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Ag voices will be important in upcoming trade talks

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.

August 17, 2017 1:36 pm(0)
Troubled locks and dams on  display during corn group tour

Troubled locks and dams on display during corn group tour

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Call it mighty or muddy, the Mississippi River looms large for many Iowa, Illinois and Missouri residents.

August 16, 2017 2:00 pm Photos

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Strengthening price expectations send farmer outlook higher

Strengthening price expectations send farmer outlook higher

The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer turned higher in July, following several months of stagnation.

August 12, 2017 9:00 am(0)
Struggling town epitomizes rural poverty in Illinois

Struggling town epitomizes rural poverty in Illinois

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.

August 10, 2017 4:30 pm(0)
Volunteers at heart of helping those in need

Volunteers at heart of helping those in need

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.

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Rural poverty growing at faster rate than urban

Rural poverty growing at faster rate than urban

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.

August 10, 2017 4:30 pm Photos

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Mom’s struggle inspires food group leader

Mom’s struggle inspires food group leader

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.

August 10, 2017 4:30 pm(0)
Rural poverty met with concern, community aid

Rural poverty met with concern, community aid

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.

August 10, 2017 4:30 pm(0)
Safety Watch: Long hours may have hidden consequences

Safety Watch: Long hours may have hidden consequences

August 10, 2017 1:30 pm Photos

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