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.
Congressman Rodney Davis says he agrees with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that there should be no extension of the 2008 Farm Bill.
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.
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.
This story was produced in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting and UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting program. This is part one of a two-part report about sexual assault of agricultural workers in the U.S.
Even though it's a warm day in California's Salinas Valley, Maricruz Ladino looks like she's going ice fishing.
It's one of the most controversial practices in agriculture: feeding small amounts of antibiotics to animals in order to make them grow faster.
The University of Illinois will spend the next five years partnering with other institutions to improve the soybean crop in African countries.
Food pantries and homeless shelters say they are beginning to notice repercussions of a reduction in food stamps that will take effect Friday, Nov. 1. A temporary hike in benefits that kicked in during the recession expires this week.
Last month, during the busy harvest season, a group of farmers near Monticello drove their tractors, trucks and combines out of their half-harvested fields, and parked them.
An expert at the University of Illinois says a crop-killing weed has made its way into 26 counties, including places around Champaign.
The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.
Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in this country has plummeted by one half. The sheep industry has actually been declining since the late 1940s, when it hit its peak.