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TRUMP’S #TRADE SKEPTICISM HURTS #MIDWEST

The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board Monday said President Donald Trump’s fear of trade deals like TPP could leave the Midwest out in the cold. “In large deals, however, all sides get more because reducing barriers leads to increased economic activity,” the board said. “We won’t know for some time the impact of bowing out of… read more

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WATER QUALITY, NE TO MIDWEST

Could the Chesapeake Bay’s federally-mandated water clean-up plan easily be translated to the Mississippi River Watershed? To find out, NPR spoke with IFB’s Lauren Lurkins. “It’s a huge land mass that is covered and it gets really complicated and it makes for a bigger effort that is pushed down from the federal government,” Lurkins said. “Illinois farmers… read more

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RURAL INDEX DOWN

Negative attitudes in the Midwest continue to deepen, according to the Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index. This month’s reading of attitudes of rural bank leaders in 10 Midwestern states pegs its index, at 34.8, down from December’s 41.5. It’s the lowest overall index figure since August 2009.

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FARMLAND VALUES HIT BY LOWER CROP PRICES

Farmland values fell in parts of the Midwest in the third quarter, reflecting a downdraft in the agricultural sector driven by three years of lower-crop prices, according to Federal Reserve reports. The average price of what is known as quality farmland in the St. Louis Fed’s district, which includes parts of Illinois, Indiana and Missouri,… read more

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MISSISSIPPI GENERATES $400 BILLION, SUPPORTS 1.3 MILLION JOBS

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released a report at a gathering of mayors in Dubuque that finds commerce along the Mississippi River generates more than $400 billion and supports 1.3 million jobs. The report found that the upper Mississippi River area, comprised of parts of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, generates $253 billion annually… read more

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LAKE MICHIGAN WATER LEVEL REBOUNDS

Water levels in Lake Michigan have been replenishing at an unprecedented rate since receding by 4 feet in the late 1990s and hitting a record low two years ago. Lake Michigan has risen more than 3 feet since January 2013, according to government agencies. The resurging waters mean relief for commercial shipping. Although a few… read more

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VANISHING WORKERS

The unemployment rate in many Midwest cities is falling as residents move away, retire or give up on finding a job. Today’s Wall Street Journal looks at two Illinois cities – Decatur and Rockford.

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AVIAN FLU UPDATE

With avian flu cases continuing to spread across Midwest poultry farms, a bipartisan group of senators is appealing to appropriators to ensure the Agriculture Department has enough money to fight the outbreak. So far, Illinois has not seen any cases.

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CROP TOUR

The Pro Farmer Midwest crop tour is underway, as crop scouts trek across the Midwest this week to get a better idea of what to expect this fall.  Check out FarmWeekNow.com for daily updates from the tour.

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FED CONFERENCE

On November 17, 2014, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will hold a conference to examine the role of farm income in the Midwest economy.

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