This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.
For our special series “In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse,” Reporter Peggy Lowe and I interviewed immigrant children in Noel, Mo., and Garden City, Kan., whose parents work for Tyson Foods poultry and beef plants.
Our neighboring city of Independence, Mo., is going green with its lighting over the few years.
At the 81st annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Las Vegas last past weekend, Independence announced its plans to partner with Philips Lighting on an energy and maintenance saving project.
Air Philavanh is a new farmer in central Iowa who came to this country from Laos as a refugee more than 30 years ago. Today, he’s living on an 11-acre farm in Milo, Iowa, about an hour from Des Moines.
Philavanh bought the place three years ago and he’s built a brand-new shelter for his four beef calves off the end of a decrepit old barn. He’s made many other improvements, too, as he gets his farm up and running. In addition to the cattle, he hopes to add ducks. It’s a far cry from his day job with Citigroup—and not what he initially imagined for himself.
The Missouri Senate’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration held its final meeting Thursday.
Among the issues discussed was legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given in English only. Sister Peggy Bonnot runs El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City. She told the panel that requiring English-only driver’s license tests would create a hardship for legal immigrants trying to build a life here.