Historic Flooding In Illinois Prompts Agriculture Disaster Declaration From USDAThe declaration Thursday will allow farmers that experienced extreme delays in spring planting to access federal funds to aid their recovery efforts.
Gov. Pritzker Seeks Agriculture Disaster DeclarationGov. J.B. Pritzker is seeking a federal agriculture disaster declaration for all of Illinois following the state's soggy planting season.
Illinois Among Six States Suing USDA Over Changes To School Lunch StandardsIllinois is among six states suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over claims officials weakened nutritional standards for school lunches.
Indiana Issuing Food Stamps Early Due To Government ShutdownIndiana plans to issue February's food stamp benefits next week for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers due to the partial federal government shutdown.
Drug-Resistant Salmonella From Raw Chicken Sickens Nearly 100At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
Kids Cost Parents Most When They're AdultsIt's no secret that kids are expensive. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the average offspring comes with a $230,000 price tag.
Trump Administration Plans To Help Farmers Hurt By Global Trade TensionsThe Trump administration will announce a plan on Tuesday to extend billions of dollars in aid to farmers negatively affected by tariffs resulting from President Donald Trump's widening trade feud with other countries.
Harvest Emergency Economic Threat To Illinois FarmersMassive amounts of crops are ready to be collected, but the weather isn't cooperating.
Durbin, Other Dems Want USDA To Restore Public Reports On Puppy MillsU.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is one of 18 Democratic senators asking the Trump administration to restore puppy mill records on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.
Feds Offering Emergency Loans To Most Illinois Farmers After Extensive FloodingFarmers in every county in Illinois except one have been made eligible to receive low-interest loans from the federal government, to help them recover from extensive damage caused by flooding.
Annual Summer Lunch Program For Needy Kids Launches In ChicagoOrganizations that host free summer meal programs for needy children kicked off their annual effort to make sure those kids get healthy food at a time of year when they often struggle to get the nutrition they need.
$372.5M In Federal Funds Awarded To Conservation ProjectsProjects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations.
Chicago Animal Welfare Group Applauds New Puppy Mill RegulationsA local group that's been working to put puppy mills out of business applauds a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to impose restrictions on breeders who sell dogs on the Internet.
Biologist Sets Off Pyrotechnics To Repel Geese Near MidwaySome neighbors complained recently about sounds resembling gunfire interrupting the silence at the Stickney wastewater treatment plant near Midway International Airport.
Survey To Measure Booming Growth Of Illinois Wine IndustryThe Illinois wine industry is growing, and a census of sorts will help vintners realize how much it has grown in the past five years.