Harvest Public Media

6:00am

Mon March 3, 2014
Agriculture

Farmers Bid Farewell To Big Expense Tax Write-Offs

Congress may not fully reinstate the half-million dollar expense provision that expired last year, says Roger McEowen, director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University.
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6:00am

Mon March 3, 2014
Agriculture

Climate Change Could Benefit Some Invasive Plants

Ellen Nelson has battled invasive plants that out-compete native grasses on her grass-fed beef ranch near Bellvue, Colo. Some climate studies suggest that fight will worsen in the coming decades.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Most climate models paint a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now: It will likely be warmer and the air will be richer with carbon dioxide. Though scientists don’t yet know how exactly the climate will change, new studies show it could be a boon to some invasive plant species.  

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5:00am

Sat March 1, 2014
Business

U.S. Wastes Nearly A Third Of Food Produced

Americans wasted an estimated 133 billion pounds of food in 2010, according to a USDA study.
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5:00am

Tue February 25, 2014
Agriculture

Playing The Markets, Learning To Manage Risk

Robbie Maass shows his mother, Leah, the Commodity Challenge game that is helping him understand market tools. Leah Maass says her farm could benefit from better use of the tools and she’s hoping Robbie will be able to learn how to put them to work for the family.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

On a frigid winter day, Chad Hart tries to warm his economics students at Iowa State University to the idea of managing some of the risk of farming using the commodity markets. Because, as he told them on the first day of class, farmers don’t make money planting or harvesting crops; they make money selling them. And Hart knows that marketing—managing those sales for the best profit—can be intimidating.

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7:00am

Fri February 21, 2014
Agriculture

As American Farmer Gets Grayer, Young People Forced To Wait

Eric Brockmann and his family moved back to his hometown of West Point, Neb. to pursue his passion for farming.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

The average age of American farmers has been climbing for decades, and many say rural towns are at-risk without new blood. There are enough people who want to farm, but there’s trouble connecting beginning farmers and the communities that need them.

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