Can One Southern Illinois County Ban Fracking?

(From KRCU – December 18, 2013) Kris Pirmann and a handful of other Johnson County residents stand outside the county commission office in Vienna, Ill., a town of about 1,400 people tucked into southern Illinois’ rolling hills near the Shawnee National Forest. “Southern Illinois. I grew up as a Navy brat. I moved all over…

With Feral Hogs, The Goal Is Control

(From Harvest Public Media – August 22, 2013) Feral hogs are a big, expensive problem. The prolific procreators are responsible for $1.5 billion in damages and prevention each year —$800 million in damages to agriculture alone from destroying land and rooting up crops,according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But trapping them is no easy…

My Farm Roots: Providing From The Land

(From Harvest Public Media – July 30, 2013) As a child, Robert Harris Jr. worked the cotton fields of southeastern Missouri’s bootheel. Like many sharecroppers’ children, he fled that life. Now, four decades later, the harvest is calling him again, this time to grow food for the needy in a bunch of community gardens in…

Legalize It? Kentucky Farmers Look To Hemp

(From Harvest Public Media – March 1, 2013) Kentucky is trying to bring back hemp, the close relative of marijuana that is used in a seemingly endless number of products like textiles, car parts, lotions and paper. But like its cousin, it’s illegal to grow hemp in the United States. Some Kentucky politicians and farmers,…

Army Corps’ Options Dwindle Along With Mississippi River

(From NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday – January 13, 2013) Every day this month, the Army Corps of Engineers is working hard to deepen the Mississippi River’s shipping channel in an effort to keep navigation open between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill. Water levels are forecast to remain high enough through January to float loaded barges, but…