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U.S. WITHDRAWING FROM HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

The U.S. Tuesday said it was withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, criticizing the council for allowing ‘some of the world’s worst offenders’ to remain on the panel. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the “Council has failed in its stated objective,” and called the group an “exercise in shameless hypocrisy.” (Wall Street… read more

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EU TARIFFS TAKE EFFECT FRIDAY

The EU will begin charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of U.S. products Friday in response to U.S. tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminum earlier this month. The move could signal the beginning of a tit-for-tat escalation in trade tensions between the U.S. and the EU, especially if President Donald Trump… read more

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CROPS OFF TO A GOOD START

According to USDA’s Mark Schleusener, 81 percent of Illinois’ corn crop is in good or excellent condition; 77 percent of beans are rated the same. Still, overall conditions are variable across the state. “There are some places, that if you go southeast of Springfield, that are probably suffering from too much rain,” Schleusener said. “And… read more

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SHEDDING LIGHT ON SOLAR LAND

According to the national Farm Service Agency, land with solar energy panels is nonagricultural land and not eligible to be part of a farm’s crop acreage base. Land enrolled under Ag Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage contract or ARC-IC (individual) contract must be used for an agricultural activity. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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Crop Condition & Progress: June 17

Scattered showers fell throughout the state last week. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 17, 2018. Statewide, the average temperature was 76.6 degrees, 4.5 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.40 inches, 0.40 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 4 percent very short, 16 percent short, 68… read more

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Crop Progress & Condition: June 10

Fieldwork continued over the past week with rains in some parts of the state. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 10, 2018. Statewide, the average temperature was 72.7 degrees, 3.0 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.17 inches, 0.28 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 3 percent… read more

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#TARIFFS FOR U.S. FARMERS PILE ON

U.S. farmers already losing sales to #China and facing tariffs from #Mexico may have more duties to worry about in the coming months. Canada and the EU are considering tariffs on imports of U.S. food and farm goods in response to the U.S. placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Experts say China also may… read more

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NEWS FATIGUE

68 percent of Americans feel worn out by the amount of news they see each day, compared with only 30 percent who say they like the amount of news they get. Republicans are more apt to feel news fatigue, with 77 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning independents worn out by news coverage,  according to a new… read more

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Saturated Buffer Field Day – June 15

Check out a live installation of a saturated buffer along Turkey Creek and find out more about soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat at a Saturated Buffer Field Day June 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Illinois State University Farm. Over lunch, Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist, will lead a discussion… read more

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#ILLINOIS’ NEW BUDGET ‘MORE OF THE SAME’

S&P Global Ratings Tuesday called the recently-passed Illinois budget “more of the same,” and kept Illinois’ credit rating the same: A notch above junk status. The S&P report said the budget “is consistent with the stable outlook S&P Global ratings currently maintains on the state’s credit rating.” (Illinois News Network)

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