Silos
Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media
December 21, 2017

Sweeping Changes To U.S. Tax Code A Mixed Bag For Farmers, Rural Hospitals

Many rural businesses and farms will benefit from the tax overhaul passed Wednesday by Congress. But there’s a catch: If the changes fail to spur economic growth as intended, programs that rural areas rely on could be on the chopping block.


December 12, 2017

Healthcare Sign-Up Deadline; Sexual Assault In Prisons; Climate Change and Farming; Winter Pets

On The 21st: The deadline to pick a health insurance plan for next year through Get Covered Illinois is Friday at 11 p.m. What do you need to know before then? Plus, how sexual assault in prison is often ignored. Also, we'll learn how climate change affects farmers in Illinois, and hear from a veterinarian about whether your pets really need to wear coats in winter weather. 


Rows of corn in Puerto Rico.
Les North/MayerSeedline
December 04, 2017

Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Recovery Complicates Ag Businesses’ Seed Research

Puerto Rico’s hot winter days and warm nights have played a key role in the global seed business for more than 30 years. So, the devastation wrought on the U.S. territory by Hurricane Maria in September stretches to the croplands of the Midwest and Great Plains.


In central Nebraska, a combine unloads harvested corn into a truck. For many farmers, the cost of growing a field of corn remains higher than the amount they can make from it.
Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media
November 30, 2017

Farm Income Rising, But Not Everywhere

The farm economy is showing some stability, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says, but the upswing doesn’t extend to all agricultural sectors.


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