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Webster Davis, Secretary to Missouri's NAACP chapter, and a black farmer, talks about challenges and progress in the agricultural community. Davis focuses on new legislation at the federal level introduced by Cory Booker and co-sponsored by many progressive senators in Congress.
Organic grower Dan Kuebler has been well-known to mid-Missouri farmers and consumers for decades. Now he is working to convert part of his farm to the growing of hemp, a new crop in Boone County.
Update on bills working through the state capitol this session. Josh visits with Brian Smith, lobbyists with the Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC). The mission of MRCC is to preserve family farms, promote stewardship of the land and environmental integrity and strive for economic and social justice by building unity and mutual understanding among diverse groups, both rural and urban. Brian has been watching some laws progressing that don't align with MRCC's mission and he shares. The hot topic this year is local control.
Rhett & Josh (both veterans) discuss topics and issues related to veterans. Special Guest Doug Bannister calls in and shares his experiences as a veteran.
Missouri Organic Association has recently received the gift of buildings for offices in Hartsburg. Their new Boone County location will benefit farmers and other food producers with the addition of a certified kitchen for products that can be sold throughout Missouri. Jackie Casteel is charged with bringing the dreams to life, and in this interview she tells how the work is going and reveals plans for MOA's winter conferences.
KOPN community radio has been around since 1973, so the archives provide a treasure trove of information, much of it passed from person to person in interviews before the internet. In this episode of Farm and Fiddle, Rhett dives into the shelf of old recordings and finds some gems for the D.I.Y. generation.
Art Cullen and the Storm Lake Times made history a few years ago when the small-town newspaper won a Pulitzer for editorial reporting. In a state where conservative values are often taken for granted, Storm Lake has managed to quietly integrate a population of immigrants recruited by the meat factory industry. The Times, striving to serve all populations, has found success... Art Cullen tells us how.
Howie Shucard of Ashland, Missouri, is an award-winning dog trainer specializing in curing aggression problems. Especially important during lockdowns, he wants all dogs and all owners to have happy experiences, and gives lots of tips on how to have a good relationship with your dog.
This program, which aired on July 8, 2020, begins with regular feature, "Agriculture in the News," focusing on land grabs by investment firm TIAA in Brazil. Then, the featured interview is with Dr. Elliott Murphy, Kansas City pulmonologist now involved in the fight against factory farming in Cooper County, Missouri. Dr. Murphy talks about the importance of health ordinances to protect citizens and the battle to steal local control from local-county health boards. The legislature has passed laws that favor factory farms, even while knowing that the factories, or concentrated animal feeding operations (cafos) are centers for pollution and disease.
The interview went longer than the episode could contain. This bonus episode is provided in order to share with you everything that Dr. Lawrence shared with us.
Josh interviews Dr. Robert Lawrence who shares stories about health studies and crisis that have occured as a result of CAFO presence in a community.
July 1, 2020: Discussion with Nadia Navarette Tindall about foraging, growing and eating native plants
Josh and Nadia Navarette Tindall discuss several native plants available for consumption and planting in home gardens.
Steve Smith is Agriculture Director of Red Gold Tomatoes and has led the charge against the overuse of chemicals on farm fields. In this conversation he talks about the fight against the E.P.A. approval of dicamba-tolerant soybeans--a situation that has caused the death of thousands of acres of neighboring fields and dicamba is sprayed and drifts to neighbors.
Rodale Institute was the first farming organization to experiment and promote organic principles. Indeed, Rodale was the inventor of organic farming, insisting that the soil be nurtured and pests be fought without petroleum-based chemicals. On their Pennsylvania property, they try new and old experiments for row-cropping, vegetable farming, livestock maintenance and equipment innovation by using techniques they've perfected through the years. Now they are bringing their ideas to the midwest with a cooperative venture in Iowa. Kristine Lang talks to Margot McMillen about the work being done there and explains how midwestern farmers can get in touch and learn more.
In 2017, the Missouri State Legislature passed a law allowing the cultivation of hemp in Missouri. Dan Kuebler of the Salad Garden in Boone County is one of the early adopters for the new crop. With his co-worker Garrett Fosse, Dan explains how he's learning the new system and what it will mean for his farm.
Amy Klobuchar has received the Farmers Union Golden Triangle award several times in gratitude for work she has done for family farms. A Minnesotan, in her speech she teases Iowa in a good-natured way, but it is clear that her heart (and her head) are with the farmers. She is particularly concerned about dairy farmers and wants fairness in trade policy. She has worked on programs to bring young persons back to rural places. She is concerned about climate crisis and will immediately bring us back to the climate change agreements, bring back regulations regarding mpg in cars and other changes that might help.
