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Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - August 05, 2013

Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Luke Runyon

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(Duration: 3:57)

Fox Ranch, outside Yuma County, Colo., is a 14,000-acre nature preserve and working commercial cattle ranch. The ranch is used by the Nature Conservancy to put into practice its panned grazing technique.

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.


Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - August 03, 2013

Pickling A Veggie Feast For Your Next Picnic

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Abbie Fentress Swanson

Mike Odette, chef and co-owner of Sycamore Restaurant, finds beets and turnips that will make tasty refrigerator pickles at the Columbia, Mo., farmers market.

Mike Odette, chef and co-owner of Sycamore Restaurant in Columbia, Mo., is trolling the local farmer's market. He usually hunts for ingredients for his next menu, but today he's searching for veggies to take on a picnic.

Categories: Agriculture, Food




Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - August 01, 2013

A Civic Lesson For Rural Towns

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Bill Wheelhouse

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(Duration: 4:25)

Pittsfield, Ill., is dealing with an aging population and what that means for the social fabric of the rural community.

It’s hard not to use the phrase “quintessential small town” when you describe Pittsfield, Ill.

Categories: Agriculture, Business

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - July 31, 2013

Retiring To The Farm Anything But Quiet

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Abbie Fentress Swanson

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(Duration: 4:22)

Jim Schulte and his wife, Rita, bought their 450-acre farm in 1991, but didn’t start farming full time until Jim finished working in the mortgage business.

It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.

Categories: Agriculture, Business

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 31, 2013

Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

By Kirk Seigler

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(Duration: 3:57)

Agricultural work, which is very physically demanding, is also a risky business venture.

Northern California's Salinas Valley is often dubbed America's salad bowl. Large growers there have long relied on thousands of seasonal workers from rural Mexico to pick lettuce, spinach and celery from sunrise to sunset. Many of these workers seem destined for a life in the fields. But a program that helps field workers, like Raul Murillo, start their own farms and businesses is starting to yield a few success stories.



Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - July 30, 2013

Turmoil In Farm Transitions

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Amy Mayer

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(Duration: 4:33)

Farm succession plans can strain family relationships. Devan Green rents his family’s farmland and has to answer to family shareholders.

Driving out of the western Iowa town of Panora, the winding roads offer broad vistas of rolling hills. Many of the mailboxes along Redwood Road show the name Arganbright. Jim Arganbright grew up in this area, one of 10 children. He and his wife, Beverly, have eight kids.

Categories: Agriculture, Business

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