Matt Plenge’s Kahoka, Mo., farm

(Photo: Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media)

July 06, 2015 - News Local/State

After Stormy Spring, Farmers Could Face More Violent Weather In The Future

In Illinois, for example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported a decline in the health of the state’s corn plants for the second week in a row. In Missouri, farmers only had half of their soybeans planted by June 20th, the USDA’s official end of the planting season for the area.


Muncie Farm in Danville with several inches of standing water. Danville received 12.78 inches of rain in June

(Photo: Darrell Hoemann)

June 30, 2015 - News Local/State

June Is The Fourth Wettest Month On Record

There was no shortage of rain this month, but rather a shortage of drainage solutions. Collectively, Illinois received 8.9 inches of rainfall in June making it the wettest June on record and the fourth wettest month in the state's history according to records dating back to 1895. Currently, the wettest month on record happened in September of 1926 when 9.26 inches of rainfall fell over Illinois.


A customer shops for produce at the Hunger Mountain Co-op on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. Vermont's 17 food cooperatives are supporting a bill that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods. The co-ops said Tuesday t

(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

June 19, 2015 - News Local/State

Bill Would Block State Labeling Laws On Genetically Modified Foods

John Reifsteck is chairman and president of GROWMARK, Inc, a regional agricultural cooperative in Bloomington, Ill.  Reifsteck, who is also a grain farmer, told lawmakers that unless Congress backs a national standard and blocks individual state laws, American agriculture will be harmed.


Microbiologist Mary-Dell Chilton founded Syngenta's biotechnology research labs in the 1980s.

(Photo: Syngenta)

June 04, 2015 - News Local/State

Meet The Woman Who Pioneered GMO Research

At 76 years old, U of I graduate Mary-Dell Chilton is still working. The genetically-modified corn, soybeans and other crops that her research helped develop now grow on more than 170 million acres of U.S. farmland. Earlier this month, Chilton’s groundbreaking discoveries earned her a place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


Pumpkin pie

Photo: United States Department of Agriculture

April 17, 2015 - News Local/State

Commotion In The Capitol Over State Pie

Finally, pumpkin pie might be getting the attention it deserves from lawmakers in Springfield. Illinois grows 95 percent of pumpkins processed in the United States, and lawmakers have proposed a bill making pumpkin pie the official pie of Illinois.


Author Michael Perry

Courtesy of Michael Perry

April 10, 2015 - Longer Listen

The Pull Of The Farm Inspires Wisconsin Writer

Michael Perry is a New York Times Bestselling author, known for his memoirs of growing up in and returning to rural Wisconsin. He is also a humorist, singer/songwriter, radio host, and intermittent pig farmer. Even with all of that he is visiting Champaign-Urbana Saturday as the keynote speaker for the Champaign Library’s Local Author Festival. 


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