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Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting - Illinois Public Media News - July 18, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Crop Insurance Programs Subject Of Intense Farm Bill Lobbying

By Pam Dempsey and Robert Holly

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(Duration: 4:32)

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the 2014 Farm Bill will raise government funding of crop insurance by about $5.7 billion from 2014 to 2023. A joint analysis revealed the lobbying efforts behind that expansion.

After two years of debate, the U.S. Congress passed a Farm Bill this year that replaced direct subsidies to farmers with an ever increasing multi-billion dollar federal crop insurance program.

Categories: Agriculture, Government

Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014 ~ Comment (1)

Will California Drought Prompt More Midwest Agriculture?

By Monica Eng

Shoppers pick through season-end tomatoes at the Chicago Farmers market in Federal Plaza Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, in Chicago. The market is open on Tuesdays through the end of October.

At a Chicago area farmers market in July you won’t see many signs of the California drought. This is the time of year when produce lovers can pretty much gorge on all the local cherries, blueberries and zucchini they want.


Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Growing Influence: Out Of Public Eye, A Bitter Farm Bill Fight

By Jeremy Bernfeld, with additional reporting from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

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(Duration: 4:18)

K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear. With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - July 15, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Growing Influence: Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill

By Peggy Lowe, with additional reporting from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

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(Duration: 4:53)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 14, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Paying A Visit To The University Of Illinois’ Unusual Landmark

By Jeremy Hobson

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(Duration: 8:28)

The Morrow Plots are the oldest experimental cornfield in the Western Hemisphere.

Harvard has its yard. The University of Illinois has a cornfield. In 1876, agriculture professors Manley Miles and George Morrow planted the Morrow Plots, now the oldest experimental cornfield in the Western Hemisphere.

Categories: Agriculture, Education, History


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