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Under the Microscope
6:30 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

On genetically modified food and allergies

Genetically modified crops were introduced to the US 18 years ago.
Peter Blanchard Flickr

This week, we’ll see if there’s a connection between genetically modified food and allergies.

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Business Beat
5:56 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Farm bill holdup leaves farmers in limbo

Ed Greiman, a cattle producer and president-elect of the Iowa Cattlemen, climbs onto the front of a truck hauling silage on his ranch near Garner, Iowa. Like other ranchers, he's getting a feel for what life would be like without a farm bill.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

This week on the show, what would happen if Congress doesn’t pass a farm bill? Plus, a quick check in on the new student-oriented bus route in Columbia, that started running this week; and what it might mean for the city’s overall transit system.

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Agriculture
4:54 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

What if Congress doesn't pass a farm bill?

Ed Greiman, a cattle producer and president-elect of the Iowa Cattlemen, climbs onto the front of a truck hauling silage on his ranch near Garner, Iowa. Like other ranchers, he's getting a feel for what life would be like without a farm bill.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

Roy Pralle is an 85-year-old retired farmer from Latimer, Iowa. He spends most afternoons playing cribbage with other retired farmers at Dudley's Corner, a diner attached to a gas station in north-central Iowa.

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Agriculture
11:36 am
Fri August 10, 2012

My Farm Roots: "Little Miss Janice Ann Robinson and the Cow"

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 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. His twin died of influenza before their second birthday, but my grandpa is still alive and well. To celebrate that fact, 150 family and friends gathered at the community center in Parsons, Kan. last month.

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Business Beat
10:34 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Huge food distributor phasing out gestation crates in pork production

Elite Pork Partnership keeps sows and piglets inside in facilities like this one Carroll, Iowa
Sarah McCammon Harvest Public Media

This week: North America’s largest food distributor is phasing out its use of gestation crates in pork production. Plus, a story about the drought’s impact on ranchers in the Midwest.

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Agriculture
10:11 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Crate question looms over pork producers

Elite Pork Partnership keeps sows and piglets inside in facilities like this one Carroll, Iowa.
Sarah McCammon Harvest Public Media

Craig Rowles grew up on an Iowa farm, and like a lot of farm kids, he’s done his share of heavy lifting.

“I know what that means to carry feed in 5-gallon buckets through the mud and through the snow and through the heat,” he said. “And I understand what it takes to try to keep animals alive in those extreme kinds of temperatures.”

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Agriculture
9:42 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Ranchers battle suffocating drought

Nathan Pike was born on this land during the Dust Bowl, but he’s never seen it this dry. With little for his cattle to eat, he has been forced to liquidate most of his herd.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

It’s hot and dry out in western Kansas in a good year. South of Dodge City, the native grass is tough. So are the ranchers. But this year is not a good year.

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Arts and Culture
1:34 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

My Farm Roots: 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.

That’s the case for Tom Karst, a soft-spoken, well-respected journalist who’s been covering the fruit and vegetable industry for more than 25 years.

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Agriculture
1:32 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

My Farm Roots: 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.

For 20-year-old Nan Arnold, it was a day in 1956 in Ashland, a small, dusty dot on the open range of western Kansas near the Oklahoma border.

Nan had landed her first job as a music teacher at the Ashland school just a year before. She lived with the store’s owner because her parents thought she was too young to live alone.  

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Agriculture
1:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Paying to do farm chores? It's called agritourism [slideshow]

Agritourism businesses in the Midwest come in many forms, everything from pick-your-own berry fields to animal barns.
Camille Philips Harvest Public Media

Picking fruit, tasting wine, petting a goat, roping a cow. When customers pay for the honor of taking on such farm chores ... or delights … it’s called “agritourism.”

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Business Beat
4:41 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Following the Arkansas River to track the drought

Water is low in the Arkansas River in Colorado this year, making the raft trip through Royal Gorge slower, and bumpier, than normal.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

This week on the show: Harvest Public Media’s Frank Morris follows the river to show the impact of this year’s drought.

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Business
4:40 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Drought brings misery to Arkansas River basin

Dan Henrichs, a cattle rancher on the High Line Canal in Avondale, Colo., is also the local ditch superintendent. Most irrigation canals near his ranch have run dry
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

Drought has set in early and hard across the Midwest, parching the Arkansas River basin. The river trickling out of the mountains is dry before it reaches some of the major agricultural uses downstream. And the drought is torching crops, sapping tourism and threatening supplies of drinking water.

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Agriculture
5:51 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

More water, faster for farmers under state drought measures

Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

As the dry conditions and excessive heat continue to bear down on Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday to announce emergency assistance for farmers who need access to water.

