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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





NPR - Illinois Public Media News - September 17, 2013

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

By Dan Charles

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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.



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