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May 16, 2014
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Asian Carp a problem in Illinois waterways
 
Asian carp were imported from China to the U.S. in the 1970s to remove algae from catfish farms and wastewater treatment ponds. Somehow they escaped and migrated north through the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. The species spawn in rivers and feed on phytoplankton, disrupting the food chain for younger fish. The voracious eaters can weigh as much as 100 pounds and grow to four feet. Since 2010, the state's Department of Natural Resources has fished and removed more than 115,000 Asian carp between the Starved Rock lock and dam along the Illinois River and the Lockport lock and dam near Joliet. There's no population estimate for carp in the upper Illinois River, so officials can't be sure what percentage of the population they have been able to remove. University of Illinois researchers are studying the eggs of the fish to control the problem.
 
Trends in College Degrees

Thirty years ago, the most common four-year college major was business. The same was true in 2011. But the share of bachelor’s degrees awarded by field has drastically shifted over the last few decades, according to NPR’s Planet Money.
Engineering degrees made up 8.2% of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in 1984. By 2011, that percentage dropped to 4.7%. Health degrees have gone from taking up 3% of the bachelor’s degree pie in 1970 to nearly 10%. And education, English, and other degree fields have seen substantial drop-offs as the economy and labor market have gone through big upheavals.
 
University of Illinois Extension released a new Android app, Midwest Ornamental Grasses. It includes basic information about warm and cool season grasses, planting and care instructions as well as a directory of  21 different grasses that thrive in Midwest climates.  Each grass in the directory has a photo as well as a description and growing information. The app also includes YouTube videos pertinent to ornamental grasses. A special feature is that users can create a collection of photographs of their own grasses or grasses they are considering.  Access the app at  http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/apps.cfm

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