Make some room in your stomach, because the USDA says you'll eat more than 220 pounds of meat protein in 2018.
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March 15, 2018

Meat Madness: Americans Expected To Eat Record Amounts Of Protein In 2018

When two big meat companies – Tyson and Cargill – recently invested in a lab-grown protein start-up, some said Americans’ love affair with meat had cooled. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. The U-S is expected to eat a record amount of red meat and poultry this year. 

Dicamba resistant soybeans in rural McLean County on August 7.
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February 22, 2018

Ag Panel To Discuss Dicamba Impact

The herbicide dicamba has been in the news a lot over the past year. One University of Missouri researcher says dicamba has been blamed for more than 3 million acres of damaged soybeans in 2017 alone. 

A handful of seeds are displayed.
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January 27, 2018

Winter Doesn’t Stop Seed Swaps

No matter the weather, it’s not too early to start thinking about this year's garden. Saturday, Jan. 27 is National Seed Swap Day, and several seed swap gatherings have been scheduled on or near the day around the country.

Diane Doherty, executive director of the Illinois Hunger Coalition, says cutting back on benefits like food stamps, can increase food insecurity for many in the state.
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January 25, 2018

State Of Trump: Concerns For Illinois’ Low Income Families

President Donald Trump’s administration has been in power for a year now. “State of Trump” is our series discussing what’s changed in the state and what might be ahead. Diane Doherty is the executive director of the Illinois Hunger Coalition. She talks about federally funded programs for low-income individuals — such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — and their future in 2018.

Susan Stolkes, a Springfield resident, stands in front of fresh produce being offered in January at the Central Counties Health Centers' food pantry.
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January 23, 2018

Illinois Issues: A Prescription For Fruits And Veggies

Health centers in Illinois are forming partnerships with local food banks to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to some patients. With an estimated 1.5 million residents in the state classified as food insecure by the U.S. census, could this be a key approach to improving food access?

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