Peggy Lowe

Harvest Network Analyst

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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Harvest Public Media
4:45 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Livestock Producers' Drought Aid Held Up By Congress

Cattle and pork producers don’t have drought-related emergency assistance, and some may have to sell their herds.
Harvest Public Media

As one of the worst droughts in 50 years ravages the Midwest, livestock producers are left without a safety net, watching their herds suffer or be sold because there’s nothing else to do. 

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My Farm Roots
2:52 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Making A Home Out On The Ranch

Nan Gardiner (front) with her husband Henry in Ashland, Kan.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

It’s not every day that a trip to the drug store can change your destiny.

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The Salt
2:25 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches

Barbara and Norman Roux stand in front of cattle pens on their farm outside of Moundridge, Kan., where she has raised cattle for nearly 70 years.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 6:47 pm

In the chicken and pork industries, nearly every aspect of the animals' raising has long been controlled by just a handful of agriculture conglomerates. But the cattle industry is still populated by mom-and-pop operations, at least at the calf-raising level.

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Farmer of the Future
9:00 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Who Are You Calling A Corporate Farmer?

Chris Boeckmann grows turkeys for Cargill on his Loose Creek, Mo., farm. But he also raises grass-fed all-natural beef for his private label.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

A surprising thing happens while touring Chris Boeckmann’s turkey farm, where 50,000 birds are grown each year for Cargill Inc.

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Harvest Public Media
9:08 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Selling Doctors On Rural Communities

Dr. Dan Shuman moved his practice to rural Ashland, Kan., in part because he is encouraged to take time off for missionary work.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Recruiting doctors to small towns is a chronic problem. Most places try to lure a physician by rolling out the red carpet with a big salary, a home on a golf course or other cushy perks.

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Harvest Public Media
8:28 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Labor Department Revising Child Labor Plan

Scott Wilber works on fall cleanup of his watermelon field in this file photo. Helping him on his farm near Boone, Iowa, is his employee, MacKenzie Lewis, 15, (left), and his son, Drew, 14.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

The U.S. Labor Department on Wednesday backed off a controversial change to child labor laws after an outcry from farm country, softening its stance on barring kids from working certain jobs on family farms.

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