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TRUMP, WORLD LEADERS CLASH ON #CLIMATE, #TRADE

Talks began today at the G7 summit in Sicily where President Donald Trump is expected to trade barbs with other world leaders on climate change and trade. World leaders were hoping to get Trump to soften his stance on climate change and convince him to stay in the Paris climate agreement. Trade also is likely… read more

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HOG WILD

Americans’ taste for #pork is growing so much that the USDA predicts pork production will equal, and occasionally exceed, that of beef by the end of 2018. The increased demand for pork is due to growing foreign markets as well as domestic demand from the rising influence of Asian cuisines; increased patronage of fast-food breakfasts which include… read more

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TRUMP BUDGET TAKES ON WILD HORSES

President Donald Trump’s proposed FY18 budget suggests a solution for the wild horse population that has become a burden for the Bureau of Land Management: using “humane euthanasia and unrestricted sale of certain excess animals.” The proposal could lead to sales of wild horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico or Canada, as well as culling of… read more

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@USDA UNDERGOING REGULATION REVIEW PROCESS

Government regulations increase costs, stifle innovation and result in less choice for American farmers, said Mark Scholl, chairman of the Farm Foundation board, as he explained how regulations affect the field of genetics and production agriculture during a forum. Relief could be coming for Scholl and others, though. USDA “is beginning in earnest” to compile… read more

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Be sure to check out next week’s edition of FarmWeek to read stories about how 4-H’ers are connecting with state legislators to tell their stories; a group of Illinois Central College professors who constructed a bioreactor on campus; and a 61 bushels per acre average yield estimate from participants at the Southern Illinois Wheat Tour.

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CHICAGO POPULATION DROPS AGAIN

Chicago was the only city among the nation’s 20 largest to lose population in 2016 – and it lost nearly double the number of residents as the year before, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s the city’s third straight year of population loss. The population of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs also is declining…. read more

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HOUSE REVIEWING SENATE BUDGET PLAN

#Illinois House Democrats Wednesday said they’re reviewing the Senate’s budget plan to see if it will pass House muster. Despite the legislature’s plan to adjourn May 31, the House has not scheduled a vote on the legislation. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are placing recorded phone calls to voters statewide blasting the plan for raising taxes without… read more

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CBO SCORES GOP HEALTH CARE BILL

A report released Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office shows the GOP health care bill could leave 23 million more Americans without insurance, and make coverage unaffordable for others who have medical conditions. Premiums on average would fall compared with the Affordable Care Act, due in part because policies would provide fewer benefits. (Pantagraph)

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HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO STOP EPA PESTICIDE RULE

The House of Representatives Wednesday passed the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, reversing an EPA requirement that those spraying pesticides on or near rivers and lakes file for a permit. Supporters of the legislation said it removed a redundant law, since the EPA already regulates pesticide safety and use under a different law. (ABC… read more

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#WHEAT HARVEST COULD START EARLY, WEATHER PERMITTING

Wheat harvest could begin a little early in part of southern Illinois. But that doesn’t mean yield potential will be cut short. It just all depends on the weather pattern the next few weeks, according to participants of the Southern Illinois Wheat Tour hosted by the Illinois Wheat Association. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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