Consumer trends forcing hog farmers to rethink gestation crates

August 13th, 2012

By Harvest Public Media

Carroll, IA – For many in the hog industry, gestation crates for sows are standard practice. But pork producers are feeling pressure to change that, as animal welfare groups call the crates inhumane.

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Markets woo wary farmers

July 16th, 2012

By Harvest Public Media

Kansas City, MO – Faith in the commodities markets took another big hit this week after regulators alleged that Iowa futures firm Peregrine Financial Group had falsified its bank records.

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Farmers + engineers = Farm Hack

July 2nd, 2012

By Harvest Public Media

Des Moines, IA – A group of small farmers across the country has started to come together to pool their ideas for solutions to small-farming challenges, just like computer hackers working together to solve computer issues.

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Control of Missouri River divides communities

June 25th, 2012

By Harvest Public Media

Des Moines, IA – As the difficult recovery from last year’s Missouri River flooding continues, concerns have intensified between those who want there to be more control of the river and those who believe it should flow freely.

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Taking the guesswork out of cow breeding

June 18th, 2012

By Harvest Public Media

COLUMBIA, MO – For cattle ranchers and breeders, buying a new bull or cow is a huge risk: Will the offspring bring home profit? Genetics researchers, though, think they may have found a way to manage some of that risk.

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Is the agriculture industry being bullied?

June 11th, 2012

By Harvest Public Media

Des Moines, IA – There is a culture war raging in the heartland, but it’s not about abortion or religion or gay marriage – it’s about how food is produced.

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