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The IL NRCS's Wetland Reserve Program
11:37 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Wetland Restoration Program Funding in Question

Credit http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu

The future remains uncertain for a federal conservation program that helps restore wetlands across the Midwest. The Wetlands Reserve Program provides money to farmers who take former wetlands out of production and restore them.

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Blames Delay in Senate
4:20 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Schock Says Fiscal Cliff Talks May Solve Farm Bill

Credit Tom Williams/CQ Roll Cal

A western Illinois Congressman thinks the President’s recent proposal to solve the fiscal cliff is not serious.

Republican Aaron Schock said negotiations are moving forward, but he believes the President needs to agree to deeper spending cuts.

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September 2012
5:05 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

In The Tri States

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from September 2012.  

Reporter Jason Parrott told us about plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in Lee County. He also reported on pending lay-offs at one of the county’s largest employers.

During the month, Colchester received some good news from the USDA, Lee County made plans to add beds to its jail, and a historic structure in Macomb received a national designation.

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Deadline Approaching
6:14 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Farm Bill in Limbo

Rich Egger

Congress has less than two weeks  to act before the current farm bill expires.

Dozens of federal programs are included in the bill -- everything from  crop insurance to food aid for the poor.

Spending on food aid is one of the reasons that House Republican leaders have refused  to call the measure for a vote. U-S Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is among  many farm-state politicians of both parties who have been  critical of that decision.

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Bill Knight - August 16
10:59 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Wide-Ranging Impact of the US Farm Bill

Bill Knight

There’s more than one drought choking the country. On Capitol Hill, there’s a drought of ideas – and compassion – about farmers, rural America and the needy.

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