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Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - October 04, 2012

Sustainable Farming Brings Producers, Customers Together

By Jim Browne

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(Duration: 5:30)

Consumers are becoming very savvy when it comes to their food. They want to know about the origins of food, chemicals that may have come in contact, and the level of freshness. This interest in more information has resulted in a growing interest in locally grown food from a type of consumers known as “locavores.”

Categories: Agriculture, Food



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

Immediate Future Uncertain for Farmers

By Willis Kern

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(Duration: 5:22)

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


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