AP/Josh Reynolds

November 21, 2018

Holiday Retail Check-in; Coming Together Over Interfaith Thanksgiving; Tech Support for the Holidays

On the 21st: Tomorrow, many of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our families, but it can also be a time to come together across different faiths. And, with lots of generations gathered together under one roof how can you help those who aren’t as tech savvy? But first, with Black Friday fast approaching and Christmas around the corner, it’s the time of the year when people shop... A lot. But how's retail actually doing in many places? We checked in on how holiday retail is doing.


Freshly harvested soybeans are transferred from a grain cart to a semi on a farm near Randall, Iowa in October 2018.

Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

November 19, 2018

The Uncertain Future Of Soybean Futures

Farmers know every year they’re going to encounter surprises from things out of their control, like drought or pests. This year, great growing conditions led to a bin-busting soybean harvest, but a tit-for-tat exchange of tariffs with China meant that country went from being a major buyer to virtually ignoring U.S. soybeans.


The number of H-2A visa workers have increased, but they still make up 9 percent of the U.S. agriculture workforce.

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November 06, 2018

Farmers Are Seeking More Temporary H-2A Workers, And Keeping Them Longer

Across the country, farmers have voiced concerns over what they say is a growing labor shortage. That’s why an increasing number are turning to the federal H-2A visa program, which allows farmers to bring in workers temporarily from foreign countries.


Lock and Dam #12, pictured here, is in the town of Bellevue, Iowa.

Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media file photo

October 29, 2018

President Trump Signs Water Infrastructure Bill

President Donald Trump signed America's Water Infrastructure Act last week, which authorizes work on many projects around the U.S., ranging from water treatment to mitigating invasive species to transportation.


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