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TRUMP WANTS TOUGHER #NAFTA ORIGIN RULES

Hoping to underline the need for tougher rules of origin in NAFTA, the U.S. Commerce Department Friday released data showing U.S. value-added content is declining for manufactured goods from Mexico and Canada. According to the study, U.S. content in automotive imports from Mexico declined 18.1 percent in 2011 from 26.5 percent in 1995; automotive imports… read more

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TRUMP, KIM TRADE BARBS

In a statement released by North Korean state media, Kim Jong-Un responded to President Donald Trump’s Tuesday UN speech, saying Trump “made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors.” Kim also called the president’s threat “mentally deranged,” and hinted at continued nuclear tests. Trump responded Friday, calling Kim a “madman”… read more

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CUTTING #GlobalWarming

The key to reducing #methane gasses produced by #cattle is simply breeding less-gassy cattle, according to a new study. Researchers found that, while different diets do affect how gassy cattle are, certain cow families in the study produced more methane than others, no matter what they ate. “This gives an opportunity to select animals based… read more

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GOVERNMENT REPORT ON #CropInsurance PUZZLING

The national organization representing crop insurance companies believes a recent Government Accountability Office report contradicts earlier ones. “What gets confused are the gross revenues that go to the companies, and what’s not factored in is cost of delivery,” said National Crop Insurance Services President Tom Zacharias. The top two ranking members on the U.S. House… read more

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#FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Be sure to check out next week’s issue of FarmWeek to read stories about Illinois Farm Bureau members’ list of regulatory reform suggestions sent to the USDA; the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision regarding Rock Island Clean Line’s proposed transmission line; and Richland County Farm Bureau President Bill Burgener, who is kicking off View from the… read more

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MORE SANCTIONS

President Donald Trump said Thursday the U.S. will add more sanctions on North Korea. Tensions have escalated in recent weeks over the country’s nuclear weapons program. (USA Today)

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STATE’S PENSION DEBT COULD SINK AMAZON DEAL

When a business such as Amazon looks at locating in Illinois, the state’s pension liabilities could send it elsewhere. So say experts and lawmakers. Illinois is expected to bid to attract Amazon’s HQ2 and its 50,000 jobs. (Illinois News Network)

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ATTORNEY GENERAL FIELD WIDENS

State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, has entered the race for Illinois Attorney General. He’s the second Democrat and the third candidate to say he’ll run after Lisa Madigan announced she will not seek a fifth term. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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GOOGLE PHONE?

Google is spending $1.1 billion to bring more hardware expertise to its mobile technology operations. The move represents a reversal after the company abandoned plans in 2014 to own a smartphone manufacturer. (New York Times)

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WE’RE DEVOURING #ORGANIC #CHICKENS

USDA reports U.S. producers of organic chickens sold $750 million worth last year, surging 78 percent from 2015. Total organic farm sales were up 23 percent to $7.6 billion. (Bloomberg)

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