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Agriculture News

News about food, farming, business, politics and policy that impacts central Illinois farmers.

NO WALK IN THE PARK –

NO WALK IN THE PARK – According to David Powell, weed science technical manager for GROWMARK, managing weeds this planting season may be a tall order for some farmers, especially because adverse fall weather led some to skip fall-applied herbicides. “We’re going to get a lot of greenup and growth, and that’s also because of… read more

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DICAMBA RESTRICTIONS –

DICAMBA RESTRICTIONS – The Pritzker administration is setting new rules that go beyond federal regulations for dicamba to try to reduce the number of complaints about misuse of the product, including a ban on spraying dicamba when the wind is blowing toward residential areas and establishing a June 30 cutoff date for application. According to… read more

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TRADE TALKS RESUME –

TRADE TALKS RESUME – Negotiators for the U.S. and China have scheduled a new round of high-level trade talks in Beijing and Washington, aiming to close a deal by late April. The two sides are aiming for a package deal that includes substantial increases in U.S. exports to China, and Chinese pledges to boost protection… read more

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BREAKING POINT –

BREAKING POINT – Record flooding and heavy snow which have pummeled the Midwest could be the straw to break the camel’s back for many farmers and ranchers. Already weighed down by falling oncomes, rising bankruptcies and President Donald Trump’s trade policies, many farmers fear they won’t survive the bomb cyclone’s fallout of flooded fields and… read more

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SOIL, WATER PROTECTION SHOULD BE REWARDED

In an opinion for the Herald & Review, Illinois farmer and TV reporter Dave Brown said it’s time to reward farmers who are protecting Illinois’ soil and water. Referencing a program in Iowa which discounts crop insurance for every acre of cover crops planted, Brown said Illinois should copy the program. “To keep not just… read more

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SULLIVAN SEEKING RURAL BROADBAND FUNDING

IDOA Acting Director John Sullivan sees a need for rural broadband access and is working to get funding for it. The project, which could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, is dependent on state leaders coming up with the money and plan to make it happen. (Illinois News Network)

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SPAGHETTI MEAT’

Chicken companies which spent decades breeding birds to grow quickly are now spending millions of dollars to deal with the consequences of such birds, including leathery breast fillets and squishy fillets known as ‘spaghetti meat.’ While the abnormalities don’t pose a food safety risk, they are less appealing to consumers. (Wall Street Journal)  

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TRUMP HITS BORDER WALL FUNDING AGAIN

President Donald Trump plans to seek $8.6 billion for additional barriers along the southern U.S. border as part of his budget proposal to be released today. The request could signal another fight over funding the president’s long-promised border wall. (Wall Street Journal)

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EARLY FIELDWORK UNLIKELY

Illinoisans may have seen the last of the subzero temperatures until next winter, according to Eric Snodgrass, co-founder of Agrible, but that doesn’t mean early spring fieldwork can begin. “A very active weather pattern is setting up,” Snodgrass said. “We could see a parade (of rain and thunderstorms) through March into April.” (FarmWeekNow.com)

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LEGISLATORS AIM TO EXPAND ACCESS TO ‘CLEAN ENERGY JOBS’

State legislators are proposing a bill with the goal of expanding access to jobs in the renewable energy sector and getting Illinois as a whole to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The Clean Energy Jobs Act also aims to cut carbon emissions to the state’s power sector by 2030 and create steps to… read more

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