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Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - September 03, 2013

Illinois County Relied Heavily On Crop Insurance Last Year

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Bill Wheelhouse

An ear of corn is blackened in the sun and heat Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Farmingdale, Ill.

Farmers in the Midwest were devastated by a crippling drought in 2012. The federal crop insurance program paid out a record $17.3 billion, and in rural America, that money is still paying dividends.

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