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11:48 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Corn Belt Farming Boosts The Global Carbon Cycle

Crops in the Midwest tak in and give off so much carbon that the impact can be seen across the northern hemisphere.

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 8:52 am

Scientists have noticed a change in the atmosphere. Plants are taking in more carbon dioxide during the growing season and giving off more carbon in the fall and winter. Recent research shows the massive corn crop in the Corn Belt may be contributing to that deeper breath.

It comes down to the Carbon Cycle. Over the winter when corn fields lay dormant, corn stalks and roots break down, sending CO2 into the air. Then in the summer when a new crop is growing, it takes up carbon from the atmosphere.

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Harvest Public Media
7:34 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Poultry Industry Warily Watches Bird Flu Outbreak

The turkeys in this barn on Noel Thompson's farm in central Iowa are tested routinely for disease, including avian influenza. No bird flu has been found in the commercial poultry industry in this country.

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 2:24 pm

Update: Avian influenza was found in a Foster Farms turkey flock in Stanislaus County, Calif., the company announced Monday. The outbreak is thought to be the first infection of this type of bird flu in a commercial flock in the U.S.

The original story begins here:

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Harvest Public Media
12:44 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Ranchers Rebel Over Beef Checkoff

Ranchers nationwide are required to pay one dollar to the beef checkoff.
Courtesy Jill Toyoshiba The Kansas City Star

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 3:04 pm

NEMAHA COUNTY, Kan. – From their small farms set in the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, two ranchers are raising a few cattle, and a lot of Cain.

David Pfrang and Jim Dobbins turned themselves into activists, launched a shadow corporation, got hauled into federal court and had to hire a lawyer.

All over $1.

That buck, though, divides the beef industry. And may influence what you decide to have for dinner.

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Harvest Public Media
11:53 am
Tue January 20, 2015

What Farming Fish 'Organically' Could Mean

Troutdale farmhand Vince Orcutt empties rainbow trout into baskets to be taken into the processing room in Gravois Mills, Mo.
Kristofor Husted Harvest Public Media

When it comes to organic certification, there are strict guidelines for food producers to follow. Think about an organic steak. The cow it came from has to be raised on organic feed. The feed mix can’t be produced with pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetic engineering.

Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture in considering a set of rules for organic farmed fish. The problem is several consumer groups say the recommended rules don’t go far enough to meet the strict standards of other organic foods.

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Harvest Public Media
2:42 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Ag Industry At Odds Over Pesticide Studied In Bee Deaths

Seed distributor Seth Ricketts says his warehouse will be busy in the spring when farmers line up to buy truckloads of corn and soybean seeds.
Kristofor Husted Harvest Public Media

A class of pesticides commonly used on Midwest farm fields that have been linked to the destruction of bee colonies may not be as effective against corn and soybean pests as many once thought, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report.

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