LEADER PAGE - 11/14/2018

FFA STUDENTS DONATE CANDY TO TROOPS – Ag students from McLean, Livingston, Woodford and Tazewell counties this month sent more than 950 pounds of donated candy to U.S. troops overseas for Halloween. Part of the Illinois Association FFA service project, students initially hoped to send 350 pounds, but community donations of candy and shipping costs helped them to far exceed their goal. (Pantagraph)


FARMERS EYEING NEW MARKETS – Continued trade tensions with China have U.S. soybean growers on the lookout for new, albeit small, markets. Still, small markets won’t make up for the 60 percent of U.S. soybeans China purchased. “If we can get buyers to step away from the politics and see us as people, we can get them to trust us – even if they can’t trust Washington,” said Doug Schroeder, director, ISA. “If we can do that, they will want to buy from us again when the trade war ends.” (Reuters)


MENDOZA ANNOUCES BID FOR MAYOR – Newly re-elected Comptroller Susana Mendoza Wednesday announced her bid for Chicago mayor, saying she wanted to help shape “the next generation, not just the next four years.” The announcement is anything but surprising, especially given the accidental release of a mayoral campaign video just days before the midterm election. (State Journal-Register)


TRADE WAR PROMPTS ADMINISTRATION WAR – President Donald Trump’s trade war has stoked an internal war among his top economic advisers, with officials trading jabs both publicly and privately over the best way to deal with China, the EU and other trading partners. Most recently, Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, accused Peter Navarro, a top trade adviser, of speaking out of turn and doing the president “a great disservice” in his comments about trade talks with China. (New York Times)


MARKETMAKER CONNECTS BUYERS, GROWERS – Illinois Food MarketMaker is connecting farmers to more potential buyers through expansion of its ag-related partners. The interactive database is using technology through its growing partnerships “to put information in one place,” said Dan Knipe, MarketMaker co-founder. Knipe presented workshops at the IFB Local and Regional Food Conference in Normal last week. (FarmWeekNow.com)


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