meatpacking en Hog farmers split on packer-owned pigs <p></p><p>Nebraska hog farmers aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on a proposal that would allow meatpacking companies more control over the state’s hog industry. And farmers all over the country are watching.</p><p>Currently, a 1998 state law bans meatpacking companies from owning and raising the hogs they process. But lawmakers have proposed an end to the ban, which would allow for more vertical integration of the hog industry.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Grant Gerlock 29707 at Hog farmers split on packer-owned pigs Dreaming beyond the 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 Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in 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 Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas The long, slow decline of the U.S. sheep industry <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 11.25pt;">Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in this country has been cut in half. In fact, the number has been declining since the late 1940s, when the American sheep industry hit its peak. Today, the domestic sheep herd is one-tenth the size it was during World War II.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:24:14 +0000 Luke Runyon 22941 at The long, slow decline of the U.S. sheep industry Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in 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 Sister Janice of Garden City, helping in any way needed