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  • Policy Budget for Cover Crops and the Lesson of Crop Insurance
    Cover crops are a topic of considerable interest and debate.  Supporters view them as a crop practice that sequesters carbon and improves soil health and water quality.  Current evidence largely suggests cover crops do not raise yields or returns in…
  • How Well Have Farmers Done in Choosing Between ARC-CO and PLC
    This article calculates what payments would have been if farmers had elected all ARC-CO (Agriculture Risk Coverage – county) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage) base acres into the program that made the higher payment per base acre.  Maximum payment exceeded…

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WHEN A GROCERY STORE CLOSES UP AND IT’S YOUR LAST ONE, YOU FEEL IT IMMEDIATELY’ –

Rural towns, such as Mount Pulaski, have lost grocery stores while dollar-store chains have been on the rise, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The departure of food stores leaves residents, especially those in areas with high poverty rates and dwindling population, with fewer options to buy food. (Investigate Midwest)

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SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES, NOT PROFITEERING, TO BLAME FOR HIGH PRICES, SAYS PORK INDUSTRY REPORT –

Although the White House blames big meatpackers for driving up food prices, the real culprits are higher costs and labor shortages all along the supply chain, said a pork industry report on Wednesday. (Successful Farming)  

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS FARMERS CHALLENGED BY CONTINUED SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES –

When John Deere workers went on strike in October, some Central Illinois farmers worried about the ripple effect on the supply chain. While workers returned to the job, those lingering concerns remain. (Herald & Review)

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BROADBAND EXPANSION GRANTS AWARDED IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS –

Central Illinois organizations were among those receiving a slice of $47 million in newly-announced broadband expansion funding. Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced the $47 million in funding for 22 projects in every region of the state. (WAND)  

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YOUNG FARMERS TELL OF THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING BETTER STEWARDS OF THE LAND –

A four-member panel of young South Dakota farmers recently shared insight into their approach on sustainable agriculture and ranching that takes a more holistic approach than has traditionally been used. (Yahoo News)

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CAN BIDEN SOLVE THE MEAT INDUSTRY COMPETITION WOES? –

The Biden administration continues to pour funding into expanding meat processing capacity, predominantly from the $1 billion of funds allocated under the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress in early 2021. Now that money is closer to being in the hands of those looking to address the vulnerabilities of the meat supply chain. (Feedstuffs)  

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