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IL LAWMAKERS TO VOTE ON LOCAL NET NEUTRALITY

Illinois lawmakers are in the process of creating their own set of net neutrality standards similar to the ones rolled back by the Trump administration late last year. Thirty-three other states have considered similar laws; 22 attorneys general, including Lisa Madigan, have sued to reinstate net neutrality. (Illinois News Network)

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206 MILLION EGGS RECALLED

Rose Acre Farms is voluntarily recalling more than 206 million eggs in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, saying they “have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup.” So far, the contaminated eggs have been linked to 22 illnesses. (NPR)

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MASS EXODUS

More House members – including a record number of Republicans – are choosing not to run for re-election than at any time in the past quarter century, with House Speaker Paul Ryan adding his name to the list last week. According to Pew Research, 55 representatives have announced they’re not running for new terms and… read more

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COLD WEATHER PUSHES PLANTING

Below normal temperatures are putting the month of April on track to set a record, challenging the record set in 1907. The average temperature for the first 11 days of the month was 35.6 degrees – a full 12 degrees below normal. The wintry weather has challenged farmers throughout the state and delayed spring planting…. read more

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WHAT’S IN A LABEL? –

WHAT’S IN A LABEL? – Organic shoppers might soon know whether their tomatoes were grown in soil or water – and whether meat and dairy came from animals that had access to pasture. Farmers and scientists have created standards for an additional organic certification program to be piloted by a small number of farms this… read more

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ANIMAL TRACEABILITY –

ANIMAL TRACEABILITY – Major gaps still exist in USDA’s Animal Disease Traceability program, which the agency plans to address. The system’s current limitations create issues to not only identify and eliminate any disease outbreaks quickly but also can limit animal movements and trade. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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LATE PAYMENT –

LATE PAYMENT – The Illinois Department of Agriculture has sent a voucher to the state comptroller’s office to finally pay about $109,000 to the city of Springfield for providing fire protection at the state fairgrounds last year but has not asked the comptroller’s office to expedite the payment. (State Journal Register)

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INTEREST RATES –

INTEREST RATES – The Federal Reserve has initiated what appear to be sustained, incremental increases in the Federal Funds rate and by extension, other interest rates. Expect a three-quarter to one percentage point increase in 2018, after a one-half percentage point increase in 2017. (FarmDocDaily)

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STATUS QUO –

STATUS QUO – Republican Paul Ryan has been an outspoken advocate for changes to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, but now they will likely be set aside. The House Speaker says he will leave in January to spend more time with family. (Wall Street Journal)

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TOUGH DECISIONS FOR FARMLAND HEIRS –

TOUGH DECISIONS FOR FARMLAND HEIRS – The Illinois estate tax kicks in at $4 million with rates up to 16 percent. Farm values passed down through generations can easily surpass that. According to the Tax Foundation, 12 states and the District of Columbia impose taxes on inheritances. (Illinois News Network)

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