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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 19, 2013

Champaign Writing Rules For Backyard Chickens

By Sean Powers

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(Duration: 4:10)

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.




Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - August 05, 2013

Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

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

By Luke Runyon

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(Duration: 3:57)

Fox Ranch, outside Yuma County, Colo., is a 14,000-acre nature preserve and working commercial cattle ranch. The ranch is used by the Nature Conservancy to put into practice its panned grazing technique.

The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert.



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