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RAIN WELCOME FOR AREA FARMERS –

As farmers prepare for another planting season, the recent showers are providing needed moisture to the soil. About 5 percent of Illinois corn has been planted, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department, ahead of last year’s pace. (The News-Gazette)

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HIGHER ESTATE TAX PROPOSAL STRESSING FARMERS –

Some members of Congress are leveling their sights on family farms in an effort to pay for recent economic relief and future infrastructure programs. There are two separate tax issues, and both could have an unrecoverable impact on a farm family and their farming operation as a whole. (WCIA)

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