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  • Bustos says fight over RFS levels not over
    We want our billion back. It might be the catchphrase for a taxtime TV ad, but it’s also what one member of Congress feels farmers and gas-buying consumers in her district are owed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 
  • Zein plant set to start production in August
    The first hurdle is how to pronounce it. “We’re going to pronounce it ‘zane,’ and I’m interested in taking a look at that,” said U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, an East Moline Democrat who represents the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. 
  • Martz to lead Illinois Beef Association
    The path for the Illinois Beef Association is determined by the members and the group’s board of governors. “It is evident that Joni and I have similar philosophies for IBA, but the direction for IBA will not come from us,” said Mike Martz, a cattleman from DeKalb. 
  • Pork exports hinge on trade deals, China
    Iowa State University’s Dermot Hayes had the answer, three possible ones, for his own question about U.S. pork exports. “What happens next?” he asked. “I see three outcomes,” Hayes said. 
  • Competitive edge hinges on infrastructure
    A dynamic shift in the global grain market over the last decade highlights the need for upgrading America’s transportation infrastructure. 
  • Vets for large animals scarce
    If you are one of the estimated 10,000 cattle producers in Mississippi, you may have faced a challenge in finding a veterinarian to treat a sick or injured animal right away. 
  • Study finds no break in global warming
    Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new federal study that rebuts doubters who’ve claimed that that heating trends have paused.  
  • Whooping crane seen in Indiana
    An endangered whooping crane that recently appeared in far northeastern Indiana has attracted the attention of birding enthusiasts. After the crane was spotted in Steuben County, retired state interpretive naturalist Fred Wooley went searching for it. 
  • Pence sees worth in reservoir plan
    Gov. Mike Pence said he sees merit to the proposal for a reservoir on the White River in central Indiana that could cost $450 million. Pence said the project could help the state’s long-term water needs and provide a fresh way of attracting investment and people to the Anderson area. 
  • Purdue farm in way of progress
    A student-run farm at and Purdue University intramural fields that lie in the path of progress could find themselves on the move. The sites are located within the scope of a planned aerospace technology park and a State Street Master Plan that’s designed to promote economic development. 



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