LEADER PAGE - 09/19/2018

INDIA AND U.S. CLOSING IN ON TRADE DEAL – After months of battling it out, India and the U.S. began trade talks in June. Both sides are negotiating one another’s concerns with certain tariffs, and the two sides are expected to close the deal in the coming weeks. (Reuters)


POLLUTION RULES ROLLED BACK FOR DRILLING ON U.S. LANDS – On Tuesday, the Trump administration rolled back 2016 rule that forced energy companies to capture methane while drilling on U.S. and tribal lands. California and New Mexico have already filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to reinstate the Obama-era rule. (ABC News)


MONARCH MIGRATION – Masses of bright orange and black wings covering trees and fluttering through the air are capturing attention as monarch butterflies fly south through Illinois. They’re benefitting from additional food availability as a result Illinois farmers and others installing more pollinator habitat in recent years. (FarmWeekNow.com)


STEPS TO REDUCE FARM INJURIES DURING HARVEST – The average work-related injury during fall harvest can cost a producer approximately $33,000, while the death cost is around $1.5 million. By following five simple steps, the risk of experiencing these costs can be reduced significantly. (Rochelle News-Leader)


FADING FAST – An increased amount of tar spot, combined with recent wet weather, has farmers in some parts of the state scrambling to determine which fields should be harvested first just to ensure the corn is still standing. GROWMARK Weed Science Technical Manager David Powell advised farmers to prioritize harvest in fields where standing water is a concern.(FarmWeekNow.com)


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