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Library Book Donation

In honor of National Ag Day, recognized March 14, 2019, the Lee County Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee donated “John Deere, That’s Who” by Tracy Nelson Maurer to the public libraries in Lee County. Josie Willett, (right) is pictured making the donation to the Pankhurst Memorial Library in Amboy.  read more »


NEW ORLEANS — Voting delegates at the 100TH annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), including 21 delegates from Illinois addressed Illinois Farm Bureau’s (IFB) priority issues, including submittals on trade, transportation, legal advocacy and Health Savings Account (HSA) reform. “Our delegates were instrumental in promoting and debating several key policy resolutions to…read more »

Hussey Receives Top County Chair Award

Shane Hussey, Franklin Grove, was recognized with the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Young Leader Top County Chair Award for Membership Group III at the Young Leader Awards Program during the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on December 2, 2018.  Hussey is the chairman of the Lee County Farm Bureau Young Leader Committee and was recognized…read more »

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Progress made in US-Japan trade deal

The US and Japan have reportedly reached a deal in principle. There are reports that a draft agreement could be signed by the end of September. Ag goods and autos were the focus of trade talks between the two countries. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the deal calls for Japan’s tariffs on US beef…read more »

Syngenta celebrates grand opening of Trait Conversion Accelerator

Syngenta’s new $30-million Trait Conversion Accelerator will help bring corn traits to market quicker.  David Hollinrake, regional director for Syngenta Seeds North America, says the facility will shorten the product development life cycle.  “We can push the boundaries of the genetic potential and ensure we have the traits integrated properly,” he says.  “And ultimately bring…read more »

Trump raises existing tariffs on China

President Trump is raising the existing tariffs on China.  Trump said in a tweet Friday afternoon China should not have announced a counter-tariff on 75-billion dollars’ worth of U.S. products, which he called “politically motivated.”  He says starting October 1st, the 250-billion dollars’ worth of goods and products from China currently being taxed at 25%…read more »

Peterson says China resolution should have been reached before they joined WTO

The Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee says the current trade problem with China could have been resolved prior to China’s WTO membership. Reacting to China’s additional tariffs on U.S. goods, Democrat Collin Peterson of Minnesota said trade issues with China could have been dealt with before that country became a member of the World…read more »

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