Amy Mayer

Amy Mayer is a reporter based in Ames. She covers agriculture and is part of the Harvest Public Media collaboration. Amy worked as an independent producer for many years and also  previously had stints as weekend news host and reporter at WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts and as a reporter and host/producer of a weekly call-in health show at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Amyââââ

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1:09pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Agriculture

Starting A Farm, With An Immigrant Twist

Originally from Laos, Air Philavanh now farms 11 acres near Milo, Iowa. He’s built a shelter for his cattle out of a dilapidated barn.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Air Philavanh is a new farmer in central Iowa who came to this country from Laos as a refugee more than 30 years ago. Today, he’s living on an 11-acre farm in Milo, Iowa, about an hour from Des Moines.

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7:00am

Sun June 9, 2013
Agriculture

My Farm Roots: Lessons From The Farm Crisis

The fifth-generation to run his family farm, Mark Kenney says the '80s farm crisis taught him lessons for today.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Mark Kenney and his family lived through the farm crisis of the 1980s, when the bottom dropped out of the U.S. economy and collapsing global food markets forced many farmers out of business.

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5:00am

Fri May 10, 2013
Agriculture

Conservation Acres Harder to Come By

Iowa farmer John Berdo stands atop one of the terraces that helps control water flow on his crop fields. Terraces are one of many conservation measures Berdo employs.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

For 27 years the popular Conservation Reserve Program has transformed small parcels of land, contributing to cleaner water, more habitat for migrating birds and less soil erosion.

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5:00am

Tue April 30, 2013
Agriculture

This Little Piggy Has A Market Niche

When these baby pigs get bigger, Iowa farmer Randy Hilleman will move them from this nursery to an open-ended hoop house where they can move between indoors and out.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

The pork business certainly has its challenges. Hog farmers continually grapple with high feed prices, environmental hiccups and criticism from animal welfare groups.

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6:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
Agriculture

Cagey Issues for Egg Industry

The hens in Hongwei Xin’s basement lab at Iowa State University in Ames have perches, one of the requirements of new cages proposed in an egg industry-supported federal bill.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

Eggs are simple, versatile and popular. In fact, each American consumes about 250 eggs per year. However, the poultry business – which grapples with the environmental challenge of caring for the millions of hens that lay all those eggs – is anything but simple.

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