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  • The Conservation Question, Part 1: An Introduction
    The 2018 Farm Bill produced a rare setback for natural resources conservation policy. The current suite of conservation programs are all built out of the landmark Food Security Act of 1985, which created the Conservation Reserve Program and conservation compliance;…
  • Seed Corn Costs: Cost of Seed Company Financing vs. Traditional Financing
    Introduction To manage input costs, many producers take advantage of early pay and other discounts offered by input suppliers. Seed and chemicals often have complex pricing, with a range of pre-pay discounts, volume discounts, rebates and other incentives. On top…

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USGC PARTNERS TO OFFER ETHANOL SUMMIT –

Industry and government officials from 60 countries are meeting with U.S. officials in Washington, D.C., U.S., at the Global Ethanol Summit to learn about changing biofuels policies in countries around the world and prospects for expanded global ethanol use. (World Grain)

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TRUMP’S HAILING OF $50 BILLION IN CHINESE FARM PURCHASES SEEN AS ‘MEANINGLESS’ –

China is still a long way from forking out $50 billion for farm goods from the United States, agriculture industry analysts said on Monday, cautioning that getting there is contingent on removing substantial technical and political hurdles. (Reuters)

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WASHINGTON WEEK AHEAD: IMPEACHMENT HANGS OVER CONGRESS’ TO-DO LIST –

Congress returns from a two-week break with the deepening impeachment battle clouding prospects for budget and tax issues important to U.S. .agriculture, and there is continued uncertainty about when lawmakers will take up the U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement. (Agri-Pulse)

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IDOA SETS 2020 DICAMBA RESTRICTIONS

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) Friday announced additional dicamba label restrictions for the 2020 growing season. Illinois Agriculture Director John Sullivan determined IDOA will forward registration requests to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Illinois specific labels for use of dicamba on soybeans in 2020. Additional provisions are listed on FarmWeekNow.

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HECTIC HARVEST CAN BE A DANGEROUS TIME

Harvest season is always hectic, but late spring planting this year will mean an especially busy time for farmers over the next few weeks. The Illinois Department of Labor urges farmers not to forsake safety as they race to bring in the 2019 crop. Vehicle safety is an especially important focus this time of year. Tractor overturns are the leading cause of fatalities in the agriculture industry. Roadways also pose a major safety hazard. Impatience and speed are a deadly combination on rural roads this time of year. (IDOL)

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CHINA WANTS MORE TALKS BEFORE SIGNING TRADE DEAL WITH TRUMP

– China wants to hold more talks this month to hammer out the details of the “phase one” trade deal touted by Donald Trump before Xi Jinping agrees to sign it, according to people familiar with the matter. (Bloomberg)

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