Abby Wendle

Abby Wendle is the Agriculture Correspondent for Tri States Public Radio. She reports in partnership with Harvest Public Media. Abby's job includes reading about the history of anhydrous ammonia, following crop futures from her desk in Macomb, wandering through corn fields with farmers, and gazing into the eyes of cows, pigs, and goats. Abby comes to TSPR from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she produced radio for This Land Press. During her time at This Land, Abby developed an hour long radio show, published a poetry anthology with a complimentary podcast, and partnered with public radio programs, The Story, State of the Re:Union, and The CBC’s Day 6. Her work has earned awards from The Third Coast International Audio Festival, KCRW's Radio Race, The Missouri Review, and The National Association of Black Journalists. She has worked as an assistant producer for The Takeaway, interned at Radiolab, and announced the news for WFUV, an NPR affiliate in the Bronx.

Abby has a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fl. and a master's degree from The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, where it's really cold. Now that she's back in the Midwest, Abby's stockpiling snow scrapers, hot chocolate, and wool socks.

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Western Illinois University has a national reputation for being good to student veterans and service members. Military Times ranks Western in the top 20 percent of all universities, colleges, and trade schools in the country. Western is "military friendly" because it's affordable, classes are small, the university counts some armed forces training towards college credit, and Western has one of the first Veterans Resource Centers in the state.

You’ve probably heard of a stud bull before, the favored male cow that mates with the herd. But a stud dame?  They exist, and demand for their offspring is growing. IPR’s Abby Wendle reports.

Farmers raised fewer turkeys this year than they have in the past three decades.