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University of Illinois in line for a DOE-funded biofuel center
Illinois Iowa, Missouri counties declared USDA disaster areas
Lawn equipment expo to replace Power Show Ohio next December
Livestock haulers applaud possible delay of ELD rule
   
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Perdue swings by Indiana State Fair on 5-state tour
A stop at the Indiana State Fair was the grand finale for USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s six-day, five-state Midwest “Back to our Roots” tour.
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As federal TIGER debate swirls, infrastructure could be on hold
President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion pledge to reconstruct the nation’s infrastructure has been relegated back in the legislative line as the White House and Congress deal with health care, immigration and reported shake-ups within the administration itself.
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Survey shows: Producers more optimistic about farm economy
Producers across the country are feeling much more optimistic than they were a year ago about the ag economy, in particular about the direction of commodity prices, according to the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.
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Indiana Grown Marketplace running strong at state fair
For the second year in a row, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s (ISDA) Indiana Grown program has made an appearance at the Indiana State Fair – and is successfully selling products even in the absence of former partner Marsh Supermarkets.
 
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As Court mulls RVO plans, biofuel backers seek more
When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the EPA’s methodology used in determining 2014-16 total Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on July 28, it represented a huge victory for renewable fuels proponents and farmers.
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FDA approves heart-healthy claim for soybean oil usage
A recent announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowing soybean oil to be promoted as a heart-healthy alternative has won praise from the soybean industry.
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Top USDA state and federal chairs still need candidates
As Congress heads into its August recess and President Trump heads off on vacation, more than 1,000 top positions needing Senate confirmation throughout the government remain vacant, including more than a dozen senior USDA posts.
 
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HWA starts Michigan tree quarantine
State officials have imposed an interior quarantine on the movement of hemlock trees because of increasing cases of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an insect found on the trees. HWA is a tiny insect that forms small white masses on the stems and twigs of hemlock trees and, if left untreated, will kill them. Michigan has 170 million hemlocks.
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Not many truly believed Pruitt would alter EPA
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Dirty secret is cheap food relies on cheap farm labor
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