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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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#SENATOR SEES PEORIA AG LAB AS VITAL INTEREST

A bipartisan push to restore funding for the federal research laboratory in Peoria has focused largely on agriculture and economic implications. But U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said maintenance of the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research is also a vital issue to the security of the country. (Peoria Journal Star)

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Crop Progress & Condition July 2

Corn silking reached 12% lagging behind the 5-year average of 21% while soybean blooming reached 15% and winter wheat harvest is now 90% compete. Field work continued over the past week with rains in some parts of the state. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 2. Statewide, the average… read more

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NRCS OFFICIAL: AG CONSERVATION FUNDING TRAILS DEMAND

Popular USDA conservation programs are underfunded and oversubscribed, the deputy chief of programs at the Natural Resources Conservation Service told the Senate Agriculture Committee at its latest farm bill hearing Thursday. The increasing popularity of federal programs as risk-management tools leads to long waiting lists of farmers who want to sign up. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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LAWMAKERS ASK TRUMP TO KEEP PEORIA AG LAB

#Illinois lawmakers are appealing directly to President Donald Trump to try to keep Peoria’s Ag Lab open. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, as well as Reps. Darin LaHood, Cheri Bustos and Adam Kinzinger, signed and sent a letter to Trump Monday, outlining potential local and nationwide effects of the closure of the lab in… read more

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