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  • Changes in US Grain Storage Capacity
    Grain storage infrastructure comes in many forms: bins, elevators, bunkers, and sheds. Storage infrastructure has at least two main uses. First, it enables farmers, commercial grain merchants, and end-users to hold commodity inventories over time. Storing grain to profit from…
  • The New Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) Crop Insurance Program
    The Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) is a new supplemental insurance program that will be available in 2021. ECO is an option that can only be added to an underlying individual plan of insurance and provides area-based coverage similar to the…

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DINING-OUT DROUGHT MEANS LESS FOOD GREASE TO FUEL BIOFUEL HOPES

As oil refiners face an uncertain future for fossil fuels, many are investing millions to convert refineries into renewable diesel plants that cut carbon emissions by processing discarded fats rather than crude oil. They’re now racing to secure the materials needed to feed the plants, putting some projects in jeopardy of being abandoned. (Bloomberg)

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PUBLIC BANKS URGED TO SHARE FUNDING FAIRLY, AS CLIMATE BATTERS POOR FARMERS

As the world’s 450 public development banks held their first summit this week, committing to steer the global economy onto a greener and more resilient path, data showed poor communities hit hard by climate change are receiving little financial help. (Reuters)

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GARDENING PROGRAM HELPS MILITARY VETERANS COPE WITH SERVICE-RELATED ISSUES: ‘THEY’RE ABLE TO OPEN UP’

Lake County-area veterans are finding Growing Healthy Veterans, a nonprofit based in Grayslake, can help them learn to cope with PTSD and other war-related issues. (Chicago Tribune)

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BIDEN REVIEW OF USDA MAY HAVE A CLIMATE MITIGATION PERSPECTIVE

Robert Bonnie, an Obama appointee at the USDA and now the head of an initiative to identify agriculture’s role in mitigating climate change, will lead a review of the Agriculture Department to prepare the way for the incoming administration, said the Biden transition office. (Successful Farming)

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ILLINOIS SCIENTISTS REV UP PLANT BREEDING FOR ORGANIC CORN –

A new $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will support University of Illinois scientists and collaborators as they develop improved seed corn tailored to the needs of the rapidly growing organic industry. (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)

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