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DEMOCRATS SEE USMCA DEAL NEAR, URGE MEXICO TO ACCEPT COMPROMISE – House Democrats said Wednesday that a deal on the stalled U.S.-Mexico-Canada free-trade agreement is within reach and urged Mexico to accept a compromise on labor-rights enforcement. “We are on the 2 1/2-yard line,” Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal said about efforts to wrap up negotiations. (Bloomberg)


JAPAN APPROVES AG AND DIGITAL TRADE DEAL WITH U.S. – Beginning on Jan. 1, Japan will lower or eliminate tariffs on $7.2 billion worth of U.S. farm exports under a “mini” trade pact that received final approval in Japan’s parliament, the Diet, on Wednesday. (Successful Farming)


AGRICULTURE SECRETARY SAYS TRUMP WANTS A US-CHINA TRADE DEAL THAT’S ‘ENFORCEABLE’ AND ‘RELIABLE’ - President Donald Trump only wants a “phase one” trade deal with China that works for the U.S., Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday. (CNBC)


USDA PRESSED TO FINALIZE ORGANIC RULE - The Organic Trade Association and its allies in Congress are pushing to finalize an Obama-era rule that would help dairy producers to transition animals into organic production only once. (Agri-Pulse)


BETTER LUCK NEXT YEAR? HARVEST TO SPILL OVER INTO 2020 - Many farmers hope to put the challenging 2019 growing season in the rearview mirror and never look back. But a considerable number of growers unfortunately will have a perfect view of what’s left in the field in 2020 as extreme delays likely could push harvest activity into next year. (FarmWeekNow)




TRUMP REVS TRADE WARS BY TARGETING FRANCE, THE EU AND SOUTH AMERICA - Trump aimed fresh rounds of tariffs at France, the EU and two South American countries within one 24-hour period, potentially upending any China trade talk progress and leading to market declines at the start of the month. (Forbes)


CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS HIT A RECORD IN 2019, EVEN AS COAL FADES - Emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide from fossil fuels hit a record high in 2019, researchers said Tuesday, putting countries farther off course from their goal of reducing climate change. (New York Times)


GROUPS WORK TOGETHER TO EXPAND LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT – Diverse groups throughout Illinois actively involved with the local food movement are joining forces to expand the BUY FRESH BUY LOCAL statewide program. For consumers, that means whether they are looking for farm-to-fork friendly restaurants in Chicago, farmers market dates in Farmer City or wine tours in southern Illinois all the answers will soon be found in one directory. For farmers, it means a marketing format to get their names out beyond their own neighborhoods. (State Journal-Register)


NCBA PLEDGES TO WORK TOWARD ‘PRODUCT OF THE USA’ CLARITY - Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association are calling on their lobbyists to work with USDA to address “longstanding policy on geographic origin statements,” a move that comes as the agency is being petitioned to look into disingenuous use of “Product of the U.S.A.” beef labels. (Agri-Pulse)


ILLINOIS HARVEST PROGRESS: 100% SOYBEANS, 93% CORN – Almost there, Illinois. All of Illinois soybeans have been harvested, according to USDA’s Crop Progress Report released Monday. About 93% of Illinois corn has been harvested – up from 88% the week prior. Illinois’ progress remains ahead of the national average. Nationally, 96% of soybeans and 89% of corn have been harvested according the latest report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). (FarmWeekNow)



TRUMP HITS U.S. ALLIES WITH NEW TRADE PAIN IN ONE-DAY WHIRLWIND - President Donald Trump released a clutch of protectionist trade actions on Monday aimed at long-time U.S. allies, including some countries that have been close to the Trump administration. (Reuters)


USMCA DEAL COULD BE DAYS AWAY - Mexico could agree to changes Democrats are demanding in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement as soon as this week after the country’s top trade official made a stop Friday in Ottawa, Pro Canada’s Andy Blatchford reports. (Politico)


SPRINGFIELD HISTORY: OSAGE ORANGE TREES SERVED AS LIVING FENCES – The heyday of living fences on farms lasted less than 30 years. But Osage orange trees, descendants of fence rows planted as early as the 1840s, still line country roads and fill hedge lines throughout central Illinois. Farmers in Illinois were among the first to use thickly planted Osage orange barriers to keep animals out of their crops. (State Journal-Register)


