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Senate passes farm bill after food stamp, forestry snags settled

December 11, 2018 - 5:10pm
The Senate passed a five-year farm bill renewing agricultural subsidies and food aid for low-income families after weeks of negotiations over work requirements for food stamp recipients and a last-minute snag over forestry provisions.
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Study explains waterhemp’s resistance to weed killer

December 11, 2018 - 4:00pm
Corn naturally tolerates certain herbicides, detoxifying the chemicals before they can cause harm. It’s what allows farmers to spray fields with the class of herbicides known as HPPD-inhibitors, which kill weeds such as waterhemp and Palmer amaranth and leave corn…
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Brazil's beef exporters see new demand boost from China in 2019

December 11, 2018 - 3:59pm
Brazilian beef exporters expect China to drive the nation’s shipments to a record in 2019.
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Research accurately predicts U.S. end-of-season yield

December 11, 2018 - 1:30pm
URBANA, Ill. — Crop yield predictions are a key driver of regional economy and financial markets, impacting nearly the entire agricultural supply chain. That’s why economists, agricultural researchers, government agencies and private companies are working to improve the accuracy of…
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McDonald's plots future with fewer beef antibiotics in overhaul

December 11, 2018 - 11:51am
McDonald’s Corp. announced a new beef antibiotic policy affecting 85 percent of its global supply chain intended to reduce the use of antibiotics important to human health.
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Study: Ownership creates barriers to conservation

December 11, 2018 - 8:00am
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As stewards of vast swaths of land, farmers are important allies in U.S. conservation efforts, but there is evidence to suggest those farming on rented land adopt conservation practices at a lower rate.
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Party may be ending for 2018's top crop with wheat glut looming

December 10, 2018 - 5:04pm
While most crop markets had a lackluster 2018, wheat enjoyed a rally. But those gains look like they may be fleeting.
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Tariffs likely to have long-term impact on ag: Economists

December 10, 2018 - 3:16pm
NORMAL, Ill. — The topic of trade naturally came up when agricultural economists met at the annual Farm Assets Conference in Normal Nov. 20.
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Illinois Corn leaders highlight bright spots at meeting

December 10, 2018 - 9:15am
NORMAL, Ill. — Despite the low corn prices, farmers attending the Illinois Corn Growers Association annual meeting in Bloomington Nov. 20 heard about some reasons for optimism from their leaders.
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China is said to announce U.S. soy purchase resumption soon

December 10, 2018 - 7:16am
China intends to announce this month the first batch of U.S. soybean purchases where most, if not all, will be destined for state reserves, according to government officials.
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Farmland expansion increases carbon footprint in Corn Belt

December 10, 2018 - 7:00am
AMES, Iowa — Faster conversion of land into agricultural production in recent years has raised the region’s carbon cost of producing grains, according to recently published research from an Iowa State University scientist.
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Corn Belt moves north as planting practices shift

December 10, 2018 - 6:15am
PEORIA, Ill. — Corn growers who used to be the center of it all aren’t today. The Corn Belt is on the move, a climatologist told farmers attending the Greater Peoria Farm Show Nov. 27.
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Ag economists study ‘moral hazard’ affecting crop insurance

December 9, 2018 - 3:30pm
LINCOLN, Neb. — New research by agricultural economists at the University of Nebraska challenges traditional thinking on federal crop insurance.
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Illinois dicamba complaints up, but not all pan out

December 9, 2018 - 1:24pm
The number of valid reports of dicamba damage to unprotected crops has risen dramatically in Illinois. But there may also be a bit of “dicamba paranoia” out there.
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Advanced data represents major shift in beef genetic selection

December 9, 2018 - 7:00am
CORNING, Iowa — The hills are dotted with corn stalks as the snowy aftermath of a winter storm turns all life into black and white on Kirk Brandt’s Adams County farm.
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Crops, livestock benefit from on-farm research

December 8, 2018 - 11:30am
On many Illinois farms, there is more going on than meets the eye.
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New rural leader puts focus on infrastructure

December 8, 2018 - 9:30am
DES MOINES — Grant Menke, 39, started as head of USDA Rural Development in early August. He succeeds Annette Sweeney, who was appointed in November 2017 and resigned in March to run for the state senate.
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Risk management tools, ideas for aging among topics at farm show

December 8, 2018 - 9:00am
PEORIA, Ill. — About 20,000 farmers got a chance to see some of the changing products and practices in agriculture Nov. 27-29 at the Greater Peoria Farm Show, the big show of the winter season in Illinois.
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Missouri monitors dicamba damage

December 8, 2018 - 7:00am
The use of dicamba products remains a hot topic for Missouri farmers, as well as government agencies and university employees. This was another year of dealing with drift damage from use of the dicamba herbicides, which experts say have been…
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Bacon is so hot that the world's top pork producer is expanding

December 8, 2018 - 6:39am
America’s love affair with bacon is so strong that Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s biggest hog producer, is building up its capacity to produce the meat.
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