U.S. Department of Agriculture
Gov. Pat Quinn has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for disaster designations for virtually all Illinois counties amid scorching temperatures and one of the state’s worst droughts on record.
Monsanto says the corn won’t be a panacea for drought-stricken farmers but when combined with improved agricultural practices could help those in areas like the western Great Plains.
Supporters say the plant would bring jobs and put suffering or neglected horses out of their misery.
Boeing supports the efforts and says their commercial jets can handle the green fuel and actually are more efficient when burning the blended fuel.
University of Missouri researchers said the state would need 13 feet of snow this winter to make up for the summer’s lack of rainfall.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farm profits are expected to spike by 28 percent this year to $100.9 billion.
Sixteen states will share nearly $104 million in grants and loans to improve broadband internet.