February 16, 2014

Quinn To EPA: Don’t Reduce Ethanol Content

Gov. Pat Quinn is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to follow through on its own proposal to reduce amounts of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline.


Phil Borgic, propane tank
(Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media)
February 11, 2014

Farmers Among Those Feeling The Propane Pinch

Residents across the Midwest are struggling with tight propane supplies, especially in this bitterly cold, snowy winter. But it’s not just homes in rural counties that are lacking adequate heating fuel.


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Grain Operator Austin Clubb surveys corn inside the Homestead Grain Facility at Amana Farms near Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
(John Poole/NPR)
February 07, 2014

Jury Awards Nearly $17 Million In Grain Bin Deaths

An Illinois jury has returned a record verdict of nearly $17 million in the deaths of two teenagers and the traumatic entrapment of a third worker in a grain bin in 2010, NPR's Howard Berkes reports.


January 30, 2014

Illinois Farm Owners Settle US Subsidy Allegations

The Department of Justice says a central Illinois farming business has paid $5.3 million to settle allegations it used fake partnerships to avoid limits on federal subsidies its owners could receive.


January 28, 2014

U.S. House To Vote On 2014 Farm Bill

The U.S. House is set to vote on a new farm bill Wednesday, after House and Senate negotiators earlier this week agreed on compromise legislation combining each chambers' drafts.


The new farm bill includes provisions to help livestock producers hit by natural disasters and extreme weather. Here, cattle stay warm in a barn in Illinois during this month's cold weather.
(Seth Perlman/AP)
January 28, 2014

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

Members of the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. If enacted, it would close the gap left when the previous farm bill expired late in 2013, after an emergency extension lapsed.


(Adam Cole/NPR)
January 22, 2014

Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

Starting this year, farmers across the Midwest can sign up for a service that lets big agribusiness collect data from their farms, minute by minute, as they plant and harvest their crops.


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