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News about food, farming, business, politics and policy that impacts central Illinois farmers.

THE NEW #NAFTA

The Trump administration this week released its blueprint for rewriting NAFTA, including provisions which preserve “Buy America” and reduce the U.S. trade deficit. The plan also contains an unnamed system to prevent countries from manipulating their currencies for trade advantage, challenges Mexico on labor and environmental issues, and eliminates a dispute settlement system. (Wall Street… read more

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GOP ABANDONS HEALTH CARE BILL

Two more GOP senators Monday said they would oppose the bill to repeal and replace the ACA, killing the party’s seven-year-old promise to replace former President Obama’s keystone legislation. Instead, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a straight repeal of the ACA in coming days. (New York Times)

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RAUNER DOUBLES DOWN ON SCHOOL FUNDING

Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday said he will use an amendatory veto to rewrite a Democrat-passed education funding formula bill, setting up another showdown between the GOP governor and Democrat-controlled General Assembly. Rauner plans to cancel funding provided in the bill for Chicago Public Schools and redistribute the money to other Illinois school districts. (Chicago Tribune)

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HOT AND DRY

All or portions of 16 central Illinois counties are abnormally dry, one level below moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Affected counties include Sangamon, Menard, Logan, Morgan, Christian, Macon, Mason and Cass counties. While average statewide precipitation for June was only 0.9 inches below normal, “extreme rainfall variations” have led to exceptionally dry… read more

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#FARMERS MIXED ON #DICAMBA

Some farmers continue to offer a range of views on alleged dicamba drift and damage. Livingston County farmer Mark Kerber has experience both sides of the issue. He applied dicamba on 240 acres of soybeans and observed no damage. On the flip side, roughly 30 acres of his soybeans are damaged, and he attributed that… read more

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GOP HEALTH CARE BILL DELAYED AGAIN

Texas Sen. John Cornyn Sunday vowed to bring the GOP’s health care bill to a vote as soon as possible, even as Senate leaders delayed the vote again due to the absence of Arizona Sen. John McCain. McCain, who had a craniotomy to remove a blood clot above his eye, could be out more than… read more

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BUDGET, BUT NO PLAN

#Illinois may finally have a budget, but it still hasn’t passed the required legislation to fund public education. The budget approved two weeks ago included funding for education but requires the General Assembly to pass an accompanying bill that alters the funding formula for the state’s schools. Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he will veto… read more

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#CHINA APPROVES MORE #GMO CROPS

China has approved two more GMO crops for import, adding Syngenta’s 5307 insect-resistant corn and Monsanto’s 87427 glyphosate-resistant corn to the list of approved crops. China has now approved four GMO crops in the last month, but has yet to approve additional products owned by Monsanto, DuPont and Dow. (Reuters)

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IFB PRESIDENT LOBBIES FOR FARMERS IN D.C.

With the farm economy front of mind, IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr., met with the state’s senators on Capitol Hill last week to lobby for crop insurance, trade, tax reform and regulatory reform. Guebert shared Illinois farmers’ concerns with U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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SWINE FLU OUTBREAK

State officials have ordered the slaughter of nearly 300 hogs at a county fair in southwest Ohio after at least two animals tested positive for swine flu. (AP)

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