Illinois corn farmers are on track to see their worst yields in more than 20 years. 

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Farmers can now apply for federal assistance to offset loss of income due to the trade war.

Central Illinois isn’t exactly seeing knee-high corn by the 4th of July this year.

Peoria County Farm Bureau Manager Patrick Kirchhoffer said the corn crop is “all over the place” this year due to delays caused by wet weather.

“We’ve got corn that’s chest-high in the Peoria area, and we’ve got corn that’s ankle-high. So it’s going to be a very long harvest season come this fall," he said. 

Kirchhoffer says this is the first year he can remember where farmers were planting over three months: April, May and June. Usually, the planting process takes just two weeks.

Peoria Ag Lab to Remain Open

Jul 12, 2017

Peoria’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research is off the chopping block.

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A Davenport church will soon start growing fruit and vegetables, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Third Missionary Baptist Church kicked off the project as part of a deal between the National Baptist Convention and the USDA. 

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The Saturday farmer’s market in downtown Peoria is celebrating National Farmers Market Week. There will be special attractions including live music and giveaways to highlight the economic and public health benefits of the increasingly popular form of commerce.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects Illinois farmers to plant fewer acres of corn in 2015 as a nationwide price slump continues.

USDA official touts healthy eating at Peoria school

Oct 17, 2014

An official with the USDA visited Rolling Acres Middle School in Peoria to tout healthy eating habits. Tim English is the Regional Administrator with the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. He says Rolling acres is one example of how schools use multiple activities to get students to eat better:

USDA announces expanded business funding in Pekin

Jun 13, 2014

Pekin now qualifies for new USDA rural development loans and grant funding. A change in the farm bill allows larger populations cities like Pekin to apply. Dwight Reynolds is with the USDA. He says the funding can help cities, business owners, and individuals get better loan terms and lower interest rates:

USDA helping low-income home buyers in Il

Jun 2, 2014

The USDA is ready to help potential low-income home buyers in Illinois. IPR'S Emily Boyer reports.

The agency plans to spend 20-million dollars in Illinois on rural home loans this year. Housing Program Director Barry Ramsey says so far they’ve only loaned out about a third of that total. But, he says the home buying season peaks during the summer.

Work begins on U.S. Farm Bill

May 16, 2013

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee began work Wednesday on a five year farm bill. Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis introduced an amendment to give the U.S. Department of Agriculture more say in any changes introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency that affect agriculture.