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Penny pinching, planning help woman start meat business

6 hours 53 min ago
HINCKLEY, Ill. — Jenny Flint is a self-professed “extreme penny pincher.” That characteristic has served her well, allowing her to buy a small farm in 2012, at age 22. Two years later, she started selling meat off the farm, only…
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Making plans, tracking progress key to finances

February 16, 2019 - 3:25pm
Getting started in production agriculture is expensive. If new operators don’t have access to land and assets, they likely require a good lending partner.
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Trump, Xi hail progress in trade talks as tariff deadline nears

February 16, 2019 - 9:00am
President Donald Trump hailed progress made in trade talks with China this past week, saying he may extend a tariff truce and take steps to sell a potential deal with opposition lawmakers.
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Double-crop wheat and soybeans system a profit winner in Illinois

February 16, 2019 - 8:00am
MT. VERNON, Ill. — For farmers in southern Illinois, double-crop wheat and soybeans may be the best route to prosperity.
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Deere's CEO calls out tariffs, trade as profit disappoints

February 16, 2019 - 8:00am
U.S. farmers, struggling with global trade disputes, are getting stingier on spending, and that apparently includes Deere & Co.’s iconic yellow and green tractors and combines.
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Lower planting population comes with caveats in 2019

February 16, 2019 - 6:30am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Kenneth Franklin, a Christian County, Illinois, soybean grower, is a little untraditional as far as farmers go — favoring continuous soybeans, with some fields entering their third year in 2019.
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Exports, incomes take a hit in latest USDA reports

February 15, 2019 - 12:32pm
Things are not looking good for the U.S. farm economy.
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Illinois Beef Expo will honor founders in 2019

February 15, 2019 - 11:30am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Preparations are in gear for the 2019 Illinois Beef Expo, Feb. 20-24 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
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Ag employers target new groups for entry-level jobs

February 15, 2019 - 6:30am
Employment opportunities appear to remain plentiful in agriculture.
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Inmates prepare for a future in agriculture

February 15, 2019 - 6:15am
VIENNA, Ill. — Corey Trainer and Mahendra Anderson hope to take what they learn in prison back to the streets — and the soil.
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USDA report shows diverse family farms

February 14, 2019 - 9:04am
Editor’s note: The following was compiled by Keith Good, University of Illinois Farmdoc Project manager, based on a USDA Economic Research Service report from December 2018.
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Speed creates efficiency in the right conditions

February 14, 2019 - 7:45am
DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers are always looking for efficiency, and one way they can achieve that is through speed.
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Miller: High wheat yields equal high quality

February 14, 2019 - 6:00am
MT. VERNON, Ill. — If wheat growers want good quality, shoot for high yields.
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Senate threatens EPA confirmation over biofuel

February 13, 2019 - 3:45pm
Five Republican senators have issued a veiled threat against President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA, suggesting that their votes to confirm Andrew Wheeler hinge on whether he will take steps to help oil refiners forced to blend biofuel…
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Ag is the big winner in China's Silicon Valley

February 13, 2019 - 10:34am
The big stock-market winners in China’s technology hub of Shenzhen aren’t artificial intelligence and semiconductor companies. They’re farmers.
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GOP urging Trump to back border deal

February 12, 2019 - 4:30pm
Republicans in Congress are urging President Donald Trump to back the bipartisan agreement on border security to avert another government shutdown, while looking for additional money within the budget to increase funding for his barrier at the border with Mexico.
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Trump flexible on China tariff deadline as he seeks 'real deal'

February 12, 2019 - 2:40pm
President Donald Trump said he’s open to extending a March 1 deadline to raise tariffs on Chinese products if the two sides are near an agreement, sending a conciliatory signal amid talks to resolve the trade war between the world’s…
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First drought, now floods kill thousands of Australian cattle

February 12, 2019 - 8:00am
Hundreds of thousands of cattle may have died after torrential rains struck Australia’s Queensland state, the nation’s largest producer, which had been battling years of drought.
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Work your working capital during times of tight margins

February 11, 2019 - 7:00am
Today’s article discusses working capital, but keep in mind that working capital is merely the short-term or current part of your equity or net worth.
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Beef hot, chicken not for Tyson's protein outlook

February 10, 2019 - 10:00am
Tyson Foods Inc. has been in an uphill battle against sluggish meat markets, but the outlook for 2019 is diverging by protein.
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