Harvest Public Media

Harvest Public Media reports on food systems, agriculture and rural issues through a collaborative network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest and Plains.

Our goal is to provide in-depth and unbiased reporting on complex issues for a broad, diverse audience, often connecting the Heartland to the rest of the country. Primary topics include, but are not limited to, agribusiness, biofuels, climate change, farming and ranching, food safety, rural life and public policy.

Support for Harvest Public Media reports on KOSU comes from Oklahoma's Electric Cooperatives, powering and servicing Oklahoma and committed to bringing rural communities to life. Find out more at oaec.coop.

Harvest Public Media reports on KOSU sponsored by Oklahoma Farm Bureau, supporting family farmers and ranchers to improve the lives of all Oklahomans. More at okfarmbureau.org.

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BRIAN GRIMMETT / KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

Traffic at airports across the country is down by more than half this year. Dozens of smaller regional airports are dealing with losing flights, although some see it as an opportunity.

To the human eye, a herd of cows look almost identical. But new technology is being developed to identify cattle through facial recognition and this research may lead to a faster way to track cattle in the event of a disease outbreak.

JONATHAN AHL / HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA

A joint effort by federal and state governments to help small meatpacking plants increase their capacity is encountering some bumps.

DANA CRONIN / HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA

Men have long dominated the farming world. So, not surprisingly, farm equipment – things like tractors, tillers, or hand tools – are designed to be used by male farmers. Female-friendly tools are hard to come by. And with more women farming every year, that presents a safety issue.

Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

The surge in online shopping is helping the U.S. Postal Service stay afloat financially, but the influx of packages is straining rural letter carriers across the country.

AMY MAYER / HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA

Pork producers in the Midwest had great hope for 2020, in part because China was still rebuilding its swine herd after a devastating African swine fever outbreak. Still, the Sino-American trade war had barely cooled as the Phase 1 deal was signed early in the year, suggesting over-reliance on China could backfire.

SETH BODINE / HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA

Pumpkin patches and corn mazes are common on the outskirts of cities, but even more rural areas are getting in on the action.

JONATHAN AHL / HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA

Farmers are looking closely at what they might be able to expect from four more years of Donald Trump versus a Joe Biden administration, but they aren't finding a lot of solid answers. And any difference may not matter, anyway.

Seth Bodine / KOSU

There are fewer than 1,800 Black farmers in Oklahoma, and many are working second jobs to make a living. But Oklahoma once had a thriving agricultural community. Harvest Public Media’s Seth Bodine explains how things have changed and visits one farmer trying to keep his ancestor’s legacy alive.

Jonathan Ahl / Harvest Public Media

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting farm income will increase significantly this year, but that’s only because of an unprecedented amount of government payments that could top $40 billion.

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