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Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting - Illinois Public Media News - March 24, 2014

After Injury, Farmer-Turned-Researcher Teaches About Agriculture

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting is devoted to educating the public about crucial issues in the Midwest with a special focus on agribusiness and related topics such as government programs, environment and energy.

By Robert Holly

Chip Petrea stands near a modified tractor after his accident.

Robert “Chip” Petrea was trying to feed damp yellow hay into a red baler on a wet Sunday afternoon in 1978, but the machine refused to pick it up.

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Health

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - March 04, 2014

Food Hubs Could Provide Crucial Link For Amish Farmers

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Peter Gray


(Duration: 3:07)

Michael Doherty with the Illinois Farm Bureau, left, speaks with a group of Amish farmers at a recent food hub education meeting. Standing next to him is organizer Dave Bishop.

Lacking the infrastructure of traditional suppliers, many local farms that want to connect to restaurants, schools and other big buyers are using the Internet to reach customers.

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - February 04, 2014

How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

By Dan Charles


(Duration: 7:47)

Allen Williams grows corn and soybeans for Clarkson Grain, which has been selling GMO-free grain to Japan for years.

Quite possibly, you've noticed some new food labels out there, like "Not made with genetically modified ingredients" or "GMO-free." You might have seen them on boxes of Cheerios, or on chicken meat. If you've shopped at Whole Foods, that retailer says it now sells more than 3,000 products that have been certified as "non-GMO."

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food

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