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2018 Golden Clover Winners

Four dedicated supporters of 4-H and the McLean County Fair received recognition as 2018 Golden Clover Award winners: Joyce Yoder was honored as a Golden Clover for her service as the leader, volunteer and project superintendent. She also served as a 4-H camp and state fair chaperone as well as teaching generations of 4-Hers baking… read more

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McLean County Fair Receives Facility Grant

McLean County Fair received a $3,000 Facility Upgrade Grant from the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America. The grant funds were used to improve lighting at the horse arena on the fairgrounds. Compeer Financial awarded a total of 64 grants totaling $180,000 to support fairground enhancement projects at local and county fairs in Illinois, Minnesota… read more

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Runners Go HogWild with Race, Raise Funds for Fair

About 125 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural HogWild 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk held July 29 at the McLean County Fairgrounds. Cool weather made for pleasant run and all participants enjoyed a post-race meal featuring porkburgers prepared by McLean County Pork Producers. Bain Britt of Rock Falls finished first in the men’s… read more

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USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue this week admitted farmers have been the hardest hit by his boss’ trade policies but placed the blame for the “trade disruptions we’re experiencing” on China and its non-tariff barriers. “Farmers love their lifestyle, but they’re businesspeople,” Perdue said. “They have to make a profit. They’re some of the best patriots… read more

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President Donald Trump Tuesday backtracked on his comments during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the press conference, held Monday in Helsinki, Trump said he believed Putin when he said the Russians didn’t interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, despite U.S. intelligence reports to the contrary. (Reuters)

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#China Wednesday said the U.S.-driven trade war has become the biggest ‘confidence killer’ for the global economy, adding the whole world would fight back if the U.S. continued to be ‘willful.’ Earlier this month the U.S. and China slapped tariffs on $34 billion of each other’s imports, shaking financial markets. (Reuters)

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A week after President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, the public is split in its early views of the nomination. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 41 percent think the Senate should confirm Kavanaugh, while 36 percent say they shouldn’t; 23 percent… read more

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This year’s corn crop looks like it could be another bin buster, and this week’s cooler nighttime temperatures could provide an added boost. Cooler nights allow corn plants to focus their energy on producing grain rather than maintaining their own health, explains GROWMARK Crop Nutrient Technical Manager Michael Gill. (

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The Illinois Farm Bureau launched a newly redesigned website, making it easier to see how the organization is working for its members. As with the old website, will remain the go-to place for information about IFB, its legislative policies, programs and events, as well as the benefits of being an IFB member. (

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When you harvest a pig the only thing left is the squeal. But as trade tensions with China ramp up, hog farmers and processors are finding much more than the squeal is leftover. Before the U.S.-China trade war, American pig processors exported nine out of every 10 pigs’ feet and heads they shipped overseas to… read more

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