Iowa

3:00pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Agriculture

Climate Change Hubs Created To Give Farmers Survival Tips

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the research hubs, saying farmers need to be proactive in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

9:14am

Wed January 29, 2014
Agriculture

Making The Leap: How Niche Crops Go Mainstream

Boone County, Iowa, farmer Greg Rinehart grew sweet corn last year for the frozen food giant Birds Eye. This year, he’ll grow corn and peas.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

In the Midwest, crop agriculture often gets divided between the major commodities – corn, soybeans and wheat – and everything else. Diverting acres away from a major commodity to an un-tested crop is risky, but sometimes agronomics and market forces meet in a sweet spot and farmers can reap the benefits of innovation.

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3:01pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Agriculture

Colorado Among States Looking To Label GMOs

A "March Against Monsanto" rally last May in Denver brought hundreds of anti-GMO activists to the state capitol's steps, where chants and signs called for GMO labeling legislation.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Last year, we counted between 20 and 30 state legislatures considering bills that mandate labeling on genetically engineered foods or foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Still a hot-topic, many labeling laws are working their way through statehouses all over the nation – even in farm country.

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5:00am

Mon December 9, 2013
Agriculture

Pheasants Losing Habitat To Farmland

Farm-raised pheasants like this one, wearing blinders so it doesn't fight other birds, are being transported to areas that used to be known for pheasant hunting in order to prop up declining population.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

As farmers across the Midwest have simplified the landscape and plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for pheasants, quail and other grassland birds has become increasingly scarce and their numbers are falling.

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5:00am

Fri November 8, 2013
Science

Consumers Lost In The Middle Of Scientific Food Battles

Panelists, including Frances Moore Lappe (second from left), speak to a symposium at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Hot-button food issues of the day, such as the use of genetically modified organisms or the treatment of livestock, tend to pit large industries against smaller activist groups. Often, both sides will claim the science supports what they are saying. That can leave consumers, most of whom aren’t scientists, in a bit of a bind.

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