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USDA TO MAKE UP TO $1.5 BILLION AVAILABLE TO HELP RURAL COMMUNITIES ACCESS HIGH-SPEED INTERNET – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health care and educational services for millions of rural Americans nationwide. Friday’s announcement continues to move forward President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda by prioritizing economic growth in rural America and investing in the middle class. (WCSI)


AMERICAN CHEESE IS BEING DEVOURED IN ASIA, EXPORT DATA SHOW – U.S. exports of American cheese -- including the processed staple coveted for melty grilled cheese sandwiches -- are surging as buyers in Asia devour the stuff. (Bloomberg)


SOUTHWEST STATES FACING TOUGH CHOICES ABOUT WATER AS COLORADO RIVER DIMINISHES – Seven states and 30 Native American tribes lying in the Colorado River Basin prepare to make hard choices as water levels plummet due to a 22-year drought. (CBS)


BROWN, PIKE, SCHUYLER, SCOTT AMONG 12 ILLINOIS COUNTIES TO BE GETTING FARM RELIEF – Relief is coming for farmers who experienced excessive moisture and flash flooding this spring and summer in 12 Illinois counties, according to state officials. (WGEM)



VILSACK, VILLALOBOS MEETING FOCUSED ON TRADE, ASF AND CLIMATE CHANGE – The Department of Agriculture Wednesday released a joint statement following bilateral meetings between Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Mexico’s Agriculture Secretary. (News Dakota)


CHINA MEETS ONLY HALF OF U.S. TRADE DEAL TARGET AS TALKS RESTART – China’s goods imports from the U.S. have only reached about 53% of the $200 billion worth of additional products and services it promised to buy under the trade deal signed last year, far behind its purchasing target. (Bloomberg)


FURIOUS FARMERS SLAM BORIS JOHNSON'S NEW TRADE DEAL WITH NEW ZEALAND – British farmers have slammed Boris Johnson's new trade deal with New Zealand as they warned cheap meat imports could force UK farms to close. (Daily Mail)


ILLINOIS PUMPKINS BY THE NUMBERS: PLENTY OF PUMPKINS – Illinois leads the nation in pumpkin production. How does the state's crop compare to others and should we be worried about a shortage this year? (The Pantagraph)



FARMERS FEELING IMPACT OF JOHN DEERE STRIKE VIA PART SHORTAGES – An Iowa farmer says they’re already seeing the impacts of John Deere employees walking off the job to join the picket lines. Production of replacement tractor parts slowed last year due to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions and the strike has only tightened equipment supplies. (KCRG)


PREVENTION WORK CONTINUES AS ASF MOVES CLOSER – Now that African swine fever has been found in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Paul Sundberg says there is a heightened sense of urgency as the U.S. pork industry works to keep the virus out and develop the ability to contain it should it be found here. (Iowa Farmer Today)


AG GROUPS FORMALLY OBJECT TO EPA CHLORPYRIFOS RULE – This week, more than 80 agricultural groups filed formal objections to the Environmental Protection Agency’s August 30 rule to revoke all tolerances of chlorpyrifos. Stakeholders can object to pesticide tolerance changes or cancellations, and the EPA Administrator must then respond. (Hoosier Ag Today)


FARMER PANEL ADDRESSES GLOBAL AG CHALLENGES – The public might think farmers are most worried about production, the weather, labor and other operational challenges. However, for farmers who participated on a panel discussion at the World Food Prize, that’s not necessarily the case. (Feedstuffs)



U.S. TAKES AIM AT CHINA'S 'UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES' AT WTO REVIEW – The United States said on Wednesday that China’s industrial policies “skew the playing field” against imported goods and services, as well as their foreign providers, and that Washington would pursue all means to secure reforms. (Successful Farming)


NOW THERE'S CONCERN ABOUT INVASIVE WORMS IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS – It might sound like a made-up monster from a horror flick, but invasive jumping worms are real — and they're causing real problems. (The Pantagraph)


NO TURKEY FOR YOU: TURKEY FARMERS SAY SHORTAGE OF WORKERS WILL DELAY PRODUCTION THIS FALL – The holidays are right around the corner and that means looking for the right turkey for the dinner table. But the turkey company Butterball is concerned there may be a shortage in supply this year. (CBS)


NESTLE RAISES OUTLOOK AFTER FOOD PRICE HIKES – Nestle raised its outlook for the year on Wednesday. The world's biggest food group says it's getting a boost from price hikes and strong earnings from coffee. (Reuters)




KEEPING CLIMATE-AG IN RECONCILIATION & ADDRESSING SCHOOL MEAL CONCERNS – House Agriculture Democrats are putting pressure on congressional leaders to protect the climate-ag provisions of the reconciliation package and USDA officials met with school food executives to discuss nutrition and supply chain disruptions that continue to limit school resources. (Politico)


GRASSROOTS EFFORTS TAKE ON ‘FOOD APARTHEID’ IN CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE – Access to healthy food is limited in less affluent neighborhoods across the nation. Community efforts in Chicago are making a difference. (National Geographic)


RECORD NUMBER OF CONTAINER SHIPS WAITING TO ENTER PORTS OF LOS ANGELES, LONG BEACH – The major backlog of container ships at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is the worst its ever been, with 100 ships waiting to enter and unload as of Tuesday. (KABC)


MOVE OVER, HAWAII: CALIFORNIA IS REVOLUTIONIZING COFFEE IN THE US – Farmer and agronomist Jay Ruskey is the owner and operator of a burgeoning Southern California network of coffee farms called FRINJ Coffee. As the first commercial coffee farm in the continental U.S, it took science, innovation and a lot of avocados to get the business off the ground. (The Southern Illinoisan)

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