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MAJOR REPORTS TUESDAY

Check out Tuesday’s USDA crop reports for a clue on future direction of prices.  U of I’s Darrel Good says a return of U.S. average corn prices above $4.00 per bushel is not expected in the near term. He says prices at that level will likely require some crop production concerns during the upcoming U.S…. read more

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IOWA SHIFTING FUNDS TO WATER ISSUES

A plan to shift $4.7 billion in projected sales tax receipts  from school building projects to water quality initiatives over a 32-year period, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad  announced this week along with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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GMO SUMMIT MEETING

The food industry, consumer groups and other stakeholders in the debate over how to label products containing genetically modified ingredients are expected to be summoned to the Agriculture Department early next month to try to resolve the contentious issue. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack wants to avoid “chaos in the market.”

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FARM BUREAU SURVEY

A new online survey launched by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) wants to collect feedback from farmers and ranchers about their experiences with ten Agriculture Department programs housed in three agencies. Results will be used by AFBF to develop recommendations on how USDA can enhance its programs and make them more useful to farmers… read more

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PAYMENT RULES

USDA issued its long-anticipated final rule guiding eligibility for farm program payments, which the agency said is consistent with the direction and authority provided by Congress in the 2014 farm bill. But in the process, the rule generated a backlash from the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition, which represents the interests of smaller family farms.

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HORTICULTURE CENSUS

USDA has just released details on top producing horticultural states.  First, Illinois isn’t among the top 10. Secondly, family- or individually-owned operations made up the largest number operations, accounting for 53%, but corporately owned operations accounted for 76% of sales ($10.5 billion).

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APPLE CONSUMPTION

USDA’s Economic Research Service says 47% of the available apples for U.S. domestic use (21.4 pounds per person) was in the form of juice and cider, and 38% (17.4 pounds per person) was fresh apples.

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CSP UPDATE

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says its plan to have a new and improved Conservation Stewardship Program up and running by January has been delayed and the CSP’s new features won’t be fully rolled out until the beginning of 2017.

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FSA ELECTIONS

USDA will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 7, 2015, to ensure that their vote is counted.

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U.S. MOBILIZES TO THWART BIRD FLU

U.S. poultry companies and regulators are taking unprecedented steps to combat the potential return of an avian-influenza virus that roiled egg and turkey farmers earlier this year and resulted in the death of more than 48 million birds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, bracing for a return of the virus during autumn migration season, is… read more

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