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ONE-MONTH BIRD FLU TOLL: 12 STATES, 1.9 MILLION BIRDS – Highly pathogenic avian influenza was identified in three more states — Missouri, Maryland, and South Dakota — said the Agriculture Department. Since the first case was confirmed on February 8 on a turkey farm in southern Indiana, HPAI has been found in 21 domestic flocks in 12 states. (Successful Farming)


AMID RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR, USDA VENTURES NEW ESTIMATES – As the Ukrainian people try to repel a Russian assault and many are fleeing for their lives, USDA steps into a volatile market environment to offer new supply and demand estimates in March. (DTN)


WHAT SOARING CRUDE PRICES MEAN FOR THE U.S. STOCK MARKET, AMID TALK OF RUSSIAN OIL SANCTIONS – As U.S. benchmark crude settles Monday near $120 a barrel on speculation Washington and its allies could soon move to embargo imports of Russian oil, investors and analysts continue to assess the implications for the stock market. (MarketWatch)




RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE TO IMPACT U.S. AGRICULTURE – Russia's invasion of Ukraine has sent shockwaves through the world's financial and agriculture markets. Many producers in the U.S. are concerned about just how the conflict will impact agricultural inputs to grow crops this season. (KPAX)


BIRD FLU CONFIRMED IN NORTHWEST IOWA COMMERCIAL TURKEY FLOCK – Officials announced Monday that they have identified bird flu in a commercial flock of 50,000 turkeys in northwest Iowa, the state's second case of a virus that has been identified in multiple U.S. states. (ABC News)


CORN CLOSES LOWER, MAY WHEAT REMAINS UP – At the close Monday, ag commodity futures were mixed, with nearby corn and soybean contracts down and May wheat up the limit. (Successful Farming)


ILLINOIS PRODUCT EXPO RETURNS TO FAIRGROUNDS – The Illinois Department of Agriculture hosted the Illinois Product Expo Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)




UKRAINE CRISIS SPARKS FRENZY IN GLOBAL AGRICULTURE TRADE – A dramatic rally in crop prices this week sparked by the Russia-Ukraine crisis is signaling more pain ahead for grocery shoppers already feeling the strain of soaring food costs. (Bloomberg)


USDA COMMITS $215 MILLION TO EXPAND MEAT AND POULTRY PROCESSING – US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced yesterday that USDA is making available up to $215 million in grants and other support to expand meat and poultry processing options, strengthen the food supply chain, and create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas. (The Pig Site)


CONSUMERS WANT FOOD FROM U.S. CROPS – Consumer support of domestic agriculture has only grown stronger in the past year. A new survey from the United Soybean Board shows 78% of consumers say it’s important to purchase U.S.-grown food. This is an 8% increase since the last survey in December 2020. (Feedstuffs)


FARM SHOWS ARE A RURAL TRADITION. BUT AFTER COVID, THEIR FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN – Nostalgia and tradition will keep some farm shows going, but a push for using technology to connect people and more effective spending of marketing dollars could diminish their impact and numbers. (St. Louis Public Radio)





U.S. AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOUTS IMPORTANCE OF LOW-CARBON BIOFUELS – The U.S. secretary of agriculture on Wednesday touted the importance lower-carbon biofuels will have in meeting the Biden administration's targets for reducing carbon emissions. (Reuters)


THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE CONFLICT COULD AFFECT GAS AND FOOD PRICES – On Thursday morning, Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine, an event that threatens to rattle global markets and prompt higher prices for gas, wheat, and a range of other goods. (Business Insider)


U.S. AGRICULTURE SECRETARY HOPES FERTILIZER COMPANIES WILL NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF UKRAINE CRISIS – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Thursday he hoped fertilizer and agriculture supply companies affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine would not take unfair advantage of the situation, amid already high fertilizer and crop prices. (Financial Post)


GIVE FFA DAY INVITES DONORS TO GIVE BACK – On February 24, FFA invites you to show your support for the organization with a donation to further the experiences of current members. (Successful Farming)


BRIDGING THE RURAL/URBAN DIVIDE – The Madison County Farm Bureau is working to bridge the rural/urban divide, reaching out to mayors in more urban communities. The head of the office recently reached out to Alton Mayor David Goins as the bureau starts a concerted effort to reach out to municipal government. (Granite City News)

HOW COW MANURE FROM NEW YORK IS BOLSTERING CALIFORNIA'S EMISSIONS GOALS – New York dairy farms are using clean gas produced by cow manure, putting it in trucks, injecting it into an interstate pipeline — and selling the environmental benefits across the country. (Politico)

FARM, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS WEIGH IN ON SUSTAINABILITY – A group of farming, food and environmental sector representatives believe economic and environmental sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive. (Hoopeston Chronicle)

IT'S COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE WEEK, AND TIME TO SIGN UP FOR CSA BOXES – It's Community Supported Agriculture Week through Feb. 26, the time of year when people start signing up in earnest to receive boxes of produce, flowers, eggs and more from local farmers during the growing season. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)




About Leader Page: This collection of articles from mainstream and agriculture media is designed to keep you informed as a member and leader in our organization. The articles here are not intended to represent Illinois Farm Bureau policy or positions, but rather to give you an idea of what is being reported regionally, nationally and globally.

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