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Farmers Speak Out About Farm Bill, Changing Food System

We speak with farmers about the extension of the farm bill. Daniel Tucker profiles farmers who are changing the food system. And, two recipes from our archives.

three farmers talking

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What do farmers think about the recent extension of the farm bill? Jeremy Bernfeld of Harvest Public Media finds out.

When they finally realized that actually what they were doing was not farming but growing good, healthy soil, their farming practices became a lot more successful.

That’s author Daniel Tucker. He spoke with small farmers all over the country who are growing food and bringing it to customers in innovative ways. He’ll highlight a couple of the most interesting examples from his book Farm Together Now in the first half of our show.

Jeremy Bernfeld of Harvest Public Media also speaks with farmers to find out their reactions to Congress’ recent extension of the farm bill.

In the kitchen, Chef Daniel Orr makes a rutabaga mash and a warm collard green salad.

And, it’s off to Jeff Mease’s farm to meet his water buffaloes. That interview from our Earth Eats archives.

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Stories On This Episode

Farmers Frustrated By Farm Bill Extension


The final fiscal cliff deal ditched new legislation and merely extended parts of the bill that expired in October, leaving farmers exasperated.

Daniel Tucker’s “Farm Together Now” – Fixing The Food System

Daniel Tucker And His Book Farm Together Now

"Farm Together Now" profiles the people who are experimenting with solutions to the broken American food system.

Grandma Orr’s Polish Rutabaga Mash

Rutabaga Mash

This recipe combines the rutabagas with potatoes for a twist on your traditional mashed potato recipe.

Water Buffalo: From Milk To Mozzarella With Jeff Mease

Jeff Mease With His Water Buffalos

Jeff Mease is a local farmer and restaurateur who is now operating one of the few water buffalo farms in the United States.

Golden Greens: Couve a Mineira (Brazilian Style Collards)

A plate of Couve a mineira (brazilian style collard greens with orange slices)

There are many great recipes for fall greens. I love making a Brazilian style dish of thinly shaved collards, quickly sautéed with garlic and olive oil.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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