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    The 1981 farm bill made a policy mistake that may inform the next farm bill.  It raised support prices under the assumption that high commodity prices and high inflation would continue into the future.  Instead, both declined as demand for…
  • The 2021 Crop Insurance Loss Performance
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The Illinois primary is June 28 — less than a month away.

To provide our members with an informational platform to learn more about each of the gubernatorial candidates, FarmWeekNow invited each candidate to share where they stand on today’s top agricultural issues. Video interviews are available here and will air on RFD Today all week. Monday, June 6: Get to know each candidate Tuesday, June 7: Learn where they stand on the Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) Wednesday, June 8: Learn where they stand on ethanol Thursday, June 9: Learn where they stand on property rights Friday, June 10: Learn where they stand on sales tax exemptions

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• Farm transparency and consumer trust go hand-in-hand.

Farm Families (IFF), Mercer County Farm Bureau Director Chad Bell helped dispel wrong assumptions on raising livestock. The series also earned IFF a silver anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America. LEARN MORE.

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Farmers relieved planting nearly complete

While some farmers questioned if or when they’d complete planting, many are relieved to be in the home-stretch. Across the state, 98% of corn and 75% of soybeans were in the ground as of May 31. “Things are going pretty good,” Danny McCrite, president of the Pulaski-Alexander Farm Bureau, told FarmWeek. “We got an inch and a half of rain (Wednesday) night, but just about everybody was caught up.” Find out when he expects to cut harvest his wheat crop.     Read more

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