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

FARM BILL A POLITICAL BARGAINING CHIP –

FARM BILL A POLITICAL BARGAINING CHIP – Politics are getting in the way of needed stability for farmers, according to IFB’s Adam Nielsen. “Getting House passage would have been a little bit of a shot in the arm,” Nielsen said in an interview with Illinois News Network following the House’s failure to pass the legislation…. read more

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THE NEXT WEAPON IN THE WAR ON WEEDS –

THE NEXT WEAPON IN THE WAR ON WEEDS – Robots could be the next big thing to disrupt not only weeds, but the $100 billion pesticide and seeds industry. The robots, which identify weeds then spray them with chemicals, could reduce the need to universal herbicides and genetically modified crops, sending a shock to ag… read more

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U.S., CHINA INCH TOWARD AGREEMENT –

U.S., CHINA INCH TOWARD AGREEMENT – The U.S. and China are moving closer to a trade deal after the U.S. agreed to a reprieve for Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. and Beijing said it will reduce car tariffs to 15 percent. The U.S. had previously agreed to suspend tariffs on up to $150 billion in… read more

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STATE FARM BUREAUS PETITION PERDUE

Illinois Farm Bureau joined nine other Midwestern state Farm Bureaus last week asking for U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s help in ending the trade dispute with China. The group also addressed Trump’s request for Perdue to develop a plan to compensate farmers affected by any new tariffs. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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FARMERS RECALL ’93 FLOOD

As the 25th anniversary of the record-breaking 1993 flood approaches, farmers along the Mississippi River are remembering both the bad and the good. An excellent crop ended with more than 44,000 acres of farm ground under water in Pike County alone – more than any other levee district. Still, said farmer Kevin Keithly, people pulled… read more

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CHINA TO BUY MORE U.S. FARM PRODUCTS

President Donald Trump Monday tweeted that China had pledged to buy more American ag products but gave no other details about the potential buys. “China has agreed to massive amounts of ADDITIONAL Farm/Agricultural Products – would be one of the best things to happen to our farmers in many years!” Trump tweeted. “On China, Barriers… read more

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U.S. SUSPENDS TARIFFS ON CHINA

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Sunday said the U.S. has taken tariffs off the table while trade talks with China continue. While the move will temporarily ease tensions between the two countries, it also will ratchet up pressure on President Donald Trump to land the deal he wants: A $200 billion cut in the trade… read more

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HOUSE FARM BILL FAILS

The House’s version of the 2018 farm bill Friday failed after a 198-213 vote, bringing cheers from Democratic lawmakers in the chamber. Members of the House’s Freedom Caucus and other conservative lawmakers joined Democrats, using their votes as leverage to get a vote on a proposed immigration bill. Both AFBF and IFB issued statements on the vote. (Agri-Pulse)

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Crop Condition & Progress – May 20

Corn planting was winding down and farmers made good progress with soybeans planting and hay cutting last week. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 20, 2018. Statewide, the average temperature was 69.7 degrees, 5.7 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.06 inches, 0.13 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was… read more

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IFB TARGETS FARM BILL AMENDMENTS –

IFB TARGETS FARM BILL AMENDMENTS – Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. urged members to respond to the organization’s action request by encouraging their congressman to help defeat “poison pill” amendments, including one that would reduce the effectiveness of crop insurance and Title 1 commodity programs. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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