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

DAMAGE FROM MICHAEL ADDING UP –

DAMAGE FROM MICHAEL ADDING UP – Agricultural damage from Hurricane Michael’s rampage last week is expected to top $1.3 billion in the Southeast, with $1.2 billion of the total in Georgia alone. Cotton and pecan farmers in Georgia and Alabama were particularly hard hit while Florida suffered damage to at least 3 million acres of… read more

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ETHANOL EXPANSION TO HAVE LIMITED IMPACT –

ETHANOL EXPANSION TO HAVE LIMITED IMPACT – The Trump administration’s plan to allow year-round sales of E-15 would have limited impact on the depressed U.S. ethanol market. According to market analysts, even if the number of stations offering E-15 doubles, it represents a small fraction – just 2.2 percent – of the total number of… read more

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RURAL AMERICANS WORRIED, BUT STILL OPTIMISTIC –

RURAL AMERICANS WORRIED, BUT STILL OPTIMISTIC – Despite concerns surrounding drug addiction, job availability and the economy, rural Americans still are optimistic about the future. According to a recent poll from NPR, eight in 10 rural Americans said they feel their lives are turning out either as they expected or better, and 54 percent say… read more

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THE HIGH PRICE OF VICTORY –

THE HIGH PRICE OF VICTORY – This year’s midterm election could set fundraising records. Democrats have outraised their Republican opponents in 32 of the closet 45 House races by a total margin of $154 million to $108 million, according to the Federal Election Commission. The funding gap, mostly from donors giving small sums online, has… read more

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BONUS: DON’T WORRY, THERE’S STILL TIME –

BONUS: DON’T WORRY, THERE’S STILL TIME – There’s a little less than a month until Election Day, but there’s still plenty of time to register to vote. In Illinois, voters can register to vote up to and on Election Day. If you still need to register, see your county clerk, or visit Illinois’ online voter… read more

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SEEING THE UNSEEN –

SEEING THE UNSEEN – University of Illinois Extension educator Dennis Bowman says adding near-infrared technology to a drone identifies nuances that can be missed with the naked eye. For instance, he explained how near-infrared sensors can show if plants are healthy or stressed. Information on tile patterns, drainage paths and erosion are just a few… read more

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TRADE WAR A BOON FOR BRAZIL –

TRADE WAR A BOON FOR BRAZIL – Brazilian soybean exports to China jumped 22 percent by value between January and September, compared to the same period last year. Additionally, Brazilian soybeans are selling for $2.83 more per bushel than beans from the U.S., up 60 cents from a year ago. Meanwhile, U.S. soybean prices slipped… read more

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ONE-PARTY CONTROL –

ONE-PARTY CONTROL – A record high 59 percent of Republicans say it’s better for the president and majority power in Congress to be from the same political party than for Congress to be controlled by a party different from the president’s. That’s the highest percentage of Republicans or Democrats favoring one-party control of the government… read more

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NOT BACKING DOWN –

NOT BACKING DOWN – President Donald Trump Thursday warned there was much more he could do to hurt China’s economy, showing no sign of backing down from the trade war with the Asian nation. Trump imposed tariffs on nearly $200 billion of Chinese imports last month then threatened more if China retaliated; China hit back… read more

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FINAL DEBATE –

FINAL DEBATE – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker tonight will face off for the final time in a televised debate. The hour-long forum held in Quincy will be hosted by WGEM-TV and is the only one of the three gubernatorial debates to be held outside of Chicago. (State Journal-Register)  

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