Rural areas of the country are seeing an increase in opioid overdoses.
Brian Seifferlein/Harvest Public Media file photo
March 05, 2018

Ag-Expert Panel Says Solutions To Opioid Abuse Best Found Locally

The statistics are clear: Rural America is deeply impacted by the opioid crisis, especially farmers and farm workers. What’s not so easy is figuring out what to do about it, three national agricultural leaders said Sunday, though they all said the real onus is on local communities.

Dicamba resistant soybeans in rural McLean County on August 7.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
February 22, 2018

Ag Panel To Discuss Dicamba Impact

The herbicide dicamba has been in the news a lot over the past year. One University of Missouri researcher says dicamba has been blamed for more than 3 million acres of damaged soybeans in 2017 alone. 

A study tries to understand how much intensive agriculture has contributed to climate change in the Midwest.
Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media (file)
February 19, 2018

Study: Intensive Agriculture Drives Midwest Climate Changes

As agriculture intensified in the 20th century, summers in the Midwest became wetter and cooler. Researchers at MIT, in a study published this month, looked at whether vegetation from crop production, rather than the greenhouse gas emissions that are an established source of climate changes, could have driven these regional impacts.

USDA Graph of farm income.
Courtesy of US Dept. of Agr
February 12, 2018

2018 Forecast: US Farm Income To Sink To 12-Year Low

Farm income will likely drop nearly 7 percent from last year to $59.5 billion, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Wednesday. The drop is due to continued low prices for crops like corn and soybeans, as well as higher fuel and labor costs.

Democratic candidate for state treasurer Mike Frerichs talks to reporters on election night
Keenan Chan/Illinois Public Media/(File Photo)
February 06, 2018

Treasurer Frerichs Announces New Rural Investment Program

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs has announced a new $500-million program that will help farmers, homeowners and employees in rural parts of the state get access to low-interest loans. He says the program will create wealth and jobs in rural areas, which will ultimately bring money back to the state in the form of taxes.

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