This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.
For this edition of Field Notes, Harvest Public Media's Amy Mayer spoke with Tom Kaspar, a plant physiologist at the National Lab for Agriculture and the Environment, about the importance of cover crops in how our food is grown.
Lunch is served in a small gymnasium that doubles as the cafeteria at Elmwood-Murdock High School, a small, rural school in eastern Nebraska. After the period bell rings, a line quickly forms at the service window where trays are loaded with fish patties on whole wheat buns and small piles of curly fries.
With the emphasis on small.
Because at Elmwood-Murdock, like at other schools across the country, students this year have been put on a new diet.
Ryan Denning teaches history and English in New Bloomfield, a small town twenty minutes north of Jefferson City. Like all teachers in the New Bloomfield school district, Denning’s salary is under a pay freeze. He’s seen the school suffer large budget cuts, and he recognizes that education funds are low. But thanks to community efforts Denning is one of two teachers receiving a grant for over $4,000, which they’re using to buy clickers for their students.
With October coming to an end, road crews begin prepping for the coming winter season. If Missouri experiences a milder winter however, costs for road crews could decrease substantially.
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced it will conduct a state wide test run in preparation for the winter season. MoDOT spokesperson Bob Brendel said part of the simulation is to prepare the new snow plow crews for proper snow clearing protocol.