Jessica Naudziunas


Jessica is Harvest Public Media's connection to Central Missouri. She joined Harvest in July 2010. Jessica has spent time on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and WNYC's Soundcheck, and reported and produced for WNIN-FM in Evansville, Ind. She grew up in the City of Chicago, studied at the University of Tulsa and has helped launch local food gardens in Oklahoma and Indiana.

Jessica Naudziunas left KBIA in 2012.




Shots - Health News
11:16 am
Mon July 22, 2013

TVs Pose A Danger To Kids, But Not The Way You Might Think

That flat screen can still be dangerous if it falls off the wall.

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:57 pm

Television poses a threat to children, and we're not talking the programs. We're talking a large household appliance that can hurt kids.

About every 30 minutes a child ends up in the emergency room with injuries caused by a television, a study finds, most often because the TV falls on a young child.

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Shots - Health News
3:27 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

A Surge In Painkiller Overdoses Among Women

Drugs found in the medicine chest are claiming more women's lives than cocaine and heroin.
Mark Gabrenya

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 7:52 am

Women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at a much higher rate than men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while men still suffer more overdoses, women are catching up fast.

From 1999 to 2010, the CDC found a fivefold increase in the number and rate of such cases among middle-aged women. Over the same period, the rate of overdoses from prescription painkillers increased 3.5 times in men.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:00 pm
Thu June 7, 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. 

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London 2012: The Summer Olympics
6:11 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Soccer Star With Soap Opera Roots Aims At Olympics

North Korea's Yu Jong Hui (left) and Colombia's Orianica Velasquez battle for the ball during the FIFA Women's World Cup on July 6, 2011, in Bochum, Germany.
Joern Pollex Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 3:34 pm

Indiana University soccer star Orianica Velasquez is on a mission — to get to the London Olympics with Colombia's women's soccer team. And she wants to send a message about the country where she was born.

"My dream is to get a medal for Colombia," she says, adding that she wants to show the world "it's just not violence, it's just not drugs — we can play soccer and we can do great things because we have great people there."

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12:57 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Missouri ponders protections for animal ag

Rick Bax, an independent hog broker in Osage County, Mo., is wary of special interest groups' involvements in agriculture policy. (Jessica Naudziunas/Harvest Public Media)

There's a Missouri bill moving through the statehouse that essentially would lock in the legality of current animal production methods in the state. 

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The Salt
5:21 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Milk Not Jails Makes Partners Out Of Farmers And Ex-Cons

A dairy farmer drives some of his Holstein cows out to pasture in the Madison County, N.Y. town of Lenox.
Jim Commentucci The Post-Standard /Landov

What's plentiful in upstate New York? Cows and prison inmates, to name a few things.

Reformists in the two communities don't make natural allies, but organizer Lauren Melodia is trying to do just that.

"I was living in this prison town, and at the same time, the dairy industry was in a lot of turmoil," Melodia tells The Salt. "We thought this [dairy] might be the perfect ally in trying to build a different economy in upstate New York, and shift some of the economic dependency away from the prison system."

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12:55 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

For many ranchers, profits dry up

Battling drought and facing high costs, many ranchers sold off much of their stock. (File photo: Hilary Stohs-Krause/NET)

With ground beef selling for record prices, you might think cattle ranchers are raking in the profits.

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1:49 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Fake meat from Missouri

The "soy chicken" product designed by University of Missouri food scientists, front, looks a lot like real chicken, back. (Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media)

While only 2 or 3 percent of people in the U.S. are vegetarians, more than 40 percent of Americans age 18-29 choose to eat meatless once a week, according to market research firm Innova Insights.

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4:11 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

A Texas-sized profit-squeezing beef crisis

Restaurant owner Jim Koetting says he has barely had to raise prices since he opened in 2003, but with beef prices increasing, he'll have to soon. (Jessica Naudziunas/Harvest Public Media)

Maybe you’ve noticed that the price of beef is going up, rather dramatically. No matter what supermarket aisle you’re in, don’t look for relief from any time soon.

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Field Notes
12:16 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Translating science into news

Shari Freyermuth teaches science to non-science majors at the University of Missouri. She attended the workshop designed to help her communicate her research clearly.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Scientists researching complex topics often come up empty-handed when it comes time to explain their findings. It’s hard to distill years of intricate, complex research into tiny bytes a layman can understand.

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Harvest Public Media
5:05 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Assessing the additives

Jill Lucht, of Columbia, Mo., reads the ingredient lists on the food in her refrigerator.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Pick up your favorite packaged food and read the ingredient list.

If you stumbled over any of the words or a color jumped out at you, you might be looking at what’s known as a food additive.  

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10:12 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Nixon answers questions on flood protection

Gov. Nixon assured farmers that levees would be rebuilt quickly.

Governor Jay Nixon met with Missouri Levee and Drainage District members in Columbia this weekend. He and other state and federal officials responded to over eight months of questions from farmers and others on how Missouri’s waterways will be protected from future massive flooding. This is the first time a Missouri governor attended an annual levee district association meeting in over 15 years, and with good reason, as Governor Nixon addressed the standing room only crowd, he branded 2011: “the year of natural disasters.”

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9:46 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Something foul in the water

An aerial view of Missouri River flooding between Kansas City, Mo., and Rulo, Neb., on June 20, 2011.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

It’s been eight months since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released massive amounts of reservoir water from locations north of the Missouri River. Those reservoirs were filled to the brim with historic rainwater and melted snow that accumulated over a long winter of inclement weather across the Midwest.

Most of that released water poured over valuable farmland and residential areas in northwest Missouri. The resulting financial and family devastation has opened up a huge Missouri-style feud that will likely last as long as it will take the flooded land to return to normal.

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Field Notes
12:59 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Just what do food additives add?

