Peggy Lowe http://hppr.org en Lobbyists of all kinds flock to Farm Bill http://hppr.org/post/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill <p>When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/years-making-new-farm-bill-becomes-law">announced passage of the Farm Bill</a> in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.</p><p>“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.</p><p>While Stabenow, the Michigan Democrat who leads the Senate Agriculture Committee, was referring to what proponents heralded as “reform” of some programs, her remarks were accurate on another score. The massive <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45049">Farm Bill, which will spend $956 billion</a> and set U.S. food policy for the next decade, is no longer the purview solely of agricultural interests. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Peggy Lowe 34518 at http://hppr.org Lobbyists of all kinds flock to Farm Bill In Kansas, Professors Must Now Watch What They Tweet http://hppr.org/post/kansas-professors-must-now-watch-what-they-tweet The Kansas Board of Regents gave final approval Wednesday to a strict new policy on what employees may say on social media. Critics say the policy violates both the First Amendment and academic freedom, but school officials say providing faculty with more specific guidelines will actually bolster academic freedom on campus.<p>The controversial policy was triggered by an equally controversial tweet posted last September by David Guth, an associate journalism professor. Wed, 14 May 2014 23:27:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 31827 at http://hppr.org Cattle producers want growth promoter back on the market http://hppr.org/post/cattle-producers-want-growth-promoter-back-market <p>When the people from the drug company came out to visit Tyler Karney at Ordway Feedyard here on Colorado’s eastern plains, he was a little skeptical.</p><p>They said their product, Zilmax, could put another 30 pounds on an animal in the last days before slaughter. Then he started blending it into the feed for the 6,500 head of Holsteins at this huge feedlot.</p><p>“We feed it the last 20 days of the feeding period and when you drive by, you can actually see a physical change in the animal,” Karney said. “They’re chest floor’s wider and just, a boxier animal. It’s kinda hard to believe.”</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:19:05 +0000 Peggy Lowe 25818 at http://hppr.org Cattle producers want growth promoter back on the market Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse http://hppr.org/post/dreaming-beyond-slaughterhouse <p></p><p>Not yet 9 a.m. on a warm fall day, freshmen Binh Hua and My Nguyen are in protective goggles, long hair pulled back, ready for their chemistry class in a Garden City Community College lab.</p><p>The teacher calls the class to order, calling the students “Busters,” short for “Broncbusters,” the college’s mascot and a reminder of this old West town’s history of raising cattle. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 05:01:27 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Abbie Fentress Swanson 23662 at http://hppr.org Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas http://hppr.org/post/garden-city-tending-cultural-crossroads-kansas <p><strong>GARDEN CITY, Kan.</strong> — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.</p><p>Thome puts 125,000 miles a year on this car, picking up boxes from the food pantry, finding a mattress for a newcomer, delivering a sick soul to a doctor’s appointment. All the while, she fields emergency calls on her flip phone, responding to her mission to serve the poor of Garden City, out on the plains of southwest Kansas.</p><p>This day, Thome is teaching her teen parenting class at the alternative high school.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:01:27 +0000 Peggy Lowe 23592 at http://hppr.org Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed http://hppr.org/post/nearly-two-years-later-controversial-rape-case-reviewed Nearly two years after allegations of a sexual assault rocked a small Missouri town, the case may be reopened.<p>A county prosecutor in Maryville, Mo., has requested that an independent attorney look at accusations of rape and other charges against two former high school athletes — despite his earlier decision to drop the case.<p>The Internet activist group Anonymous, which crusaded for another high-profile rape case, is taking credit for this turnaround.<p><strong>The Events</strong><p>The first thing Daisy Coleman remembers is her surprise that she was still alive.<p>Back on Jan. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 23094 at http://hppr.org Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in any way needed http://hppr.org/post/sister-janice-garden-city-helping-any-way-needed <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harvest Public Media reporter Peggy Lowe has been visiting Garden City working on a series of stories profiling “meat packing towns” and their economic, social and cultural life and challenges.&nbsp; Fittingly, one of her first contacts was Sister Janice Thome who provided a ground-level orientation to the community.&nbsp; Here is Peggy’s first field note featuring Sister Janice.</span></p><p>---------</p><p>The billboards that dot the long gray line of Interstate 70 west from Kansas City tried to lure me to tourist towns that promised Wild West shows, lots of sunflowers and even an Oz Winery.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 06:14:17 +0000 Peggy Lowe 21971 at http://hppr.org Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in any way needed Tyson suspends use of controversial cattle feeding drug http://hppr.org/post/tyson-suspends-use-controversial-cattle-feeding-drug <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tyson Foods, Inc., announced last week that it will soon suspend purchases of cattle that had been treated with a controversial drug, citing animal welfare concerns.