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As Iowa completes its first year of growing hemp and Illinois finishes its second year, Muscatine Community College students are nearing their harvest in a greenhouse at the college. The hemp sector offers a lot of promise after the federal government allowed the crop to be grown again via the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Q: I’m so frustrated. Before I clean and seal my outdoor deck, I need your advice. It’s a tremendous amount of work, and I’m discovering I need to do it every three years. I scream each spring when I see the expensive sealer I’ve used start to peel and flake. Surely there’s a better way. How would you clean and seal your outdoor wood so that maintaining it is not so much work? --Gina H., Cilleyville, N.H.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of 23 cases that appear to be linked to a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite.

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