October 01, 2012

Immediate Future Uncertain for Farmers

The agriculture industry has had a rocky year, highlighted by a vicious drought and oppressive Midwestern heat. Farmers in Illinois and elsewhere are trying to make the best of the harvest, while bracing for what lies ahead. However, their immediate future is clouded by gridlock in Washington.


September 19, 2012

Congress Fails to Act on Farm Bill as Deadline Nears

Congressman Tim Johnson (R-Urbana) wants fellow lawmakers to vote on a new farm bill very soon before it expires on Sept. 30. Johnson is a member of the House Agriculture Committee, where the farm bill has sat since July.


August 27, 2012

Drought Renews Focus on Ethanol Mandate

The federal government is mandated to dedicate a certain amount of the nation’s corn every year for ethanol production. Some Illinois lawmakers say the Environmental Protection Agency should lower that amount this year because of the devastating drought that has decimated corn crops.


August 24, 2012

Plans Underway to Help Farmers Secure Loans

The mortgage crisis and economic upheaval have made it harder for individuals and small businesses to secure loans. Now there is an effort in Illinois to help ensure that farmers affected by the drought can get one.


August 23, 2012

FDA Names Indiana Farm Tied to Contaminated Melons

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified an Indiana farm tied to a recent salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe and says the operation has launched a formal recall of the melons


August 23, 2012

Annual Midwest Crop Tour Sees Impact of Drought

The annual crop tour of the Midwest held by the agricultural news service Pro Farmer is finding dramatic drops in corn and soybean yields from last year--and Illinois is no exception.


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