• R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    While Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue celebrated the arrival of U.S. beef in China after a 14-year embargo, the building of new livestock barns in Illinois continued at a fevered pace. Other…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    It was a particularly “beefy” news week for farmers and rural dwellers, with trade deals announced with China and suspended with Brazil, beef was prominent on ag talk shows and…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    In this week’s rural and farm news roundup, we have details of the biggest purchase in John Deere and Company’s 180-year history, and how that deal puts them in position to take…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    The nation’s eyes turned briefly on the needs of agriculture — as it relates to trade — when the president stumped for inland waterways infrastructure repairs funding as part…

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    We top this week’s news roundup with Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s full statement regarding President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the multi-nation Paris climate accord….

  • R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    R.F.D. NEWS & VIEWS

    Prices negative as June Dairy Month arrives PEORIA — June Dairy Month 2017 arrives for milk producers at a time when consumers are paying historically low prices for their products…

STATE NEWS

Statewide unemployment rate up in December

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Jan. 22 that the unemployment rate increased 0.7 percentage point to 7.6 percent, while nonfarm payrolls were nearly unchanged,…

GOP lawmakers concerned about tax deductions bill

SPRINGFIELD — A bill endorsed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker that would eliminate expanded federal tax deductions for businesses created under the CARES Act, failed to pass in the lame duck…

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