illinois department of agriculture http://tspr.org en WIU Professor Sells Boar for World Record Prize http://tspr.org/post/wiu-professor-sells-boar-world-record-prize <p>A <a href="http://www.wiu.edu/" target="_blank">Western Illinois University</a> professor has turned a moment from his childhood into a family passion. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:50:47 +0000 Frannie Smith 56989 at http://tspr.org WIU Professor Sells Boar for World Record Prize State Fair Officials: Can't Follow State Law Due To Budget Cuts http://tspr.org/post/state-fair-officials-cant-follow-state-law-due-budget-cuts <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Wikimedia Commons" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/harness_racing.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>Illinois' two state fairs did not comply with the law last year, according to a recent state audit -- and budget realities mean that'll happen again this summer.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wuis/audio/2014/06/2014-06-27-state-fair-horses-1.mp3" class="asset-audio">As Hannah Meisel reports, state off Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:13:31 +0000 Hannah Meisel 55818 at http://tspr.org State Fair Officials: Can't Follow State Law Due To Budget Cuts "Farm to Fork" Teaches Kids to Farm in Town http://tspr.org/post/farm-fork-teaches-kids-farm-town <div><p>In a small classroom at Knox College, a group of kids sat in a circle of tables, surrounded by seed catalogs and marked up sheets of paper.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 02:42:38 +0000 Scott Stuntz 38843 at http://tspr.org "Farm to Fork" Teaches Kids to Farm in Town Illinois Co-ops Recycle Pesticide Containers http://tspr.org/post/illinois-co-ops-recycle-pesticide-containers <p>As farmers turn from planting their crops to keeping weeds and pests in check, they rely on herbicides and pesticides. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:57:01 +0000 Scott Stuntz 36669 at http://tspr.org Illinois Co-ops Recycle Pesticide Containers Illinois Promoting Local Foods http://tspr.org/post/illinois-promoting-local-foods <p>"Buy Illinois!" That's the message the state's Department of Agriculture has for consumers.</p><p>The state is promoting the idea by encouraging grocery stores and farmers' markets to take part in its new "<a href="http://www.agr.state.il.us/wherefreshis/" target="_blank">Where Fresh Is</a>" campaign.</p><p></p><p>Jennifer Tirey of the Agriculture Department said Illinois shoppers are more inclined to buy food if they know it's grown on Illinois farms.&nbsp;</p><p>"It's always great to be a fan, a consumer, a purchaser of those locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables," said Tirey.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:47:33 +0000 Rich Egger 27434 at http://tspr.org Illinois Promoting Local Foods