More fertilizer plants come online and bring their baggage: CO2

December 15th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

The U.S. may be on the verge of a boom in new fertilizer plants, which could be good news for farmers, but not the environment. Today’s farmers can produce more from their land than ever before thanks, in part, to nitrogen fertilizer, a key ingredient that has never been more widely available

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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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Cheaper, easier monitoring could hasten water clean-up

September 14th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

Throughout the cropland of the Midwest, farmers use chemicals on their fields to nourish the plants and the soil. But excess nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients can wash off the fields and into streams, rivers and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.

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High Water in the Platte Basin

September 4th, 2015

By Ariana Brocious

It’s been a big water year on the Platte. This year’s wet spring sent as much water down the Platte River in two months as usually passes through in an average year.

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Keystone XL report says Nebraska water threat unlikely

February 3rd, 2014

By Fred Knapp

Omaha, NE — The final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline was released Friday. The State Department said it is “very unlikely” the pipeline could affect water quality in the Great Plains Aquifer in Nebraska.

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The Seeds Of Genetic Modification

February 18th, 2013

By Harvest Public Media

Ames, IA — The vast majority of corn and soybeans in the US grow from seeds that have been genetically modified. How did it even become possible?

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