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

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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. 


Robert Alpers tends to a calf on his central Missouri farm. His cattle operation is one of the things that has helped his family farm survive the depressed soybean market brought on by the trade war with China.

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February 08, 2019 - News Local/State

Soybeans Singled Out In U.S.-China Trade War, But Small Farmers Bear The Brunt

In theory, closing off China’s soybean market due to the trade dispute with the U.S. on top of generally low prices for the commodity should affect all industry players, big to small. But if you’re a farmer who plants only soybeans on relatively few acres, you’re probably in trouble.


Tucker Launer

February 07, 2019 - News Local/State

Just In Case: ISBE Plans For Another Fed Shutdown

The Illinois State Board of Education is warning schools they may not get reimbursed for free and reduced-price lunch programs if the federal government goes into another shutdown.


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February 06, 2019 - News Local/State

The Messy Roots Of The U.S. Trade War With China

The U.S. trade war with China, now approaching a year, is often framed as hurting manufacturing and agriculture the most. But that’s mainly collateral damage in an international struggle over power and technology that has its roots in the Cold War, when China was still considered a largely undeveloped country.


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