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Let’s Get Ready to Conference

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Greetings from Columbia! The city is a busy college town with hip shops and trendy restaurants, but outside the city the rolling farmland isn’t that much different from western Kentucky. And the local NPR station, KBIA’s call letters? 91.3. I’m right at home.

Tomorrow is the Food, Fuel, and Society Conference. There’s still time to send me some questions about biofuel and immigrant farm labor. For example, one thing I’ve heard so far is that E-85 fuel seems to burn faster than traditional gasoline. So, the question is are ethanol-makers are aware of that, and are other biofuels (like switchgrass) better as gasoline replacements?

P. S. If you’re ever in Columbia, check out India House for some good Indian food in generous portions.

WKMS likes the food of India.


Written by Angela Hatton

October 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Datebook – Monday, October 11

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It’s Monday, October 11.

A trio of violin, clarinet and piano faculty of Middle Tennessee State University presents a recital tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Performing Arts Hall of Doyle Fine Arts Building at Murray State. Hear works by Khatchaturian, Chopin, and Ravel.

The American Red Cross collects blood tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Murray.  Donors receive a Red Cross Racing camo hat as supplies last.  Schedule an appointment in advance at

Mayfield Elementary School hosts a program by Cyber Safety Expert Rob Nickell tomorrow at 6 p.m.  It’s free for the community to learn more about technology use, on-line safety, especially regarding children using the web.

Baby Signs Workshops start this evening at 5:30 at Murray State, Room 2203 Alexander Hall.  Learn the how to’s of teaching babies to sign through games, songs, and activities.  Babies join the third and following classes.  Call 270-809-4150.  A Ballroom Dance class starts tomorrow, meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. through December.

Use to send us your community events.  Thanks for listening!

WKMS Goes to Missouri

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Today I’ll be celebrating Columbus Day by driving to Columbia, Missouri, for the Food, Fuel, and Society Conference at University of Missouri, Columbia’s Reynolds Institute for Journalism. Now that’s a mouthful.

Ira Flatow, the host of NPR’s  Science Friday is the featured guest speaker at tomorrow’s conference. The focus will be better practices in agriculture reporting.  It’s not just plowing and planting, people. I’ll be talking to other reporters, farmers, professors, and analysts. And you can participate too. Here’s how:

I’ll be attending two panel discussions. One on bio-fuels, and the other on immigrant farm labor. If you’ve got a question you’d like me to ask, leave it as a comment at the bottom of this post.

To find out more about what’s new in the world of agriculture, visit Harvest Public Media’s Facebook page.  You can follow them on Twitter too.

Hey, WKMS is on Facebook and Twitter too!

More later from the Show-Me State!

Written by Angela Hatton

October 11, 2010 at 9:53 am