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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 14, 2014

Paying A Visit To The University Of Illinois’ Unusual Landmark

By Jeremy Hobson


(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


(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

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting - Illinois Public Media News - May 30, 2014

Climate change threatens U.S. food security; crop insurance poised to remain hot topic

By Robert Holly

Warm temperatures and extreme weather will thwart agriculture production and threaten U.S. food security, an executive-branch assessment on climate change released in early May found.

Categories: Agriculture, Environment

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