This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.
Thanks to tight competition, hog farmers all over the country are feeling a push to expand or get out of the business. That means indoor confined animal feeding operations – or CAFOs – are growing even in the most environmentally sensitive areas.
Shawn Lee is a former Army infantryman who lives in Columbia. He served in both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lee and his friend and fellow veteran Daniel Hartman, came to StoryCorps to talk about why Lee enlisted, and the challenges he faced coming home.
This story was edited by Casey Morell for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie.
Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a former Republican state lawmaker to the Missouri Veterans' Commission.
Chuck Wooten is a World War II veteran from Nixa who served five terms in the Missouri House.
The commission provides information to veterans and their families about their rights and helps them obtain state and federal benefits. It also oversees skilled nursing facilities for veterans and veteran cemeteries.
Nixon announced Wooten's appointment Wednesday. If confirmed by the state Senate, he would serve until November 2015.