Rows of corn in Puerto Rico.
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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.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that Republicans had the votes to pass a sweeping overhaul of the country's tax code. The measure passed early Saturday morning.
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December 02, 2017

Senate Republicans Pass Massive Tax Overhaul

The Senate narrowly approved a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul early Saturday morning following a day of procedural delays and frustration.


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.


An employee tends to brewing equipment at the Riggs Brewing Company in Urbana.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
November 29, 2017

Urbana Brewpub Prepares To Go Solar

Solar panels power some homes in central Illinois, and supplement the electricity for other buildings and facilities. Now, a brewery and taproom in Urbana plans to make solar panels its primary source of electricity.


Unemployment office.
Burt Lum/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
November 24, 2017

Job Growth Mixed In October Across Illinois

The year-over-year unemployment rate fell in all 14 Illinois metro areas, but job growth was mixed, with just eight metro areas adding jobs over the last 12 months.


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