Ruth Zeldenrust farms 80 acres in Chicago Heights. She’s just one of a growing number of female farmers.
Conveniently-timed for Obama’s reelection, the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Resolution program began September 24, 2012 – just a month-and-a-half before the election. Apparently the Obama administration did not care about this alleged injustice to females and Hispanics any time in the past three-and-a-half years. It just happened to be thought about and addressed now – just before voters pull the lever.
Whether your garden is exploding with the ripe fruits of your labor or you couldn’t resist saving quite a bit of cash at the local farmer’s market by buying a bushel of apples instead of a peck, it’s time to preserve the harvest so it can be enjoyed all winter long. Because, honestly, you know you cannot possibly eat all of those apples during the next few weeks; plus you’re going to want some for that Thanksgiving Day pie.
Gov. Pat Quinn is asking for Illinois to be designated a drought disaster area.
Hot weather combined with little rain is not only scorching your lawn, it is also making it tough for farmers in northern Illinois.
This summer’s drought is really hurting some farmers in Indiana.
Sometimes we forget, but not far from the Chicago skyscrapers are sprawling farm fields, where there is growing concern about the dry weather and the real threat it poses to what could have been a bumper harvest.
A so-called “super-committee” has been formed to tackle federal budget cuts, but some farmers worry agriculture won’t get a fair seat at the table.
An Illinois House committee has passed a measure that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes, such as to make rope, clothing and other accessories.