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  • Corn Bottoming or Taking a Breather?
    The December futures price of corn settled in a range of $3.20 - $3.25 over the last few trading sessions. Questions regarding a price bottom for corn bubbled up in market discussions. A yield-enhancing weather outlook and flattening ethanol production…
  • Comparing Net Returns for Alternative Leasing Arrangements
    Obtaining control of land through leasing has a long history in the United States. Leases on agricultural land are strongly influenced by local custom and tradition. However, in most areas, landowners and operators can choose from several types of lease…

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IFB COVID-19 RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT:

USDA has extended flexibilities and relief for farmers, ranchers, and insurance providers due to COVID-19. USDA is authorizing Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to provide up to an additional 60 days for policyholders to make payment and waive additional interest for Written Payment Agreements due between August 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020. Learn more on our COVID-19 page.

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STATE FAIR FANS FIND FUN IN SPITE OF CANCELLATION –

The state fair’s 4-H general project show will take place virtually, with premiums and ribbons to be distributed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The Junior Livestock Expo, for Illinois youth ages 8-21, will take place in Springfield over two weekends, Sept. 11-13 and Sept. 18-20. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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6TH ANNUAL MONARCH MIGRATION FESTIVAL TO BE HELD ONLINE –

University of Illinois Extension and Galesburg Parks and Recreation Department will bring the sixth annual Monarch Migration Festival to the internet on Tuesday, September 8 through September 12 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. each day. (The McDonough County Voice)  

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‘EVERYONE TESTED POSITIVE’: COVID DEVASTATES AGRICULTURE WORKERS IN CALIFORNIA’S HEARTLAND –

The virus is surging in the Central Valley, where hundreds of thousands labor in the food industry. Workers say companies did little to prevent the spread. (The Guardian)

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DESPITE AGREEMENT, CHINA PURCHASE OF US AGRICULTURE LAGS –

Seven months after the United States and China signed a preliminary agreement to temper their trade war, Beijing’s purchases of US agricultural goods have yet to reach the deal’s target. (International Business Times)  

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