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Futures Market Explained
 
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Farmers use various tools to control the many risks in agriculture. Watching the weather influences when they plant or harvest. Buying crop insurance and selecting farm bill safety net programs helps protect them from crop devastation. But they can also manage some of the threat posed by volatile market prices by participating in the futures market. Farmers can get a feel for how that works if they play Commodity Classic, an online teaching tool that uses fictitious bushels of grain in a fake futures market. But here at Harvest Public Media, we wanted to better understand how the futures market helps both producers and users of a major commodity, such as corn. And how the benefits trickle down to regular food consumers. Here’s what we learned.
Views: 221334 Harvest Public Media
Can the Midwest Grow Citrus?
 
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Russ Finch lives in northwestern Nebraska in the town of Alliance. He designed and built 'The Greenhouse in the Snow,' a greenhouse that runs only on a small fan that circulates geothermal heat. Using energy costs of about one dollar a day, Russ produces hundreds of pounds of citrus fruit every year to sell at local farmer's markets.
Views: 106340 Harvest Public Media
These Seeds are Sacred and He's Saving Them
 
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Sacred Seed is a project based in Omaha, Nebraska aimed at bringing back the corn growing traditions that were once central to the diet and culture of many Plains Indian tribes. It is an example of how some tribes are returning to indigenous crops, to preserve rare vegetables and revive food traditions that have been lost.
Views: 7120 Harvest Public Media
Why Scientists are Concerned about the Gulf of Mexico
 
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The Mississippi Watershed Basin is a series of creeks and rivers that drain into the Mississippi River. It represents some of the water flowing in 31 different states. But when that water drains into the Gulf of Mexico, it is creating a problem that costs fishing and tourism industries over 80 million dollars a year.
Views: 17860 Harvest Public Media
Developing A New Food Product: From Kitchen To Shelf
 
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Harvest Public Media visits Iowa State University's Food Science department's capstone class - Food Development and Human Nutrition. Students have one semester in which they conceive a new food product for mass distribution and consumption. Students must develop the product, scale production up to industry standards for mass production, test their product on the shelf and with consumers and design packaging.
Views: 10555 Harvest Public Media
Developing A New Food Product: The Art + Technique Of Food Science
 
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Harvest Public Media visits Iowa State University's Food Science department's capstone class - Food Development and Human Nutrition. Students have one semester in which they conceive a new food product for mass distribution and consumption. Students must develop the product, scale production up to industry standards for mass production, test their product on the shelf and with consumers and design packaging.
Views: 8820 Harvest Public Media
Don't Call This Bullfighter A Clown
 
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Rowdy Moon is an 18 year-old bullfighter, who has already been distracting bulls for six years. Come with Rowdy as he shows the fleet-footed way of the bullfighter at the Plum Creek Rodeo in Lexington, Nebraska.
Views: 326339 Harvest Public Media
Tossed Out: Trash To Glass
 
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About 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is wasted. But Dr. Ivan Cornejo is working on technology that would turn food waste into glass. Check out his workshop at the Colorado School of Mines. For more, check out "Tossed Out: Food Waste in America," by NET Nebraska and Harvest Public Media at www.harvestpublicmedia.org/foodwaste
Views: 2033 Harvest Public Media
Check Out the Speed of These Cornhuskers!!!
 
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It's harvest time. Nowadays, farmers head to the fields in big machines that typically mow down 12 rows of corn at once. But farmers used to pick corn with their bare hands, a practice known as "husking." In the small town of Roseville, Illinois, a group gathers every fall to pay tribute to the past by turning this old-style of harvesting into a contest. In this short video, we take a trip to the 35th annual Illinois State Corn Husking competition held on Harlan Jacobson's farm to watch Harlan compete. Dill Pickles by Banjo Orchestra http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Heftone_Banjo_Orchestra/Music_Box_Rag/ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Heftone_Banjo_Orchestra
Views: 8844 Harvest Public Media
Tossed Out: Food Waste in America
 
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Food waste is the single-largest source of waste in municipal landfills. According to the EPA, 35 million tons of food were thrown away in 2012. But people are taking notice of our food waste problem and looking for ways to cut back on food waste. Check out more food waste reporting from NET Nebraska and Harvest Public Media at www.harvestpublicmedia.org/foodwaste.
Views: 15507 Harvest Public Media
The Lingering Pain Of Working In A Slaughterhouse
 
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Working in a meat-packing factory is a tough, dangerous job. Sharp knives, fast production lines and long hours take a toll on the workers that bring us our steaks, chicken breasts and pork chops. After years working the line, many live in pain for the rest of their lives. For more stories in our series Dangerous Jobs, Cheap Meat, visit www.harvestpublicmedia.org/dangerous
Views: 10996 Harvest Public Media
Why The Circle C in Cody, Nebraska Calls Itself "More than a Store"
 
