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AMERICANS HOLD DIM VIEW OF #HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

72% of Americans say the healthcare systems is “in a state of crisis” or “has major problems” – almost the same percentage who felt that way a few months before the ACA was passed seven years ago,  according to a recent Gallup poll. The percentage has stayed within a seven-point range over the last decade.

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MONSANTO PAYING FOR DICAMBA USE

Monsanto announced it will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy dicamba-based XtendiMax with VaporGrip, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use. The company could refund farmers more than half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray it… read more

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OPIOID CRISIS AFFECTING FARM COMMUNITIES

74% of farmers have been directly affected by opioid abuse; the survey shows similar data in Illinois, according to a recent Morning Consult survey. “By a wide margin, farmers and farm families are seeing abuse either directly within their family or with people they know,” said Will Rodger, director or policy communications, AFBF. (Illinois News… read more

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ARE #FARMLAND VALUES ON SOLID GROUND OR DEFYING GRAVITY?

Some farmers, investors and even economists have been waiting for farmland values to crash back to earth, but Bruce Sherrick, director or the TIAA Center for Farmland Research at the University of Illinois, says the market remains surprisingly strong. “Farmland values are still holding up better than a lot of people predicted,” he said. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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FEWER #FARM-USE #ANTIBIOTICS SOLD

The FDA this week released its annual report of antibiotics sold in the U.S. for food animal use, finding that sales of medically important antibiotics in 2016 declined by 14 percent compared with 2015. The report is the strongest evidence so far that the FDA’s efforts to limit antibiotic use on farms are having an… read more

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AMERICANS WANT GOV’T TO ENSURE #HEALTHCARE

56% of Americans say the federal government should be responsible for making sure all Americans have healthcare coverage, up from 52 percent last year, according to a new Gallup poll. The level is the highest in 10 years.

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@EPA TO LAUNCH PUBLIC 3CLIMATE DEBATE

The U.S. EPA could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, according to administrator Scott Pruitt. The agency has been working over the last several months to set up a “red team, blue team” debate on the science relating to manmade climate change to give the public a “real-time review of… read more

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IFB DELEGATES REQUEST OPTIONS FOR AFFORDABLE #HEALTHCARE

County Farm Bureau delegates approved a Sense of the Delegate Body Resolutions, calling on the Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors to identify affordable health care options for members. The resolution, introduced by Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kendall and Will counties, requests the board provide a report to delegates at next year’s annual meeting. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Be sure to check out this week’s issue of FarmWeek to read stories about the re-election of IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr., and election of Brian Duncan of Polo as IFB vice president; the WARM website, which provides farmers with vital weather and soil information; and ag-related books which make great Christmas gifts.

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FARMERS PERISH IN PIPELINE EXPLOSION

A father and son were killed in a gas pipeline explosion Tuesday near Dixon in Lee County. Rory H. Miller, 59, of Amboy, and Ryan S. Miller, 30, of Oregon, were laying drainage tile in a field around 9 a.m. when the tractor pulling the tiling plow became stuck, and a second tractor, trying to… read more

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