Collaborative GeoDesign

December 22, 2017 | Blog Post
PRN and the IDEA Farm Network hosted speaker Dr. Nicholas Jordan from the University of Minnesota to discuss collaborative geodesign and agricultural land use.

Jaci Davis

IDEA Farm Network: Jaci Davis

August 3, 2017 | Blog Post
PRN is working with individuals, researchers, NGO’s, local businesses, and farmers throughout Illinois who want to improve the way farming is done.

Leaf curl

Pesticide Use and the Threat to Our Living Systems

July 26, 2017 | Blog Post
Here in Illinois we have heard from many of you that have seen the tell-tale effects of growth regulator herbicides (like Dicamba and 2, 4-d) on crop fields, forested areas, and on rare roadside/railside prairies.

Flower and bee

Widespread Dicamba Herbicide Use Threatens Midwest Crops and Habitat

April 7, 2017 | Blog Post
The use of dicamba herbicide will be greatly expanded in the Midwest this year with the planting of dicamba resistant soybeans on millions of acres. Dicamba has been registered for use since 1965 and is sold widely in hundreds of products for broadleaf weed control for crops, rights of ways, and lawns. The increased use this year threatens specialty crops, prairie, and pollinator habitat.

Farmer Baker Brewer Summit highlights local grains

A farmer, a baker, a brewer, and a distiller walk into an old bakery… It sounds like the setup to a joke, but earlier this month 50 farmers, bakers, brewers and distillers all walked into an historic Alton bakery (now the Old Bakery Beer Company) to talk about something they all have in common – […]