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Agriculture News

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

#SOYBEAN PRICES

Dry weather in Argentina recently strengthened soybean prices despite a rise in ending stocks projections for the current marketing year. At 530 million bushels, the forecast for soybean ending stocks is a 228 million bushel increase over last marketing year’s ending stocks. (Farmdoc Daily)

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WOMEN CANDIDATES

2018 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year for women running for #Congress. More than twice as many are running for the U.S. House and Senate this year than did in 2016. (NPR)

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#FLOOD THREAT

Snow melt and a surge of rain are expected to raise the level of the Illinois River by 10 feet by this weekend. That may cause flooding in the Peoria area and other Illinois communities. (Peoria Journal Star)

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#SEED TECHNOLOGY

Technology helped Illinois farmers set records in 2017 with a state corn yield average of 201 bushels per acre and 611 million bushels of soybeans hauled in. GROWMARK’s director of agronomy marketing and agronomy services says those results should continue. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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MILITARY “DREAMERS”

Defense Secretary James Mattis said young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children and enlisted in the armed forces will not be deported even if their legal protections expire. The announcement comes as Congress continues to debate the fate of DACA recipients. (NPR)

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SNOW ON THE WAY

A storm expected to hit northern Illinois could drop up to 10 inches of snow by the time it ends on Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and advises against travel. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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DROWSY DRIVING

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports 9.5 percent of all car crashes involve drowsy drivers. Federal estimates had suggested drowsiness was a factor in only 1 to 2 percent of accidents. (Decatur Herald & Review)

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BUDGET DEAL SIGNED

President Trump signed a $400 billion budget deal Friday to reopen the government after a brief middle-of-the-night shutdown. The bill includes large spending increases for the military and domestic programs. (USA Today)

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BOOST FOR #CORN PRICES

USDA raised corn exports in its world ag supply and demand estimates report by 125 million bushels to 2.05 billion bushels, which could add a little steam to prices. However, soybean exports declined by 60 million bushels and wheat exports dropped by 25 million bushels. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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LIFE EXPECTANCY DROP

Drugs, alcohol abuse and suicide have caused the U.S. life expectancy to drop for the second consecutive year. Experts say adults in rural counties are suffering the most from this deadly trifecta. (TNS)

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