LEADER PAGE - 01/15/2019

TRUMP PROMISES FARMERS POLICIES WILL YIELD ‘GREAT HARVEST’ – President Donald Trump assured farmers struggling through a prolonged economic slump that better times are ahead for U.S. agriculture because of his efforts to lower trade barriers to American exports and roll back regulations. “The greatest harvest is yet to come,” Trump said while speaking to the American Farm Bureau Federation in New Orleans Monday. (Agri-Pulse)


SOYBEAN PRICE UNCERTAINTY – Soybean prices rallied and fell last week on developments in trade negotiations with China and the emergence of issues with the crop in South America. Uncertainty surrounds both these matters and is set to continue into 2019. The development of soybean prices over the next year depends on how both these issues get resolved. (farmdocdaily)


SOLAR POWER SOON KNOCKING ON DOORS OF CHICAGO AREA – Solar power is coming soon to Illinois, but not in the way advocates envisioned when a landmark 2016 state law set the stage for the boom. The “community solar” program mandated in the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act, is set to kick off within weeks. Chicago-area residents should prepare for offers to purchase subscriptions in solar farms that potentially could offer savings on their electric bills, as well as the positive feeling of making more renewable energy happen in the state. (Crain’s Chicago Business)


QUINOA WHISKEY? – A modified crop list could spur distilleries to try alternative grains. By definition, whiskey is a grain spirit. And until now, that “grain” has been limited by federal law to four specific crops: corn, wheat, rye and barley. In December, the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau took a step to officially include quinoa as a whiskey grain. (NPR)


GOV. PRITZKER FOCUSES ON BUDGET, STATE NEEDS – Gov. J.B. Pritzker challenged state government to address Illinois’ needs from the fiscal to the physical in his inaugural address Monday. He acknowledged this won’t be easy and will require hard choices because the state’s obligations outmatch its resources. He also said the state must improve its infrastructure system of bridges, roads and waterways saying, “We are the nation’s supply chain hub, and we must be built like it.” (FarmWeekNow.com)


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