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There’s a unique grocery store in a tiny town in the Sandhills of Nebraska that’s unusual because of who owns and operates it. Mike Tobias travels to Cody, home of the Circle C Market. For more on this story, visit here: http://netnebraska.org/article/news/1007576/circle-c-tiny-cody-calls-itself-more-store-and-heres-why
Views: 1441 Harvest Public Media
GMO Labels Explained
 
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GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms are the subject of great debate in grocery stores, at the table and even in Congress. But what are GMOs? And what will GMO labels tell consumers about food products? Harvest Public Media's Jeremy Bernfeld explains.
Views: 1348 Harvest Public Media
What Are Pesticides And How Are They Used On Our Food?
 
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What are pesticides and how are they used on our food? Farmers spray the chemicals over crops like corn and soybeans. In the U.S., the majority of those crops have been genetically modified to withstand certain chemicals. For more information, visit www.harvestpublicmedia.org Music credit: www.bensound.com
Views: 2152 Harvest Public Media
What Happens When There's A Major Food Recall
 
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Food recalls can be very expensive for companies. They can hurt the bottom line and also the company's reputation. So what's the process when contaminated food is recalled? It's a detailed process that protects both the consumer and the company.
Views: 1008 Harvest Public Media
Tossed Out: Food in the Landfill
 
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Food is the largest single source of waste in landfills. Americans put 35 million tons of food in their garbage each year. For more, check out "Tossed Out: Food Waste in America," by NET Nebraska and Harvest Public Media at www.harvestpublicmedia.org/foodwaste
Views: 2348 Harvest Public Media
Watching our Water: The Challenge to Keep it Clean (Full Program)
 
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Water quality and agriculture are closely tied. Farmers rely on clean water to keep their fields green, but they also need clean water for their homes, towns and families. Fertilizers and pesticides can move into waterways and build up to dangerous levels. In this Harvest Public Media television special, we'll look at water and agriculture and examines what happens to pristine snow-melt in the Rocky Mountains and how it turns to a toxic 'Dead Zone' in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll see how small towns work to keep their groundwater clean from a legacy of fertilizer use and visit researchers examining frogs and fish exposed to agriculture chemicals. And farmers will demonstrate old and new ways of keeping water clean.
Views: 2641 Harvest Public Media
Marijuana Faces a Pesticide Test
 
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What potentially dangerous pesticides are being used with commercially grown and sold marijuana?
Fire-Starting Drones?  They're Here.
 
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In their first test in a "real-world" scenario, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are tasked with starting fires for a prescribed burn. The first-ever test on public lands took place at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska. Scientists tasked themselves with getting the drones to the interior of the fire to start further burn zones - a feat that could relieve fire personnel from a life-threatening situation.
Views: 11785 Harvest Public Media
On the Hunt for Butterflies and Milkweed
 
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The "bald eagle of American Insects," the monarch butterfly, has been in the middle of a population decline for the past decade. Entomologist Tom Weissling is on the hunt for the butterfly larvae and the food they eat - milkweed - in an effort to discover what is happening to this iconic insect.
A Tale of Frogs and Fish and Men
 
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Tyrone Hayes is a renowned biologist at the University of California-Berkely. He studies frogs and travels the country talking about the effects of the chemical Atrazine on frogs and how it can have implications for humans. Hayes speaks in Omaha, right in the center of corn and soy country, and just up the street at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Dr. Alan Kolok is studying Atrazine, along with a "suite" of other chemicals. Kolok is less concerned with one particular chemical, but more interested in how wildlife is exposed as it occurs in our mobile waterways.
Views: 1040 Harvest Public Media
The Drama of the Land
 
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Mary Swander, Iowa's Poet Laureate was charged with a unique task by Practical Farmers of Iowa -- to write a play centered around the conflicts of transferring land from one generation to the next. 'Map of My Kingdom' is the creation and it is on the road in Iowa making its way through small towns to get people talking about this potentially volatile situation.
From pig to prosciutto
 
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While reporting a story about specialty pork production, I got to see the process from piglet to prosciutto. I went out to Happy Hula Farm in Zearing, Iowa, and La Quercia, an artisanl meat maker. See more of this story: http://bit.ly/14PRBVd Check out more videos from Harvest Public Media here: http://blip.tv/harvest-public-media
Views: 1349 Harvest Public Media
The Boom of Hard Cider could be a Boom for the Midwest
 
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Hard apple cider isn’t a market the Midwest is known for, popular hard cider brands like Angry Orchard and Woodchuck are made on the east coast. But nationally, hard apple cider has enjoyed a renaissance over the past few years. Sales growth of hard cider has put it in one of the fastest growing segment of the adult beverage industry. In Nebraska, Glacial Till Vineyards has seen cider production over-take their wine production - and it shows no signs of stopping. That could slowly be changing though. Because hard cider production is similar to winemaking, some vineyards in Nebraska have started adding the venerable beverage to their product list, using capacity that would otherwise be unused to make thousands of gallons of the alcoholic drink.
Tossed Out: Studying a family's food waste
 
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American families are responsible for almost half of all the food we waste. What does it take to reduce that figure? Here are a few tips. For more, check out "Tossed Out: Food Waste in America," by NET Nebraska and Harvest Public Media at www.harvestpublicmedia.org/foodwaste
Views: 1761 Harvest Public Media
Who is new agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue?
 
