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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





Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - July 17, 2013

Food Hubs Try To Grow Local Farms

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

By Sean Powers

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(Duration: 4:04)

Marty Travis, right, started the Stewards of the Land food hub in 2005. His son Will, left, helps him transport food from local farms to area restaurants.

Restaurants across the country have jumped on the local food bandwagon. They’re trying to source more of their produce from nearby farms, but it's not easy. Enter: Food hubs.




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