Archaeologists digging in the foothills of Iran's Zagros Mountains have discovered the remains of a Stone Age farming community. It turns out that people living there were growing plants like barley, peas and lentils as early as 12,000 years ago.
(Editor's note: U.S. and EU officials begin talks Monday on an ambitious free-trade agreement that promises to create thousands of new jobs and generate billions of dollars of new trade. But negotiators must overcome barriers created by cultural and philosophical differences over sectors like agriculture. One example, in Europe the cultivation of genetically modified crops is banned, while in the U.S., they are a central part of agricultural production. NPR's Jackie Northam visited a farm in Delaware and NPR's Eleanor Beardsley one in Burgundy, France, to look at just how deep-seated some of these differences are.)
U.S. and EU officials begin talks Monday on a free-trade deal that could create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in new trade, but major differences could make it tough to reach an accord.
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two laws aimed at combatting gang-related crime.
Farmers across the nation's midsection are making up for lost time, and are almost done planting soybeans after a soggy spring that put them weeks behind.
Health officials are warning the public about tainted pomegranate seeds from Turkey that have found their way to 11 Illinois counties, including Champaign, McLean, and Peoria.
Peanuts, flax, sprouts and avocados: It's not the menu at a health food deli, but the menu inside some barns. What's more, many farmers experimenting with these gourmet feeds are growing the ingredients themselves.
The typical life of an egg-laying chicken is beginning to change dramatically.
Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says he hopes lawmakers go back to the drawing board by coming up with a new farm bill that can pass the House.
Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) says President Obama is premature in threatening to veto the House’s version of the farm bill.
The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, five-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry.