Harvest Public Media

Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri, Harvest covers agriculture-related topics through a network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest.

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Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

An attachment to the last-minute spending bill passed by Congress ends a six-year trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada. Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media reports the countries were fighting over meat labels favored by American ranchers.

They’re country of origin labels, and you’ll find them on packages of uncooked beef, pork, and poultry. They tell where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered.

American ranchers like Jim Dinklage of Nebraska say the labels keep global meat giants like Brazil-based JBS from replacing domestic supply with cheap imports.

Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Congress is debating restoring $3 billion in recent cuts to the crop insurance program as part of a transportation bill. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer says at least one environmental group thinks the cuts should stay.

The cuts are controversial because farmers depend on crop insurance in lean times and the current program grew out of painstaking farm bill negotiations. But the Environmental Working Group, a longtime critic of farm subsidies, says the cuts wouldn’t hurt farmers. Companies might have to tighten their belts.

Cheap Thanksgiving Turkey Despite Bird Flu

Nov 24, 2015
Jeffrey Remick, flickr Creative Commons

Despite the bird flu epidemic that devastated Midwest turkey farmers this spring, the price of a turkey this Thanksgiving could be a little cheaper than last year.

The USDA’s most recent numbers show that this year’s turkeys are ringing up one cent less per pound. That’s a shock given the bird flu outbreak that tore through flocks in Minnesota and Iowa this spring.

John Anderson, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, says avian influenza hit a select group of farmers.

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