</span></p><p>But many in the industry wonder if the real reason is not about cattle, but rather the battle for sales in other countries, where using drugs for meat production is banned.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Peggy Lowe 20137 at http://hppr.org Tyson suspends use of controversial cattle feeding drug Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? http://hppr.org/post/did-tyson-drop-zilmax-fed-beef-appease-foreign-buyers Tyson Foods Inc. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 20033 at http://hppr.org Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' http://hppr.org/post/drought-turns-flood-farmers-get-weather-whiplash As Chris Webber checked the 40 acres of muddy field he wanted to plant on a recent morning, he worried about getting more rain, even as he worried about the lack of it.<p>"The drought is over at the moment," he says. "But in Missouri, we tend to say that in 10 days or two weeks, we can be in a drought again. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:07:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 17335 at http://hppr.org As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? http://hppr.org/post/will-chinese-firm-bring-home-bacon-smithfield-deal There were questions Wednesday about whether U.S. regulators will approve the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/29/187029237/smithfield-foods-to-be-sold-to-chinese-firm-for-4-72-billion">takeover of Smithfield Foods</a> Inc., the company that sells all-American hams, hot dogs and bacon, by China's Shuanghui International.<p>It's being <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-29/shuanghui-group-said-to-near-agreement-to-buy-smithfield-foods.html">called</a> the biggest such takeover of an American company by a Chinese firm. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:07:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 16680 at http://hppr.org Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? Oprah Winfrey's Latest Venture Is Farming In Hawaii http://hppr.org/post/oprah-winfreys-latest-venture-farming-hawaii The local food movement has a powerful new poster girl.<p>More glowing than American Gothic, Oprah Winfrey and her pal, <a href="http://www.oprah.com/contributor/bob-greene">Bob Greene,</a> appear on the cover of the June issue of <a href="http://www.oprah.com/omagazine.html">The Oprah Magazine</a>, standing in what looks to be a field of kale.<p>"Oprah's New Farm!" reads the headline splashed across the pair's checkered shirts. Thu, 23 May 2013 21:09:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 16415 at http://hppr.org Oprah Winfrey's Latest Venture Is Farming In Hawaii In Missouri, Days Of Drought Send Caretakers To One 'Big Tree' http://hppr.org/post/missouri-days-drought-send-caretakers-one-big-tree The devastating drought in the Midwest last summer is a story often told by the numbers, with statistics on large crop failures, days without rain and thousands of parched acres.<p>This story is also about a tree — a bur oak in rural Columbia, Mo., that everyone calls "The Big Tree." Although it's survived all kinds of punishments during its 350 years on the prairie, last year's record drought was especially tough.<p>It doesn't feel like spring as John Sam Williamson meets up with Chris Starbuck, a retired plant science professor, at The Big Tree. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:43:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 14236 at http://hppr.org In Missouri, Days Of Drought Send Caretakers To One 'Big Tree' Farmers And Their Cooperative Settle Lawsuit On Fixing The Price Of Milk http://hppr.org/post/farmers-and-their-cooperative-settle-lawsuit-fixing-price-milk Farmers who had hoped to get some answers on why prices for their raw milk went into free fall a decade ago were disappointed Tuesday by the settlement of a case accusing Dairy Farmers of America Inc. of creating a milk monopoly in the Southeast.<p>Dairy farmers and industry observers had hoped for their day in court after years of delays in the large class-action suit. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:33:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 11417 at http://hppr.org Farmers And Their Cooperative Settle Lawsuit On Fixing The Price Of Milk Grover Norquist endorses Kansas immigration plan http://hppr.org/post/grover-norquist-endorses-kansas-immigration-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An unlikely coalition of business and social interests tried last year to get the legislature to establish a state program that would help </span>ag<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> businesses hire undocumented workers and let them legally stay in the state. Conservative lightning rod Grover </span>Norquist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – more known for his anti-tax crusades than his immigration beliefs – endorsed the plan during a speech in Topeka this week. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:02:03 +0000 Peggy Lowe 11198 at http://hppr.org Grover Norquist endorses Kansas immigration plan Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches http://hppr.org/post/unlike-chicken-and-pork-beef-still-begins-small-family-ranches In the chicken and pork industries, nearly every aspect of the animals' raising has long been controlled by just a <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/December11/Features/FarmingPractices.htm">handful</a> of agriculture conglomerates. But the cattle industry is still populated by mom-and-pop operations, at least at the calf-raising level.<p>Barbara McIntire Roux likes to say that she was born into the cattle business. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 07:25:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 2839 at http://hppr.org Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches