Farming

5:00am

Mon November 3, 2014
Agriculture

Young Immigrants Search For Home On The Farm

At Bear Creek Dairy, 15-year-old Teun Boelen works closely with the calves, helping with difficult births, feeding the young animals and raising them until they join the herd of milk cows.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Bear Creek Dairy in Brooklyn, Iowa, is home to more than 1,100 cows, who provide about 100,000 pounds of milk each day. The 15-year-old farmer who works closely with the farm’s calves comes from a long line of dairymen – in Europe.

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5:00am

Wed October 29, 2014
Agriculture

Seed Banks Guard Against An Uncertain Ag Future, Not 'Doomsday'

Cary Fowler, who spearheaded the construction of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on a Norwegian island, speaks at Colorado State University.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Close to a million seed packets are tucked inside a frozen mountain fortress on a Norwegian island - the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It includes samples from similar vaults in Fort Collins, Colorado and Ames, Iowa, and gene banks throughout the world. The man who pushed for the vault’s creation, Cary Fowler, says the vault will be essential to farmers as they adapt to climate change.

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5:00am

Wed October 22, 2014
Agriculture

Farmers Gear Up For Record Harvest, Brace For Lower Prices

Nationwide, farmers are expected to harvest record-breaking amounts of corn and soybeans this year.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside: plunging prices that have many Midwest farmers hoping to merely break-even on this year’s crop.

Farmers will haul in 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn, according to USDA estimates. Those are record-breaking numbers, made possible by producers planting more corn and soybean acres and near-perfect weather in the Corn Belt.

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5:00am

Fri October 17, 2014
Agriculture

At Harvest, Corn Huskers Still Shuck By Hand

Competitor Harlan Jacobson races to pick rows of corn at the annual Illinois State Corn Husking Competition in September.
Abby Wendle Harvest Public Media

Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.

Every other second, the corn hit the floor of the wagon with a thud. Humes was setting a steady pace for the men’s 50-and-older division at the 34th annual Illinois State Corn Husking Competition.

While farmers across the Midwest harvest billions of bushels of corn using giant machines called combines, the competitors at this contest opted for a more primitive technology: their hands.

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5:00am

Fri October 3, 2014
Agriculture

‘Ag-Gag’ Law May Have Hindered Report Of Animal Cruelty At Missouri Hog Farm

A partial shot of one of the photos PETA submitted to Mercer County law enforcement depicting alleged cruelty.
Credit Courtesy PETA

A recent Missouri law meant to protect farmers may be making it harder to report alleged animal abuse, as animal welfare organizations have feared.

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