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FCC PLANS #NetNeutrality REPEAL

The Federal Communications Commission Tuesday released plans to dismantle the landmark net neutrality rules put in place by President Barack Obama. Repealing the rules, which ensure equal access to the internet, would clear the way for internet service companies to charge users more to see certain content and would curb access to some websites. (New… read more

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#SENATE #TAX BILL PICKING UP SUPPORT

#Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski in an op-ed Tuesday said, “I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid being taxed,” potentially signaling her support for the Senate’s tax code overhaul. Murkowski, who was one of three GOP senators to stand against… read more

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WILL #FARMERS RESPOND TO MARKET SIGNAL FOR MORE #SOYBEANS?

U.S. farmers planted 7 percent more soybean acres this season, and it appears the market is calling for more. “If we have the same ratio for corn and beans on April 1, we probably stand to pick up some bean acres, as hard as that is to imagine,” Chip Nellinger, of Blue Reef Agri-Marketing in… read more

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LONG-DISTANCE #FARMING

Writer Cynthia Ryan talks about the difficulties of long-distance farming in a recent LA Times op ed. Ryan, who is originally from DeWitt County, is taking on the management of her parents’ farm and tenant farmers, despite her own family residing in Birmingham, Ala. “For four generations, Ryans have lived and worked in DeWitt County,”… read more

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IAA FOUNDATION RECEIVES SECOND WORKING FARM

Lifelong learners and farmers Herman and Cecilia Wiedle of Shattuc fully understood the value of education. That knowledge led them to provide a generous gift of 153 acres of tillable farmland and conservation ground to the IAA Foundation. Valued at $1.1 million, the gift will help establish the Herman E. and Ceilia E. Wiedle Scholarship… read more

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#NAFTA NEGOTIATIORS LOCK HORNS

Negotiators from the U.S., Mexico and Canada Tuesday will square off for the last time during the fifth round of talks to rework NAFTA. Talks could become contentious with negotiators pushing back against U.S. demands to raise the minimum threshold for NAFTA autos to 85 percent from 62.5 percent, as well as insist that fully… read more

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#HARVEST NEARLY COMPLETE

Central #Illinois farmers are close to closing the book on the 2017 harvest, logging surprising yields despite season-long weather challenges. “I think the genetics have come so far on these corn and soybean hybrids – they handle stress so much better,” said St. Augustine farmer and IAA Director David Serven. “They maximize every bit of… read more

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FARM INCOME: LOWER THAN 2016, BETTER THAN EXPECTED

Overall net farm income in 2017 – forecast at $60,000 per farm – is lower than the 2016 average income of about $94,000 per farm, but is still better than expected and could have been much worse, according to Gary Schnitkey at farmdoc. Still, Schnitkey writes, deterioration of working capital on most farms should be… read more

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GOP LAWMAKERS WORRIED #NAFTA TALKS WILL FAIL

Pro-trade Republicans in Congress are growing worried that President Donald Trump may try to withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA rather than negotiate a compromise. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said USTR Robert Lighthizer agreed that scrapping the deal would be hard on U.S. ag, but said that Lighthizer’s approach was “taking everybody to the brink on… read more

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LARGE CITIES FARE BETTER IN WELL-BEING

Residents of highly populated communities have better overall well-being than their counterparts in small and rural towns, according to a new Gallup poll. Gallup’s Well-Being Index scores large cities 61.7 so far in 2017, compared with 61.4 for midsized communities and 61.0 for small towns and rural areas. The data, drawn from more than 121,000… read more

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