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Field Notes

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Field Notes is an opportunity for the Harvest Public Media team to dig even deeper into our coverage of food production through additional interviews, on-site reporting and audience feedback.  Each segment is produced and hosted by Abbie Fentress Swanson, at KBIA News in Columbia, MO.

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Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food inurban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.

Growers across the country are heading indoors, using greenhouses and hydroponics – growing plants in a water and nutrient solution instead of soil and using lamps to replace sunlight. Vertical farming takes that to a new level.

Field Notes: A plan to prevent acts of food terrorism

Mar 21, 2014
Milk that Central Dairy delivers is kept behind doors secured with three-inch long padlocks.
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production. 

Field Notes: Putting a scare into the food system

Mar 14, 2014
A bioterror attack that introduced a virus like foot-and-mouth disease could devastate the U.S. livestock industry. Regulators are proposing new rules meant to protect the food system from terror attack.
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production. 

Field Notes: More younger farmers and Low corn prices

Feb 28, 2014
Farmers received some gloomy news from the US Department of Agriculture earlier this month -- that lower corn prices are here to stay.
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production. 

Farmers received some gloomy news from the US Department of Agriculture earlier this month. As Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports in this week's Field Notes, the USDA is predicting that lower corn prices are here to stay. 

Field Notes: Hunting for mushrooms and myth at True/False

Feb 21, 2014
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production. 

For more than a decade, fans of documentary film have flocked to Columbia, Mo., for the annual True/False Film Fest. The screenings start on Thursday.

Field Notes: Booming dairy industry leaves small farms behind

Feb 14, 2014
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Field Notes: Farm bill awaits a presidential signature

Feb 7, 2014
After more than two years of debate on Capitol Hill, a new farm bill is poised to become law after both the U.S. House and Senate approved it.
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

President Obama is scheduled to sign the long-overdue Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill, into law on Friday afternoon.

Field Notes: Senate to consider the Farm Bill as wheat prices dip

Jan 31, 2014
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Field Notes: What does the future of ethanol hold?

Jan 24, 2014
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Field Notes: What exactly does 'sustainability' mean?

Jan 17, 2014
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Retailers and restaurants like Whole Foods, Chipotle, Safeway, McDonald's and Wal-Mart are all providing information to consumers about how sustainably some of their foods were produced. But as I found doing this story, it's hard to know just what "sustainability" means and how to judge whether food was produced in a "sustainable" way. 

Field Notes: Snowmass wheat

Jan 10, 2014
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Consumers increasingly want the texture and taste of white bread but the nutritional benefits of whole grains. In this week's episode of Field Notes, Harvest Public Media's Luke Runyon reports on a new variety of wheat called Snowmass that could help meet that demand.

Field Notes: Top ag and food stories of 2013

Jan 3, 2014
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

The drought was easily the biggest story on the farm beat in 2012. But this past year, many of the stories filed by Harvest Public Media reporters focused on food politics and the divide between large industry groups and proponents of organic, sustainable and local foods.

Field Notes: Popcorn and Ag Sec. Vilsack's trip to China

Dec 27, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Field Notes: Farms, coming to a suburb near you

Dec 13, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Field Notes: CAFOs and aid for veterans in the Farm Bill

Dec 6, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Thanks to tight competition, hog farmers all over the country are feeling a push to expand or get out of the business. That means indoor confined animal feeding operations – or CAFOs – are growing even in the most environmentally sensitive areas.

Field Notes: Where does our meat come from?

Nov 29, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Field Notes: Midwest pumpkins on Thanksgiving plates

Nov 22, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Field Notes: Farmer Joel Salatin on the local food movement

Nov 15, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Joel Salatin has become one of the rock stars of the local food movement. He’s written books, appeared in documentaries and schedules speaking engagements nationwide. Among foodies, he’s a celebrity.

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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

For our special series “In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse,” Reporter Peggy Lowe and I interviewed immigrant children in Noel, Mo., and Garden City, Kan., whose parents work for Tyson Foods poultry and beef plants.

Field Notes: Overhaul of meat labels on hold

Aug 30, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

Field Notes: Howard Buffett on organic and biological farming

Aug 16, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’sField Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

A Midwestern farmer with a well-known last name has set out to fight hunger on a global scale. 

Field Notes: Allan Savory makes case for holistic grazing

Aug 9, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

For this edition of Field Notes, Harvest Public Media's Luke Runyon spoke with Allan Savory, an activist and environmentalist who created a grazing practice known as “holistic management.”

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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

The new company Fquare is bringing crowd-sourcing to the increasingly lucrative market of investing in farmland.

Field Notes: The historical impact of drought

Jun 21, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

Over the last three years, the Midwest has gone from flooding to drought and back to flooding. This is a case of “weather whiplash,” a term first used in April by Jeff Masters, a meteorologist and co-founder of the online weather forecasting site Weather Underground.

Photo courtesy of the USDA.

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.  

Field Notes: Looking inside plants for answers to a changing climate

May 24, 2013
Photo by Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

Field Notes: 'The Midwest Farmer's Daughter'

Apr 26, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

For this edition of Field Notes, Harvest Public Media's Bill Wheelhouse spoke with Zachary Michael Jack, author "The Midwest Farmer's Daughter," about the shifting landscape of rural America.

Field Notes: Using drones to capture a prairie burn in Missouri

Apr 12, 2013
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This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

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