When Patrick and Sharon O'Toole began their ranching business on the Wyoming-Colorado border, they tended the sheep themselves. But eventually, the O'Tooles wanted to settle down and have kids, so they hired foreign ranch hands with H-2A, or guest worker, visas to work on the ranch for $750 a month.
Congressman John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) says the U.S. House of Representatives is expected take up the farm bill later this month.
The Senate voted Monday to approve its version of the farm bill, a massive spending measure that covers everything from food stamps to crop insurance and sets the nation's farm policy for the next five years.
The Senate on Monday passed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that expands government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts to food stamps.
The U.S. Senate could finally vote on a new farm bill on Monday, but the final version could still be at least several weeks away.
The way hog farmer Bob Young sees it, city people just don’t understand farmers.
There were questions Wednesday about whether U.S. regulators will approve the takeover of Smithfield Foods Inc., the company that sells all-American hams, hot dogs and bacon, by China's Shuanghui International.
State Representative Adam Brown says he expects the Senate and Governor to quickly approve a measure backing a number of economic projects, including a fertilizer plant in Tuscola.
Vendors say there was a decent crowd as the Downtown Danville Farmer’s Market was starting its fourth season. There were 8 vendors selling a variety of products next to the city library Wednesday morning.