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  • An MFA Agriservices worker monitors the soybean chute as the barge fills up on the Missouri River in Glasgow, Mo. (Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media)

    Harvest season is over. And for the Midwest’s biggest crops, it was a big one. With winter setting in, the race is on for farmers to ship out their harvest so it’s not left out to spoil, but that’s created a traffic jam on the rails and the highways.

  • A former Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack is the longest-serving Secretary of Agriculture in decades. (File: Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

    Tom Vilsack is the longest-serving Secretary of Agriculture in decades. As a Cabinet member he has focused the USDA not just on farm programs, but on a bevy of other priorities as well.

  • Getting food from a farmers field to a market or a restaurant can be tough. Behind the scenes parts of the supply chain like distribution and processing are often forgotten. (Natalie Maynor/Flickr)

    More cities want to take eating local food from just a hip trend to an economic generator. Northern Colorado advocates are trying a new model to spur growth and they’re borrowing ideas from the tech sector.

  • Cattle take a drink from a tank filled by a windmill. Rancher Dave Wright was hoping to buy part of a neighboring ranch to expand his herd, but it sold for extreme prices. (Grant Gerlock /Harvest Public Media)

    As ranchers try to re-grow the beef herd, they're coming up against an obstacle: a lack of good pastureland on which to raise their cattle.

  • A pilot for Earl’s Flying Service sprays chemicals on a field in southeastern Missouri (Courtesy Mike Lee)

    Crop dusting pilots fly the plane while dodging trees, homes, power lines and on-lookers and they have to make sure not to pour pesticides onto a farmhouse or sprinkle the wrong seeds on a neighbor’s field.

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New research from the EPA questions the value of neonicotinoids, a common class of pesticides that some researchers suspect is contributing to large-scale bee die-offs. 

States like Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa are pitching themselves as a dairy heaven. For the Midwest, an influx of dairies isn’t just about milk. It’s about pumping dollars into the rural economy.

California is branded as the state with happy cows, but increasingly, not necessarily happy dairy owners. For many of them in the nation’s No. 1 dairy state it’s getting tougher to make a living, that’s why some are some selling their cattle and heading to the Midwest.

At the Abbey of St. Walburga, cattle, water buffalo and llamas graze on grass under the watchful eye of Benedictine nuns.

Harvest season is over. And for the Midwest’s biggest crops, it was a big one. With winter setting in, the race is on for farmers to ship out their harvest so it’s not left out to spoil, but that’s created a traffic jam on the rails and the highways.

Tom Vilsack is the longest-serving Secretary of Agriculture in decades. As a Cabinet member he has focused the USDA not just on farm programs, but on a bevy of other priorities as well.

More cities want to take eating local food from just a hip trend to an economic generator. Northern Colorado advocates are trying a new model to spur growth and they’re borrowing ideas from the tech sector.

As ranchers try to re-grow the beef herd, they're coming up against an obstacle: a lack of good pastureland on which to raise their cattle.

Crop dusting pilots fly the plane while dodging trees, homes, power lines and on-lookers and they have to make sure not to pour pesticides onto a farmhouse or sprinkle the wrong seeds on a neighbor’s field.

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