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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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RANCHERS SUE USDA

A group of U.S. ranchers Monday filed a suit against the USDA, seeking to force meat from other countries to again be labeled as such. The lawsuit seeks to overturn a March 2016 decision by the USDA to revoke regulations requiring imported meat products to be labeled with their country of origin. That change allowed… read more

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PROPOSED #USDA BUDGET CUTS LEAVE FARMERS REELING

President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the USDA budget – including a $28 billion cut to crop insurance – has left many farmers concerned for the future. AFBF says the proposal would “gut” the crop insurance program, kicking farmers out of the pool and making insurance even more expensive. According to AFBF’s top economist, Bob… read more

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BUSTOS, LAHOOD TEAM UP TO SAVE PEORIA AG LAB

Reps. Cheri Bustos and Darin LaHood teamed up Tuesday to back the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, despite the lab’s planned closure under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. Gathering with officials, academics and ag industry leaders at the Peoria County Farm Bureau, the Congressmen called the lab’s research critical to the nation…. read more

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IFB, OTHERS FIGHT TO KEEP PEORIA AG LAB OPEN

Illinois Farm Bureau joined leaders to fight the possible closure of Peoria’s agricultural research laboratory. “We’re going to aggressively support all the efforts to keep the ag lab open here, not only in Peoria but across the country, and to restore the funding to agricultural research,” said Adam Nielsen, IFB director of national legislation and… read more

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PERDUE: RURAL U.S. NEEDS #TRADE

During a hearing before the House Ag Committee, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Wednesday said the U.S. farming community is in “dire straits,” but could be helped by stronger trade. Perdue also said there are “some challenges ahead” due to budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump. “Our budget situation is challenging,” Perdue said. “We’ve got… read more

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