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CHINA MAINTAINS STRONG DEMAND FOR U.S. CORN, SOY: USDA – Chinese demand for U.S. corn and soybeans remained robust in the latest week, U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) data showed, and traders expect the recent surge of deals will cause the U.S. government to boost its export forecast for both commodities. (Reuters)


PICK-YOUR-OWN FARMS LET GUESTS INDULGE A PASTORAL FANTASY. COVID-19 HAS BEEN A HARSH DOSE OF REALITY – While pick-your-own apples, blueberries, peaches, and more are a cherished seasonal staple in many regions of the U.S., 2020 is not a normal year—and the “U-pick” industry looks very different as businesses adapt to a reality remade by Covid-19. (The Counter)


AS COVID DRIVES NEED FOR LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD, CHICAGO, DOWNSTATE FARMERS GET HELP SCALING UP – As the pandemic continues to impact the import and transport of food, Illinois and other states are throwing support behind local food growers; 27 farms, including three in Chicago, recently split $250,000 in Illinois grant support. (Chicago Sun Times)


TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO DENY PENDING RETROACTIVE U.S. BIOFUEL WAIVERS – U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed that dozens of oil refiner requests for retroactive waivers from U.S. biofuel laws be denied amid concerns the issue could cut into his support in the Farm Belt, three sources familiar with the decision said. (Reuters)


FALL IS NOT CANCELED IN CHICAGO’S SUBURBS: A GUIDE TO PUMPKIN FARMS, CORN MAZES AND APPLE PICKING – The fall of 2020 is going to look different than other seasons. Many pumpkin farms and apple orchards won’t be having their usual fall festivals complete with all the attractions but are still opening their gates for customers. (Chicago Tribune)


TAIWAN'S TOP U.S. DIPLOMAT PRESSES FOR FREE TRADE AGREEMENT – Taiwan is making a renewed push to persuade U.S. policymakers to begin talks on a bilateral free trade agreement. (Politico)


PITTSBURGH’S BLACK FARMERS WORK TO GROW A NEW FUTURE – A group of farmers have seeded a movement to change the local food industry. Will COVID-19’s impact on the local economy set them back? Or will it — and the growing push for social justice — help? (Pittsburgh City Paper)


SHOULD STATES REQUIRE FOOD AND FARM BUSINESSES TO TEST THEIR EMPLOYEES FOR COVID-19? – Public health experts agree that agricultural operations urgently need widespread testing. But the logistics are complicated, the rules can feel onerous, and resistance has come from unlikely places. (The Counter)


SWINE FEVER FOUND IN GERMANY PUTTING PORK EXPORTS AT RISK – Germany confirmed on Thursday that African swine fever (ASF) had been found in a dead wild boar near its border with Poland, threatening pork exports to China from Europe’s biggest pork producer, which were worth $1.2 billion last year. (Reuters)


SOYBEAN FUTURES HAVE BEEN SURGING ON CHINESE DEMAND, TRADE GROUP CEO SAYS BUYING COULD CONTINUE – Global soybean demand has been robust recently, with new American crop sales at record levels, said Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council. (CNBC)


NEW USDA ONLINE TOOLS HELP ILLINOIS FARMERS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new online resources to conduct businesses with Illinois farmers. (WICS)


FEDS TO PAY MAINE LOBSTERMEN $50 MILLION TO OFFSET TRADE WAR LOSSES – Maine lobster fishermen are about to get a $50 million federal bailout to offset the crippling impact of the United States-China trade war. (Portland Press Herald)


AMAZON, WISH ARE RESTRICTING SEED SALES. THAT MAY NOT STOP MYSTERY MAILINGS – E-commerce giants are enacting new restrictions on the sale of seeds, but the moves are unlikely to eliminate the tactics government officials and industry experts suspect are behind the mystery seeds caper that gripped the world this summer. (Wall Street Journal)



AFBF RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT: For the past 40 years, Farm Bureau has asked every presidential candidate to provide responses to issues likely to impact and affect farmers and ranchers and rural communities in the next 4 years. Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have provided their answers. (Farm Bureau)


GLOBAL FOOD PRICES HAVE BEEN RISING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, HITTING FOOD SECURITY – Last Thursday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations reported global food prices rose for the third straight month in August, hitting their highest levels since February. (CNBC)


FARM WORKERS FACE DOUBLE THREAT: WILDFIRE SMOKE AND COVID-19 – With precision, farm workers swiftly harvest rows of strawberries at an organic field in Salinas, Calif. It's hard work, even without a global pandemic and wildfires burning in the background. (NPR)


AS HARVEST APPROACHES, REPORT ESTIMATES MCLEAN COUNTY CORN YIELDS – With harvest time approaching, farmers are welcoming a break in weeks of dry weather. (The Pantagraph)


