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SENATORS TARGET EPA

A bipartisan group of 13 farm state senators Tuesday sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to stop issuing waivers that allow oil refiners to sidestep biofuels blending obligations. Led by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar, the group also asked the EPA for a list of all refiners who have received the… read more

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LAWMAKERS MOVE TO BLOCK TAX CHANGE

Republican senators at the Illinois statehouse are working to block any move to change the state’s method of taxing income. Currently, several measures backed by Democrats at the statehouse would ask voters to change the tax structure to a progressive tax; the state constitution requires income to be taxed at a flat rate. (Illinois News… read more

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TPP HOKEY-POKEY

After flirting last week with the idea of rejoining the TPP, President Donald Trump Tuesday slammed the door on the suggestion, saying that while Japan and South Korea would like the U.S. to rejoin the agreement, he had no intention of doing so. “Too many contingencies and no way to get out if it doesn’t… read more

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BAYER-MONSANTO DEAL NEARLY DONE

Monsanto stocks were trading up yesterday as news that the Bayer buyout of the St. Louis-based company had finally received U.S. antitrust approval. The two companies were hoping to seal the deal late last year but ran into objections from European and U.S. regulators. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

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TRADE UPDATE

IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. thanked members for the “strong response” to the recent action request related to trade and tariffs during an update to county leaders Tuesday. Guebert said the effort sent a strong message to President Donald Trump and Congress on the importance of trade for farmers. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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TRUMP TALKS TPP

President Donald Trump is talking about getting the U.S. into the Trans-Pacific Partnership. After Trump withdrew the U.S. from the partnership last year, the remaining 11 nations struck their own deal. (Wall Street Journal)

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#PORK EXPORTS TO #ARGENTINA

The USDA Secretary with the U.S. Trade Representative say the government of Argentina has finalized technical requirements to allow U.S. pork imports into Argentina for the first time since 1992. (USDA)

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CHAMPING AT THE BIT

Rain, sleet, and snow in April aren’t unusual, but when you make a living based on being able to get your crop in the ground, it can make a farmer impatient. (Pantagraph)

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SUSTAINABILITY CAMPUS

Howard Buffet, Macon County Sheriff, farmer, and son of billionaire Warren Buffet has purchased nearly 110 acres in Macon County to build a recycling center, compost facility, and office building for the county’s Environmental Management Department. The land’s price tag – $1.2 million. (Herald Review)

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Coming up in Monday’s edition: USDA officials plan to tighten animal disease traceability rules; wet soils continue to hamper planting progress; and farmers should call JULIE whenever they dig, especially close to rights of way.

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