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Korean trade in flux, NAFTA debate starts
 U.S. trade agreements remain in focus after President Donald Trump discussed withdrawing from an agreement with South Korea this month, and renegotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) recently began.
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Illinois export-import team back from Asian trade trip
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a contingent of 24 state officials wrapped up an export-import trade mission to Asia over the weekend with an agreement regarding biofuels development between Illinois’ largest university and a sister institution in China.
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Ag reps journey to Japan to promote sales of meat
A contingent of agriculture representatives, including Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, traveled to Japan from Sept. 3-8 as part of a U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMET) trade delegation to meet with buyers of U.S. pork and beef.
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Experts: Cash rent may stay flat, or decline, in near future
Cash rents should remain flat or decline a bit over the next couple of years, according to two Purdue University professors of agricultural economics.
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Warm, mostly dry start to Eastern Corn Belt harvest
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Food firm closings mean loss of 250 Indiana jobs

A northern Indiana farming community is reeling from two major food plants closing their doors.

The latest is Del Monte Foods, which announced Sept. 12 the upcoming move of its tomato processing plant in Plymouth to an existing facility owned by the company in Hanford, Calif. This comes a month after TreeHouse Foods, Inc., the parent company of Bay Valley Foods, revealed it was closing its operation in the city.

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Cooler Midwest conditions a godsend for many crops
 Dry, cooler weather allowed for nearly seven days suitable for fieldwork at 7 degrees Fahrenheit below normal temperatures in Indiana and Illinois, according to the Illinois office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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AFBF: Livestock drivint slight increase in U.S. farm income
The recent projections of U.S. farm income released by the USDA in its August 2017 Farm Sector Income Forecast suggested while farm income may have hit rock bottom in 2016, there will be an uptick in both net farm and net cash income in 2017.
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Aging dam along Ohio River fails, forcing halts to traffic

Commercial river traffic was flowing once again early this week following an eight-day shutdown of one of the oldest and busiest lock and dams on the Ohio or Mississippi river.

 

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Revolt spurs changes for DowDuPont
DowDuPont, the new $130 billion agricultural-chemical conglomerate created by the merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont, is reversing its just merged structure that formed three business spinoff units, reverting back to two entities.
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