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FARM RELIEF?

Leaders close to talks say the Trump administration wants to dissolve opposition to its trade policies with a relief package for farmers affected by the possible U.S. trade war with China. The plan, while not yet pinned down, is expected to be in the billions. (Wall Street Journal)

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TOUGH ACREAGE DECISIONS

The Prospective Planting report and threat of a 25% tariff on U.S. soybean imports to China are affecting corn and soybean prices. They’re escalating questions and concerns by farmers as to their best moves. (FarmDocDaily)

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TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE?

USDA reopened enrollment for its upgraded Margin Protection Program for dairy after a number of U.S. dairies, including three in Illinois, closed in recent months. The program provides protections for dairy farmers from shifting milk and feed prices. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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PLANTING ESTIMATES

U.S. farmers intend to plant 89 million acres in soybeans and 88 million acres in corn this year. It’s the first time soybean acres have beaten corn in 35 years, and the main reason is profitability. (AP)

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BIG FARMS TRANSFORMING THE AG LANDSCAPE

Despite dipping commodity prices and extended operating loans, supersized farms in the corn belt are prospering – and changing the face of agriculture in America. According to the Wall Street Journal, farms with $1 million or more in annual sales – only 4 percent of the total- now produce two thirds of the country’s agricultural… read more

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GIPSA RULE DIVIDES MEAT PRODUCERS

The USDA’s announcement Tuesday that it would dismantle an Obama-era rule protecting farmers who raise poultry, cattle and hogs under contract to large meat companies is putting companies, and the farmers who grow for them, at odds. The USDA said it was withdrawing the proposal, which was set to take effect today, over “serious legal… read more

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RECORD SOYBEAN CROP COULD SURPASS ISA EXPECTATIONS

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) may need to recalibrate its production goal for the state based on the size of the current crop. USDA this month estimated soybean production in Illinois could total nearly 601 million bushels this season. If realized, the crop would set a new state record, lead the nation and capture ISA’s… read more

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GRASSLEY TAKES USDA TO TASK

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Tuesday said the USDA was “just pandering to big corporations,” when the agency announced it wouldn’t implement an Obama-era rule designed to protect the rights of farmers who raise chickens, cows and hogs under contract for U.S. meat processors. “They aren’t interested in the family farmer,” Grassley said. “The USDA is… read more

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USDA BREATHES LIFE INTO CROP MARKETS

Farmers hope the harvest lows are behind them as a rally in the soybean market lent a little support to corn prices. USDA surprised traders Thursday by trimming its national soybean yield estimate by 0.4 of a bushel to 49.5 bushels per acre. Dale Durchholz, AgriVisor senior market analyst, said the revision could add support… read more

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PEORIA’S AG LAB GETS A REPRIEVE

Peoria’s Ag Lab, and other similar facilities around the country, got a new lease on life Wednesday. The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria was one of 17 such sites that had been targeted for closure as part of a budget plan that would have sliced agriculture funding by more than 20%. (Peoria… read more

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