July 05, 2014

Storms Hit Some Illinois Corn Fields Hard

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week that most of Illinois' corn crop is in great shape.  But some farmers in western and central Illinois suffered extensive damage from storms on Monday.


George Czapar
(Sean Powers/WILL)
June 25, 2014

After 100 Years, University Of Illinois Extension Continues To Evolve

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.


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Prosperity Gardens bus.
(Bria Purdiman/ WILL)
June 02, 2014

Prosperity Gardens Going Mobile

One community garden is getting the wheels turning on a mobile produce market. Prosperity Gardens is serving the community in a new way.


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