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Important Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Meeting

What does the NRLS mean for your farm? Find out Wed., June 24 at 10 a.m. in the Mini Expo Building on the McLean County Fairgrounds in Bloomington. The meeting will provide key information for farmers and address best management practices specific to the Mackinaw River, Lake Bloomington & Lake Evergreen watersheds. The meeting is free… read more

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WOTUS

AFBF today asked Congress to pass legislation ordering the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the controversial “Waters of the United States” proposal.

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FRACKING POLL

Almost half of Illinois voters – 48.6% – tend to oppose hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” because of concerns about the environment, according to a new poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. By contrast, 31.8% believe that fracking should be encouraged for its economic benefits, and 20% are… read more

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ADM AND FORESTS

ADM “offered a brief outline” of its plan to conserve forests threatened by expanded production of palm and soy oil, according to the New York Times. The company says it will announce details at its annual meeting on May 7.

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SAVE THE MONARCHS

Monsanto says it will commit $4 million to help stem the decline of monarch butterflies.

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NEONICS CLEARED

A widely used insecticide developed by Bayer AG and tied to deaths of honeybees isn’t the main cause of the fatalities, University of Maryland researchers said in a study that may weaken arguments used by environmentalists seeking to ban the chemical.

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MAHOMET AQUIFER

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated the Mahomet Aquifer as a sole-source aquifer, giving it greater authority to regulate potential sources of pollution. The designation does not apply to the sliver of the aquifer west of the Illinois River.

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NLRS WEBINAR

Illinois Farm Bureau will host a webinar to discuss the newly announced Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Thursday, March 12 at 8 a.m. Lauren Lurkins, director of natural and environmental resources, Illinois Farm Bureau, will host the webinar. The webinar is free of charge, but members are required to register in advance of the webinar at… read more

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CLIMATE AND MORALS

A significant majority of Americans say combating Climate Change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders – to reduce carbon emissions. The poll respondents also said that United Nations scientists and a popular U.S. television host, Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, carry more authority on climate change than U.S. politicians, a new… read more

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CHESAPEAKE BAY RULES

In one of his first official acts, Maryland’s new Republican Gov. Larry Hogan put the brakes on expanded farm-pollution regulations just as they were about to take effect, setting up a potential fight with the Democratic-controlled Legislature and drawing concern from the federal agency monitoring Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

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