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…

Water Levels Dangerously Low On Mississippi River

(From NPR’s All Things Considered – November 29, 2012) Mississippi River water levels are reaching near-record lows. Sections of the middle Mississippi River may become obstructed in December by rock outcrops in southern Illinois. The Army Corps of Engineers plan to remove the rock pinnacles in February, but river navigation industry leaders say that’s not…