Crop Dusting Pilots Navigate Dangerous Airspace

(From Harvest Public Media – November 21, 2014) Mike Lee steers his plane over the Missouri-Arkansas state line, checking out a checkerboard of green and brown fields of rice, cotton, corn and soybeans. Lee is the owner of Earl’s Flying Service, a crop dusting business in Steele, Mo., and he’s scouting some farm fields that…

Teaching An Old Mule New Tricks

(From Here & Now and Harvest Public Media – October 15, 2014) Fair-goers pack the stands at the East Perry Community Fair in Altenburg, Mo., on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon. They aren’t here for the blue ribbon pigs, the truck pull or the beauty contest. These people are here for the fair’s biggest attraction…

Saving A French Dialect That Once Echoed In The Ozarks

(From All Things Considered – September 23, 2014) Language lovers and locals of an isolated mining region of the Ozarks are scrambling to preserve what’s left of a dialect known as pawpaw French before it fades. The dialect once dominated this comm unity in southeastern Missouri, but now, it is barely a whisper. Kent Bone…

My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground

(From Harvest Public Media – July 8, 2014) As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm. Growing up near rural Bell City in southeastern Missouri’s “Bootheel” region, Pullen longed to leave the farm and get an education. “I grew up in the day and time when we…

Accounted For: In Rural Missouri, Absenteeism Also A Problem

(From St. Louis Public Radio – May 2, 2014) Principal Glenn Carter cracks open the door to an Algebra II class at South Pemiscot High School in rural Steele, Mo., where teacher Linda Crawford shuffles four reluctant students into different configurations. Students chuckle as Crawford gleefully moves her volunteers from place to place. One student,…

Chinese Market Could Help Rid Rivers Of Invasive Asian Carp

(From Harvest Public Media – April 16, 2014) Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope. They’re turning their eyes to China, where a carp-hungry populace may be the key for stemming the tide of the invasive fish. Asian carp are taking over U.S. waterways, including the Mississippi River and tributaries like the…