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Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - October 01, 2012

Immediate Future Uncertain for Farmers

By Willis Kern

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The agriculture industry has had a rocky year, highlighted by a vicious drought and oppressive Midwestern heat. Farmers in Illinois and elsewhere are trying to make the best of the harvest, while bracing for what lies ahead. However, their immediate future is clouded by gridlock in Washington.


Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - September 19, 2012

Congress Fails to Act on Farm Bill as Deadline Nears

By Quinn Ford, with additional reporting from The Associated Press

Congressman Tim Johnson (R-Urbana) wants fellow lawmakers to vote on a new farm bill very soon before it expires on Sept. 30. Johnson is a member of the House Agriculture Committee, where the farm bill has sat since July.





Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - August 27, 2012

Drought Renews Focus on Ethanol Mandate

By Quinn Ford

The federal government is mandated to dedicate a certain amount of the nation’s corn every year for ethanol production. Some Illinois lawmakers say the Environmental Protection Agency should lower that amount this year because of the devastating drought that has decimated corn crops.

Categories: Agriculture, Energy, Politics



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 23, 2012

Annual Midwest Crop Tour Sees Impact of Drought

By Jim Meadows

The annual crop tour of the Midwest held by the agricultural news service Pro Farmer is finding dramatic drops in corn and soybean yields from last year--and Illinois is no exception.

Categories: Agriculture


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