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At the Farm Gate

Iliinois, The Nation's Pumpkin Powerhouse
10/01/2019 @ 9:20 am | By Joanie Steirs

Like farming in general this year, our kids’ plan to grow pumpkins worked better in previous years than this one. From spring’s relentless rains to the summer’s hot and droughty spell, our home-grown pumpkin luck ran out by August like the creek water in the cattle pasture.

At The Farm Gate

Consecutive crossing closures disregard farms, rural residents
11/01/2018 @ 8:30 am | By Joanie Steirs

Our son cheered, the neighbor texted, a local farmer called twice, and the mailman sighed in relief. Our country road and the next road to the east had re-opened after nearly two weeks of closed railroad crossings that detoured our lives and livelihoods.

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