"Mayor Pete" admits that he is from an urban background, but adds that his young life was much like that of rural youngsters who grow up thinking "success is getting out". He sees the need for investing in rural America, inlcuding investments about health, trade wars. He says that being around farmers has made him see that farmers "do math for a living." And how farmers are squeezed by receiving small prices for what they raise while buying inputs from monopolies that can price gouge.He agrees that an important part of health policy is food and farm policy.
Cory Booker is from New Jersey, but he has family in Iowa and he has studied issues in rural America hard, even traveling across the midwest and visiting farms to learn more. He recognizes that the farmers' share of the food dollar has gone down and that farm income is 50% of what it was a few years ago. He has lived in a food desert and understands the importance of local foods and a healthy lifestyle. He is a vegetarian... In this speech, he talked about all the health problems caused by toxic chemicals and praises the medicare-for-all movement and environmental justice. Also talked about climate change but admitted that Democrats don't have clean hands on that subject either.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders laid out plans for USDA under his administration, including ideas like reinstating Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) which is necessary for consumers who want to know what country their food is coming from. He also realizes that the current organic label has been corrupted by multinational corporations and vows to strengthen organic standards. He wants to bring young people back to rural America and restore consumer confidence.
Farm and Fiddle hosts Rhett Hartman and Margot McMillen begin the conversation with Steve Jeffery with the questions, "what is a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation" and continue with background on CAFOs in Missouri, including the dismantling by the legislators of protections for neighbors and the environment. Jeffery is involved in lawsuits against the state, challenging the new make-up of the Clean Water Commission and the 2019 passage of Senate Bill 391, which takes away the right of counties to make their own rules to protect the health of their citizens.
Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center was an early entry into the magic of horse therapy for people of all ages, with all kinds of needs. In this episode, founder Karen Grindler talks about CCTC's beginnings in 1989 with four horses and the present Center with 20 horses and hundreds of volunteers. The Center's work with autistic children, PTSD-stricken veterans, recent amputees and brain-injured persons is well-known nationally and has contributed to discoveries on the benefits of the horse-human bond.
Agronimist Gary Hinegardner spent a career studying heritage corn types--corn that tastes good even though it might not yield as high as commercial hybrids. Then, he went to work for the world's largest oak barrel maker, using wood sourced from Missouri forests. On retirement, he put his knowledge to work creating world-class, gold-medal whiskeys, building a distillery in New Florence. Now, with 30 other distilleries, he launches a statewide "expedition" of Missouri spirits makers.
Josh Stevens, forester, talks to Rhett Hartman about forest products--medicinal, food and wood--and how to manage them in Missouri forests. It turns out that, besides sourcing local foods, Missourians can source local lumber and wood products, and even learn how the forests are managed when you make a purchase.
When Cooper County neighbors heard that a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) had requested licensing in their community, a citizens' group was quickly formed. The county's Health Board (consisting of elected representatives interested in community health) passed a Health Ordinance demanding that CAFOs follow the same rules and carry the same liabilities as ordinary farms rather than the special no-liability set of non-rules that Missouri lawmakers have allowed. This podcast traces the history of the group, which will carry its arguments all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court.
Second part of a conversation with Steve Jeffery, Missouri attorney, who has worked with several neighborhoods to resist the incursion of factory farms into their communities.
Scott Dye is a team member of the Socially Responsible Agriculture Program. This group, based in Salem, Oregon, is perhaps the only national organization focused on fighting factory farms. When a neighborhood asks for assistance fighting a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, SRAP sends information and help. Scott's territory is the northern tier of states in the United States.
Diane Rosenberg heads up the Iowa organization called Jefferson County Farmers and Neighbors or JFAN. While the rest of Iowa is drowning in hog manure from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Jefferson County has managed to keep the onslaught at a minimum. Outside the county, JFAN is known for its publications on several CAFO-related topics such as liability for farmers accepting CAFO manure as fertilizer on their properties.
Attorney Steve Jeffery started his career as an environmental lawyer for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. As he learned, the DNR is hampered by legislation lobbied for by industry lobbyists and passed by state senators and legislators. He discusses how this works and how citizen voices are left out of the debate, leaving rural neighborhoods devastated by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.