Jeremy Bernfeld en Drones: Coming Soon To A 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 Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You? U.S. 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="" 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 U.S. Senate Approves Farm Bill Farm Bill Charts New Course For Nation's Farmers The House on Wednesday passed a new five-year <a href="" 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 Illinois Led Nation In Soybean Yields In 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 Illinois Led Nation In Soybean Yields In 2013 No Farm Bill This 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 No Farm Bill This Year 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For 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 'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For