Amy Mayer http://wkms.org en Public, Private Partners Key To Local Food Success http://wkms.org/post/public-private-partners-key-local-food-success This is the first of three stories about local food from <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/">Harvest Public Media</a>.<p>As Food Corps service member Ashley Turk navigates her way through a brand-new greenhouse in the courtyard at Waukon High School in the northeast corner of Iowa, she points to a robust supply of red and green lettuce leaves growing neatly in rows.<p>“It’s huge,” she says. “We cut it off and it just keeps growing.”<p>The greenhouse lettuce is among the offerings in the school’s salad bar. Thu, 01 May 2014 14:14:52 +0000 Amy Mayer 40258 at http://wkms.org Public, Private Partners Key To Local Food Success Agriculture's Waning Influence In Washington Hinders Farmers http://wkms.org/post/agricultures-waning-influence-washington-hinders-farmers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Farmers were shocked and dismayed when the farm bill failed to pass in the House last week. For decades, major farm programs have flown through Congress with relative ease, partly because nutrition programs, mainly food stamps, got lumped in with agriculture policy to attract the votes of urban, mostly Democratic lawmakers. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:20:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 32545 at http://wkms.org Pork Producers Root Out Market Niche With Berkshire Pigs http://wkms.org/post/pork-producers-root-out-market-niche-berkshire-pigs Raising pork can be a tough business for producers, who've lately been watching feed prices rise along with the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/07/25/157355792/meat-producers-and-ultimately-consumers-hurt-by-drought">cost of corn</a>. That's one reason why a small but growing number of former commodity pork producers are trying their luck with specialty breeds instead. These premium pigs, raised on small farms with methods that appeal to consumers, can also fetch a premium price.<p>Take Iowa farmer Randy Hilleman. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:08:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 31154 at http://wkms.org Pork Producers Root Out Market Niche With Berkshire Pigs