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FARMERS: GET THE FARM BILL DONE –

FARMERS: GET THE FARM BILL DONE – As Congress returns Tuesday for the lame-duck session, farmers have one priority on lawmakers’ to-do list: Get a farm bill done before the end of the year. Lawmakers have said passing the legislation is their highest priority as it would provide some stability to farmers who have been… read more

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KAVANAUGH CLEARS SENATE HURDLE

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Friday cleared a major hurdle in his effort to become a Supreme Court justice as the Senate narrowly voted to cut off debate on his nomination and move to a final vote. The vote could come as early as Saturday, with GOP lawmakers scrambling to ensure they have enough votes to confirm… read more

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KAVANAUGH CLEARS SENATE HURDLE

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Friday cleared a major hurdle in his effort to become a Supreme Court justice as the Senate narrowly voted to cut off debate on his nomination and move to a final vote. The vote could come as early as Saturday, with GOP lawmakers scrambling to ensure they have enough votes to confirm… read more

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KAVANAUGH CLEARS SENATE HURDLE

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Friday cleared a major hurdle in his effort to become a Supreme Court justice as the Senate narrowly voted to cut off debate on his nomination and move to a final vote. The vote could come as early as Saturday, with GOP lawmakers scrambling to ensure they have enough votes to confirm… read more

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ILLINOIS OVER-ISSUED FOOD STAMPS –

ILLINOIS OVER-ISSUED FOOD STAMPS – Illinois has been warned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the state has significantly over-issued food assistance to individuals who didn’t qualify and may face a large fine as a result; Illinois has denied the over-payment. Illinois had about 1.8 million resident receiving SNAP benefits in 2017, or about… read more

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PRUITT AIDES DETAIL SPENDING, MANAGEMENT AT EPA –

PRUITT AIDES DETAIL SPENDING, MANAGEMENT AT EPA – Two of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s top aides provided details to congressional investigators about some of his most controversial spending and management decisions, including his push to find a six-figure job for his wife. The aides said Pruitt also enlisted staffers to perform personal tasks and requested… read more

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SATISFACTION REACHES 12-YEAR HIGH

Americans’ satisfaction with the direction of the U.S. reached a 12-year high, with 38 percent of Americans saying they were satisfied with the way things are going. Satisfaction has risen among Republicans and independents, but not among Democrats. This is the second month in a row the reading has been above 35 percent. (Gallup)  

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INDUSTRIAL HEMP

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he’ll soon file a bill legalizing industrial hemp. Supporters say the bill will bring more certainty for farmers, agribusinesses and investors looking at the crop. (AP)

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RISING CROP PRICES?

RISING CROP PRICES? – Farmers may see a slight increase in 2018-19 crop prices, but shouldn’t expect averages to surpass the much sought after $4 mark for corn or $11 mark for soybeans. Despite the price bumps, farm margins are expected to remain tight. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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OPIOID CRISIS

OPIOID CRISIS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will host monthly roundtables this summer on opioids. The goal is to raise awareness and better understand what support rural communities need to address opioid misuse. (USDA)

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