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Farming In Retirement, Message To The Beef Industry, Kale In The Raw

Cali. drought has not meant new opportunities for Midwest farmers. Nicolette Hahn Niman has ideas for how the beef industry can do it better. And, kale salad.

two american guinea hogs

People are very clearly more and more saying they don’t want chemicals and drugs in their food system. That is so clear, it’s so loud and clear. And the mainstream beef industry is still not getting that message.

Nicolette Hahn Niman hopes her book will show the way forward for the beef industry. Her suggestion? Put as many cows on grass as possible.

You’ll see kale at local farmers markets this time of year. We’ve got a recipe where you eat it raw.

California is king when it comes to growing kale, but farmers there are struggling with the on-going drought. Harvest Public Media looks at why Midwest farmers have been unable to pick up the slack.

And, Jerry and Paula Perron became farmers after they retired.

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California Drought Not A Midwest Windfall

Things were different fifty-years-ago when fruit and vegetable production was a larger part of Midwest farming. Now it’s all about corn and soybeans.

“Defending Beef” Means More Grass

Author and rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman says her book "Defending Beef" is a constructive criticism of the beef industry.

Farming In Retirement: J&P Heritage Farm

Jerry and Paula Perron of J&P Heritage Farm have grown their retirement hobby into a small, pork-producing business

Massaged Kale Salad

Giving the kale a good, thorough back rub for this recipe. It tenderizes it and make it easier to chew.

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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