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Summer nights are heating up — and that’s impacting crops and livestock

Climate experts say summer nights have gotten warmer. One study found the average minimum temperature in the United States has gotten warmer by 2.5 degrees over the last 50 years. For farmers, this means crops and livestock could suffer. This summer, warm nights hurt Kansas farmers and ranchers. Thousands of cattle were killed in June […]

Special ed teacher pathway targets specific teacher shortages at specific schools

ELGIN — Thousands of Illinois students with disabilities have to learn in a classroom without a special education teacher or with an educator who doesn’t have the right teaching license. Those kids — who may have physical or cognitive disabilities — count on and are legally entitled to specially-designed instruction. Last year, Illinois school districts […]

When it comes to chemical fertilizer – less is more, new study says

Farmers can use far less chemical fertilizer — which can be expensive and harmful to the environment — and maintain high crop yields, according to a new study. The findings of a new, long-term academic study may lay some farmers’ fears to rest: farming regeneratively, or farming in ways that benefits soil, water and air quality, doesn’t […]