Tristan Johnson, owner of Wireless Data Net, shows where his system links into the fiber at Blue Ridge High School in Farmer City, Illinois, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Wireless Data Net is based out of Saybrook, Illinois, and serves just under 1,

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November 26, 2018

USDA’s Rural Broadband Plan Met With Citizen Criticism And Concerns

Slow speeds, bad coverage and expensive service. These are just some of the concerns contained in nearly 300 public comments on Rural Broadband Pilot Program proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a review by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found.


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November 19, 2018

Tips for Winter Driving; Holiday Travel Update; Native American Food Systems

On the 21st: It's officially the dreaded holiday travel season. In Illinois, that means it’s cold outside, and it’s busy out on the roads and in airports. Today, we run down some tips for people driving out in the snow and getting your car ready if you’re hitting the road. Plus, we’ll get the latest in travel news with NPR’s David Schaper. But first, farming has always been part of American life. But Native American communities have to do more with a lot less land. They’re also worried about how the government’s food policies will affect them.


Freshly harvested soybeans are transferred from a grain cart to a semi on a farm near Randall, Iowa in October 2018.

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November 19, 2018

The Uncertain Future Of Soybean Futures

Farmers know every year they’re going to encounter surprises from things out of their control, like drought or pests. This year, great growing conditions led to a bin-busting soybean harvest, but a tit-for-tat exchange of tariffs with China meant that country went from being a major buyer to virtually ignoring U.S. soybeans.


The number of H-2A visa workers have increased, but they still make up 9 percent of the U.S. agriculture workforce.

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November 06, 2018

Farmers Are Seeking More Temporary H-2A Workers, And Keeping Them Longer

Across the country, farmers have voiced concerns over what they say is a growing labor shortage. That’s why an increasing number are turning to the federal H-2A visa program, which allows farmers to bring in workers temporarily from foreign countries.


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October 31, 2018

State Treasurer Candidates; IL Candidates On The Economy; Passing Land To New Farmers

On the 21st: Today, we continued our election series outlining where candidates stand on growing Illinois’s economy – and fixing our economic problems. Plus,  our series of candidate interviews by speaking with the three men vying for the office of Illinois' Treasurer. But first, we learn more about a program that helps old farmers connect with, mentor, and even pass their land on to young farmers.


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