Raymond Poe of Springfield


News Local/State - November 17, 2015

Raymond Poe Named State Ag Director

Rauner's first pick for ag director was a farmer. But Philip Nelson, who came to the job after serving as the president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, resigned in late September, less than a year into the job.

An older blue car.

Rich Berning

News Local/State - October 13, 2015

Trade Mission: Cuba

Agricultural products have for years been exempt from the U.S. embargo put in place in the '60s, but records show in 2008, Illinois exported $66 million in corn and soy to Cuba.

Corn stalks

Midwest Center For Investigative Reporting

News Local/State - October 01, 2015

Monsanto Claims News GMO Corn Produces Bigger Ears

A foot-long ear of corn would grow an extra inch or two. And while that seems like a small gain, it’s a big deal considering corn is used for everything from animal feed and fuel to soda and cereal.

A peregrine falcon takes a protective stance over one of her two chicks on the balcony of a 25th floor apartment on Chicago's Michigan Ave., May 14, 2002. Eleven pairs of wild breeding peregrines live in Illinois in 2003, and are among the anima

(Photo: AP Photo/Charles Bennett)

News Local/State - September 21, 2015

Endangered Species Board Itself Threatened

An email from the then-Director of the Illinois Endangered Species Board earlier this month was sudden and direct. "Funding is being eliminated" and won't be reinstated any time in the foreseeable future,” it read. The email had been sent one of her last days on the job.


(Photo: WUIS)

News Local/State - September 16, 2015

Birds, Welcome Back: Avian Flu Threat Lifted

If you noticed the price of eggs going up this summer - there's a reason. Several states' bird populations were hit -- hard -- by avian flu. Wild birds, captive ones, and commercial and backyard poultry. But no cases were detected in Illinois.

A close-up photo of the emerald ash borer

(Wikimedia Commons)

News Local/State - September 07, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer Claiming More Ash Trees

As the Emerald Ash Borer population continues to grow in Champaign-Urbana, the area could lose up to 90 percent of its ash trees.

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