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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GMO labeling becomes a ‘proxy’ for consumer preferences

August 4th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

The U-S House passed a bill limiting labels for G-M-O food, but the policy debate is not over. The battle over G-M-Os includes a little science, lots of money and a food system under fire.

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Changes to farmworker housing rules worry farmers, advocates

July 14th, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

Many of the more than 3 million migrant farm workers that plant and pick the fruits and vegetables we eat in the U.S. live on the farms they work for. But the rules that govern farmworker housing may be changing, worrying both farmers and migrant worker advocates.

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More Money, Fewer Grasslands: Corn Ethanol’s Impact on Rural America

June 1st, 2015

By Harvest Public Media

Stutsman County, N.D. – Ethanol has made a mark on the Midwestern economy and landscape. For farmers, it provides extra competition for the grain they grow. But in some places ethanol has also pushed land into row crop production that may be better left to grass.

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Face of agriculture in the Midwest is changing

November 20th, 2014

By Harvest Public Media

Brooklyn, IOWA – Immigration is helping to re-shape what agriculture looks like in the Midwest. Farming is already more ethnically diverse than it was even a decade ago. In the first of a two-part series on immigration’s impact on agriculture, Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer introduces two young immigrants just staring out.

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