STABILITY KEY ON LAND VALUES IN ILLINOIS – Stability is the key word on what’s happening with farmland values and interest rates with only a slight decline expected in 2021 cash rents. That is the information coming from a webinar hosted recently by the University of Illinois and the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. (Effingham Daily News)


BEANS IN THE TEENS? – Soybean prices turned upward at $8.70 and have not looked back, adding $1 per bushel on the futures market since Aug. 12. (Herald & Review)


MORE ILLINOIS FARMERS GROWING HEMP – Since President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp growing has been legal in the United States – with one important caveat – Farmers must keep the levels of THC, the compound found marijuana, down to minimal levels. (Alton Daily News)



AFBF RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT: The ongoing pandemic has resulted in record farm-to-retail price spreads in both the beef and pork industries. (Farm Bureau)


CHINA BUYS 664,000 TONNES OF U.S. SOYBEANS, BIGGEST DAILY TOTAL IN NEARLY SEVEN WEEKS: USDA – Chinese buyers booked deals to buy 664,000 tonnes of soybeans, the largest daily total since July 22, for delivery in the 2020/21 marketing year, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Tuesday. (Reuters)


FARMERS MORE AWARE OF RESPIRATORY ISSUES AND PROTECTIVE AIDS – Because of the exposures farmers have in their everyday jobs — to grain dust, mold spores, animal dusts and chemicals — they are more likely to be susceptible to respiratory issues. In addition to these health concerns, it makes sense today that many farmers are worried about COVID-19 because people over age 65 are particularly susceptible to serious health issues if they contract the virus. (KMA)


FOOD BANKS: USDA PROGRAM HELPED BUT BETTER WAYS TO MEET DEMAND – The federal food box program initially faced questions because some of the companies that won contracts weren’t food distributors and the contracts didn’t always cover the final delivery costs that food banks incurred. Despite those concerns, officials at food banks said the federal food box program has undoubtedly helped. (Associated Press)


SALMON MAY HARBOR INFECTIOUS CORONAVIRUS FOR A WEEK, STUDY SHOWS – Coronavirus lingering on chilled salmon may be infectious for more than a week, according to researchers in China, where imported fish have been investigated as a potential source of infections. (Bloomberg)


7 WAYS THE PANDEMIC HAS CHANGED HOW WE SHOP FOR FOOD – Oranges and frozen foods are being snapped up. Shelves have fewer choices. And customers are steering their carts in surprising new directions. (New York Times)


FARMERS TO FAMILIES ORGANIZATION TO GIVE AWAY 70,000 POUNDS OF FOOD IN EDWARDSVILLE, IL –The Farmers to Families organization is holding a massive food giveaway Saturday at Liberty Middle School in Edwardsville. (FOX Illinois)


ILLINOIS HOPEFUL FOR A PROSPEROUS SOY YIELD – In spite of COVID-19, Illinois farmers and national farmers have been optimistic about planting in 2020. (Alton Daily News)



'I HAVE THE HEART OF A FARMER': SECRETARY PERDUE APPROVES ADDITIONAL RELIEF FOR IOWA FARMERS IMPACTED BY DERECHO – The Secretarial disaster designation will allow farm operators in the specified counties to have access to low-interest emergency loans. (We Are Iowa)


JAPAN'S TUNA MARKET, THE WORLD'S LARGEST, HIT HARD BY CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – Japan’s tuna market, the world’s largest, is taking an outsized hit from the coronavirus pandemic, pressuring restaurants and wholesalers at Tokyo’s sprawling Toyosu fish market to adapt to survive. (Reuters)


HOT DOGS, LIKE CROWDS, MAY BE MISSING FROM THIS YEAR’S LABOR DAY – As Americans fill their carts for socially distanced Labor Day barbecues, they may be missing one key ingredient: hot dogs. (Bloomberg)


SMITHFIELD PUSHES TO BE AMERICA’S FIRST CARBON-NEGATIVE MEATPACKER – Smithfield, the country’s top pork producer, aims to be the first carbon-negative meatpacker in the U.S. with the goal of removing more carbon emissions from the atmosphere than it produces annually by 2030, it announced Thursday. (Forbes)


USDA: ETHANOL EXPORTS FALL IN JULY, DISTILLERS GRAINS EXPORTS UP – The U.S. exported 74.04 million gallons of ethanol and 1.08 million tons of distillers grains in July, according to data released by the UDSA’s Foreign Agricultural Service on Sept. 3. (Ethanol Producer Magazine)


KENDALL/GRUNDY FARM BUREAU GIVES UPDATE ON CROP CONDITIONS AFTER RAINFALL – The Kendall/Grundy Farm Bureau gave an update on the latest drought conditions and farming season. (WCSJ)



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