University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
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September 15, 2015

Cow Deaths In Surgery Prompt Changes At U of I Vet Med

Five of the animals died following abdominal surgery last month.  A USDA inspection report means more vets and vet technicians monitoring students, having vetinary staff and student monitor animals after operations, and doing procedures in surgery suites. 


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visits a University of Illinois-owned farm in Urbana on Thursday.
Darell Hoemann/CU Citizen Access
September 10, 2015

Top Ag Official Announces $100 Million In Ethanol Infrastructure Funding

More ethanol fuel blends could soon be for sale at gas stations in Illinois after a multi-million dollar federal investment in the industry’s infrastructure. The U.S. department of Agriculture is giving the state $12 million dollars to expand access to ethanol in Illinois. 


The work-in-progress 2015 Illinois State Fair butter cow is unveiled at the Illinois State Fair Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
August 25, 2015

Illinois State Fair Attendance Down

Despite ideal weather, State Fair officials report fewer than 412,000 people attended this year.  The state provided no explanation for the figure that was less than half the 961,000 who attended as recently as two years ago.


A storm hovers over an Illinois rural landscape on May 29, 2015. Extreme weather is likely to become more common in the Midwest under climate change conditions, according researchers and federal reports.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
July 21, 2015

GMOs, Monsanto And The Fight Against Climate Change

A Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of the USDA data found that Monsanto has been responsible for introducing 37 different genetically engineered seeds approved by the USDA. That number is about one-third of all USDA-approved GMOs. Most of those approved seeds have been for corn, soybean and cotton.


Indian Farm
Courtesy of Alan Guebert
July 17, 2015

Agriculture Will Return To ‘The Land Of Milk And Uncle Honey”

Alan Guebert has written a syndicated newspaper column about agriculture for about 20 years. Several of those columns have recounted what life was like on the “Southern Illinois dairy farm of his youth” – near St. Louis – and the beloved great uncle who came to “help.” At his daughter’s suggestion, the two of them have gathered those stories into a book, The Land of Milk And Uncle Honey. 


The door on a grain bin remains open following an accident in Story County, Iowa on July 11, 2005, which killed a 72-year-old Nevada, Iowa man after he and two others were loading a semitrailer with grain.
(AP Photo/Iowa State Daily, Morris L. Manning)
July 09, 2015

Illinois Court Upholds Ruling In Fatal Grain Bin Accident

An appellate court upheld the $16 million judgment awarded to two families after the 2010 accident in northwest Illinois that claimed two lives.  A third co-worker survived.


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