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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - September 17, 2013

American Farmers Say They Feed The World, But Do They?

By Dan Charles


(Duration: 4:38)

A cornfield is shrouded in mist at sunrise in rural Springfield, Neb.

When critics of industrial agriculture complain that today's food production is too big and too dependent on pesticides, that it damages the environment and delivers mediocre food, there's a line that farmers offer in response: We're feeding the world.

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - September 03, 2013

Illinois County Relied Heavily On Crop Insurance Last Year

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

By Bill Wheelhouse

An ear of corn is blackened in the sun and heat Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Farmingdale, Ill.

Farmers in the Midwest were devastated by a crippling drought in 2012. The federal crop insurance program paid out a record $17.3 billion, and in rural America, that money is still paying dividends.

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - August 27, 2013

Report: Farmers Could Do More To Protect Soil From Drought

By Bill Wheelhouse, with additional reporting from The Associated Press

soil drought

Farmers across the country received more than $17 billion in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. A report released Tuesday by an environmental group blames farmers for not doing enough to shield the soil against the heat.

Categories: Agriculture, Environment

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