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AMERICANS FAVOR COMPROMISE

54% of Americans want political leaders to compromise to get things done,  according to a recent Gallup poll. This far outpaces the 18% who would prefer that leaders stick to their beliefs even when little gets done, while the views of 28% fall somewhere in between.

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@EPA TO SCRAP POWER PLANT RULE

EPA head Scott Pruitt today said he will sign a proposed rule to withdraw President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which mandated cuts in carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. Pruitt, who plans to sign the proposal tomorrow, said the Obama-era regulation is illegal because it required states to change their overall power mix. (Bloomberg)

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TRUMP LISTS #IMMIGRATION DEMANDS

President Donald Trump Sunday sent Congress a list of immigration changes he said, “must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.” The list includes Trump’s long sought-after border wall, a crackdown on illegal immigration and to switch the U.S. legal immigration system from one… read more

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LEADERS SURFACE ENDANGERED SPECIES POLICY IDEAS

The possibility of monarch butterflies becoming a threatened or endangered species prompted IFB’s Conservation and Natural Resources Strength With Advisory Team to forward policy ideas to IFB’s Resolutions Committee. “If the monarch butterfly gets listed (as a threatened or endangered species), it has the potential to completely change the farming practices on our farms,” said… read more

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BEN & JERRY’S INKS MIGRANT WORKER DEAL

#Vermont-based ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s Tuesday signed an agreement with a farmworker’s group that establishes labor standards for the company’s suppliers in the state. The agreement, which outlines acceptable housing conditions, compensation and time off, also creates an enforcement strategy that encourages workers to speak up about violations. (New York Times)

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HOW THE SAUSAGE IS MADE

Thanks to a new San Francisco city ordinance, a number of the country’s top meat and poultry brands will soon have to share details about farms’ antibiotic use. Under the rule, grocery stores will be required to document antibiotic use in the meat and poultry brands they sell and make the information available via a… read more

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U.S. #TRADE DEFICIT NARROWS

Rising exports and falling imports cut the U.S. trade deficit to $42.4 billion in August, the lowest in 11 months. President Donald Trump has vowed to bring down America’s trade deficits, saying that they have been fueled by bad trade deals and abusive practices in China and other U.S. trading partners. (News-Gazette)

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U.S. CHAMBER WARNS AGAINST #NAFTA CHANGES

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is warning against key proposals by the Trump administration to overhaul NAFTA. “We see these proposals as highly dangerous, and even one of them could be significant enough to move the business and agriculture communities to oppose an agreement,” said John Murphy, senior vice president for international policy, U.S. Chamber… read more

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#DICAMBA INVESTIGATIONS COULD IMPACT APPLICATORS

Among those who could be affected by investigations into dicamba-related complaints are applicators. According to Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, applicators found to have committed a violation could be subject to points on their applicator license, fines or even suspension of the license. Payne said she hopes to see better… read more

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Be sure to check out next week’s edition of FarmWeek to read stories about the Illinois soybean harvest, which remains ahead of schedule due to dry conditions; the latest Illinois soil survey which shows farmers continue to care for their soils; and Illinois students who will celebrate Great Apple Crunch Day Thursday.

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