CHAMPAIGN Ill. — The weather conditions were so challenging this year, results from two test sites in the University of Illinois’ annual corn hybrid trials will be excluded in 2019 – one in northern Illinois and one in southern Illinois.


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Downtown Grundy, Va. (New York Times photo by Julia Rendleman)A former coal town in southwest Virginia has been struggling to reinvent itself, but despite millions in taxpayer money spent on development and attracting alternatives to coal for 20 years, not much seems to be helping, Eduardo P…

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Ivy BrashearAppalachia is frequently presented in pop culture through a series of tired stereotypes—often negative—that belie the complex nature of the people and the region, Ivy Brashear, a native of Viper, Ky., , writes for Yes! magazine."To this day, Appalachia is a largely misunderstood …

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A new short documentary takes a close look at the difficulty of accessing mental health care in rural America. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" zeroes in on Cochise County in the southeastern corner of Arizona. Many of the 911 calls in the area involve people with mental-health issues, and local …

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Editor’s Note: Brock Ideus is an Illinois Farmer Today 2019 CropWatcher who operates a corn and soybean farm with his father, Royce, in Flatville in Champaign County. The sixth-generation Eastern Illinois farmer has harvested his 11th crop and shares his views on faith and farming in a trying year.

Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University recently called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to move as quickly as possible to establish a foot-and-mouth-disease vaccine bank.