Farmers forced to adapt as dietary recommendations change

October 8th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

The average American eats hundreds of pounds of meat every year. But after years of putting more and more meat on our plates, it seems we’re starting to see a slow-down. For Harvest Public Media’s series Choice Cuts, Meat In America. Kristofor Husted reports on how changing dietary recommendations are trickling down to the farm.

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With lifesaving antibiotics at risk, livestock producers look for options

October 7th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

The antibiotics we depend on to defeat infections are in crisis. And the meat industry is partially responsible. New rules meant to target that part of the problem are coming, but as farmers adjust to the changes, some critics fear they don’t go far enough. As part of Harvest Public Media’s series Choice Cuts: Meat in America

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Choice Cuts: Massive corn crops necessary to satisfy our appetite for meat

October 6th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

The world’s appetite for meat helps shape the Corn Belt. Farmers planted close to 90 million acres of corn this season. A lot of that gigantic crop will go to fatten up the livestock that becomes hamburgers, chicken fillets, and pork chops.

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China Slowdown Could Squeeze Midwest Farmers

October 5th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

The economic slowdown in China has spread financial pain around the world, especially among people who sell products there. That includes Midwestern soybean farmers, who typically export about a quarter of their crop to China. For Harvest Public Media, Frank Morris reports.

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What’s organic? In the marijuana industry, that’s a hard question

September 25th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

Earlier this year officials in Colorado cited a handful of commercial marijuana growers for misusing pesticides in indoor grow houses. Some of those businesses were also advertising their products as “chemical-free” and “organic.”

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Food companies begin to pressure farmers to reduce runoff

September 15th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

Corn and soybean farmers often apply more than a thousand pounds of fertilizer to every acre they farm. That helps farmers grow a lot of grain – but it can also destroy waterways from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico.

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