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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



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 19, 2013

Champaign Writing Rules For Backyard Chickens

By Sean Powers

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Two hens walk in a backyard in Urbana, where residents are allowed to raise chickens.

More communities are allowing residents to raise backyard chickens. Champaign recently gave the initial OK for its residents to do that, but city leaders must first come up with an ordinance for chicken owners to follow.




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