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LOUISVILLE, Ill. — U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced USDA has invested $12.8 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 1,650 homes in rural Illinois.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — ILSoyAdvisor will bring the latest in soybean management, agronomy, technology and business management to Illinois soybean producers at the 2020 Soybean Summit March 10 in Springfield.

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The United States and China remain deadlocked in a major trade dispute. While many sectors have been impacted, the U.S. agricultural sector has paid a heavy price in the dispute. The first major impact on U.S. agriculture came in July 2018 when China imposed a 25 percent retaliatory tariff on many U.S. agricultural products. This post reviews the impacts and stakes of the Trade War.

The U.S. is unlikely to impose extra tariffs on a new $160 billion swath of Chinese goods including toys and smartphones come Sunday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Soybean Association Board of Directors selected Buck Hill of Grand Ridge to fill the District 4 director vacancy and Mark Read of Putnam for District 5.

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OPINION  The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a big win for American workers and the economy, especially for our farmers and ranchers. The agreement improves virtually every component of the old North American Free Trade Agreement, and the agriculture industry stands to gain significantly. President Donald Trump and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer are laying the foundation for a stronger farm economy through the agreement. I thank them for all their hard work and perseverance to take the agreement across the finish line. While I am encouraged by the breakthrough, we must not lose sight that the House and Senate need to work diligently to pass it by Christmas.

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House Democrats plan a vote next week on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free-trade agreement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her members, saying the deal was changed to meet her demands.

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OPINION  One of America’s many innovative dairy companies, Chobani Inc., is drawing attention with a new line of oat-based products meant to capitalize on diverse consumer tastes.

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The Sand County Foundation is forging urban–rural partnerships in the Mississippi River basin. The organization will work with upstream farmers on land-management practices to improve water quality and reduce municipal-water-treatment costs downstream.

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The apple tree stands alone near the top of a steep hill, wind whipping through its branches as a perfect sunset paints its leaves a vibrant gold. It has been there for more than a century.