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Crop Condition & Progress – May 6

Warmer weather allowed for significant gains in the planting progress. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 6, 2018. Statewide, the average temperature was 66.3 degrees, 8.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.88 inches, 0.3 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 1 percent very short, 13 percent… read more

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FFA Service Award Winners

Ten FFA members from area high schools were honored for outstanding service to their FFA chapters as recipients of the 2018 McLean County Farm Bureau Service Awards. Grace Holtz, Blue Ridge Shelby Trunnell, El Paso-Gridley Erin Brown, Heyworth Alec Lindstrom, LeRoy Kenzie Kraft, Normal Community Caitlin Hays, Normal West Dwayne Hancock, Olympia Rachel Hankes, Prairie… read more

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FFA Members Explore Ways to “Be Bold”

Eleven local FFA members explored agricultural careers, gained leadership and built skills for teamwork and communication at the 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Youth Conference “Be Bold” April 16-17 in East Peoria. The local students joined three hundred Illinois FFA members from 78 counties from across the state for breakout sessions and a opportunity… read more

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Crop Progress & Condition – April 30

Farmers were able to make significant progress planting corn and have started planting soybeans over the past week. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 29, 2018. Statewide, the average temperature was 53.3 degrees, 3.0 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.32 inches, 0.54 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was… read more

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MCFB Foundation Golf Outing

Join us June 18 for a round of golf to benefit the McLean County Fair & 4-H Show at the Den Golf Course in Bloomington!   Shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Teams of four will play best ball.   Cost is $90 per golfer and includes your golf cart plus a ribeye dinner at the… read more

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Golden Clover Nominations

Know an outstanding fair volunteer? Nominated them to receive a Golden Clover Award! The awards recognize individuals for outstanding service to the McLean County Fair and McLean County 4-H programs. The nomination deadline is June 1, 2018. The awards may be presented in three categories: • Golden Clover – volunteer of retirement age • Emerald Clover… read more

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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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