Packaged foods contain several additives and preservatives to keep them shelf-stable and freezable.
dno1967b Flickr

Ever looked at the labels on the back of your packaged food?

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8:09 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Missouri treasurer announces financial assistance for farmers

The Missouri treasurer's office will partner with community banks to negotiate lower interest loans on equipment and land.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced a new financial assistance package for beginning farmers trying to make their way in an expensive industry.

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Harvest Public Media
1:35 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Victorious vegetarian eating in the heartland

Are most Midwest dinner tables filled with rows and rows of iceberg lettuce?
benketaro Flickr

Did you know the most common fresh produce in Kansas City and in the Midwest is iceberg lettuce? Yes, the green that is mostly water is apparently the best get in fly-over country. At least, the New York Times thinks so.

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2:20 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Putting nutrition scores to the test

Scott Pham studies the nutrition facts on a container of 100 percent juice.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

There's more to grocery shopping these days because of nutritional ratings, on-label claims and even in-store dieticians. 

On this episode of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes,  grocery shopping with a guy who doesn’t really think about nutrition, and along the way we dissect the nutritional rating system NuVal

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10:19 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Modernization of Food Safety

Michael Porter Flickr

With funding in hand, U.S. food safety regulations will see the biggest changes in almost 70 years in 2012. 

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Harvest Public Media
1:28 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

2011: A year in the life of farm and food

Whether it was thanks to the Farm Bill, MF Global's bankruptcy, vicious flooding or high land prices, farmers were in the headlines throughout the Midwest in 2011.

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9:30 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Ethanol on its own after tax break expires

Corn being unloaded from a truck will begin the process of converting to ethanol at the Lincoln Energy Plant in Iowa.
Todd Post Bread for the World

The U.S. fuel industry rang in the new year with a little less help from the government after the previously entrenched Volumetric Ethanol Excise Credit expired on Dec. 31, 2011.

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Harvest Public Media
6:28 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

It's been a long year for farmers and foodies

photo courtesy of USDA

There have been plenty of distractions over the last year on and off the farm. The farm bill that never was stirred speculation late into November; drought reaked havoc on much of the southwest; and the price of an acre of farmland has shot up 32 percent in Iowa over the last year. On this week's Field Notes, a look back at some of the big stories in agriculture in 2011.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Fri December 16, 2011

A farmer’s food for thought in 7 minutes

I recently went to this local Columbia, Mo., event called 20/20. It’s a bimonthly gathering that highlights culture-makers in town who are often hidden from the public as they create, research and organize innovative ideas. And here’s the twist: These passionate people quickly present their ideas while a screen behind them displays 20 images over 400 seconds.

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2:28 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Horse slaughter from the farmer’s point of view

Until 2006, about 150,000 horses annually were sent to slaughter for meat.
gnuru Flickr

Outlawing the slaughter of horses may not sound like a bad thing. But for farmers and the animals, the consequences of such a ban in the U..S. have been far-reaching and complicated.

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Harvest Public Media
11:00 am
Mon December 5, 2011

You are what your food eats

Cows on Sally Angell's farm in Centralia, Mo., eat a diet of hay and grass supplemented with a plant-based grain feed.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

According to a study from the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, Americans consume a lot of meat, and the quality of the meat products is directly linked to animal feeding management. So, if you’re an average eater who chows down on over six ounces of meat daily, consider checking out the nutrition content on the animal feed label.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

'Natural' food labels lack regulation, naturally

The "All Natural" label can mean different things for different products.
Blue Bunny Ice Cream Flickr

What does it take for a food product to be labeled "Natural"?

Not much, it seems.

While that big "Natural" label on a package of meat has nothing to do with how an animal was raised, it at least has a definition: "minimally processed with no artificial ingredients.”  When "Natural" shows up on other food products -- everything from granola bars to dressings, and even soda --   the meaning is less certain.

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Harvest Public Media
12:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Healthy score cards create (more) confusion

Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media


The constant barrage of nutrition messages is so confusing it makes me want to go on a BBQ-potato-chip bender.

So when Harvest reporter Jessica Naudziunas pitched a story on those nutritional scores in grocery stores, I listened.    

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12:00 am
Fri November 18, 2011

New farm bill details emerge

The package of agriculture and food policy that's called the farm bill is reauthorized by Congress every five years. This year, however, things are a bit different for this historically lengthy and debate-rich process. The federal budget deficit that's been hanging around for months has pushed the farm bill into overdrive, and the legislation is now on the fast track straight to the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, otherwise known as the super committee.

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9:00 am
Sun November 13, 2011

In Iowa, some farmers see changing climate

A new survey found that about 68 percent of Iowa farmers believe climate change is occurring.
kdemerly Flickr

By Kathleen Masterson (Harvest Public Media)

Running a successful farm business relies on hard work, good soil and seeds and, most of all, weather. So it makes sense that many farmers have real concerns about climate change. 

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9:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Some farmers look Beyond Organic

There's a division within the organic food movement.
Sarah Cady Flickr

By Jeremy Bernfeld (Harvest Public Media)

Some organic farmers don’t want to have their products labeled Certified Organic. For them, the Certified Organic label doesn’t go far enough. They want to go Beyond Organic.

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1:05 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

What does sustainable mean to you?

The sun sets over William Powers' farm in Ceresco, Neb.
Photo by William Powers Harvest Network

Despite this being harvest season, I’ve been pestering farmers with theoretical questions about food and agriculture labels.

Here’s something I’ve learned: If there’s one thing to guarantee a lengthy conversation with an ag-minded person, regardless of his or her crop harvesting schedule, it might be on the farm labels.

I’ve also learned that there comes a point when slapping a pithy saying on an agricultural method is a detriment to understanding just how a farmer does his job.

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