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Agriculture
3:39 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

My Farm Roots: When you hail from farm country, roots run deep

Kate Edwards grew up helping her grandfather on his farm. Those memories are part of what spurred her to start her own farm.
Andrea Silenzi Harvest Public Media

This is the first installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s new series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.

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.

Now, she farms a small one-acre plot near Solon, Iowa. On her small farm, she feeds 30 families through a Community Supported Agriculture project, a CSA. Edwards was drawn back to farming, she says, because of family memories.

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Business Beat
5:42 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Keeping cows cool: serious stuff

The "Thermal Aid" app, on an iPhone.
Scott Pham KBIA

It’s going to seem like this week’s show is all about keeping cows cool, and it kind of is, but keep in mind this is a serious threat to agriculture in Missouri, and thus, the overall economy in the state.

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Agriculture
5:36 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Heat stress? Now there's a cow app for that

The Thermal Aid mobile app, on an iPhone.
Scott Pham KBIA

When a cow is stressed from the heat, it affects a producer’s bottom line. The animal eats less, meaning less mass in beef cattle. For dairy farmers, the hurt comes in the form of a 10 to 20 percent loss in milk. Researchers at the University of Missouri think we can change this trend by putting information in the hands of producers. They’ve built a tool that can detect the threat of heat stress in specific animals before it starts.

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Agriculture
5:15 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hoop barns becoming more common in Midwest

Brent Bryant, managing director of Beef Hoop Systems, keeps cattle under a hoop barn at his company's research farm
Rick Frederickson for Harvest Public Media

Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.

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Business Beat
6:27 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New app aims to help connect Columbia Transit, riders

A screenshot from Columbia Transit, a new iPhone app for the Columbia bus system.
Dave Oster Rockupied

This week: an app may help the Columbia Transit system deal with an unengaged ridership. Plus, Harvest Public Media looks at the lasting impact of the Homestead Act.

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Agriculture
5:53 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

The lasting heritage of the Homestead Act

Kendall Hodgson, left, and Ed Hodgson, first cousins, in front of the Hodgson homestead near Little River, Kan.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

LITTLE RIVER, Kan. – Before this town was here, before the railroads were here, before a post office was here, the Hodgsons were here.

In 1871, Hannah and Henry Clay Hodgson moved into a one-room dugout on the banks of the Little Arkansas, their view an Indian camp on the other side of the river. They arrived in central Kansas in November, in the midst of a blizzard, and it took them three days from the train stop in Salina to get the 60 miles south to this outpost.

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Business Beat
4:16 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Flying overseas - to look at wheat?

Tunde Adebayo, an executive with a Nigerian flour mill, traced the path of U.S. wheat exports on a recent tour of the Midwest.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

Visits from foreign buyers play a role in sustaining certain agriculture markets in the Midwest. Plus, educators, designers and engineers team up to try to fund the next big innovation for small farms.

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Agriculture
12:05 pm
Wed July 4, 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. A group of small farmers across the country has started to come together to pool their ideas for solutions to small-farming challenges, just like computer hackers working together to solve computer issues. They call it Farm Hack.

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Under the Microscope
7:11 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Managing the Missouri River

Soybeans planted in previously flooded areas near the Missouri River in Atchison County, Mo., poke up through the silt.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

This week, we’ll hear about efforts to manage the Missouri River.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:06 pm
Thu June 28, 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.

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Business Beat
5:23 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

You've heard of ethanol, but what about enzymes?

A fermentation tank
Grant Gerlock for Harvest Public Media

This week on the show: an enzyme factory aims to be a big part of the ethanol industry, and a business incubator in Columbia lands a state tax credit.

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Agriculture
5:12 pm
Wed June 27, 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.

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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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Business Beat
5:52 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Language and agriculture

Jamie Pudenz wants to own a cow-calf operation, but he's worried the current political climate will have adverse effects on production agriculture.
Sandhya Dirks Harvest Public Media

A war over words is part of a bigger struggle between agriculture interests and their critics. Plus, a national report looks at agriculture research grants from private corporations to land grant Universities, including MU.

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Harvest Public Media
4:40 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Is the agriculture industry being bullied?

Jamie Pudenz wants to own a cow-calf operation, but he's worried the current political climate will have adverse effects on production agriculture.
Sandhya Dirks Harvest Public Media

There is a culture war raging in the heartland. It’s not about abortion or religion or gay marriage, it’s about how food is produced in this country.

As in any war, language is playing a big role. Take, for instance, the way Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad defended the beef product that came to be known as “pink slime.”

“It’s just tragic that people use smear language against products,” Branstad said. “We would never let people smear somebody because of who/what they look like, or their race, or their religion.”

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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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