Peggy Lowe

Peggy Lowe joined Harvest Public Media in 2011, returning to the Midwest after 22 years as a journalist in Denver and Southern California. Most recently she was at The Orange County Register, where she was a multimedia producer and writer. In Denver she worked for The Associated Press, The Denver Post and the late, great Rocky Mountain News. She was on the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of Columbine. Peggy was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008-09. She is from O'Neill, the Irish Capital of Nebraska, and now lives in Kansas City. Based at KCUR, Peggy is the analyst for The Harvest Network and often reports for Harvest Public Media.

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5:00am

Wed September 24, 2014
Tossed Out

To Cut Waste, Bacon Makers 'Sell Everything But The Squeal'

Todd Scherbing, Smithfield Foods’ senior director of rendering, holds a tray of pituitary glands that are cut from hogs on the line in the Farmland Foods plant in Milan, Mo. Pituitary glands are used to make insulin.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

Editor's note (9/30/14): A previous version of this story misidentified the Natural Resources Defense Council. It also reported that the hogs were "stunned by an electric bolt." In fact, they are lowered into a pit of carbon dioxide and knocked unconscious.

The long line of semi-trucks waiting to get in the gates of the Farmland Foods plant could simply wait around for a few hours to head back, fresh products on board.

The trucks are loaded with hogs from several confinement operations near this factory in Milan, a small town in northeast Missouri. Within just 19 hours, those pigs will be slaughtered, butchered and boxed into cuts that consumers see in the grocery store and in restaurants.

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6:00am

Sun August 31, 2014
My Farm Roots

My Farm Roots: She's Her Dad's 'Son'

Emily Robbins, 27, at a Kansas City coffee house.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

Emily Robbins is a city girl now.

Well, I’m using that term as a cliché. Robbins, 27, lives in Kansas City and works as an engineer at a large firm. She is part of a profession that is made up of just 14 percent women.

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6:00am

Mon July 21, 2014
Politics

Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
Credit David Kosling / USDA

When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.

“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.

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9:57am

Wed July 16, 2014
Agriculture

Study: Controversial Feed Additive Zilmax Doesn't Affect Cattle Health

Colorado State University professor Temple Grandin has been an outspoken critic of the use of beta agonist Zilmax.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The feed additive Zilmax, which was pulled from the market after reports of lame and stressed cattle, does not harm an animal’s health, a university study found.

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5:00am

Tue June 10, 2014
Health

'Fed Up' Links Obesity Epidemic To Sugar, Industry And Government

The movie 'Fed Up' argues the main cause of the childhood obesity epidemic is sugar.
Credit Courtesy RADiUS-TWC

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