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.


computer online commerce
iStockphoto.com
January 24, 2018

How Online Sales Affect Small Businesses; Private School Scholarship Tax Credits; Eating Asian Carp

On The 21st: Last summer's education funding overhaul came with a tax credit encouraging donations to private school scholarships, but it's being implemented so quickly that schools are having a hard time keeping up. Plus, what if we just ate our way out of the Asian Carp invasion problem? But first, a check-in with local business in Illinois on how online sales and the cold weather have affected their bottom line.


Corn harvest in Illinois.
Bill Wheelhouse/NPR Illinois
January 24, 2018

State Of Trump: NAFTA Talks Worry Agriculture Community

Rural America was an important demographic in the last election cycle, helping Donald Trump advance to the White House over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Even though Illinois was an electoral victory for Clinton, only twelve of Illinois’ 102 counties went blue, and more than half of those were located in Chicagoland. 


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