Harvest Public Media

KUNC is a member of Harvest Public Media, a public media collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Harvest is comprised of an expanding network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest.

Global demand for food and fuel is rising, and competition for resources has widespread ramifications. We all eat, so we all have a stake in how our food is produced. Our goal is to provide in-depth and unbiased reporting on things like climate change, food safety, biofuel production, animal welfare, water quality and sustainability.

Harvest Public Media is edited by Erica Hunzinger

My Farm Roots: A Song In Her Heart

Jun 23, 2013
Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

Jackie Dougan Jackson keeps a pretty thorough log of her life.

House Votes Down Farm Bill

Jun 20, 2013
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In a stunning move, the U.S. House voted against approving farm bill legislation Thursday, leaving the bill's future up in the air.

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As the number of cases related to an outbreak of hepatitis A continues to grow, Colorado health officials are warning smoothie drinkers they may have come in contact with the pathogen at two restaurants in the state.

Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Within the local food movement, the community supported agriculture model is praised. CSAs, as they’re commonly known, are often considered one of the best ways to restore a connection to the foods we eat.

Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

Johnson’s farm roots are in Moundville, Mo., a 124-person town near the Missouri-Kansas border.

As Chris Webber checked the 40 acres of muddy field he wanted to plant on a recent morning, he worried about getting more rain, even as he worried about the lack of it.

"The drought is over at the moment," he says. "But in Missouri, we tend to say that in 10 days or two weeks, we can be in a drought again. That's how fast it can get back to dry."

At The Farmers Market, With Food Stamps

Jun 12, 2013
Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

April Segura is a regular at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, Neb.

If you've experienced sticker shock shopping for ground beef or steak recently, be prepared for an entire summer of high beef prices.

Multi-year droughts in states that produce most of the country's beef cattle have driven up costs to historic highs. Last year, ranchers culled deep into their herds — some even liquidated all their cattle — which pushed the U.S. cattle herd to its lowest point since the 1950s.

Senate Passes Farm Bill

Jun 10, 2013
Harvest Public Media file photo

The U.S. Senate approved a new comprehensive farm bill Monday, its plan for everything from food and nutrition assistance to disaster aid for livestock producers to crop insurance for farmers.

My Farm Roots: Lessons From The Farm Crisis

Jun 9, 2013
Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Mark Kenney and his family lived through the farm crisis of the 1980s, when the bottom dropped out of the U.S. economy and collapsing global food markets forced many farmers out of business.

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