November 11, 2013

Crop Duster Fined For Detassling Incident

A crop-dusting pilot is being fined $750 for mistakenly spraying almost 80 teenagers with fungicide as they detassled corn near Champaign this summer.
 
The News-Gazette reports the pilot was fined for violating the Illinois Pesticide Act during the July 25 accident.
 
A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Agriculture says the fine was issued by an administrative law judge.
 
The teenagers were working in Pesotum  to cut the pollinating tassels off corn plants when they were hit by the chemical being sprayed on an adjacent field.
 
 They were decontaminated and treated for minor ailments, mostly irritated skin.
 


Greater Chicago Food Depository
(Paul Beaty/AP)
October 28, 2013

Pantries, Shelters Feeling Pinch Of Food Stamp Cut

Food pantries and homeless shelters say they are beginning to notice repercussions of a reduction in food stamps that will take effect Friday, Nov. 1. A temporary hike in benefits that kicked in during the recession expires this week. 


(Matt Rubel)
October 25, 2013

Honoring A Fallen Farmer

Last month, during the busy harvest season, a group of farmers near Monticello drove their tractors, trucks and combines out of their half-harvested fields, and parked them.


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