KCUR-FM: Frank Morris http://wvasfm.org en Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers http://wvasfm.org/post/federal-plan-save-prairie-chickens-ruffles-state-feathers It's prairie chicken mating season!<p>Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.<p>But after they were recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:08:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 46096 at http://wvasfm.org Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live http://wvasfm.org/post/injured-veteran-keeps-his-fight-deciding-live A spinal injury left Iraq War veteran Tomas Young paralyzed below the waist<strong> </strong>in 2004. Further medical complications a few years later made him quadriplegic.<p>Although Young had enlisted two days after the attacks of Sept. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:02:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 40358 at http://wvasfm.org Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live Virus Targets Baby Pigs http://wvasfm.org/post/virus-targets-baby-pigs Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And the agriculture industry is dealing with a new worry: a virus that is spreading through farms. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:32:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 31070 at http://wvasfm.org Farmers Twisting In The Wind Without New Farm Bill http://wvasfm.org/post/farmers-twisting-wind-without-new-farm-bill Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Farmers work at the mercy of three forces that are largely outside their control: weather, markets, and government. The weather has been good in many parts of the country and the markets are up. But government remains the wild card. Congress failed to pass the Farm Bill, the huge package of legislation that lays out years of food policy. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:44:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 30446 at http://wvasfm.org Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town http://wvasfm.org/post/twinkies-return-mostly-sweet-news-kansas-town The news of Hostess' return to Emporia, Kan., sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town — even though there will be only half as many jobs.<p>The new company, formed when investors bought Hostess' snack cake business, has hired longtime snack cake production veterans Pat Chambers and her husband, Bob, to help get the bakery here running again. Pat lost her job at the Hostess plant when it closed last November. Now, she sits beaming on her front porch, wearing a dirty Hostess work shirt.<p>"We worked today! It's like going home," she says. "I'm so excited. Mon, 27 May 2013 07:32:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 28617 at http://wvasfm.org Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms http://wvasfm.org/post/cities-turn-sewage-black-gold-local-farms On a normal day, Kansas City, Mo., processes more than 70 million gallons of raw sewage. This sewage used to be a nuisance, but Kansas City, and a lot of municipalities around the country, are now turning it into a resource for city farmers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/13/143659204/putting-farmland-on-a-fertilizer-diet">hard up for fertilizer</a>.<p>After the sewage has been processed at a treatment plant, it's piped out to Birmingham Farm on the north side of the Missouri River.<p>Tim Walters is the chief agronomist for Kansas City who runs Birmingham. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:12:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 26017 at http://wvasfm.org Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life http://wvasfm.org/post/after-years-struggle-veteran-chooses-end-his-life After a dozen years at war, an estimated 2 million active-duty service members will have returned home by the end of 2013. Some reintegrate without much struggle, but for others it's not so easy. The psychological wounds of war can sometimes prove to be just as fatal as the physical ones.<p>For injured veterans such as Tomas Young, life is a daily struggle. But this Iraq War veteran, who says his physical and emotional pain is unbearable, has decided to end his life.<p><strong>At War</strong><p>Before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Young was an athletic, rambunctious 22-year-old. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 21:42:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 25817 at http://wvasfm.org After Years Of Struggle, Veteran Chooses To End His Life Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow http://wvasfm.org/post/drought-stricken-plains-farmers-giddy-over-heavy-snow Two rapid-fire snowstorms <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/22/172680402/storm-buries-kansas-missouri-as-it-heads-east" target="_blank">belted Kansas</a> with more than 2 feet of snow this week. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:50:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 23840 at http://wvasfm.org Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow Ag Department Warns Budget Cuts Will Affect Food Inspectors http://wvasfm.org/post/ag-department-warns-budget-cuts-will-affect-food-inspectors Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And if the mandatory spending cuts do take affect tomorrow, the secretary of agriculture says he will be forced to furlough food safety inspectors. Without those inspectors, food companies could grind to a halt. But many in the meat industry say the USDA is mostly cooking up a scare.<p>Frank Morris of member station KCUR has that story.<p>FRANK MORRIS, BYLINE: Food processing companies, ones that ship across state lines, get lots of scrutiny from the USDA. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:36:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 23683 at http://wvasfm.org Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year http://wvasfm.org/post/despite-record-drought-farmers-expect-banner-year After one of the driest summers on record, recent rains have helped in some parts of the country. But overall, the drought has still intensified. The latest tracking classifies more than a fifth of the contiguous United States in "extreme or exceptional" drought, the worst ratings.<p>In some parts of the Lower Midwest, water-starved crops have collapsed, but the farmers have not. Farmers across the country are surviving, and many are even thriving. This year, despite the dismal season, farmers stand to make exceptionally good money, according to the U.S. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:29:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 15823 at http://wvasfm.org Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year