Water use has become a hot issue among Midwest farmers after this summer's drought. Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top. And that Irrigation infrastructure helped some farmers keep the drought at bay this year. Their fields stayed green long after others withered away. But as Grant Gerlock reports for Harvest Public Media, using so much water now may force some farmers to use less water in the future.
As a 5-piece band wound its way through an acoustic set of music, guests slowly shuffled into the “Inside the Walls” festival at the Missouri State Penitentiary. To the southwest, the main entrance to the prison towered over the festival.
Charles Vaughan used to live in a house across the street. He remembers the 1954 riots, which were the worst in the history of the penitentiary. Vaughan remembers his dad and brother were on top of a nearby building with guns.
“There was a big fire going on," he said. "My mom was keeping me in the house which upset me because I wanted to get on the roof and my mom was piling furniture right in front of the front door.”
But now the penitentiary looks much lonelier. Its paint peels. Some of its buildings have been torn down. In fact — of those that remain, some parts are even off limits to tours – this is due to a process Steve Picker calls “demolition by neglect.” He’s the former executive director of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
This past weekend, for the first time in 25 years, my dad and I visited our family’s farm in Woodhull, Ill.
By family, I mean extended family. Brothers Doug and Darwin Swanson — my dad’s first cousins — run the farm, which got its start with land bought in 1890 by my great-great grandfather, Swan Swanson, when he moved to Illinois from Sweden.
Dany Baker demonstrates golfing from his accessible golf cart on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the MU Student Recreation Complex in Columbia, Mo. Baker co-hosted the adaptive golf presentation as part of Ability Week 2012.
Credit Jennifer Lask / KBIA
Dany Baker sits at his accessible golf cart on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the MU Student Recreation Complex in Columbia, Mo.
Credit Jennifer Lask / KBIA
Dany Baker adjusts the seat belt on his accessible golf cart on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the MU Student Recreation Complex in Columbia, Mo. Baker's golf cart gives him the ability to swivel in any direction to best align himself with the golf ball.
A new MU resource, the Tiger Pantry, has opened its doors for those who need assistance.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the food bank, Tiger Pantry Founder and MU student Nick Droege says the pantry’s goal is to reduce food insecurity at MU.
Anne Deaton, the wife of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, encouraged Droege to develop the pantry. She says the Tiger Pantry has brought life to the meaning of One Mizzou, an organization that helps bring MU students together.