Harvest Public Media

6:00am

Tue July 30, 2013
Agriculture

Can Cattle Hooves Revive Grassland Soil?

William Burnidge, left, an ecologist with the Nature Conservancy, is working with rancher Nathan Andrews to test out a different method of grazing.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The world’s soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert.

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6:00am

Mon July 29, 2013
Agriculture

Prairie Plants Help Restore Farmland Soil

Seth Watkins says this pond was cloudy from sediment runoff until he cleared cedar trees and scrub brush from an adjacent patch of prairie. With the long roots of the grasses holding soil and trapping nutrients, the pond cleared up.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

The world’s soil is in trouble, even in the fertile Midwest.  Some experts warn that if degradation continues unchecked, topsoil could be gone in 60 years. That has implications for agriculture and the broader environment.

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6:00am

Sun July 28, 2013
Agriculture

My Farm Roots: Always A Farmer

As state secretary of agriculture, Beck Doyle and Gov. Jim Edgar, center, ride through the 1991 Illinois State Fair.
Credit The State Journal Register

In 1986, Becky Doyle was helping her husband run the family’s hog farming operation. She also had a sidelight business of marketing gift baskets made from Illinois products. That wasn’t enough: Doyle decided she would make a run for the Illinois House.

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6:00am

Fri July 26, 2013
Agriculture

How Secure Is 'The Fort Knox Of Seeds?'

Dave Dierig, research leader at the National Center For Genetic Resources Preservation, stands among the ceiling-high shelves that hold the 600,000 seed packets in this cold storage vault.
Grace Hood KUNC

When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations about how it ended up there to start flying. 

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5:30am

Tue July 23, 2013
Agriculture

A Food Fight Over U.S. Sugar Program

Candy shop owner Rob Flesher says companies like his pay more for sugar thanks to government sugar supports.
Bill Wheelhouse Harvest Public Media

Americans consume a lot of sweets. Even discounting all the high fructose corn syrup you find in soft drinks, the average consumer takes in about 40 pounds of refined sugar in a year, according to the USDA.

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