Agriculture

John Deere

Black farmers used to own over 16 million acres of land in the U.S. Today, that's dropped to just 4.7 million acres, and John Deere wants to do something about it. 

Iowa farmers are facing falling corn prices, hurricane-level destruction, and the highest coronavirus transmission rates in the country. Former Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack says it didn't have to be like this. 

Deere & Company

The pandemic has taken a bite out of sales and profits for John Deere. Friday it reported sales in the second quarter dropped 18 per cent compared to the same quarter last year, and net income fell 41 per cent. 

"I'm excited to announce that Western Illinois University has been awarded $10 million," WIU Agriculture Professor Win Phippen said before being interrupted by applause from administrators, politicians, and others who gathered for Tuesday morning's announcement in the University Union's Brattain Lounge on the Macomb campus.

Bustos Brings R.I. County Farmer To State Of The Union

Feb 6, 2019
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Millions of Americans watch the State of the Union address on television, but only a select few ever get to see it in person.

Every two weeks, people can vote in a new poll celebrating the state’s various contributions to the world. It's part of the state's bicentennial celebration. This week’s poll asks voters to choose the state’s greatest innovation or invention. Entries include Twinkies, pinball, skyscrapers, and the TV remote. That’s not all, according to Chris Wills, a spokesman for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

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This spring, John Deere has been showing off next year's new product lines, which include a new, S-700 combine series. This morning at the Harvester Works in East Moline, company employees hosted dozens of reporters from all over the country for Deere Media Day.


John Deere

John Deere has announced more layoffs at two eastern Iowa plants, including one in the Quad Cities. Spokesman Ken Golden says 115 workers in Waterloo will be laid off, effective September 23rd and in Davenport, a week later.

Factory building with farm equipment parked outside
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John Deere plans to lay off 120 workers at the Harvester Works in East Moline. Today, the company told the production workers who will be placed on indefinite layoff  September 6th.

Nearly All Corn Has Been Planted Across The Midwest

Jun 7, 2016
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Almost all the corn has been planted across the Midwest, according to the latest progress report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

In Iowa, corn planting is complete. Illinois farmers have planted 97 percent of the crop, which is about average for this time of year but slightly behind last year.

Nearly all the corn has emerged as well. Seventy-six percent of Illinois corn and 80 percent of Iowa's is in good to excellent condition.

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