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Local foods and small farms

Broomcorn Research at University of Illinois

When you consider the common field crops in Illinois, it is no doubt that corn (Zea mays) has heavily influenced on agriculture.  However, broomcorn (Sorghum bicolor) is a lesser-known member of the grass family (Poaceae) with an agricultural history of its own in our state.  Its more closely related to other sorghums than it is to the most popular Poaceae member, Zea mays. “In Illinois, broomcorn production was established in the early 1800’s and central Illinois...
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Finding local foods for your Thanksgiving feast

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us are stocking up on all the ingredients for our favorite dishes so we can contribute to the family feast.  The Thanksgiving meal has traditionally been a celebration of the year’s harvest, making it a great time to focus on the bountiful harvest that has occurred right here in Illinois. “Shopping local for your Thanksgiving meal means you will have the freshest produce, meat, and baked goods possible. You are also keeping your money local...
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