The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Pork producers resist attempts to change the way they raise pigs

Pigs on Dave Busby's farm near Bland, MO.

Pigs on Dave Busby's farm near Bland, MO. Jonathan Ahl/Harvest Public Media

Monday, April 25, 2022

Today's headlines:

  • The National Science Foundation has given two groups of University of Illinois researchers awards totaling more than $40 million.

  • The Autism Program at the University of Illinois continues to provide an online summer camp for prospective students with autism.

  • Champaign-Urbana residents cheered as artist Langston Allston cut a ceremonial ribbon on Friday, officially unveiling the Urbana Free Library’s new mural at the Cunningham Township building in Urbana.

  • About 100 people gathered at Douglass Park in Champaign Saturday to celebrate the life and legacy of John Cleo Bud Johnson Jr, better known as Bud.

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn why Midwest pork farmers are reducing the amount of money sent to their “checkoff” program, which is used for advertising their product.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Luis Velazquez, Jacqueline Barba, Eunice Alpasan and Jonathan Ahl.