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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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