Peggy Lowe http://wuis.org en DREAMing Beyond The Slaughterhouse http://wuis.org/post/dreaming-beyond-slaughterhouse <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.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Abbie Fentress Swanson 12502 at http://wuis.org DREAMing Beyond The Slaughterhouse Garden City: Tending To A Cultural Crossroads In Kansas http://wuis.org/post/garden-city-tending-cultural-crossroads-kansas <p>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, 06 Nov 2013 12:38:20 +0000 Peggy Lowe 12442 at http://wuis.org Garden City: Tending To A Cultural Crossroads In Kansas Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed http://wuis.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 11167 at http://wuis.org Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed Howard Buffett: Farmer Of The World http://wuis.org/post/howard-buffett-farmer-world <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Five years ago, Howard G. Buffett was at a meeting of an international food aid agency when he was told that feeding the millions of starving people in Africa was simple.</p><p>Just give them better seeds, someone said.</p><p>That advice might work on some philanthropists. But Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett, happens to be an Illinois farmer.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:39:15 +0000 Peggy Lowe 7497 at http://wuis.org Howard Buffett: Farmer Of The World Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? http://wuis.org/post/did-tyson-drop-zilmax-fed-beef-appease-foreign-buyers Tyson Foods Inc. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 7071 at http://wuis.org Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' http://wuis.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 21:57:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 4191 at http://wuis.org As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? http://wuis.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 3461 at http://wuis.org Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? Oprah Winfrey's Latest Venture Is Farming In Hawaii http://wuis.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 20:42:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 3143 at http://wuis.org Oprah Winfrey's Latest Venture Is Farming In Hawaii In Missouri, Days Of Drought Send Caretakers To One 'Big Tree' http://wuis.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 599 at http://wuis.org In Missouri, Days Of Drought Send Caretakers To One 'Big Tree'