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Industrial hemp bill awaits Illinois governor signature

Illinois is poised to join dozens of other states in the cultivation of industrial hemp under a bill passed unopposed on May 30 by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights). Banned for growth in the Prairie State and prohibited federally for almost 80 years, the cultivation of hemp would again be legal for farmers to grow under Hutchinson’s Senate Bill 2298 — the Industrial Hemp Act. Hemp is a close cousin of marijuana without the buzz-producing THC component.
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Trade, tariffs, FMD outbreak front and center at Pork Expo
Trade and tariffs, as well as concerns over a potential foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak, took center stage as this year’s June 6-8 World Pork Expo, which marked its 30th anniversary at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Corn and soy planting, and hay cutting, behind across Michigan
With nearly five days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan for the week ending June 3, farmers were able to take advantage of dry conditions to make good planting progress, according to the latest crop progress report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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USDA plans buy of cherries to counter Turkish exports
 The USDA has announced a special purchase of U.S.-produced commodities, including tart cherries, many of which are grown in Michigan.
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Report recommends response for dairies in next half-century
Increased global demand for dairy products under pressure from population growth, urbanization and climate change tops the issues of importance for U.S. dairy farmers, according to a multiyear study conducted by scientists from the United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden.
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Michigan distillery in jeopardy over waste treatment concern
A whiskey-making restaurant in southwestern Michigan could have its distillery shut down because of wastewater too strong for the local sewage plant to treat effectively.
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