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NEW OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT GIVES COOK COUNTY HOSPITALS HOPE

In recent years, addiction to opioids has spiked nationwide. According to experts, over 91 percent of users who manage to quit the habit are at risk of relapsing. However, a new drug, Suboxone, fights cravings and doesn’t cause a high. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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TRUMP TAKES FINAL LOOK AT SUPREME COURT CHOICES

– President Trump is expected to announce his Supreme Court decision today at 9 p.m. EDT. It is unsure at this time who the frontrunner is, and White House aides have rollout plans ready for each of the potential nominees. (The Wall Street Journal)

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MORE THAN 200 SICKENED BY PARASITE FROM DEL MONTE VEGETABLES

More than 200 people in the Midwest have been sickened by a parasite found in the plastic Del Monte vegetable trays. These trays contained fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dip and were sold at various grocery stores and gas stations. (USA Today)

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CROP CONDITIONS REMAIN GOOD DESPITE RECENT HEAT STRESS

– Corn has far surpassed the “knee-high by Fourth of July” expression, silking at nearly four times the average clip. Soybeans are also four times ahead of average. Crop condition ratings in the state the first of last week totaled 85 percent good to excellent for corn and 78 percent good to excellent for soybeans.

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TRADE WAR BECOMES A REALITY

The trade war between the U.S. and China officially began this morning as President Trump followed through on his aggressive threat to impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. China followed through with their expected retaliation. As of right now, it is unclear how this trade war will conclude. (New York Times)

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SCOTT PRUITT RESIGNS AS EPA CHIEF

Scott Pruitt, deemed as one of the most effective cabinet members at executing Trump administration philosophy, resigned Thursday after allegations of ethical lapses and improper spending. Pruitt had campaigned to eliminate Obama-era environmental rules. (Wall Street Journal)

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HEAT COULD LINGER

June ended as the 11th hottest on record and it doesn’t look like July will be any cooler. The National Weather Service reported the monthly outlook calls for an increased chance of very warm temperatures and drier conditions statewide this month. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Be sure to check out next week’s issue of FarmWeek to read stories about corn and soybean crops continuing to grow at a record pace; lessons learned at National Ag in the Classroom Conference; and Peoria County Farm Bureau member Rebecca Schotthofer’s Illinois bicentennial ornament design.

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PROPOSAL TO MOVE FOOD SAFETY RESPONSABILITIES TO USDA

The Office and Management and Budget recently recommended the Food Safety and Inspection Service and the food safety functions of the FDA be merged into the USDA. This would create a new agency called the Federal Food Safety Agency. The FDA would be renamed the Federal Drug Administration. (Farm Doc Daily)  

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TRADE WAR ESCALATES –

TRADE WAR ESCALATES – President Donald Trump is prepared to pull the tariff trigger on $34 billion of Chinese goods at 12:01 Friday morning while China is prepared to counter attack with equal intensity. American farmers are holding their breath as Chinese companies are also expected to cancel most of the remaining soybeans they committed… read more

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