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U.S., CANADA AG TRACTOR SALES STAY POSITIVE FOR AUGUST –

All segments return to the black for August in the U.S., while Canada ekes out small gains according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). (Progressive Fertilizer)

ETHANOL OUTPUT AGAIN UP, DEMAND FALLS TO OVER 4-MONTH LOW –

Domestic inventory of ethanol was again drawn down, falling to a 14-week low through Sept. 10, though demand dropped to an over four-month low and production held higher, the Energy Information Administration reported on Wednesday, Sept. 15. (DTN)

U.S. FERTILIZER PRICES SOAR AS STORMS ROIL INDUSTRY HUB –

Hurricane Ida struck the heart of the U.S. fertilizer industry, and now Storm Nicholas threatens even more damage in the Gulf of Mexico, potentially driving up the cost to produce food. (Bloomberg)

ILLINOIS CORN HARVEST HAS BEGUN –

One percent of this year’s crop had been harvested as of Sunday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Illinois Crop Progress and Condition report. The five-year average for corn harvest by this point of the season is 3 percent. (Alton Telegraph)  

SUICIDE IN FARMING INDUSTRY HIGHER THAN MOST JOBS –

Many farmers are struggling with mental health, especially within the last year. Recently, the Illinois Department of Agriculture expanded stress-related mental health services to all Illinois counties. (WICS/WRSP)

AS LABOR POOL SHRINKS, ILLINOIS FARMERS TURN TO FOREIGN WORKERS –

Farms across the Midwest are struggling to hire domestic employees. In Illinois, the number of foreign agricultural workers has increased more than 250 percent in the past five years. (The Counter)

VILSACK ADDRESSES USDA INVESTMENT IN SMALLER PACKING PLANTS, ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT IN PACKING INDUSTRY –

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack opened up the daily press briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the White House to talk about the Biden administration’s work to address rising meat prices at grocery stores. (DTN)

WEEKLY AGRICULTURE: HOUSE AIMS TO WRAP UP RECONCILIATION VOTES THIS WEEK –

After a lengthy business meeting on Friday, the House Agriculture Committee met yesterday to continued marking up its portion of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. The proposal includes billions of dollars for USDA to manage national forests, increase rural development, upgrade biofuel infrastructure and conduct climate research. (Politico)

PUMPKIN SEASON IS HERE: ONE FAMILY-FARM PUMPKIN PATCH OPENS FOR THE SEASON MONDAY

A pumpkin patch in the pumpkin capital of the world? That’s right, Roth Pumpkin Patch is ready for visitors to pick their own pumpkins and have some fall family fun. (WMBD)

A MILLION AFGHAN CHILDREN COULD DIE IN ‘MOST PERILOUS HOUR,’ U.N. WARNS

Millions of Afghans could run out of food before the arrival of winter and one million children are at risk of starvation and death if their immediate needs are not met, top United Nations officials warned on Monday, putting the country’s plight into stark relief. (New York Times)  

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