Black Patch Tobacco http://wkms.org en Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco http://wkms.org/post/too-young-smoke-not-pick-tobacco Kids under 18 can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can legally work in tobacco fields when they're as young as 12.<p>One of those kids is Eddie Ramirez, 15, who works the fields in the summer.<p>"It just sticks to my hand," he says of the plant. "It's really sticky, you know, and really yellow." It's nearly impossible to wash off, he says.<p>A <a href="http://www.hrw.org/node/125316" target="_blank">new report from Human Rights Watch</a> says the practice of children farming tobacco is hazardous and should be stopped. Wed, 14 May 2014 14:18:46 +0000 Debbie Elliott 40550 at http://wkms.org Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco Bobbie Smith Bryant: Growing Up on a West Kentucky Tobacco Farm http://wkms.org/post/bobbie-smith-bryant-growing-west-kentucky-tobacco-farm <p>Kentucky author &nbsp;and Calloway County native Bobbie Smith Bryant holds a talk about the social and cultural experience of life on the farm at Calloway County Public Library. Her two books are <em>Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking &amp; Quilting in Western Kentucky</em> and F<em>orty Acres &amp; A Red Belly Ford: The Smith Family of Calloway County</em>. She previews her talk today on <em>Sounds Good</em>.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:27:44 +0000 Kate Lochte 40111 at http://wkms.org Bobbie Smith Bryant: Growing Up on a West Kentucky Tobacco Farm Cut to Federal Tobacco Subsidy Funds Looms for KY Farmers http://wkms.org/post/cut-federal-tobacco-subsidy-funds-looms-ky-farmers <p>2014 may be a year of uncertainty for Kentucky’s farmers. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:53:14 +0000 Jonathan Meador 36547 at http://wkms.org Cut to Federal Tobacco Subsidy Funds Looms for KY Farmers Local Writer Shares 'Passions of the Black Patch' http://wkms.org/post/local-writer-shares-passions-black-patch <p>Kate Lochte speaks with western Kentucky native and author Bobbie Smith Bryant on <em>Sounds Good</em>. Bryant was born in the Black Patch of Calloway County and shares her family's heritage in a new book titled, "Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking and Quilting&nbsp;in Western Kentucky." Black Patch is the region in western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee where a specific type of tobacco, which has distinctly dark leaves, is grown.</p><p>Learn more at <a href="http://bobbiesmithbryant.com/">bobbiesmithbryant.com</a>.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 21:22:55 +0000 Kate Lochte 31395 at http://wkms.org Local Writer Shares 'Passions of the Black Patch' Western Kentucky Black Patch Tobacco Documentary Airing on KET Tonight http://wkms.org/post/western-kentucky-black-patch-tobacco-documentary-airing-ket-tonight <p>Last November, a new documentary about raising dark-fired tobacco titled “Farming in the Black Patch" debuted in Murray. The film starts its first run on KET at 8 p.m. Central tonight, with shows scheduled through March on both KET and KET KY. The name Black Patch comes from the dark leaves of the kind of tobacco that's smoke-cured in barns and used for pipe blends, chewing, and snuff. Kate Lochte has more with the filmmaker and writer.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:20:00 +0000 Kate Lochte 27911 at http://wkms.org Western Kentucky Black Patch Tobacco Documentary Airing on KET Tonight Front Page Sunday - September 16 Episode http://wkms.org/post/front-page-sunday-september-16-episode <p>The Black Patch Tobacco War in our part of the country was the most pronounced activity of military aggression between the civil war and the civil rights movement, we learn from Christian County Historian William T. Turner the key players in that conflict and how it’s remembered.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, we’ll speak with futurist Ivan Potter on the lasting effects of this year’s drought, and Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham’s take on the changing interoperations of the U.S. Constitution. Plus the history of Fulton’s Banana Festival and details about a Japanese performance group coming to MSU.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:41:58 +0000 Chad Lampe & Todd Hatton 22181 at http://wkms.org Front Page Sunday - September 16 Episode Judge Cunningham Previews Constitution Day Speech http://wkms.org/post/judge-cunningham-previews-constitution-day-speech <p>Recommended readings on the black patch wars include “<em>The Tobacco Night Riders of Kentucky and Tennessee: 1905-1909” </em>by James Nall<em>and “On Bended Knees: The true story of the Night Rider Tobacco War in Kentucky and Tennessee</em>”<em>by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham. Cunningham, also gives tonight's (Monday) keynote at Murray State’s Constitution day celebration</em>.&nbsp; The title of his presentation, “The Fourth Amendment; the Majesty of the Ruined Tenement,” references a statement attributed to William Pitt while he was speaking about the cider excise tax in the British House of Commons in 1763.&nbsp; Judge Cunningham gave WKMS a preview of the speech.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:09:40 +0000 Kate Lochte 22179 at http://wkms.org Judge Cunningham Previews Constitution Day Speech Hopkinsville Historian Recounts Black Patch Tobacco Wars http://wkms.org/post/hopkinsville-historian-recounts-black-patch-tobacco-wars <p>The black patch tobacco wars of the early 20<sup>th</sup> century pitted farmer against farmer as a group of men sworn to secrecy used destructive tactics to coerce collective action. Hopkinsville’s Pennyroyal Area Museum commemorates the war with several activities starting Friday (September 21). Official Historian for Hopkinsville and Christian County William T. Turner recounts the story of the Tobacco War &nbsp;in conversation with Kate Lochte.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:05:22 +0000 Kate Lochte 22178 at http://wkms.org Hopkinsville Historian Recounts Black Patch Tobacco Wars