The measure signed on Friday responds to the federal government’s proposed rules last year that would have prevented children from doing certain agricultural work.
At this time last year, 88 percent of Illinois’ corn crop was in the ground. This year, just seven percent is.
Yesterday morning, a barge became caught, forcing the Corps of Engineers to shut down a lock and dam that handles roughly half the nation’s farm exports.
The courses are part of Annie’s Project, a program that started in Illinois in 2003 and has since spread to other states.
If beef is what you crave, get ready to crack open your wallet in 2013 as beef prices hit near-record levels.
The capacity of barges and the number of barges in tow are down, cutting tonnage by 45 percent, while the cost of fuel, personnel and time is the same.
A new report shows that the nation’s worst drought in decades has leveled off last week after worsening during the two previous weeks.
The harvest advanced from 80 to 87 percent, as farmers switched to soybeans or were kept out of the fields by rain.
“We are beneficiaries of the investments that have been made decades ago,” says Soy Transportation Coalition executive director Mike Steenhoek.
In a House Agriculture Policy Committee meeting, Missouri farmers addressed their grievances toward the recent drought.