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the first bio reactor, next to a farm field in Geneseo.Credit Illinois Farm BureauEdit | Remove

The Illinois Farm Bureau is leading an effort to show farmers how they can help improve water quality. Wednesday it supervised the building of a bio reactor near Geneseo - the first in a series to be installed across the state. 

Pastor Samuel Thompson listens as Pastor Rogers Kirk answers a question.
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A Davenport church will soon start growing fruit and vegetables, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Yesterday, the Third Missionary Baptist Church kicked off the project, part of a deal between the National Baptist Convention and the USDA.

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The decline in populations of bees, monarch butterflies, and other pollinators continues as the second annual pollinator conference is held in the Quad Cities.

Nearly All Corn Has Been Planted Across The Midwest

Jun 7, 2016
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Almost all the corn has been planted across the Midwest, according to the latest progress report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

In Iowa, corn planting is complete. Illinois farmers have planted 97 percent of the crop, which is about average for this time of year but slightly behind last year.

Nearly all the corn has emerged as well. Seventy-six percent of Illinois corn and 80 percent of Iowa's is in good to excellent condition.

Iowa Friends of Companion Animals

Iowa is the second top producer of dogs in the nation, but it's one of the only states that doesn't require state oversight of its puppy mills. That's according to Iowa Friends of Companion Animals, which is pushing for legislation to better regulate dog breeding facilities. 

Deere Earnings Tomorrow

May 21, 2015

Thanks to falling farm income, profits for Deere and Company are expected to continue falling. The farm and construction equipment maker based in the Quad Cities will announce its second quarter results on Friday. 

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If you love apples, cashews, or string beans, you should love honeybees, too. Those are just three of the many foods that require bee pollination. Wild honeybees have almost disappeared in the US over the last 30 years. And in recent years, the number of commercial honeybees has also been dropping.

 On today's WVIK News Focus, Michelle O'Neill talks with three beekeepers about the reasons for the decline, in the second part of her series about the future of honeybees. 

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Continuing its emphasis on conservation, the US Department of Agriculture has awarded some new grants for Illinois, Iowa, and 29 other states. Today Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement at a farm in Rock Island County.He says the 15.7 million dollars from the Conservation Innovation Grant program will help universities, non-profits, and other groups develop new conservation methods. 

Vilsack says one of the key challenges farmers are starting to face now is changing weather patterns.