Kristofor Husted

Before joining KBIA in July 2012, Kristofor Husted reported for the science desk at NPR in Washington. There, he covered health, food and environmental issues. His work has appeared on NPR’s health and food blogs, as well as with WNYC, WBEZ and KPCC, among other member stations. As a multimedia journalist, he's covered topics ranging from the King salmon collapse in Northern California to the shutdown of a pollution-spewing coal plant in Virginia. His short documentary, “Angela’s Garden,” was nominated for a NATAS Student Achievement Award by the Television Academy.

Husted was born in Napa, Calif., and received his B.S. in cell biology from UC Davis, where he also played NCAA water polo. He earned an M.S. in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University, where he was honored as a Comer scholar for environmental journalism. 

Whenever I'm out reporting in the field, I can tell many ranchers have a powerful connection with their cattle — it seems they can almost understand them. But researchers today are digging deeper to figure out exactly what cows are saying — and how they communicate through their moos.

I drove out to the research farm at the University of Missouri to ask cattle geneticist Jared Decker to share his expert insights.

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We all learned it as kids: Old MacDonald has a farm and on that farm he has a cow that says “moo.” But why? Why do cows moo? It's among the most pressing questions of our time.

Harvest Public Media sent report Kristofor Husted out to investigate, and he has this hard-hitting report.

Turn on the TV and you can barely escape the acronym TPP.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a free trade deal between the U.S. and 11 other countries that's currently being negotiated. Presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle are deriding the TPP, saying it's a bum deal that will hurt the U.S. economy and especially low-wage workers.

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A new genetically engineered corn variety developed by one of the world’s largest seed companies won’t undergo the same review by regulators as other GMO crops.

Researchers for DuPont Pioneer used a new technology called CRISPR-Cas to edit the genes of a waxy corn, which is used in processed foods and adhesives.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the variety is exempt for normal regulation, essentially because the technology edits the corn’s own genome, it doesn’t add genes from other plants.

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Cotton fabric has been a staple in our closets for decades. But times are tough for farmers in the U.S. cotton belt: They’re caught in the middle of a storm of changing global demand. Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted visited cotton farmers and found them hoping for a rebound.

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Americans are buying less beef. That’s why some ranchers want to pay for more ads to boost sales--but that has ignited a food fight in cattle country. Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted walks us through the issues.

Charles Bassett wants you to buy hamburgers made from his Missouri cows. That’s why the Missouri rancher wants to pay an extra dollar into an industry-created fund every time he sells one of his cattle.

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Midwest farmers are expected to plant a huge corn crop this year. As Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports, that could impact the farm economy.

Prices for staples like corn and soybeans have been sliding in recent years thanks to oversupply.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts farmers will plant nearly 94 million acres of corn this season. That’s up 6 percent from last year and is the third highest planted acreage in the U.S. since the 1940s.

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Nutrition guidelines for school lunches remain a sticking point in Congress.

Some schools say nutrition standards pushed by Michelle Obama are too expensive and that they’re unpopular.

A new Senate measure makes some compromises. Under the bipartisan bill, whole grain requirements would be scaled back and schools gain an extra two years to meet reduced sodium levels in meals.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Kevin Concannon says the goals are meant to fight the national obesity epidemic.

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Schools in Kansas spent nearly $2 million on local food during the 2013-14 school year. Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to make sure small farmers are getting their slice.

The USDA’s Kevin Concannon says historically, the agency has been focused on commodities like corn and soybeans. But increasingly it’s putting millions in grants toward school programs that buy fruits and vegetables the kinds you’d see at small farmers markets.

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A group of scientists and environmentalists are calling for an independent review of the chemicals found in the popular herbicide Roundup.

Agriculture giant Monsanto first started selling glyphosate, the major chemical in Round Up, in the 1970s--but it remains controversial.

A band of environment and public health advocates say the chemical mixed with other ingredients could contribute to the risk of cancer and is due for modern tests.

Fred vom Saal is one of them. He is a professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Missouri.