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DEFICIT NOT TOP ISSUE

A Pew Research survey finds 56% say that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for the president and Congress in 2016, down from 64% who said this last year. The general economy and terrorism are among the top issues these days.

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ACTION REQUEST

It’s time to DROWN the WOTUS Rule. Urge your Congressman to vote for S.J.Res. 22 – a resolution disapproving the Waters of the U.S. The U.S. House is expected to vote on the resolution on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your… read more

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CONGRESS UPDATE

The U.S. Senate voted 65-33 Friday on a package of spending and tax bills that will keep the federal government operating through the end of next September. Important provisions for agriculture: the legislation makes permanent the Section 179 small business expensing option and repeals mandatory country of origin labelling for beef and pork preventing $1… read more

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PAYMENT RULES

USDA issued its long-anticipated final rule guiding eligibility for farm program payments, which the agency said is consistent with the direction and authority provided by Congress in the 2014 farm bill. But in the process, the rule generated a backlash from the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition, which represents the interests of smaller family farms.

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Action Request: Section 179 & COOL Labeling

Farm Bureau members: Call your Senators & Congressmen to urge support of permanent Section 179 and repeal of mandatory country of origin labeling. Congressional leaders last night released details of a $1.1 trillion Fiscal 2016 spending bill that would also repeal mandatory country of origin labeling for beef and pork. Passage of the bill that would… read more

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TRANSPORTATION BILL PASSES

 The Senate gave final congressional approval Thursday night to a five-year, $305 billion highway bill on an 83-16 vote, hours after the House passed the measure. Now the president’s signature is the only thing standing in the way of the first long-term bill in a decade. The measure also restores $3 billion in funding to… read more

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FCS REVIEW

House Agriculture Committee members used a Wednesday hearing to see if the Farm Credit System (FCS) is abiding by its mission, because members of the banking community aren’t sure if that’s the case. Many of the questions dealt with whether Farm Credit was sticking within its governmental mission.

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HIGHWAY BILL

After three weeks of negotiations, a conference committee has agreed on final language of a bill to reauthorize federal highway funding through FY 2020, following more than 30 short-term extensions of the program. Congressional leaders also used the highway bill to reverse a $3 billion cut to crop insurers.

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LOSING IN 2020

Illinois is very likely going to lose another congressional seat in the 2020 Census. Illinois currently has 18 House members — that would go to 17 in the next redistricting. In fact, many of the Northeast/Midwest states would lose seats to the Sun Belt states,  Daily Kos reports.

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CROP INSURANCE CUTS

Critics of federal crop insurance are proposing to cut about $24 billion from the program, far more than what was included in a congressional budget agreement. Bills being introduced in the House and Senate would cut $19 billion over 10 years by eliminating the Harvest Price Option on revenue policies.

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