Agriculture

Agriculture
12:13 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

It's in your Backyard: Scientists Urge Plan for Climate Change

Rain batters a farm near Nevada, Iowa, in August 2010.
Photo by cwwycoff1 Flickr

By Kathleen Masterson (Harvest Public Media)

Climate change is already affecting Midwestern climate and state and local governments should start doing something about it, prominent Iowa scientists urged Tuesday. Thirty-one scientists from colleges and universities across the state signed apetition that advocates for action on climate change.

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Agriculture
12:12 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline on Back Burner Until 2012

Activists protest the Keystone XL pipeline project outside the White House in August.

By Clay Masters (Harvest Public Media)

The Obama Administration announced yesterday that the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed until after the 2012 presidential election. Some say that’s convenient since environmental groups have used the construction of the pipeline as a test of the president’s environmental commitment.

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Agriculture
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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Agriculture
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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Agriculture
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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Agriculture
11:18 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Looking for work, some veterans become rookie farmers

Garrett Dwyer, a Marine veteran who turned to ranching in Nebraska after working with the Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots program.
Bill Kelly NET Radio

By Jeremy Bernfeld (Harvest Public Media)

 

WANTED: A dedicated worker familiar with intense physical labor. Must possess the ability to organize, anticipate pitfalls and plan ahead. Only those comfortable with individual responsibility and leadership skills need apply.

A want-ad for a farmer or a member of the military? 

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Harvest Public Media
9:00 am
Fri November 11, 2011

Report slams government crop insurance payments

This year 83 percent of farmed acres carried revenue insurance.
Rastoney Flickr

By Kathleen Masterson (Harvest Public Media)

Far too many tax dollars are going directly into the pockets of private crop insurers, according to  a new report from a noted economist who helped design the government’s initial revenue crop insurance program in the 1990s.

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Agriculture
9:00 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Agriculture finding its voice on social media

Though there's not yet a social network for cows, many farmers and ranchers are using social media.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

Eric Durban (Harvest Public Media)

As the local food movement continues to gain steam, many Americans are becoming more and more familiar with their dinner’s origins. But food consumers aren’t just learning about food production at local farmer’s markets, many are getting educated on today's great connector: social media.

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Agriculture
9:00 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Cleanliness key to preventing grain explosions

Mourners created a makeshift memorial to victims of the grain explosion in Atchinson, KS, near the site of the blast.
Dan Verbeck KCUR Public Radio

By Jeremy Bernfeld (Harvest Public Media)

State investigators are still investigating the cause of the explosion at a grain elevator in Atchinson, KS, which killed six people Oct. 29.

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Agriculture
3:58 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Nope, we can't blame the farm bill for making us fat

Bigstock image

By Kathleen Masterson (Harvest Public Media)

Politicians aren't the only ones taking aim at farm subsidies these days. Some public health groups and foodies say subsidies drive overproduction of corn and soybeans.  And that, they say, enables the production of cheap fast food.   

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Agriculture
5:16 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Army Corps of Engineers to Change Approach to Managing Missouri River

Aerial photos of the Missouri river flooding in Sioux City, Iowa, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, on June 8, 2011.
Tech. Sgt. Oscar Sanchez USDA Flickr

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that it’s changing its short-term approach to managing water levels on the Missouri River, following devastating flooding this summer in Missouri, Iowa and North Dakota. 

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The Salt
2:53 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

When Taking The Pollen Out Of Honey Makes A Sticky Mess

A report says that pollen is often filtered out of honey sold in the U.S., which could make it hard to determine if the honey came from a safe place.
Ellen Webber/NPR

Allegedly, there's a tsunami washing up on American shores. It originates in Chinese beehives and the American beekeepers who've spotted it are hopping mad.

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Agriculture
6:07 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Rangers Fighting Mark Twain Forest Fires

Three hundred more acres of Mark Twain National Forest in Salem have burned since last night, in a fire that has burned 5,000 acres since Tuesday afternoon.

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The Salt
1:25 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Should Farm Kids Be Allowed To Drive A Tractor? Some Say It's Too Dangerous

Drew Wilber, 14, works on his parents' 20-acre farm near Boone, Iowa, during his day off from school on Columbus Day.
Peggy Lowe for NPR

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 6:11 pm

For a lot of farm kids, "learning to drive" means learning to drive a tractor before ever driving a car.

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Harvest Public Media
3:29 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

The Other Side of the Food Label

What do food labels really say about what's inside? (Photo by Boris Mann (bmann)/Flickr.com)
Photo by Boris Mann (bmann) Flickr.com

A free-range chicken isn’t a free-agent. It may only spend a portion of its day in the great outdoors. The rest of the time? Anywhere but a cage. Though, that information is not something you'll find spelled out for you on a package of chicken breast. On this week's Field Notes: really listening to what food labels say, or don't say.

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