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4:16 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

With Lots Of Dung, Midwest Farmers Look To Dung Beetles For Help

Farmer Ralph Voss digs through a fresh cow pie on his farm in central Missouri, looking for dung beetles.
Credit Jacob Grace, Harvest Public Media

Wearing latex gloves and digging through a sloppy patch of cow poop on his farm in central Missouri, farmer Ralph Voss spotted his target.

“Okay, here we go!” he said excitedly, plucking out a shiny insect the size of a sunflower seed – a dung beetle.

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2:37 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Beef Industry Not Sold On E. Coli Vaccine

Although an E. coli vaccine has been available for five years in the U.S., very few beef feedlots use it.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

Thousands of people get sick every year from E. coli bacteria in their food. While the beef industry has gone to great lengths to limit illnesses in meat, the industry has been slow to adopt an E. coli vaccine that could keep people from getting sick.

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Harvest Public Media
1:46 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Research Connection Could Help Answer Questions About Rural Cancer

Tracy Dethlefs and her husband, Shawn Rademacher, raise Angus cattle near Loup City, Nebraska. Sometimes after travelling for cancer treatments they did chores in the dark.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

Just over a year ago, Tracy Dethlefs learned she has stage 1 breast cancer. Since then, she estimates she’s charted some 10,000 miles travelling from her farm near Loup City in central Nebraska to area hospitals for treatment. Every surgery, round of chemotherapy and radiation treatment was a road trip.

“Radiation treatments usually (take) only about 5 minutes (on) a day that they have to see you,” Dethlefs said. “But for a week, for seven weeks in a row, you’re driving every single day to the cancer treatment center. We’re about an hour away from cancer centers.”

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Harvest Public Media
2:36 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Some Farmers Warming Up To The Affordable Care Act

Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Until the federal health insurance marketplace opened in late 2013, farmers and ranchers were more likely to be uninsured than many other occupational groups. The Affordable Care Act changed that by requiring them to buy insurance. But it also gave them coverage options they didn’t have before.  

Jon Bailey, of the Nebraska-based Center for Rural Affairs, says it’s hard to make sweeping generalizations about how the health care law is working for farmers and ranchers.

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Harvest Public Media
1:44 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Five Things You Should Know About The WHO Saying Roundup Could Cause Cancer

Credit Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

As you’ve probably heard, a well-respected group of World Health Organization scientists said glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s wildly popular Roundup herbicide and its generic cousins, is probably capable of causing cancer in humans.

Here are five things you should know:

1.What the report said: Roundup could cause cancer in humans.

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