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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. (

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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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University of Georgia Extension weed specialist Stanley Culpepper says the herbicide training sessions in which Georgia farmers have participated since 2015 played a major role in the state department of agriculture receiving zero dicamba-related complaints in 2017. “Our growers made really good decisions,” Culpepper said. Complaints in Illinois reached more than 200 last year. (

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The American middle class is shrinking in most metro areas; significant demographic changes taking place in America have helped reshape both major political parties; and Millennials now surpass Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation, according to Pew Research Center’s annual collection of facts and findings about the important events, issues and trends from the… read more

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The WILL Farm Assets Conference is slated for November 24 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal. Online registration for Farm Assets Conference is now open.

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Farmland Movie

Wednesday night the movie “Farmland,” directed by James Moll, with major support from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, premiered in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with National Ag Day celebrations. “Farmland” has a deal with D&E Entertainment for the film to be distributed to 60 major market theaters beginning May 1.

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Farm Bill Webinars

  Illinois Farm Bureau will host 3 webinars about the 2014 Farm Bill for members: 1. Commodity Title Options  April 2 @ 8 a.m. with Doug Yoder Marketing Loans Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) County ARC Individual  2. Crop Insurance Changes & Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO)  April 9 @ 8 a.m. with… read more

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Scholarship Applications Now Available

If you are a student planning to pursue a career in agriculture, check out local ag scholarships opportunities by clicking on the ‘scholarships’ tab. Five $1,000 Ag Leadership scholarships are available from McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation and four $500 scholarships will be awarded by McLean County Beef Association. The application deadline is February 1,… read more

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Annual Meeting Set for McLean County Farm Bureau

McLean County Farm Bureau will hold the organization’s Annual Business Meeting Thurs., Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Evergreen FS  building, 402 N. Hershey Rd in Bloomington. All voting members are welcome to attend. Reservations are not required.

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