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BONUS: THE FUTURE IS FEMALE

Five young ladies Thursday were chosen as major state officers to lead the Illinois Association FFA during the organization’s annual convention in Springfield. The election is the first time an all-female team has been chosen in the organization’s history.

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SENATE FARM BILL ADVANCES

The U.S. Senate Ag Committee overwhelmingly endorsed its version of the 2018 farm bill Wednesday, approving it by a vote of 20-1. The bill now heads to the Senate floor. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who spoke in support of the legislation during the meeting, announced plans for a floor debate by July 4. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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TRADE, NOT AID

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said his agency has a formula to calculate losses due to new duties, as opposed to regular market ups and downs, but is hoping trade will win out over aid. “If need be, the president has insisted that he will protect our agricultural industry and protect farmers,” Perdue said. “They will… read more

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PRUITT MAY NEED TO RESIGN

Sen. Jim Inhofe, longtime friend of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, said the embattled agency head may need to resign following reports that Pruitt used an aide to help look for a job for his wife and leased an inexpensive condo from an energy lobbyist’s wife. “I think something needs to happen to change that, and… read more

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CHINA URGES U.S. TO MAKE ‘WISE’ TARIFF CHOICE

– China Thursday urged the U.S. the make a “wise decision” on tariffs, saying it was ready to respond with its own duties if Washington chose to confront the Asian nation. President Donald Trump has said he’ll confront China “very strongly” in his updated list of tariffs which is expected to be announced Friday.

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YOUNGER VS. OLDER VOTERS

If past midterm election turnouts hold true, Generation X, Millennials and the post-Millennial generation are unlikely to cast the majority of votes this November, even though they make up a clear majority of voting-eligible adults. Not only are younger adults less likely to participate in midterm elections, they have a track record of low midterm… read more

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BONUS: BIG NEWS DAY –

BONUS: BIG NEWS DAY – The meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wasn’t the only thing making headlines Tuesday. Not long after the two leaders announced the possibility of denuclearization, a raccoon captured the attention of millions on Twitter as he scaled the 23 floors of the UBS Plaza… read more

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CROP REPORT BOOST –

CROP REPORT BOOST – The crop markets received a bit of a boost from USDA’s monthly world supply and demand estimates report Tuesday, which slashed ending corn and soybean stocks. But whether it’s enough to sustain a significant rally amid downside pressure from recent favorable weather patterns and trade issues remains to be seen. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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PRUITT HINTS AT EXPANDING ETHANOL BLENDS –

PRUITT HINTS AT EXPANDING ETHANOL BLENDS – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Tuesday said the EPA has the power to expand sales of higher ethanol gasoline blends, just a week after a plan to reform U.S. biofuels policy was suspended. “He said they have the authority” to allow higher-ethanol gasoline sales year-round, said Bill Pracht, president… read more

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SENATE FARM BILL –

SENATE FARM BILL – Looking for an initial review of the Senate Ag Committee’s draft of the 2018 farm bill? Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey and Nick Paulson, and Carl Zulauf of FarmDocDaily are here to help. The foursome put their thoughts together, including information on the commodities, conservation, nutrition and crop insurance titles.  

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