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State gets $25 million for rural broadband expansion

More than 1,100 residences, businesses and farms in Jackson and Randolph counties will have access to high-speed internet thanks to a USDA loan. The $25.2 million loan to the Egyptian … Read More

FLUSH WITH CASH, CHINESE HOG PRODUCER BUILDS WORLD’S LARGEST PIG FARM

Behind the walls of a hulking industrial compound in rural China, top pig producer Muyuan Foods is trying to raise more hogs on a single site than any company in … Read More

URBAN FARMING CAMPUS ON CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE TO FEATURE BIOGAS PRODUCTION –

The $32 million project will transform a vacant brownfield parcel into a new Green Era Urban Farming Campus that will provide access to fresh food, renewable energy and resilient growth … Read More

GLOBAL HUNGER AND OBESITY ARE WORSENING DUE TO VIRUS FALLOUT

Hunger and malnourishment are increasing around the world as the coronavirus crisis pushes more people into poverty and limits access to healthy diets, according to the United Nations. (Bloomberg)

WARREN AND BOOKER PRESS MEAT PACKERS ON EXPORTS TO CHINA –

 Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker questioned how companies could warn of pandemic shortages while exporting record amounts of pork to China. (New York Times)

TRUMP FLOATS HALT TO U.S. CATTLE IMPORTS AS PANDEMIC HURTS RANCHERS

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States should consider terminating trade deals under which it imports cattle as he looks to help U.S. ranchers hit hard by the … Read More

TRUMP AGAIN PROPOSES LARGE CUTS IN CROP INSURANCE –

Three weeks after President Trump boasted of protecting crop insurance in the 2018 Farm Bill, the White House proposed a 31% cut in the federally subsidized program. The cuts, part … Read More

ILLINOIS STATE FIRE MARSHAL STRESSES SAFETY WHEN DECORATING AND CELEBRATING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON –

A few tips to keep in mind to stay fire safe when decking the halls this holiday season: If you have a real Christmas tree, make sure to check water … Read More

REPORT: RENEWABLE ENERGY TO EXPAND BY 50% IN NEXT FIVE YEARS –

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy. The International Energy … Read More

EUROPE’S SPECIALTY FOOD MAKERS BRACE FOR US TARIFFS –

European producers of specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a U.S. tariff hike due Friday with a mix of trepidation and indignation at … Read More

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