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Wed March 6, 2013

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


Fri March 1, 2013

Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 3:34 pm

Kirk Sours says heavy snow creates extra work on his ranch, but he's thrilled that the pending melt will bring his otherwise dry pastures much-needed moisture.
Frank Morris/KCUR

Two rapid-fire snowstorms belted Kansas with more than 2 feet of snow this week. They caused thousands of accidents and all kinds of hardships — but they also produced very broad smiles from some quarters.

That's because in a place as dry as Kansas has been lately, a blizzard can be a blessing for farmers and ranchers.

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Fri February 22, 2013

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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Thu February 21, 2013

Generic Seeds Could Have a Short Lifespan

Connie Elliott fills small envelopes with test varieties of genetically modified corn at Seitec Genetics in Fremont, Neb.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

The patent rights on the first genetically modified seeds expire next year, but it’s not clear how the introduction of “generic” seeds fits into the science and business of GM crops.

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Wed February 20, 2013

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.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media