Illinois corn, soybean harvests at the halfway mark

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture says that both the corn and soybean harvests are about 50 percent complete.

Monsanto posts 4th quarter loss, to eliminate 2,600 jobs to cut costs


Wired In: Paul Miller

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. First up: Agrible Chief Science Officer Paul Miller, 41. The farm services company just moved in to its new offices at 2021 S. First St., C

Things are growing good

ConAgra cuts 1,500 jobs; moving HQ from Omaha to Chicago

JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer

'It was my mess'

FITHIAN — A Fithian-area livestock farmer has hired an environmental engineer to help clean up a manure spill that killed nearly 100,000 fish in Stony Creek and the Salt Fork River.

"It was my mess," cattle farmer Gabe Shepherd told The News-Gazette on Monday.

State fairs won't press luck with bird flu

NEW ORLEANS — The South is the heart of U.S. broiler chicken production and escaped the deadly bird flu virus that devastated flocks in the Midwest this spring.

Autumn, however, brings the possibility that migrating wild birds will carry the virus to the lower half of the United States.

Field forecast

With harvest season upon us, The News-Gazette's Tim Mitchell rounded up five local farmers for a preview of what's to come.

Your prediction: The price of corn this fall will end up at ...

Sticking together in time of need

TOLONO — Craig Justus drives a truck for a living but this week he parked it and climbed into a combine to help a good friend who's in the hospital and can't harvest his crops.

ConAgra CEO says cost-cutting likely to include layoffs

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods' chief executive says employees will learn next week about upcoming changes, including likely jobs cuts and a shuffling of operations that could boost the company's presence in Chicago and lower it in Omaha.

Law firm recruiting farm clients to sue Syngenta

By CLAIRE EVERETT/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

CHAMPAIGN — Nearly a year after China reopened its doors to imported U.S. corn, one former U.S. representative is recruiting Illinois farmers into a mass-action lawsuit as plaintiffs.