Tom Lyden, a KMSP Minneapolis reporter, has spent the past 10 months investigating the crisis facing Minnesota farmers, which culminated in a primetime, hour-long special entitled, FOX 9 Presents, The Last Harvest.
In a TVNewsCheck commentary last week, Hank Price took exception to a story in the Los Angeles Times that attacked television networks for their supposed fear of investigative stories. In his piece, Price said the story was insulting to the hundreds of television stations that do investigative work every day.
Like the coverage done by KMSP, the Fox O&O in Minneapolis, over the past year on the plight of farmers in Minnesota.
Tom Lyden, a KMSP reporter, has spent the past 10 months investigating the crisis facing Minnesota farmers, which culminated in a primetime, hour-long special entitled, FOX 9 Presents, The Last Harvest.
This has been a harvest that will be remembered, and not fondly. The wettest year on record in Minnesota brought historically low yields. A trade war with China created a roller coaster of commodity prices. And farmers continue to struggle with an economic system that encourages small farm operations to get bigger, while going deeper into debt.
The problem is so acute that it was the subject of an editorial by Sheila Oliver, KMSP’s general manager.
Here are just a few of the stories from KMSP’s coverage that led to its hour-long special.
Already concerned about an unusually wet season, Minnesota farmers have become pawns in a high stakes geo-political chess game between the U.S. and China.
Small Minnesota farmers are trying to hang onto to their livelihoods, but it feels like economics, overproduction, politics, and even the weather, are all conspiring against them.
It’s been a year like none other for Minnesota farmers. Spring brought a deluge of rain in southern Minnesota and a flash flood that swept dozens of cows down the Zumbro River at the end of June. And the rain never seemed to stop. In fact, Minnesota is on track for its wettest year on record.
Here’s the entire special, FOX 9 Presents, The Last Harvest.
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