Read more
Tracking NBAF
1:57 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Redrawn District Adds To Animal Lab Concerns

The site designated to become the home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, is on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

The beleaguered National Bio and Agro-Defense facility could face yet more challenges as a result of new congressional parameters released today by a three-judge panel.

Read more
Central Standard
4:49 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Kansas City Farmer Of The Future

Cultivate Kansas City's apprentices at the Gibbs Road Farm are training to be farmers of the future.

For this Wednesday's Central Standard, we bring you our second show asking-- what will the farmer of the future look like?  But this time we're looking for answers in our own metro area.

Read more
Tracking NBAF
12:01 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

NBAF Steering Committee Holds First Meeting In Topeka

The first meeting of a steering committee appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback last summer is taking place this morning in Topeka.

Read more
Farmer of the Future
6:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

A Plot In The Middle

Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

A few years ago, things were going smoothly for Eric Neill and his family. Neill was making good money as a construction superintendent for a commercial contractor in Kansas City, traveling the country, running challenging job sites. But he wasn’t satisfied.

Read more
Central Standard
7:38 am
Thu May 24, 2012

What Will The Farmer Of The Future Look Like?

Dan Heryer, Brooke Salvaggio and son Percy of Badseed Farmers Market and Urbavore Farms
Badseed Facebook

For this Thursday's Central Standard, we've teamed up with Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa and Harvest Public Media to produce a talk show on the challenges facing young farmers today.

Read more
Farmer of the Future
9:00 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Who Are You Calling A Corporate Farmer?

Chris Boeckmann grows turkeys for Cargill on his Loose Creek, Mo., farm. But he also raises grass-fed all-natural beef for his private label.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

A surprising thing happens while touring Chris Boeckmann’s turkey farm, where 50,000 birds are grown each year for Cargill Inc.

Read more
Farmer of the Future
9:00 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

The Sustainable Hand

Dan Howell, a farmer-rancher in Marshall County, Kan., is experimenting with his land like an idealistic young farmer.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

The farmer of future will grow food and raise animals with tomorrow in mind. They’ll know contributing to the food supply is not enough. If the soil, air and water they use to produce food is damaged, good luck feeding anyone. 

Read more
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.

Read more
Farmer of the Future
8:00 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Blending Of Cultures May Be Blueprint For Growth

Luis Campos came to the U.S. illegally but eventually became a legal resident. Campos is now the parlor manager at Winding Meadow Dairy in Rock Valley, Iowa.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Sioux County, in northwest Iowa, is known for its Dutch pastries. The landscape is dotted with Lutheran and reform churches.  But today, Catholic churches and tortillerias are creeping into the landscape — signs of the new residents joining this vibrant community.

Read more
Tracking NBAF
12:17 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

NBAF Closes In On Federal Funding

A rendering of the proposed NBAF facility in Manhattan, Kan.
nbafinkansas.org

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) got one step closer to Congressional funding yesterday.

Read more
Headlines
8:20 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, May 14, 2012

Missouri and Kansas lawmakers wrap up their legislative sessions.  Corn farmers are expecting record breaking crop.  Missouri agriculture officials work to create a buzz about bees.  It’s a roundup of daily headlines from KCUR.

Read more
Agriculture
7:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Government, Agencies Debate Food Aid Programs At KC Conference

Laura Ziegler

The U.S. created its food aid program more than 50 years ago in part to alleviate surpluses in agricultural commodities. Surpluses aren't a persistent issue today, but world hunger has become a more acute problem.

Read more
Agriculture
4:55 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

An Inside Look At Research On NBAF

The proposed NBAF lab in Manhattan, Kan., is on the campus of Kansas State University.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

Reporters this week got an inside look into the deliberations the National Research Council (NRC) is having while studying plans for the controversial bio-defense facility proposed for the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan.

Read more
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.

Read more
Headlines
8:09 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, April 30, 2012

Rural brokers deal with fallout after a major derivatives broker collapses.  Kansas Governor’s office is waiting to hear back from the federal government on plans to overhaul Medicaid.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

Read more
Harvest Public Media
9:23 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Now There's A Rural Idea

Rural America is fighting for its survival.

Read more

Pages