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2018 ARC, PLC payments issued; crop insurance changes coming?

 

PEORIA, Ill. — A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) news release dated Oct. 15 announced enrollment had opened to producers for Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs for the 2020 crop year. Perhaps more exciting, however, was news within the release that producers who enrolled farms for the 2018 crop year have started receiving more than $1.5 billion in payments from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).
11/7/2019
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AgriStats asks judge to dismiss federal lawsuit over chicken prices
CHICAGO — Agri Stats, Inc., a Fort Wayne-based company, has asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed against it as a part of class-action litigation alleging a conspiracy to fix the price of chicken.
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Scholarships available for Indiana Ag Leadership Program

Danville, Ind. — The Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council will offer partial tuition scholarships for full time Indiana soybean and corn producers who are accepted to participate in the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP).
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 Maybe it’s time for fake CEOs of meat companies


It seems like everything is fake these days: fake news, fake ice cream, fake money, fake teeth, fake knees, fake hips and fake identities. Bald guys are wearing toupees, women are getting fake boobs and fake people pester me on the phone with robo calls from fraudulent folks. Fake "reality" TV show stars in Hollywood are even creating fake grades and fake SAT test scores so their kids can get into Harvard and Yale. I suppose their diplomas will be made with fake sheepskin.
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 Sleeping Frog Moon favors fishermen this time of year

There is a seasonal exhaustion in the air. The ground is cool and subdued as the hills turn dusky and purple by late afternoon. I pass cleared fields full of stubble, the lank, dark stalks of corn. Milkweeds, where monarchs deposited their eggs, have opened their pods, and the white silk lies over browning grass like wisps of cotton, or is concentrated in spots like the downy feathers of a chicken caught by a fox. -- John Hay
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Use a pantry staple to spice up comfort food classics


As chilly weather sets in and days get shorter, comfort food favorites once again fill menus. While traditional flavor combinations typically hold a special place in many families’ hearts and on their plates, there is almost always room to add new and exciting flavors to tried-and-true favorites.
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Enthusiasts gather to celebrate birthday of Moline tractors
JOSLIN, Ill. — On Sept. 13-15 collectors of the Moline Universal D tractors gathered to celebrate the 103rd birthday of their tractors. The Moline Plow Company itself hails all the way back to 1852. The Universal tractor came about in 1915 and this 2-cylinder horizontal tractor was adjusted for horses. In 1916, the company built a new factory in Rock Island to manufacture the brand new Moline Universal D.
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Time to break out your favorite Christmas albums


  BITTERSWEET, Ky. – I know, I know, It’s early November. We’re just past Halloween and  are weeks from Thanksgiving. Yet, the department stores have exhibited their Christmas displays for weeks and some local radio stations are beginning their “Christmas Only” playlist.
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Finally some good news for dairy farmers as Class III hits five-year high


The October Federal order Class III benchmark milk price hit a five-year high this week at $18.72 per hundredweight, up 41 cents from September, $3.19 above October 2018, and the highest Class III since November 2014. It equates to about $1.61 per gallon, up from $1.57 in September and $1.34 a year ago.
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US economy is impacting commodity futures

While US export sales of corn and soybeans remain well behind last year, trade is split in how this will impact balance sheets. Some analysts are concerned demand is currently over-projected and will be scaled back as the marketing year progresses. Others disagree and believe sales are just slow to build and we will see an increase once our leading competitors exhaust their inventory. Both scenarios are possible, but the longer it takes our demand to build, the more the market will become skeptical of it happening.
11/7/2019
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