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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

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(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.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - November 05, 2013

Silenced By Status, Farm Workers Face Rape, Sexual Abuse

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.

By Sasha Khokha

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(Duration: 6:02)

Maricruz Ladino

Even though it's a warm day in California's Salinas Valley, Maricruz Ladino looks like she's going ice fishing.




Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - October 28, 2013

Pantries, Shelters Feeling Pinch Of Food Stamp Cut

By Amanda Vinicky

Greater Chicago Food Depository

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. 

Categories: Agriculture, Food, Health



Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - October 21, 2013

Ranchers Wonder If U.S. Sheep Industry Has Bottomed Out

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

By Luke Runyon

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(Duration: 3:57)

sheep

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.

Categories: Agriculture, Animals, Business
Tags: sheep

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