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PLANTING BEGINS –

PLANTING BEGINS – USDA tracked the first measurable spring planting progress in Illinois last week, rating corn planting at 4 percent complete. Last year at this time, progress stood at 30 percent complete. Last week’s average statewide temperature was nearly 11 degrees below average, and soil temperatures also remain on the low side, according to… read more

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ANOTHER TERM FOR TRUMP? –

ANOTHER TERM FOR TRUMP? – Gallup polling shows President Donald Trump’s re-election figures match those of his predecessors at the time of mid-term elections in their first terms. Thirty-seven percent of voters believe Trump deserves re-election, identical to that of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Only George W. Bush had positive re-election figures in his… read more

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EPA TO ANNOUNCE TRANSPARENCY RULE –

EPA TO ANNOUNCE TRANSPARENCY RULE – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Tuesday is expected to propose a rule that will change the science that can be used in writing agency regulations. The rule would require the EPA to consider only studies for which the underlying data are made available publicly, blocking the agency from using long-standing… read more

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ILLINOIS’ LATE FEES SKYROCKET –

ILLINOIS’ LATE FEES SKYROCKET – Illinois has racked up more in late-payment fees in less than three years than it did in the previous 18 years combined, according to a report from Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Since July 2015, prompt-payment penalties have totalled $1.4 billion, $100 million more than the total from 1998 to 2015. (State… read more

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BONUS: CARDINALS WINNING WITH THE EPA –

BONUS: CARDINALS WINNING WITH THE EPA – For most major league baseball teams, food waste is a major problem, but not for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals’ efforts to stem food waste were among those honored Sunday at Busch Stadium by regional EPA officials for work to “divert, donate and compost food waste.” (St…. read more

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FIRST BICENTENNIAL FARM –

FIRST BICENTENNIAL FARM – The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently recognized a Union County family and their farm as the state’s first bicentennial farm. Two centuries ago, Abraham Brown II, his wife and three children homesteaded the 145 acres of southern Illinois farmland where Gerald Brown and his son, Todd grow corn, soybeans and occasionally… read more

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ILLINOIS’ PENSION CRISIS –

ILLINOIS’ PENSION CRISIS – A new report shows Illinois is just 36 percent funded for future pension obligations, better than only two other states in the nation. “This is going to be a major budget challenge, not only in the near term but in the years ahead,” said David Draine, senior researcher for the Pew… read more

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FED SAYS TRADE WAR NEGATIVE FOR ECONOMY –

FED SAYS TRADE WAR NEGATIVE FOR ECONOMY – San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams said during an interview with a Spanish newspaper President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China would have very negative economic effects. “The reality is that it is not so serious as some headlines suggest,” Williams said. “But if… read more

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FARM BILL FINANCING

If Congress reauthorizes the farm bill this year, recent revisions to the Congressional Budget Office baseline will likely provide the upper limit on agricultural spending. Of the $867 billion available for a 10-year farm bill, 99.5 percent of projected spending will go to four titles. (FarmWeekNow.com)  

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JUST FIVE GOOD DAYS

– Can the entire Corn Belt really be planted in just five good field days? This year’s wintry spring weather has farmers wondering if they’ll encounter substantial planting delays; FarmDoc Daily takes a look.

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