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Agriculture
7:12 am
Fri May 30, 2014

One Western Ill. School Cuts Ag Program, Another Hopes To Bring It Back

Barry High School and West Pike High School consolidated into Western High School. This is the entrance to the ag shop in Barry.
WUIS/Lee Strubinger

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:38 am

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.

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Lock & Dam Upgrades
8:42 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Farmers Hope for River System Improvements

The Crimson Glory pushing a barge down the Illinois River at Peoria.
Credit 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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