Harvest Public Media

6:00am

Wed April 9, 2014
Agriculture

Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future

Large banks of fluorescent lamps provide the spectrum of light that keeps the floating beds of plants alive year-round in The Plant Chicago, a vertical farming facility.
Peter Gray Harvest Public Media

Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food in urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.

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10:00am

Thu April 3, 2014
Field Notes

Four Things You Should Know About Our Food System

Despite certainty on the farm bill finally coming down from Washington, farmers still face plenty of unknowns.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Food doesn’t just come from a grocery store. Millions of farmers spend their lives producing the crops and raising the livestock that we eat and use.

So it makes sense: If you’re interested in what’s on your plate, you’re interested in what’s going on in the field.

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1:57pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Craft Beer

Federal Rule Could Dry Up Beer Brewer-Rancher Relationship

The federal rule would classify breweries as animal food manufacturers because many breweries sell or donate leftover grains to ranchers.
Credit Ben Harris-Roxas / Flickr

Few people connect craft breweries with cattle feed. But passing along the spent grains from the brewing process, like barley and wheat, to livestock ranchers is a common practice. But that relationship could be in jeopardy.

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6:00am

Mon March 31, 2014
Agriculture

While Farm Life Changes, FFA’s Blue Jacket Stays The Same

The blue corduroy jackets sported by high schoolers in FFA have been a part of the group's brand since its founding in 1928.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The blue corduroy jacket worn by high school students in FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, is an icon of rural life. To the average city dweller the jacket is a vestige of dwindling, isolated farm culture, as fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms. The numbers tell a different story. In spite of that demographic shift, a record number of kids are donning blue jackets.

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12:40pm

Fri March 28, 2014
Business

Meat Labels Don't Infringe On Free Speech, Court Rules

New labels on packages of meat tell shoppers where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Those new labels on grocery store meat that says where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered will be sticking around.

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