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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 02, 2013

Young Dreams, Huge Obstacles

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: 4:29)

Eva Teague is trying to start her own pig farm but is having trouble breaking in to the business.

While the farming community continues to age fewer young people are filling the ranks, prompting the question: Do young people even want to farm anymore?



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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