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Three months into his term, President Donald Trump now has in place his Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. The former Governor of Georgia will be in charge of leading a federal agency with a $150 billion budget and big issues to deal with on food and agriculture.
Views: 3814 Harvest Public Media
Noel, Mo.: A changing town
 
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For centuries, immigrants in search of a better life have settled in America's largest cities, establishing vibrant, prominent communities. Now — thanks to the meatpacking industry — small, rural towns have become a key frontier for new arrivals. These towns, however, struggle to provide the social services needed by such a diverse population, a population largely invisible to most Americans. And when it comes to the children, the challenges are even greater. Noel, Mo., is home to a Tyson Foods slaughterhouse. Harvest Public Media's Abbie Fentress Swanson traveled to Noel to see what the town looks like and how it functions.
This Food is As Local As It Gets
 
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Field to Fork is a program of the Missouri Department of Conservation that aims to teach preparation and dressing of wild game. Inviting local chefs to prepare game caught by Conservation specialists, this program is showing people that the word "local" can mean something quite different to those in the hunting and gathering world.
Developing A New Food Product: A Final Taste Test
 
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Harvest Public Media visits Iowa State University's Food Science department's capstone class - Food Development and Human Nutrition. Students have one semester in which they conceive a new food product for mass distribution and consumption. Students must develop the product, scale production up to industry standards for mass production, test their product on the shelf and with consumers and design packaging.
The Spread of a Mysterious Pig Virus
 
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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (or PED) has been spreading across pig farms throughout the United States. Harvest Public Media reporter Amy Mayer tracks the spread of the disease from the start in 2013. For more reporting on PED go to: harvestpublicmedia.org/PED
Tossed Out: Recovering from Food Waste
 
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While billions of tons of food goes to waste, millions of Americans go hungry. Food can have a second chance to feed people. For more, check out "Tossed Out: Food Waste in America," by NET Nebraska and Harvest Public Media at www.harvestpublicmedia.org/foodwaste
Denver's Metro Water Reclamation Facility
 
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Denver Water is used by nearly a million and a half people before arriving at the headworks of the Metro Wastewater Reclamation facility on the eastern edge of the city. Here, waste water is cleaned and 130 to 140 million gallons of cleaned water is discharged daily and returned to the flow of the South Platte River.
Country of Origin Labels COOL
 
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Country of Origin Labels have been required by law since 2009 and while many ranchers and farmers are in favor of them, some groups would rather not see them "sticking" around.
Look around a Sale Barn on Auction Day!  360 Degree Video
 
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In this 360 degree video we take a look inside the Beatrice 77 sale barn. Co-manager and auctioneer Dennis Henrichs tells us about the appeal of live auctions and what sellers like to see.
Views: 1487 Harvest Public Media
Tossed Out: Inside A Landfill
 
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Food waste is the single-largest source of waste in municipal landfills. Go inside a landfill in Lincoln, Neb., and see just how much food is wasted. For more, check out "Tossed Out: Food Waste in America," by NET Nebraska and Harvest Public Media at www.harvestpublicmedia.org/foodwaste
Views: 4956 Harvest Public Media
What Farmers are Doing to Keep Water Clean
 
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Fertilizers and Pesticides are huge contaminants that end up in our waterways. Farmers are aware of it and many of them are working to find the best solutions to keep chemicals on their fields and out of water.
Developing A New Food Product: The Unveiling
 
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Harvest Public Media visits Iowa State University's Food Science department's capstone class - Food Development and Human Nutrition. Students have one semester in which they conceive a new food product for mass distribution and consumption. Students must develop the product, scale production up to industry standards for mass production, test their product on the shelf and with consumers and design packaging.
Midwest Farmers Nervous About Potential NAFTA Redo
 
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Many Midwest farmers say they're nervous about President Trump's plan to start over on NAFTA. The free trade agreement has been very good for most producers and they're afraid redoing it could mess up what has been a good thing. Some economists agree, but say it might not be a bad thing to take another look at the trade deal that's been around since 1994.
Why Midwest Farmers Are Watching Their Bottom Line
 
