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BAYER TAKES DEFENSE OF WEED KILLER A STEP FURTHER

After a California jury voted to unanimously rule in favor of a groundskeeper claiming Bayer’s Roundup herbicide gave him cancer, Bayer AG is stepping up their legal defense to overturn the verdict. (Market Watch)

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FLOODING FROM HURRICANE HURTS NORTH CAROLINA HOG FARMS

More than 5,000 hogs have died because of Hurricane Florence, as well as 3.4 million chickens and turkeys. Furthermore, dozens of waste lagoons have overflowed, leaking pollutants into waterways. (Wall Street Journal)

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CARGILL RECALLS BEEF AFTER E. COLI OUTBREAK

For the second month in a row, Cargill has recalled 132,000 pounds of beef due to a possible E. coli contamination. The beef surrounding the recall was produced and packaged on June 21, 2018. This announcement follows last month’s recall of 25,000 pounds of Cargill beef. (USA Today)

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GRANT PROGRAMS RECEIVE USDA FUNDING

In an effort to increase opportunities for farmers and ranchers across the country, the USDA is investing $102.7 million through five different grant programs. These programs are intended to expand markets for local food promotion and specialty crops. (Prairie Farmer)

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SOYBEAN SNUB

China has not only stopped buying soybeans from the United States, it’s also provided evidence that it will avoid doing business for as long as possible. Doug Wehrling, vice president of trade for Bower Trading, said signs indicate Chinese demand for soybeans remains high – but buyers aren’t getting them from the United States. “They’re… read more

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INDIA AND U.S. CLOSING IN ON TRADE DEAL

After months of battling it out, India and the U.S. began trade talks in June. Both sides are negotiating one another’s concerns with certain tariffs, and the two sides are expected to close the deal in the coming weeks. (Reuters)

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STEPS TO REDUCE FARM INJURIES DURING HARVEST

The average work-related injury during fall harvest can cost a producer approximately $33,000, while the death cost is around $1.5 million. By following five simple steps, the risk of experiencing these costs can be reduced significantly. (Rochelle News-Leader)

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POLLUTION RULES ROLLED BACK FOR DRILLING ON U.S. LANDS

On Tuesday, the Trump administration rolled back 2016 rule that forced energy companies to capture methane while drilling on U.S. and tribal lands. California and New Mexico have already filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to reinstate the Obama-era rule. (ABC News)

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MONARCH MIGRATION

Masses of bright orange and black wings covering trees and fluttering through the air are capturing attention as monarch butterflies fly south through Illinois. They’re benefitting from additional food availability as a result Illinois farmers and others installing more pollinator habitat in recent years. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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FADING FAST

An increased amount of tar spot, combined with recent wet weather, has farmers in some parts of the state scrambling to determine which fields should be harvested first just to ensure the corn is still standing. GROWMARK Weed Science Technical Manager David Powell advised farmers to prioritize harvest in fields where standability is a concern…. read more

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