Agriculture

Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

Call it “peak farmers market.” Or maybe the plateau of “know your farmer.”

Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

A highly anticipated batch of federal laws governing the use of drones could change the regulatory landscape and lead to an explosion in drone use by farmers.

County Fairs Hit Hard By Illinois Budget Cuts

Feb 15, 2015
Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs

The possibility of budget cuts makes the future of agricultural fairs in Illinois unknown.

Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

To counter a “super weed” epidemic plaguing farmers, agribusiness giant Monsanto is steadily moving forward on the introduction of its next major wave of genetically engineered crops.

Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Bacon and pork chops could become cheaper this year thanks, in part, to fewer pigs getting sick with the virus that devastated hog farms in 2014.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture will see things from a new perspective thanks to some new technology.

Wiki Commons

The sponsor of Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program is unsure whether it will come to fruition.

Farmers Work to Ensure Diversity in Rare Sheep Breed

Jan 8, 2015
Laura Palmisano for Harvest Public Media

Federal researchers are on a mission to back up the genetic material of the plants and animals that the nation’s food supply depends on. 

Illinois Key State in Food Distribution

Jan 4, 2015

More food passes through Illinois annually than any other state.

Wikipedia

2014 was the year even the lunch ladies got political.

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

Nov 24, 2014
Wiki Commons

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.

Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

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.

Corn Huskers Still Pick by Hand

Oct 7, 2014
Abby Wendle

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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