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Low commodity prices mean many Midwest farmers are changing the way they do business. They're more careful about what they spend and they're looking for ways to save money.
Protecting a City and the Water Underground
 
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The High Plains Aquifer is the largest supply of freshwater in the United States, and Nebraska sits right above the deepest part of it. All that water has been integral in Nebraska's production of irrigated acres of corn and soybeans. But years of Nitrogen application have left some parts of the aquifer in a dangerous predicament. See how one community is dealing with the problem of high nitrate water.
The Dangerous Jobs That Bring Us Cheap Meat
 
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The workers that feed the American obsession with meat face a tough job. They're injured at higher than average rates, and it's unclear if federal regulators are able to effectively keep them safe. For more stories in our series Dangerous Jobs, Cheap Meat, visit www.harvestpublicmedia.org/dangerous
Bartlett Grain Explosion Families Frustrated with Investigation, Lack of Criminal Charges
 
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The families of four of the six men killed in the 2011 Bartlett Grain elevator explosion on Atchison, Kansas spoke with KCPT Television and Harvest Public Media to express their frustration that no criminal charges will be filed against the Kansas City-based company.
A Looming Problem, A Unique Solution
 
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In central Nebraska, a pocket of high nitrate water is flowing right toward the wells where the city of Hastings draws its drinking water. Marty Stange, the Environmental Supervisor at Hastings Utilities has a plan with some unique engineering to protect the drinking water supplies for the town of 25,000. The engineering is the short-term fix. In the long term, the city will need to work with area farmers to help keep nitrates out of the water.
What's in the Drain?
 
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The Mississippi Watershed Basin is so large it represents the water flowing in all or parts of 31 different states. This system of creeks and rivers that drain into the Mississippi River is like a giant bathtub that covers the middle of our nation. And to figure out what's in the bathtub besides water, you need to look at where it all drains – the Gulf of Mexico. When scientists look at the water in the Gulf, they find an overload of two chemicals – Nitrogen and Phosphorous. These chemicals grow huge plumes of algae that suck oxygen from the water and block sunlight – causing a hypoxic zone, an area that won't support any fish or wildlife. This area is called the 'Dead Zone' and is estimated to cost the seafood and tourism industries 82 million dollars every year. Despite federal and state task forces, the dead zone is as large as ever – over 5 thousand square miles in recent years, and well over the targeted size first set by the EPA in 2001. According to the EPA, farms contribute more than 70 percent of the the nutrients that cause the Gulf dead zone.
Tossed Out: Figuring out Food Labels
 
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Confusion over the meaning of “use by” and “sell by” labels causes food to be thrown out while it is still safe to eat. Here are some pointers on what those dates really mean. For more, check out "Tossed Out: Food Waste in America," by NET Nebraska and Harvest Public Media at www.harvestpublicmedia.org/foodwaste.
These Little Bugs Are Ready for Big Jobs in Agriculture
 
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The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Insectary is a nursery for all sorts of bugs that are used as bio-controls in agriculture. Multiple species of insects are raised to benefit farmers by combating other species or eating noxious weeds. Harvest Public Media takes you inside the greenhouses of the Colorado Insectary in Palisade, Colorado.
Of Fish and 'Glop' and Men
 
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The University of Nebraska-Omaha's Elkhorn Research Station is perfectly placed along the Elkhorn River. It sits just outside of Omaha and is near the end of the Elkhorn's long run through farm and ranch country in the northeast. Alan Kolok of the Nebraska Watershed Network isn't looking for one particular chemical in the water of the Elkhorn - he knows this historically muddy river carries lots of sediment, and that sediment transports a suite of chemicals from upstream. Mimicking river exposures on minnows, they are finding that the chemicals can 'defeminize' the female fishes after 9 days of exposure.
Midwest Food Production and Harvest Public Media
 
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Harvest Public Media and reporters from across the Midwest have been covering food production since 2010. Supplying food for a nation is a big responsibility and Harvest Public Media knows there are interesting stories to tell. From agriculture to beef production, Harvest Public Media continues to report on the important issues related to making sure our food supply stays strong.
Are Cover Crops Making A Comeback?
 
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Midwest farmers are increasingly using winter cover crops. They say it helps the soil and prevents erosion. But the timing is tricky and many farmers aren't sure when to plant their cover crops. Researchers are studying the best time to plant for optimal economic benefits.
Views: 1700 Harvest Public Media
Can Beef Survive the Changing Future?
 
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Greenhouse gas emissions associated with beef production are higher than electricity, coal and other industries. For food production, beef is off the chart for climate impact. These insights are leading beef producers to closely study how their industry impacts the climate and where changes can be made. Harvest Public Media looks at the future of meat production for those who make meat and those who eat meat. Check out all our reporting at harvestpublicmedia.org/meat