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  • RFS plan called ‘step backwards’
    Farm groups lined up to express their disappointment in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to keep ethanol volumes below the Renewable Fuel Standard statute for another year.
  • EPA pitches boost in renewable fuels
    The Environmental Protection Agency released its draft Renewable Fuel Standard with volume obligations of 18.8 billion gallons in 2017.
  • Taking on giant ragweed
    Giant ragweed is one of the most competitive broadleaf weeds in crop production and adding herbicide resistance to the mix increases the challenge.
  • Early planting urged for soybeans
    When it comes to soybeans, studies have shown that early planting can help maximize yield potential despite lower soil temperatures and slower seedling growth.
  • Study finds benefits of higher seeding rate
    A multi-year study found that ramping up the seeding rate for late-planted soybeans can provide a higher economic yield response.
  • Mechanism for herbicide resistance identified
    Corn and soybean farmers might as well be soldiers locked in an ever-escalating war against the weeds that threaten their crops.
  • Start your 500 experience with these facts
    I may not be a racing fan, but as an Indiana girl, I always know when the race is in town. The radio stations are filled with chatter about qualifying races and race concerts. At AgriNews, we go to the Fastest Rookie Luncheon to celebrate two Hoosier staples: racing and dairy.
  • Adkins Energy awards scholarship
    Rene Powers, the daughter of Don and Amy Powers of Stockton, has been awarded the $1,500 2016 Adkins Energy LLC scholarship.
  • Bipartisan support for water transportation funding
    The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation that will fully fund inland waterway upgrade projects after years of delay.
  • Add microbial xylanase to rice bran to boost energy
    Research at the University of Illinois is finding ways to make rice bran, an abundant co-product of the production of white rice for human consumption, more efficient as a feed ingredient for pigs.
  • Global trappings at restaurant show
    I’m heading into my third day with my global visit to the National Restaurant Association’s annual show in Chicago. I never expected the massive cultural clash that is happening under McCormick Place’s acres of exhibit halls.
  • Good news on nitrates
    The flow of nitrates from farm fertilizer and treated wastewater into the Illinois River that contributes to a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico has fallen, a new study says.
  • Higher Lake Michigan water levels affect beaches, boaters
    Lake Michigan water levels are up, making beaches smaller, but helping boaters. Steve Hungness, chief of operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Chicago District, said water levels are roughly a foot above the 90-year average.
  • New study boosts GMOs
    Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a new report.
  • Farm fires pose special risks
    Fewer firefighters in rural Illinois have a direct connection to farm life, a fact that can make responding to farm calls more challenging, William Fulton said.

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