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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - January 28, 2014

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

By Bill Chappell

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.

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.

Categories: Agriculture, Politics
Tags: farm bill

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - November 13, 2013

Illinois Pumpkins On Thanksgiving Tables

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: 4:03)


This Thanksgiving, hungry families all over the country will finish off their holiday meal with a little slice of the Midwest.

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food

AP - Illinois Public Media News - November 11, 2013

Crop Duster Fined For Detassling Incident

by the Associated Press

A crop-dusting pilot is being fined $750 for mistakenly spraying almost 80 teenagers with fungicide as they detassled corn near Champaign this summer.
The News-Gazette reports the pilot was fined for violating the Illinois Pesticide Act during the July 25 accident.
A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Agriculture says the fine was issued by an administrative law judge.
The teenagers were working in Pesotum  to cut the pollinating tassels off corn plants when they were hit by the chemical being sprayed on an adjacent field.
 They were decontaminated and treated for minor ailments, mostly irritated skin.

Categories: Agriculture, Government

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - November 07, 2013

Despite Barriers, Farm Worker Breaks Silence About Rape Case

This story was produced in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting and UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting program. This is part two of a two-part report about sexual assault of agricultural workers in the U.S.

By Sasha Khokha


(Duration: 6:00)

Guadalupe Chavez moved to a trailer home in Oregon after her sexual assault case went to trial in California.

It started with a missing paycheck.

In 2006, Guadalupe Chavez, a farm worker in California's Central Valley, was supposed to earn $245 for a week of picking pomegranates. It was money the widowed mother of two needed urgently to pay her bills. When she went to track down the check, a supervisor she'd never met before told her someone had it out in the fields. He said to follow him there in her car.

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