January 28, 2014

U.S. House To Vote On 2014 Farm Bill

The U.S. House is set to vote on a new farm bill Wednesday, after House and Senate negotiators earlier this week agreed on compromise legislation combining each chambers' drafts.


The new farm bill includes provisions to help livestock producers hit by natural disasters and extreme weather. Here, cattle stay warm in a barn in Illinois during this month's cold weather.
(Seth Perlman/AP)
January 28, 2014

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

Members of the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. If enacted, it would close the gap left when the previous farm bill expired late in 2013, after an emergency extension lapsed.


(Adam Cole/NPR)
January 22, 2014

Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

Starting this year, farmers across the Midwest can sign up for a service that lets big agribusiness collect data from their farms, minute by minute, as they plant and harvest their crops.


Central Illinois farmer Tom Humphrey moves fertilizer from a transport truck to a field spreader on a freshly harvested corn field in Chatham, Ill., Monday, Oct 27, 2008.
(Seth Perlman/AP)
January 10, 2014

Illinois Top US Soybean Producer In 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois was the country's leading producer of soybeans and second-largest corn producer last year.


ADM
(Seth Perlman/AP)
December 18, 2013

ADM Confirms Move To Chicago

Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland has confirmed that it's moving its global headquarters to Chicago.


November 11, 2013

Crop Duster Fined For Detassling Incident

A crop-dusting pilot is being fined $750 for mistakenly spraying almost 80 teenagers with fungicide as they detassled corn near Champaign this summer.
 
The News-Gazette reports the pilot was fined for violating the Illinois Pesticide Act during the July 25 accident.
 
A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Agriculture says the fine was issued by an administrative law judge.
 
The teenagers were working in Pesotum  to cut the pollinating tassels off corn plants when they were hit by the chemical being sprayed on an adjacent field.
 
 They were decontaminated and treated for minor ailments, mostly irritated skin.
 


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