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DeKalb, IL – People are drawn to the fresh air and open spaces of country living. But they're often surprised by the smells and slow-moving traffic that come with the territory. Also, urban lawmakers often find themselves making decisions about agriculture without understanding farming issues.

Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he's happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.

Wheeling, IL – The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.

Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he s happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.

Wheeling, IL – The Chicago suburbs continue to sprawl westward, forcing many farmers to either adapt, move, or find a new line of business. WNIJ examines the issues behind these difficult decisions by talking with farm families who found themselves surrounded by subdivisions instead of cornfields.

The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.

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