CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers at the University of Illinois are taking the basics of photosynthesis miles farther in Urbana-Champaign test plots and greenhouses — intervening in the process, through which plants use sunlight to produce energy, to create higher yields.
AMES, Iowa — When it comes to agriculture, trade is a big deal, and the speakers at a recent economic summit held by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation emphasized that.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Call it mighty or muddy, the Mississippi River looms large for many Iowa, Illinois and Missouri residents.
The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer turned higher in July, following several months of stagnation.
CAIRO, Ill. — The richness of Cairo’s past has given way to the harshness of its present. Now comes what may be the most difficult stage: the uncertainty of its future.
FARMER CITY, Ill. — Near the end of this month, Don Lerche will drive a trailer about 45 minutes to the Midwest Food Bank in Normal, Ill., to pick up fresh produce, meat, cans and pasta.
CHICAGO — Chicago is most often associated with high poverty in Illinois, so it may be surprising that the five counties in the state with the highest poverty rates are all rural ones without a city larger than 26,000 people.
FARMER CITY, Ill. — Tears come to Alice Jones’ eyes when she recalls her mother’s stories of being hungry when she was a child. Those memories are part of the reason she leads an effort to get hungry school children meals on the weekends.
Poverty isn’t particular about geography; it affects people everywhere. But in Illinois, rural residents may have a more difficult path out of economic stagnation.