CHEW ON THIS: FARMERS ARE USING FOOD WASTE TO MAKE ELECTRICITY – It's estimated that the amount of food wasted each year in the United States could fill the tallest skyscraper in Chicago more than 40 times. Here’s one solution to the nation’s food waste problem: Dairy farmers in Massachusetts are using food waste to create electricity. They feed waste into anaerobic digesters, built and operated by Vanguard Renewables, which capture the methane emissions and make renewable energy. (NPR Illinois)


WESTERN ILLINOIS FARMER'S BOOK SHARES 60 YEARS OF AG LEADERSHIP - A new book written by a western Illinois farmer chronicles a career of leadership dating six decades. “Your Food – My Adventure” represents a memoir for Phil Bradshaw, a Pike County farmer who served as chairman of multiple state and national farmer organizations (FarmWeekNow)




CHINA WANTS U.S. TARIFFS ROLLED BACK IN PHASE ONE TRADE DEAL – Beijing’s top priority in any phase one trade deal with the United States is the removal of existing tariffs on Chinese goods, China’s Global Times newspaper reported on Sunday, amid uncertainty on whether the two sides can end a 17-month trade war that has depressed global growth. (Reuters)


WASHINGTON WEEK AHEAD: CONGRESS FACES LONG DECEMBER WISH LIST – Lawmakers return from the Thanksgiving break with a long to-do list important to agriculture that includes keeping the government funded and potentially debating the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, all of which is competing for attention with the House impeachment battle. (Agri-Pulse)


DAIRY COWS DABBLE IN VIRTUAL REALITY – Dairy farmers outside Moscow know your mood is vital. They're outfitting cows with virtual reality headsets. Instead of seeing the gloomy Russian weather, they see green fields and summer sun. Farmers hope the pleasant weather will improve the milk cows' productivity. Now, it's not clear if that is working, but the cows apparently do feel less anxiety. (NPR)


THIS YOUNG FARMER JUST BOUGHT HER OWN 20 ACRES. NOW COMES THE HARD PART – 2019 was a memorable year for central Illinois farmers—and not in a good way. Trade disputes cut into prices and drove up anxiety. A soggy planting season led to a late harvest. And just as farmers finally were able to get into this fields this fall, it snowed. For 27-year-old Gracie Weinzierl, 2019 will be memorable for an entirely different reason. It’s when she became a farmer. (WGLT)


SCHOOL'S GREENHOUSE BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE CHRISTMAS - A sea of scarlet, creamy white and pink made Newark High School’s greenhouse a feast for the senses. With thoughts turning toward the Christmas holiday, agriculture students and Newark FFA members are busy caring for 1,100 poinsettias that will decorate homes, businesses and churches around Kendall County. (FarmWeekNow)


USMCA DEAL 'WITHIN RANGE,' PER PELOSI – House democrats and the trump administration have worked out their issues on USMCA — they're just waiting to see the final deal on paper, says speaker Nancy Pelosi. But even with an agreement, there's still little time left for congress to ratify the trade pact this year. (Politico)


IOWA FARMERS RECEIVE MOST NATIONALLY - With $767 million in payments, Iowa farmers are the biggest beneficiaries so far of President Donald Trump's second aid package for U.S. farmers, meant to offset damage from ongoing trade disputes with China and other countries. (Des Moines Register)


STOP! WASHING YOUR THANKSGIVING TURKEY COULD SPREAD GERMS - Go ahead and rinse your cranberries, potatoes and green beans. But food experts say don’t – repeat don’t – wash the turkey before popping it in the oven on Thanksgiving Day. (Associated Press)


SALTY SOIL? – Too much salt isn’t only bad for our bodies, it’s bad for our crops, which don’t grow well in highly saline soil. But MIT engineers may have found a way to do so. They’ve developed a protective coating made of silk, sugar, and bacteria that could help seeds grow in soil that is currently unsuitable for agriculture. (Fast Company)


DICAMBA TRAINING SESSIONS SCHEDULED – Dicamba training will once again be required for anyone applying the product in 2020. (FarmWeekNow)






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