Illinois Key State in Food Distribution

Jan 4, 2015

More food passes through Illinois annually than any other state.


2014 was the year even the lunch ladies got political.

When ‘Waters of the United States’ Aren’t Even Waters

Nov 24, 2014
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Silly is a funny word. You call babies and toddlers silly when they smile and coo and do funny things.  But adults, especially farmers, are rarely called silly. 

The online market opened by the Macomb Food Co-op in April continues to grow in popularity among shoppers and producers.

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The public-comment period on a new rule about water ended two weeks ago, but the uproar over a “government takeover” of ditches remains.

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In a dimly-lit lab on the Des Moines, Iowa, public schools’ agricultural science campus, students in aprons, safety goggles and plastic gloves poke and probe chicken wings.

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Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.

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Monsanto has agreed to settle some of the lawsuits brought by U.S. farmers who allege they lost money when an Oregon field was discovered to have been contaminated with an experimental genetically modified strain of wheat.

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The ongoing turmoil in Ukraine could impact the world’s wheat supply.

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The Illinois business community is lining up with farm groups in an effort to stave off some new federal water regulations. 

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WIU's annual event serves local farmers, gardeners and those interested in organic produce.

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When they heard Dan Hromas’ truck rolling in, the chickens came strutting.

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Despite the abundance of food we see around us this time of year, many families still struggle to get enough to eat.

Right to Farm Pits Farmer against Farmer

Jul 30, 2014
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The agriculture industry is a cornerstone of the Midwest economy. In some states, it may even become a right.

My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything but Quiet

Jul 21, 2014
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Jack and Diane Aaron lived in Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan., for decades. They loved their neighborhood and it was close to family. But when a friend passed away and left them land on a farm, they decided to take a chance on country living.

While farm life is different, they found it’s anything but quiet.

“Out here we’ve got, just different sounds. We have birds that will wake us up. A cat that likes to wake me up at six because he wants to eat,” Diane Aaron said. “It’s peaceful, but it doesn’t make you crazy,”