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CHINA ‘REGRETS’ U.S.’ POSTAL MOVE

China Thursday criticized Washington’s decision to leave the U.N. treaty that regulates international postage, amid an escalating trade battle between the two nations. President Donald Trump has said the 144-year-old postal agreement puts U.S. businesses at a disadvantage because it’s cheaper to ship items from China to the U.S. than vice versa. (News-Gazette)

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TRADE DISPUTES TRIGGER WTO LITIGATION

Disputes over U.S. tariffs and other retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the WTO. The WTO begins proceedings like these with a 60-day window for talks to try to reach a settlement, however, according to an Oct. 29 WTO meeting agenda, dispute resolution talks have failed. (Reuters)  

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FARMER FAVORITES

Wondering where to get a great pork dish in the state? A new promotion by the Illinois Pork Producers Association leads consumers right to a list of 10 restaurants around the state that feature some of the best pork entrees, based on recommendations from Illinois farmers who raise the hogs. (FarmWeekNow.com)  

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Be sure to check out next week’s issue of FarmWeek to read stories about Carroll County farmers who are relying on reels to harvest corn flattened by a severe September storm; the Trump administration sent notice this week it intends to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom;… read more

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SHRINKING SAFETY NET –

SHRINKING SAFETY NET – Illinois farmers this month will receive about $60 million in safety net payments for crop year 2017 – significantly less than in recent years, according to USDA statistics. Payments on corn acreage range from $60.04 per acre to $3.37 per acre, while soybean payments span from $65.15 per acre to 41… read more

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TRUMP THREATENS U.S.-MEXICO TRADE DEAL –

TRUMP THREATENS U.S.-MEXICO TRADE DEAL – President Donald Trump Thursday threatened call up the military and call it quits on the newly-minted trade deal unless Mexican officials stopped a large caravan of Honduran migrants from entering the U.S. “I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable… read more

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U.S. HOG FARMERS LOSING IN TRADE BATTLE –

U.S. HOG FARMERS LOSING IN TRADE BATTLE – As African Swine Fever in China increases demand for imported pork, Chinese buyers are looking to fill the void – just not with U.S. pork. Amid the escalating trade battle, China’s tariffs on U.S. pork have climbed as high as 70 percent, turning buyers for the Asian… read more

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FARMERS: KEEP LITIGATION ALIVE –

FARMERS: KEEP LITIGATION ALIVE – Farmers suing Bayer AG’s Monsanto and BASF over dicamba-based crop damage urged a federal judge Monday to reject the companies’ motions to the dismiss the cases. Lawyers representing roughly 20 farms told U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh that the companies had ignored facts to avoid responsibility for the alleged “ecological… read more

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KEEPING UP WITH FARM-TO-FORK –

KEEPING UP WITH FARM-TO-FORK – As the farm-to-fork and Community Supported Agriculture movements change, farmers are feeling left out. What once was a profitable venture is becoming increasingly difficult as consumers tastes continue to evolve. “It’s not necessarily that the local food movement is going away,” said Raghela Scavuzzo, local foods program manager, IFB. “It’s… read more

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CROP OPTIONS –

CROP OPTIONS – Some farmers call it grain sorghum. Others refer to the crop as milo. White county farmer John Williams knows it best as a key part of his crop rotation. For both agronomic and economic reasons, Williams devotes about one-sixth of his acreage to sorghum each year. “It’s on rougher ground, but it’s… read more

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