A tractor in a corn field during harvest time.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
September 07, 2017

Crop Insurance; Teaching Science Through Bad Examples; Faster Trains; Climate Change And Flooding

On the 21st: How farmers use the federal crop insurance program to stay in business. Plus, University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum explained how even "bad science" from movies could be used to teach valuable lessons, and DePaul University's Joseph Schwieterman discussed new passenger trains that could slash commuting times. Also: a look at climate change, flooding and other severe weather.


RIPE Project Associate Director Don Ort discusses field trials.
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
July 14, 2017

RIPE Project Shows Off Progress In Photosynthesis Research

Researchers with the University of Illinois’ crop research project, Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency -- or RIPE for short -- invited the media and the public to a field day Thursday. Don Ort is the associate director of the RIPE project and a crop science professor at the U of I. He gave Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline an overview of the project.


Austin Hansen & Ross Beach/ WNIJ
June 27, 2017

Illinois to Halt Roadwork Without Budget; Travel Ban; Peoria Ag Lab

On the 21st: If Illinois’s budget impasse doesn’t get resolved by the end of this week, hundreds of state-funded road construction projects may be halted indefinitely. Plus, how will President Trump's travel ban affect Illinois? We also spoke with state lawmakers who are fighting to save a national agriculture lab based in Peoria.


A barn with an American flag painted on the side sits on High Cross Road east of Urbana, Ill., in Champaign County.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
June 25, 2017

Foreign Investment In U.S. Farmland On The Rise

In 2013, the Chinese firm Shuanghui acquired more than 146,000 acres of farmland across the United States, worth more than $500 million, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The deal made Shuanghui, now the WH Group Limited, into one of the biggest foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land, according to an analysis of that same data.


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