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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

In Monday’s FarmWeek: Illinois’ ag student enrollment ranks as the largest in a decade; USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue describes the rural economy as “fragile;” and Illinois FSA Director Bill Graff urges farmers to enroll in federal ag programs.

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BUDGET VOTE

The U.S. Senate and House are expected to vote on a proposed budget deal on Thursday that would avert another government shutdown but that has angered fiscal conservatives who complain it would lead to a $1 trillion deficit. (Reuters)

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GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new budget chief says the income tax hike enacted over the governor’s veto is bringing in more money than expected, but he says the state’s books are still awash in red ink. (Chicago Tribune)

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AG ED NUMBERS RISING

High school students in one of Illinois’ largest agricultural industry hubs don’t take agriculture classes. That will change in the fall. Decatur’s Eisenhower and MacArthur High Schools are among eight in Illinois that will offer agriculture classes for the first time. Meanwhile, the number of Illinois students taking ag classes is at a 10-year high…. read more

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Monday’s FarmWeek will feature tips for farmers to cut costs without hurting yields. It’ll also cover the delayed implementation of the WOTUS rule and include a reminder of the registration deadline to vote in the March 20 primary election.

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STATE OF THE UNION

President Trump called on Congress to fix a fractured immigration system and called for $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure spending during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. He also pledged to negotiate more and better trade deals for the U.S. (Associated Press)

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STATE OF THE STATE

Governor Bruce Rauner delivers his fourth State of the State address on Wednesday. He has said he’ll talk about gains in education funding and the need to reduce the $5 billion income tax increase lawmakers imposed last summer over his veto. (Illinois News Network)

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HOLDING STEADY

The Federal Reserve is expected to leave interest rates unchanged on Wednesday while signaling a gradual tightening of monetary policy later this year. The Fed’s two-day policy meeting ends today. It’s the last for outgoing chair Janet Yellen. (Reuters)

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SUPER #FOODS

What’s the most searched-for Super Bowl food recipe? Chili? Chicken Enchiladas? Crab dip? Yes, yes and yes, depending on where you live. Google says the most popular game day foods vary by state. Most searched-for in Illinois: Philly cheesesteak. (USA Today)

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BT RESISTANCE SPREADING

#Farmers should formulate an integrated pest-management plan now if they don’t already have one, says Nick Seiter, University of Illinois entomologist. “One of the big concerns now is Bt resistance management,” Seiter said, referring to some corn rootworm populations in the Midwest. He offered tips to prevent the spread of resistance during this week’s Illinois… read more

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