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Home loans are available for low-income households in western Illinois, many of which require little to no down payment.

Potential home buyers can get more information Tuesday during a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Home Resource Fair. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Spoon River College Community Outreach Center at 2500 E. Jackson.

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You’ve probably seen, but may not have noticed, labels on the meat at your grocery store that say something like “Born, Raised, & Harvest in the U.S.A.” or “Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in the U.S.”

These country of origin labels, as they are known, are part of an ongoing international trade dispute that has swept up Midwest ranchers. And they may not be long for store shelves.

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When it comes to organic certification, there are strict guidelines for food producers to follow.

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2014 was the year even the lunch ladies got political.

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Rules that require more information on meat labels may be on the outs.

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Americans had to dig deep into their wallets to cover costs associated with foodborne illnesses, according to new estimates from the U.S. Department Agriculture.

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The Farm Bill was passed in February. But now, piece by piece, it’s taking effect. We’re beginning to see how parts of the farm bill are doing more to help farmers go small.

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President Obama announced at the United Nations Climate Summit last Tuesday that part of the U.S. action plan on climate change will focus on the U.S. agriculture industry.

Grocery Stores Waste Tons of Food as They Woo Shoppers

Sep 24, 2014
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Grocery stores and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach.

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Jennifer Brdar’s dream job was to be a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, watching out for unwary consumers and making sure the meat on their dinner tables was clean and disease-free.

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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 USDA said farmers markets can play a significant role in strengthening local food systems by accepting SNAP benefits.

July's Mild Temperatures Benefit Crops

Jul 28, 2014
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This summer's cooler than average temperatures are keeping crops in good condition.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to help potential low-income home buyers. The agency plans to spend millions this year on rural home loans.

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The former operators of a large egg farm in Iowa have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with a major salmonella outbreak in 2010.

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Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the USDA announced a new effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.

A summit that brings together business, government and community leaders from throughout the tri-state region reached a milestone on Wednesday, May 7.

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An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek.

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Hog farmers are now required to report outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have spread across the country during the past year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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The U. S. Department of Agriculture is predicting fewer acres will be planted in corn this year, compared to last year, while soybean acreage will be up.

For Farmers Who Rent, 2014 Could Be a Tough Year

Jan 28, 2014
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With the price of farmland at record levels across the Corn Belt, many farmers have been renting acres to plant. Now, with the price of corn and soybeans in freefall, farmers that depend on renting risk big losses if they’re unable to negotiate lower rents.

Record US Corn Harvest in 2013

Jan 14, 2014
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U.S. farmers harvested more corn in 2013 than in 2012, while the soybean harvest declined slightly, according to newly released USDA reports.

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Food and Drug Administration regulators inspected less than two-percent of the food shipments that were imported to the U.S. in the 2012 fiscal year.

USDA Issues Harvest Reports Again

Oct 22, 2013
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This is the first week since the partial government shutdown that the USDA has issued its regular update on the fall harvest.

Late Planting Means Late Harvest

Oct 10, 2013
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A wet spring put some farmers in the behind schedule and even forced some to replant their crops. Data on how the harvest is progressing in each of the Tri-States is harder to come by than usual.

Drought Monitor Sill Active Amid Shutdown

Oct 4, 2013
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Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Drought Monitor Map is still online, and being updated.

Hard To Get Farm Bill Info During Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013
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The partial shutdown of the Federal Government is hitting at the same time that the current farm bill expires. What does that expiration mean for farm programs, including conservation?

USDA Recommends New Practice to Combat Drought

Aug 27, 2013
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The USDA wants farmers to use a new conservation practice to help control the water levels in their fields.

70% of Iowa Abnormally Dry

Aug 7, 2013
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The latest USDA drought monitor map shows that 70 percent of Iowa is abnormally dry. That includes all of Des Moines, Henry and Lee counties.

US Corn Acres Up, Down for Iowa

Jul 1, 2013
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The USDA has issued a report of saying despite a soggy planting season, farmers will still break records this year.

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