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Illinois group applauds detente between United States, Cuba

WILMETTE, Ill. — The Illinois Cuba Working Group (ICWG) said it is pleased with President Barack Obama’s actions to improve trade and business relations with Cuba.

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Midwestern farmers eye Cuban market possibilities

Midwestern farmers may have reason for optimism after years of pushing for expanded trade with Cuba.

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Happy holidays from the IFT staff

Happy holidays from the IFT staff

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

December 18, 2014 6:00 am(0)
Long-time grower says he enjoys working with customers, spending time outdoors

Long-time grower says he enjoys working with customers, spending time outdoors

MINBURN — Harold Hill pulls a Christmas tree into the bagger and tugs.

December 18, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Factors contribute to higher fire risk in rural communities

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a residential structure fire is reported every 85 seconds in the United States. A civilian is injured by fire every 33 minutes, and a person loses their life in a fire every 2 hours and 42 minutes.

December 12, 2014 2:35 pm Related

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Signs of increased demand for corn, beans

The corn and soybean markets continue their range-bound trading. Ken Jolliffe, a commodity broker with BIS Commodities based in Cedar Rapids, says the March corn futures contract traded in a range from $3.75 to $4 and beans $10 to $10.60.

December 12, 2014 2:19 pm(0)

2014 could set record for grain-bin deaths

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It took only seconds.

December 12, 2014 2:12 pm(0)

Researchers look at ways to speed up cover-crop returns

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Conservation agriculture can create far-reaching environmental and economic benefits, but farmers may require help bearing short-term risks and costs, according to a study released Dec. 2 by global consulting firm Datu Research for the Walton Family Foundation.

December 12, 2014 2:09 pm(0)

Online tool helps farmers with nitrogen decisions

AMES — A federally funded climate initiative that includes Iowa State University and other schools has launched a new online decision-support tool to help farmers and farm advisers manage the application of in-field nitrogen for maximizing crop yields and minimizing environmental damage.

December 12, 2014 2:03 pm(0)
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