Agriculture http://peoriapublicradio.org en USDA announces expanded business funding in Pekin http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/usda-announces-expanded-business-funding-pekin <div>Pekin now qualifies for new USDA rural development loans and grant funding. A change in the farm bill allows larger populations cities like Pekin to apply. Dwight Reynolds is with the USDA. He says the funding can help cities, business owners, and individuals get better loan terms and lower interest rates:</div><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:54:28 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24858 at http://peoriapublicradio.org USDA announces expanded business funding in Pekin Sec. of Agriculture urges passage of immigration reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/sec-agriculture-urges-passage-immigration-reform <div>The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture is calling on lawmakers to approve comprehensive immigration reform when they return to Washington next month. Tom Vilsack says doing nothing could negatively impact the agriculture sector, its workforce, and rural communities.</div><div> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:45:17 +0000 Denise Molina-Weiger 11030 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Sec. of Agriculture urges passage of immigration reform Ag Secretary Vilsack weighs-in on immigration reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/ag-secretary-vilsack-weighs-immigration-reform <p></p><div>Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest's role as a global leader in agriculture.</div><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:55:33 +0000 Alex Rusciano 10334 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Ag Secretary Vilsack weighs-in on immigration reform Budget Cuts hit state ag programs http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/budget-cuts-hit-state-ag-programs <p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Budget problems have become the norm across most states in the Midwest. &nbsp;Those cuts have hit state agriculture programs. As a result, there has been some decline in support for overseas promotion of agriculture products. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p></div><div> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:46:14 +0000 3410 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Out and About - March 29, 2013 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/out-and-about-march-29-2013 <P>This week, we're talking with Doug Day, director of "What Will Be Your Legacy?" a short play which explores issues about family farming, organic food, and land use. The play is intended to&nbsp;set up&nbsp;a discussion with the audience about policy options and personal choices. Performances in Peoria are Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. The play will also travel to Urbana and Springfield in the next few weeks.</P> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:15:39 +0000 Nathan Irwin 3224 at http://peoriapublicradio.org