The FBI calls agricultural economic espionage “a growing threat” and some are worried that biotech piracy can spell big trouble for a dynamic and growing U.S. industry.
The map shows much an American worker needs to earn per hour in each state to rent a two-bedroom apartment. It finds that in no state can a person earning minimum wage afford such an apartment at market rent.
“A healthy farm economy needs a healthy rural economy,” said Chris Merrett, director of the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University during the Illinois Farm Bureau Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference in Springfield.
Western Illinois University announced today (Feb. 28) that the University is expanding its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) operations, which is under the direction of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), to the Quad Cities Riverfront campus. An International Trade Center (ITC) will also be established as part of the SBDC presence at the QC campus.
Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for offering the highest median family salary.
New Census data show that the real differences between the city and the country may not match up with popular perception.