A sign near the Johnson County courthouse urges county voters to defeat a referendum on fracking.
(AP Photo/Jim Suhr, File)
November 06, 2014

Illinois Lawmakers Approve Fracking Rules

State lawmakers have signed off on rules regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois at a legislative hearing.


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October 04, 2014

Farmers Make Money and Paper from Crop Waste

A report from the US Department of Agriculture several years ago found that farmers can do more with the stems, leaves and other materials leftover after harvest than plow it back into the soil. One option is to sell it to make paper products.

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May Berenbaum with an insect
Photo by UIUC News Service
October 03, 2014

White House Honors U of I Entomologist May Berenbaum

President Barack Obama on Friday awarded the National Medal of Science to a group of researchers that includes University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum.


Congressman John Shimkus holds his ACTIVATOR Friend of Agriculture Award.
(Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)
September 26, 2014

Shimkus Picks Up Endorsement Award From Ag Group

U-S Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) visited local Farm Bureau offices in four cities on Friday, to meet with officials and pick up an endorsement.


September 26, 2014

ADM Permitted To Store Carbon Dioxide Underground

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a permit for Archer Daniels Midland Company to store carbon dioxide deep underground in Decatur, the agency said Friday.


September 23, 2014

Obama Urges World To Follow US Lead On Climate

In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Tuesday to follow the United States' lead on the issue, even as a United Nations summit revealed the many obstacles that still stand in the way of wider agreements to reduce heat-trapping pollution.  


September 21, 2014

Runoff Forces Closure Of Kickapoo Park Fishing Pond

A fishing pond at Kickapoo State Park in Vermilion County is closed until further notice as the Illinois Attorney General’s office investigates runoff from waste produced at the nearby Bungee Milling Plant.


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