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MOBILE DEVICE USE GROWS

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, mobile devices have become one of the most common ways Americans get news, outpacing desktop or laptop computers. Nearly 60 percent of U.S. adults often get news on a mobile device, 19 points higher than the 39 percent who often get news on a desktop or laptop… read more

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NUTRIEN TO BUY AGRIBLE

Nutrien, previously known as Crop Production Services, Monday said it plans to buy Illinois startup Agrible for $63 million. Nutrien will keep Agrible and its 55 employees in Champaign; the sale is expected to close in late July. (News-Gazette)

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CHINA FILES WTO CHALLENGE

China Monday filed a WTO challenge to President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat, stepping up its diplomatic efforts to counter U.S. trade and technology pressure. The move comes less than a week after USTR Robert Lighthizer proposed 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. (Peoria Journal-Star)

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TRADE NEGOTIATION, NOT STRONG-ARMING

In an editorial to Crain’s Chicago Business, IFB Vice President Brian Duncan said it’s time for leaders to do more negotiating and less strong-arming when it comes to trade. “A nation as productive and innovative as the U.S. must seek creative and forward-thinking solutions to inevitable future trade disputes. Ultimately, a rules-based trading system and… read more

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IFB TACKLES POLICY CONCERNS

Pressing issues generated lengthy discussion by the IFB Resolutions Committee last week as members reviewed a wide variety of policy submittals. IFB Vice President Briand Duncan emphasized the Resolutions Subcommittees needed transparency in the basis for decisions about policy submittals. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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CONGRESSIONAL JOB APPROVAL UNCHANGED

According to a recent Gallup poll, 17 percent of American in July approve of the job Congress is doing, consistent with the 15 percent to 19 percent ratings the legislative body has received since February. Congress’ job approval has remained relatively steady, dipping to 13 percent in October and November 2017 and rising to 20… read more

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Thriving in Today’s Markets – 2018 Farm Income & Innovations Conference

Is your farm thriving or merely surviving? Sudden policy shifts, changing consumer tastes, and progressive technology present new challenges as well as opportunities. Illinois Farm Bureau wants to help you make the most of the opportunities and overcome the challenges. Register today for the 2018 Farm Income & Innovations Conference – Aug. 1 at the… read more

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AG GROUPS ‘IN THE DARK’

Agriculture groups say, despite persistent pledges to shore up farmers’ lost income in the wake of the U.S.-China trade war, they still have no idea what the Trump administration plans to do protect American farmers. According to AFBF, one option could be a $30 billion line of credit from the Treasury Department, though the USDA… read more

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JUNE WEATHER NUMBERS ADDING UP

State Climatologist Jim Angel says some parts of Illinois have received as much as 10 inches of rain this month, while other areas have received as little as 2 inches. Statewide, an average of 5.25 inches of rain has fallen so far this month, well above normal. (FarmWeeknow.com)

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TRUMP BACKTRACKS ON CURBS TO CHINESE INVESTMENTS

 The Trump administration today said it would use existing laws to limit Chinese investments in the U.S. instead executive action. The White House has received backlash from U.S. businesses and members of Congress who said executive action would lead to disastrous economic fallout. Meanwhile, global stocks ticked up on the news that the U.S. was… read more

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