Vilsack talks conservation, renewable fuels during Milan visit

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Rock Island County on Monday to announce a new round of conservation innovation grants, and he also had what might be considered some mildly encouraging words about the Obama administration’s pending proposal to change the Renewable Fuel Standard. Vilsack appeared at a rural Milan farm to announce the […]

Bustos hears about MC food security program

 MONMOUTH — Conceived in 2013, the interdisciplinary food security program is a relatively new incorporation to Monmouth College’s tradition of splicing different areas of study together in order achieve a unified goal. The program follows a number of different avenues in order to answer the overarching question, “Will the Midwest hold the key to solving […]

A family tradition of cooperative public service

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17) grew up in Springfield, but her family roots run deep in rural Illinois. Her family connection with electric co-ops and public service starts with her grandfather Joe Callahan, a hog farmer from Milford, Ill., who was a state representative during some of the most turbulent times for Illinois electric cooperatives. […]

Moline Dispatch/Argus Op-Ed: Effort to modernize locks, dams gets boost

This week, President Obama signed into law legislation to make major — and critically needed — improvements to our nation’s water infrastructure. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act is the result of months of successful negotiations between the House and Senate, and one of only a few bipartisan accomplishments of this Congress. Speaking from […]