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Congress to pivot to tax reform?
When legislators returned to work last week after the summer recess, tax reform was one of several priorities on their agenda.
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Congress OKs debt ceiling extension, disaster funding
Congress passed legislation last week designed to keep the federal government running until December, while providing disaster aid to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. 
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OSU climate researchers will help farms adapt to changes
Corn Belt farmers are likely aware of changes in long-term weather, as are researchers at The Ohio State University. Those researchers would like to reach out to farmers to help them adapt to weather changes and to learn better ways for the two groups to communicate.
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Declining input costs may boost farm profits in 2018
Individual farm income in Illinois will plunge from around $90,000 per year in 2016 to the $50,000- $60,000 range for 2017, according to University of Illinois agricultural economists, and will likely remain in the same range during 2018.
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Illinois issues first fracking permit after stringent law
Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR), after nearly a year’s review, have approved the first permit for a hydraulic fracturing project since lawmakers OK’d a 2014 law that some environmentalists said was the toughest in the nation.
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Grain Belt Express foes and friends weigh Missouri options
Opponents and supporters of the Grain Belt Express, a 750- mile high voltage direct current transmission line that would carry wind energy from western Kansas to Indiana, are vowing to continue efforts in Missouri.

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Hurricanes, wildfires take headlines from Corn Belt
 For the past 2-3 weeks the weather focus nationally has been on hurricanes; however, the effect of the string of large storms on the Corn Belt has been minimal.
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New $15 million Blue Grass Stockyards opens doors
More than 18 months after the previous structure caught fire, the new Blue Grass Stockyards has opened its doors. The $15 million structure replaces the one that burned on Jan. 30, 2016, after a construction worker using a circular saw to cut metal roofing cau ed a spark that set the 70-year-old structure ablaze.  
 
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Iowa’s ag chief nominated for leading USDA position
After months of speculation, President Trump on Sept. 1 nominated Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey for a top USDA position, saying he “has promoted science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water, and focused on telling the story of agriculture.”
  
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Top-producing Illinois ag land value is stable
Values for top-producing farmland in Illinois have stabilized for the first time in nearly three years, according to two recent surveys, but prices for lower-quality land have dropped by nearly 5 percent.
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