Seth Bodine

Agriculture and Rural Issues Reporter

Seth Bodine joined KOSU in June 2020, focusing on agriculture and rural issues as a Report For America corps member.

Previously, Bodine covered agriculture, business and culture for KBIA, the NPR affiliate station in Columbia, Missouri. He also covered the 2020 Missouri Legislature for the Missouri Broadcasters Association and KMOX-St. Louis.

Previously, he was an intern at Missouri Business Alert, Denver Business Journal and the Colorado Springs Gazette. His work has been picked up by dozens of publications, including U.S. News & World Report, The Associated Press and The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

Bodine graduated with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English creative writing from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Advocates from northeastern Oklahoma are concerned that the large chicken farms being built in their backyards are affecting the quality of air. Now, researchers at the University of Oklahoma are studying the extent of air pollution from the poultry plants.

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Oklahoma farmers are expecting fewer pecans this season due to weather conditions.

Oklahoma typically averages 17 million pounds of pecans each year, and ranks top three in the country for native pecan production, according to a report from Oklahoma State University.

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.

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Thousands of evictions have been filed in Oklahoma since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. While a CDC moratorium protects people with evictions filed against them until the end of the year, some rural areas lack legal resources. Some experts say there needs to be more protections to keep people in their homes.

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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.

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A record number of Oklahomans voted this year. More than 1.5 million Oklahomans cast ballots during the 2020 general election, beating 2016's number of about 1.4 million. Oklahoma also saw about an 175% increase in mail and absentee voting compared to 2016.

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Oklahoma has seen a record number of mail-in ballots and absentee voting this year compared to 2016. The state has seen more than 446,000 mail and absentee votes this election — a 176% increase compared to the 2016 general election

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There are still more than 300,000 power outages following a severe ice storm that passed through Oklahoma this week. Between restoring power and debris cleanup, recovery could take a long time.

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

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