Farmers across the country received more than $17 billion in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. A report released Tuesday by an environmental group blames farmers for not doing enough to shield the soil against the heat.
The city of Urbana expects to hand out nearly 30,000 ears of corn this weekend at the annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. One addition is the new steam engine that will boil all that corn.
This year's Farm Progress Show will be missing a key ingredient: field demonstrations.
More communities are allowing residents to raise backyard chickens. Champaign recently gave the initial OK for its residents to do that, but city leaders must first come up with an ordinance for chicken owners to follow.
This year’s annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival kicks off later this week, and the event’s executive director says despite some setbacks, everything is going smoothly.
Organizers of the Illinois State Fair say they're not changing security procedures after vandals threw paint on a butter cow at the state fair in Iowa.
Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest’s role as a global leader in agriculture.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects Indiana corn farmers to rebound from a dismal crop last year by producing nearly 1 billion bushels in 2013.
The ongoing immigration debate in Congress often spotlights the job market for people living in the U.S. illegally.
The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.
The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert.