Exploiting the soybean; Ozarks watershed gets 'Blueways' designation

Aug 1, 2013

The theatre in the West Plains Civic Center was the site of the Congressional Hearing on the Blueways Designation for the White River Watershed, which has since been rescinded by the federal government.
Credit Jennifer Davidson / KSMU

On this week's show, we'll discover some lesser known uses of soybeans, and hear about a decision to redesignate a the White River Watershed in the Ozarks.

If you think soybeans are just for livestock and vegetarians, well, think again. Over 3 billion bushels of soybeans are produced in the U.S. every year, and more and more of them are being used manufacturing and biodiesel. This means money for Midwestern soybean farmers and the researchers who study them. For Harvest Public Media, Justine Greve has more. 

Also, the term “Blueways” has some Ozarks residents seeing red. At least, that was the case at a Congressional field hearing earlier this week in West Plains over the “National Blueways Program.” That’s a designation the US Department of Interior bestowed upon the White River Watershed earlier this year with little or no say from local and state leaders. 

When landowners heard about the designation, many became concerned for their property. They spoke out, and the federal government rescinded that designation earlier this month. But the ordeal has left a bitter taste in the mouths of Ozarkers already known for their general distrust of the federal government. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson attended the field hearing earlier this week and filed a report.