Cover crops emerge early on fields and help keep soil and nutrients in place.

Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media file photo

April 19, 2019 - News Local/State

Farmers Using More Conservation Techniques Despite Lower Enrollment In Federal Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently released 2017 Census of Agriculture data show the amount of land in the largest federal conservation programs has decreased nationwide and in many Midwest and Plains states. But that doesn’t mean farmers are ignoring soil health, nutrient runoff or erosion problems.


The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction site in February 2019.

Brian Grimmett/Harvest Public Media

April 04, 2019 - News Local/State

The Other Manhattan Project

In the wake of Sept. 11, federal officials said the United States needed a new, state-of-the-art facility to defend against bioterrorism and stop diseases that could devastate the country’s farm economy and threaten human lives. They chose Manhattan, Kansas, as the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. 


State Representative Mike Marron testifies at a public hearing of the Illinois EPA on a Dynegy plan to stabilize the Middle Fork Riverbank near its coal ash ponds at the Vermilion Power Station

Jack Brighton/Illinois Public Media

March 27, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois EPA Hearing On Middle Fork Stabilization Plan Shows Extent Of Public Opposition

At a public hearing Tuesday night in Danville the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency took comments from Central Illinois citizens, public officials, engineering and science experts, and environmentalists on Dynegy’s proposal to wall off the Middle Fork River near its coal ash ponds at the Vermilion Power Station.


Workers install solar panels on the roof of the Anita Purves Nature Center, at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana.

Urbana Park District

March 27, 2019 - News Local/State

Nature Center In Urbana Gets Solar Power

The Anita Purves Nature Center is the latest building in Champaign-Urbana to go solar. Solar panels are being installed this week on the nature center, located on the north end of Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park.


The smokestack of Dynegy's shuttered Vermilion Power Station towers over the Middle Fork River.

Photo Credit: Jack Brighton/Illinois Public Media

March 24, 2019 - News Local/State

What To Know About Tuesday’s Public Hearing On Dynegy’s Middle Fork Stabilization Proposal

The Illinois Environmental Agency will hold a public hearing Tuesday, March 26, 2019 to take comments on a proposal by Dynegy Midwest Generation to construct a wall of rock along the Middle Fork River near the company’s coal ash ponds at the Vermilion Power Station near Danville. For those interested, here's what you need to know.


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