two people making paper
Tiffany Jolley/WILL
October 04, 2014

Farmers Make Money and Paper from Crop Waste

A report from the US Department of Agriculture several years ago found that farmers can do more with the stems, leaves and other materials leftover after harvest than plow it back into the soil. One option is to sell it to make paper products.

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Bees on Phil Crandall Farms in Coal Valley, Illinois.
(Michelle O'Neill/WVIK)
September 30, 2014

Problems For Honeybees And Beekeepers

Honeybees in the U.S. are in trouble. Their populations have been declining for years, but a long, cold winter put a huge dent in the number of hives in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa.


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Congressman John Shimkus holds his ACTIVATOR Friend of Agriculture Award.
(Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)
September 26, 2014

Shimkus Picks Up Endorsement Award From Ag Group

U-S Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) visited local Farm Bureau offices in four cities on Friday, to meet with officials and pick up an endorsement.


September 26, 2014

ADM Permitted To Store Carbon Dioxide Underground

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a permit for Archer Daniels Midland Company to store carbon dioxide deep underground in Decatur, the agency said Friday.


September 19, 2014

Fatal Farm Accidents Increase In Illinois Over Past Year

Farming claimed the lives of 21 people in Illinois from July 2013 through June, nearly double the number of deaths during the same period a year earlier, according to Bloomington-based Country Financial.


A protester attends a rally on fracking in Springfield in May 2013.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
September 10, 2014

Industry To Seek Changes In ‘Fracking’ Rules

Supporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said Wednesday that they'll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules to govern the practice in Illinois that appear to violate a hard-won compromise between industry and environmentalists. 


ADM logo on tanker truck in July 2009.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
August 25, 2014

ADM Opens New Chicago Headquarters

Archer Daniels Midland Company says it new downtown Chicago headquarters is open, with many of the employees having relocated from Decatur.


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