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USDA PLANS TO RELEASE MORE MFP FUNDS SOON – USDA is preparing to fund the second round of payments under the 2019 Market Facilitation Program as early as late November or early December, but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is hopeful a third round won't be needed. (Agri-Pulse)


FARMERS WILL NEED EARMUFFS FOR THEIR COMBINES – Farmers are enjoying pleasant harvesting temperatures this week, compared with the deep freeze-like temperatures arriving this weekend. Recently, the weather has shifted toward a somewhat drier pattern, including colder temperatures. Plummeting temperatures are expected to continue and affect the entire Midwest next week. (Successful Farming)


FARMERS UNITE TO HELP HARVEST FAMILY'S CROP – As farmland in Illinois is passed from generation to generation, so are friendships among farm families. "It's a real blessing to have them and we're all better off to know each other and go through trials in life together," local farmer Brent Reed shared. The most recent trial to face farmer Brent Reed was his mom, Linda, falling terribly ill. But this week, it's getting back on track for Brent and his father Roger. Around 300 acres of farmland is being taken head-on thanks to the generosity of around 20 other area farmers. (WAND-TV)


GROWMARK RESPONDS TO PROPANE INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES – Colder temperatures and a late harvest underway in Illinois and across most of the Midwest has caused a significant spike in propane demand. Overall propane availability is not yet a problem in Illinois, but some locations have run out of the fuel. Iowa Farm Bureau reported long lines and rationing hit propane suppliers and angered farmers across the state the last week of October. As a result, GROWMARK and the FS System adjusted quickly to move trucks to respond to current infrastructure challenges. (FarmWeekNow)


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