Illinois farmers leased land ahead of newly passed fracking rules

Southern Illinois farmers and landowners have started leasing their land to major fracking companies to draw additional income. In just one southern Illinois county, Wayne County,property owners have signed more than 3,000 leases with oil and gas companies in the last two years, though some leases may not be specifically for fracking. In 2011, just 400 leases were signed, according to county clerk records.

Modern meth production means less worry for farmers

Farmers used to worry about meth producers stealing anhydrous ammonia -- a popular nitrogen-based fertilizer -- from their properties. But now, with new meth production techniques, anhydrous ammonia thefts are becoming less common.