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The brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive insect species from Asia, is seen in a trap on the Catoctin Mountain Orchard June 17, 2011, in Thurmont, Maryland. The stink bug has become a serious pest in fruit-growing regions damaging cherries, peaches and plums by inserting their sucking mouth parts into tender fruit, causing ugly scarring called "cat facing". Each female will lay enough eggs to make another 400 stink bugs. A stink bug from Asia is chomping up US vegetable fields, orchards and vineyards, causing experts to scramble through an arsenal of weapons to try and halt this stealthy, smelly predator.  Pesticides, parasites and traps have all been tried but none have succeeded in killing off the brown marmorated stink bug, which first surfaced in the northeastern United States in 1996 and has since spread to 33 states. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Here Come the Stink Bugs

Missouri has become the latest state to be hit by the brown marmorated stink bug, which when threatened, lets off an odor that many describe as skunk-like.

05/13/2015

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Ill. Dept. of Agriculture Hosts Crop Seminars

Seminars to help farmers learn about crop conservation.

01/18/2014

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Missouri On The Hunt For Wild Hogs

Wild pigs damage crops, pollute water.

08/16/2012

Severe Drought Threatens Midwest Corn Crops

Drought Could Make Corn Dangerous, Even Deadly, For Livestock

Nitrate buildup can be lethal to farm animals.

08/16/2012

Corn plants struggle to survive in a drought-stricken farm field (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Woe And Opportunity: Tales From Historic Drought

The United States is in the midst of the worst drought in decades, and the dry weather and soaring temperatures are taking a toll on people living and working in Ohio west to California and Texas north to the Dakotas. Farmers have watched their corn wither and their cattle go hungry. Homeowners have seen their lawns turn brown and gardens wilt. Communities in the Midwest that rarely experience water shortages have enacted restrictions, and businesses are looking for ways to stay afloat as sales fall off. Here are a few of their stories:

08/11/2012

Withered corn during a drought

Ongoing Drought’s Impact Will Soon Be Reflected On Grocery Shelves

As more crops succumb to heat, remaining supply will get more expensive.

07/19/2012

Record Heat Wave Exacerbates Devastating Drought In Central U.S.

Drought Potentially Impacts Food And Gas Prices

The impact of the drought is being felt right now by corn farmers, but the impact on your wallet is coming.

07/17/2012

Tornado Damage

Disaster Assistance Still Available in Southern Illinois

MARION, Ill. (AP) __ Disaster assistance is still available for southern Illinois residents and businesses who suffered damage and losses during recent severe weather. The application deadline for assistance is Aug. 8. State and federal […]

07/16/2011

Mississippi River Towns Struggle In Face Of Major Floods

MU Estimates Crop Loss at $85M from Blown Levee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up the Birds Point levee last month to reduce the flooding threat to Cairo, Ill.

06/20/2011

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