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  • Tenure Characteristics of Illinois Farmland
    Data from the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) Association provides insights into leasing arrangements in Illinois. Table 1 contains data summarized from Illinois grain farms enrolled in FBFM.  These farms receive the majority of their farming income from grain…
  • The Conservation Question, Part 8: Interregnum and Acres
    At first glance, the demise of the Soil Bank appears to have caused a break in the development of conservation policy for more than two decades; a seeming interregnum. Upon a closer look at the acres planted to the major…

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FARM FAMILIES CHALLENGED TO PLAN FOR THE ‘WHAT IF’

If you never make it home tonight, are your affairs in order?” asked Ron Hanson, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln Harlan Agribusiness Professor Emeritus. During Wednesday’s Farm Legacy Seminar in Champaign hosted by COUNTRY Financial and Illinois Farm Bureau, Hanson challenged attendees to create their farm succession plan. (FarmWeekNow)

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GUEBERT TESTIFIES IN D.C. ON BEHALF OF ILLINOIS FARMERS –

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. testified during Wednesday’s U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means committee hearing. In his testimony, Guebert explained the importance of trade to Illinois farmers, the impacts of the trade war and reasons for optimism. (FarmWeekNow)

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SPRINGFIELD BUSINESSES NOT SEEING IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS — YET

Despite a massive selloff on Wall Street over coronavirus fears, local business owners and advocates for key Illinois industries aren’t sweating — yet. Stocks have taken a tumble, with the Dow Jones Industrial average diving nearly 1,200 points yesterday, as traders fear the spread of the virus and subsequent impact it may have on global supply chains. While those fears are real, many say it has not hit home just yet. (State Journal-Register)

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AG WAITING ON PHASE-ONE DEAL IMPACT

A pair of Midwest farmers testifying before Congress about the U.S.-China trade agreement on Wednesday had different takes on the trade dispute: One saw optimism on the horizon, while the other pointed to the negative impact of tariff battles over the past two years. (Progressive Farmer)  

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CENTRAL IL LEADS CORN, SOYBEAN PRODUCTION; NUMBERS DOWN ACROSS STATE –

Central Illinois counties led Illinois in corn and soybean production last year as every region and nearly all counties saw decreases in both crops, according to USDA estimates. All nine of Illinois’ crop-growing regions, from the cold and snowy northwest to the temperate southeast, saw production and yields decrease. (State Journal-Register)

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