Rich Egger

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.

Rich Egger

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,”

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Global hunger has no easy answer.

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Farms aren’t just for food any more.

Pike County calls itself the "pork capital of the world." However, in an area so tied to farming, it might be a bit surprising that a local school district has cut its agriculture education program.  I graduated from high school there five years ago, and went back to report on how districts are struggling to pay for activities not tied to the core curriculum.

Rich Egger

Farmers and ag groups in the Midwest say the U.S. river system needs an upgrade, and they’re hopeful it will come with proposed improvements in legislation recently passed by Congress.

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As recently reported, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea killed millions of piglets in 27 states this year. Possibly originating in China, Iowa farmers were hurt the worst.

Everyday people holding voter-registration drives, partnering with faith communities, organizing corporate campaigns and fasting in protest all may be so familiar that their revival by Cesar Chavez a generation ago is overlooked.

Drones: Coming Soon to a Farm Near You?

Mar 20, 2014
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Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

"Farm to Fork" Teaches Kids to Farm in Town

Aug 12, 2013

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.

McDonough County 4-H Fair Shows Kids' Hard Work

Jul 12, 2013

One of the hallmarks of summer is going to the fair and for many kids in farm country the center piece of going to the fair is showing their animals.