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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



Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - October 14, 2013

Shipping Containers Can Open Export Market To Farmers

By Bill Wheelhouse

Agribusiness giant ADM recently opened a 275-acre container shipping rail yard near Decatur, Ill., in part to export more grain.

A huge new rail yard has been buzzing on the outskirts of Decatur, Ill. Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently opened the 275-acre facility that would be at home at any major port city on the coast. But it’s in the heart of Illinois farm country because farmers have been taking advantage of a new method of shipping out their products.

Categories: Agriculture, Business

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