Jeremy Bernfeld http://wuis.org en Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You? http://wuis.org/post/drones-coming-soon-farm-near-you <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Peter Gray & Jeremy Bernfeld 21353 at http://wuis.org Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You? U.S. Senate Approves Farm Bill http://wuis.org/post/us-senate-approves-farm-bill <p>The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.</p><p>Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk were among the 68 "yea" votes. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">To view Durbin's video statement on the farm bill vote, </span><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/85835735" style="line-height: 1.5;">click here</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:37:24 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld & Peter Gray 18297 at http://wuis.org U.S. Senate Approves Farm Bill Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers http://wuis.org/post/farmers-face-new-ag-policy-compromise-farm-bill The House on Wednesday passed a new five-year <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/29/268238623/house-passes-compromise-farm-bill" target="_blank">compromise farm bill.</a> The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote.<p>The farm bill — the result of a two-year-long legislative saga — remains massive. The bill contains about $500 billion in funding, most of which is pegged to the food stamp program, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).<p>But the farm bill, as you might expect, also charts agricultural policy for the nation's farmers. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 17879 at http://wuis.org Illinois Led Nation In Soybean Yields In 2013 http://wuis.org/post/illinois-led-nation-soybean-yields-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. farmers harvested more corn in 2013 than in 2012, while the soybean harvest declined slightly, according to USDA reports released Friday.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:05:53 +0000 Peter Gray & Jeremy Bernfeld 16700 at http://wuis.org Illinois Led Nation In Soybean Yields In 2013 No Farm Bill This Year http://wuis.org/post/no-farm-bill-year <p></p><p>Congress won’t pass a farm bill before early next year.</p><p>That was the message from Washington Tuesday, when the principal farm bill players emerged from negotiations and announced they won’t have a full bill ready before the House adjourns for the year on Friday.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:43:49 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 14727 at http://wuis.org No Farm Bill This Year 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For http://wuis.org/post/meat-we-trust-argues-we-got-meat-industry-we-asked The meat on your dinner table probably didn't come from a happy little cow that lived a wondrous life out on rolling green hills. It probably also wasn't produced by a robot animal killer hired by an evil cabal of monocle-wearing industrialists.<p>Truth is, the meat industry is complicated, and it's impossible to understand without a whole lot of context. That's where Maureen Ogle comes in. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:21:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 14599 at http://wuis.org 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For