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Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014

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

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

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

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




WILL - Illinois Public Media News - June 25, 2014

After 100 Years, University Of Illinois Extension Continues To Evolve

By Sean Powers

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(Duration: 8:37)

George Czapar

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the University of Illinois Extension. The extension began in 1914 when Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act that established extension services at the nation’s land-grant universities.

A big part of the Extension’s focus has been on agricultural outreach and support. There were also extension programs on home economics and food preservation that were designed to help rural families. However, the U of I Extension has shifted its focus over the last century to meet the needs of a diverse population. 

Illinois Public Media’s Sean Powers recently talked about some of those changes with U of I Extension Director George Czapar.

Categories: Agriculture, Education

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