Peggy Lowe http://iowapublicradio.org en Lobbyists of All Kinds Flock to Farm Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill <p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:04:36 +0000 Peggy Lowe 43691 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lobbyists of All Kinds Flock to Farm Bill "Fed Up" Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry and Government http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fed-links-obesity-epidemic-sugar-industry-and-government <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 41047 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Fed Up" Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry and Government In Kansas, Professors Must Now Watch What They Tweet http://iowapublicradio.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 40640 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bill to Bar GMO Labeling Unveiled http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bill-bar-gmo-labeling-unveiled <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">State efforts to label genetically-modified food would be outlawed under a bill unveiled by a Kansas congressman Wednesday – a plan immediately criticized as a “legislative Hail Mary” that won’t pass.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 38913 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bill to Bar GMO Labeling Unveiled Suspended drug sales focus attention on cattle feed additives http://iowapublicradio.org/post/suspended-drug-sales-focus-attention-cattle-feed-additives <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">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> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 33771 at http://iowapublicradio.org Suspended drug sales focus attention on cattle feed additives In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, Part 3 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shadows-slaughterhouse-part-3 <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">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> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Abbie Fentress Swanson 31344 at http://iowapublicradio.org In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, Part 3 In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse: their dreams http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shadows-slaughterhouse-their-dreams <p>(Design by Scott Pham/KBIA)</p><p></p><p>Across the country, rural towns are becoming home to a diverse population of children whose parents work in the meatpacking industry. These young immigrants and refugees have dreams that are bigger than working at the plant. They’re hoping to move out of the shadows of the slaughterhouses that paved the way for their parents to move here from parts of Asia, Africa and Central America.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Abbie Fentress Swanson 31345 at http://iowapublicradio.org Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas http://iowapublicradio.org/post/garden-city-tending-cultural-crossroads-kansas <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 31301 at http://iowapublicradio.org Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed http://iowapublicradio.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 30745 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/did-tyson-drop-zilmax-fed-beef-appease-foreign-buyers Tyson Foods Inc. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 27240 at http://iowapublicradio.org Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' http://iowapublicradio.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 22350 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? http://iowapublicradio.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 21598 at http://iowapublicradio.org Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? Oprah Winfrey's Latest Venture Is Farming In Hawaii http://iowapublicradio.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 21265 at http://iowapublicradio.org Oprah Winfrey's Latest Venture Is Farming In Hawaii In Missouri, Days Of Drought Send Caretakers To One 'Big Tree' http://iowapublicradio.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 18620 at http://iowapublicradio.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://iowapublicradio.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 13900 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers And Their Cooperative Settle Lawsuit On Fixing The Price Of Milk Public research for private interests http://iowapublicradio.org/post/public-research-private-interests <p></p><p>Abraham Lincoln established the land-grant colleges 150 years ago as the “peoples’ universities” – places where research could be done to help the common man. But times have changed and some public colleges are now often working for big business. Peggy Lowe has the story in part 1 of Harvest Public Media's series <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/big-beef">America’s Big Beef</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 12031 at http://iowapublicradio.org Public research for private interests My Farm Roots: Nolan Strawder http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-nolan-strawder <p><em>This is the fifth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s series chronicling Americans&rsquo; connection to the land.</em><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em> Click here to explore more </em></a><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>My Farm Roots</em></a><em> stories and to share your own.</em></p><p>When a guy is a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant, you figure he puts in a pretty good day of work.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:16:55 +0000 Peggy Lowe 5909 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Nolan Strawder Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net http://iowapublicradio.org/post/livestock-producers-caught-without-safety-net <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; ">Farmers growing crops have insurance to ward off the financial failure of their season during this terrible drought. But there&rsquo;s no safety net like that in place for livestock producers. They are being turned away from government offices when they ask for help. What&rsquo;s the holdup? Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s Peggy Lowe reports that aid for livestock producers is tied up in Washington politics.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:28:46 +0000 Peggy Lowe 5345 at http://iowapublicradio.org Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches http://iowapublicradio.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 3879 at http://iowapublicradio.org Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches