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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6:00am

Thu April 4, 2013
Agriculture

Farmers Get Tax Day Extension

From his farm’s headquarters in Nevada, Iowa, Mark Kenney can see his childhood home and farm.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

If April 15th looms before you every spring as Tax Day, you’re probably not a farmer. Most farmers must typically file and pay their taxes by March 1st. But this year’s different.

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6:00am

Wed March 6, 2013
Agriculture

Health Insurance Unknowns Loom For Farmers As Affordable Care Act Approaches

Marilyn Andersen, who raises angora goats and llamas for wool near Story City, Iowa, is one of many farmers and ranchers entering the individual health insurance marketplace.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

6:34am

Fri February 22, 2013
Agriculture

Seed Science Pushes Toward Higher Yields

Researchers at DuPont Pioneer’s facility near Des Moines, Iowa, test these varieties of corn.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

At an open house at DuPont Pioneer’s Dallas Center Corn Research Center near Des Moines, Iowa, retired corn breeder Bill Ambrose marveled at the tools available today to do the job he did for nearly 40 years.

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5:00am

Wed February 20, 2013
Agriculture

The Seeds Of Genetic Modification

Rooftop greenhouses on Monsanto’s Chesterfield Village Research Facility are an intermediary stage in the development of new seeds. Seeds are grown inside first then tested in greenhouses before being planted outdoors.
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5:00am

Fri February 8, 2013
Agriculture

Modernizing Poultry Inspection Is No Easy Matter

Retired federal chicken inspector Phyllis McKelvey worked with Change.org and Whistleblower.org to gather signatures on a petition opposing the proposed new poultry slaughter rule. She delivered over 177,000 signatures to the USDA.
Whistleblower.org

Retired federal inspector Phyllis McKelvey spent 44 years looking for blemishes and other defects on chicken carcasses. She started as an inspector’s helper, worked her way up, and in 1998, became part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture trial.

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