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farmer of the future

Under the Microscope
6:23 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

On mid-sized farms

Eric Neill hopes at least one of his two sons – perhaps Carter, pictured with him here – will settle down on his mid-sized farm.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear the final installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the Future series.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:15 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

A plot in the middle

Eric Neill hopes at least one of his two sons – perhaps Carter, pictured with him here – will settle down on the farm.
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.

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Under the Microscope
5:47 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

On 'corporate' farming

Chris Boeckmann is a hybrid farmer who works with the large multinational corporations that control the agricultural markets, but also responds to increasing consumer demand for “natural” food.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll hear the fourth installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the future series, and hear about the bacteria that live in and on our bodies.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:41 pm
Thu June 14, 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.

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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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Under the Microscope
3:15 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

On the future of sustainable farming

Cows stand on Dan Howell's farm in Marshall County, Kan.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we’ll hear the third installment of Harvest Public Media’s Farmer of the future series, and revisit a conversation with author Michael Pollan.

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Under the Microscope
6:52 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

On robots and farms

This planting robot was the winner of a national competition. Three sensors allow it to determine where a field of crops ends.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

On this week’s show, we’ll learn how robots could be used to assist farmers, and hear about an upcoming astronomical event involving Venus and the sun.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:35 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

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.

While it’s impossible to automate farming like many manufacturers have automated their assembly lines, using robotic technology on the farm might not be so far off.

Farm robots in the classroom

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Under the Microscope
5:53 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

On agriculture and immigration

Terry van Maanen bought Winding Meadows Dairy from his father in the '80s and has grown it to about 600 cows. He sells milk to Land O Lakes.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

On this week's show, we'll hear about how immigrant populations are filling a gap in agricultural labor.

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Agriculture
5:27 pm
Thu May 24, 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.

In Sioux County, as in a scattering of communities across the Midwest, Hispanic immigrants are working in meat processing plants, dairies, egg-laying facilities and hog barns. In fact, the majority of U.S. farm laborers today were born outside the U.S.

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