Free meals are available this summer for kids who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank will offer daily meals during the week at more than 120 sites in 13 counties across northern Illinois as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.  That includes DeKalb, Kane, McHenry and Ogle Counties.

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The familiar orange and black monarch butterfly has become a much rarer sight over the past few decades. There’s a growing movement to restore the habitat along the monarch’s migratory path. A new federal grant enlists farmers in the effort.


The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture says a new international trade partnership will help farmers and ranchers in Illinois. That’s if it gains congressional approval.

But some Chicago representatives are already skeptical of the plan.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, known as TPP, was reached last month. But the details haven’t been released to congress yet.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the partnership will open new market opportunities for the soybean, corn and pork industries in Illinois, among other things.

Illinois Receives Grant to Promote Specialty Crops

Oct 3, 2012
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The USDA is providing more than $630,000 to help strengthen the specialty crop industry in Illinois.  The state also is the largest grower of pumpkins in the U.S. The grant will be used  to support America's specialty crops producers.