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FARMERS CELEBRATE AGRICULTURE, BEMOAN ‘NIGHTMARE’ OF A YEAR AT STATE FAIR – Beyond the carnival rides and deep-fried cheese curds, farming families gathered at the 10-day fair in Springfield were preoccupied. Bad weather. Trade uncertainties. Volatile prices. Paired with the high cost of land, equipment and fertilizer, “I tell ya, it’s a nightmare,” said one farmer. Some said the celebratory spirit of the fair, which ended Sunday, was shadowed by palpable concern. Despite the challenges, the state fair was alive with hope for the next generation as the youth showed livestock, showing off hard-earned skills. (Chicago Tribune)


DEERE TO SLASH COSTS AFTER TRADE WAR HITS EARNINGS – Deere & Co. on Friday announced a review of costs after a combination of the U.S.-China trade war and bad weather dented its quarterly profits, forcing the company to trim its full-year earnings forecast for a second time in the past three months. The Moline, Illinois-based company will reduce production by 20 percent at its facilities in Illinois and Iowa in the second of half of the year. The cuts will impact the production of large tractors. The cost control measures are estimated to result in $25 million in savings this year. (Reuters)


DIGITAL DIVIDE PERSISTS, THOUGH 53% OF FARMS CONDUCT BUSINESS ON INTERNET – More than half of U.S. farm operators say they do business over the internet, a 13-point increase in six years, as ownership of computers and access to the internet blossomed, according to USDA. Nonetheless, the Pew Research Center says rural Americans are much less likely than their city counterparts to have a smartphone or broadband service at home. “Nationally, 75 percent of farms reported having access to the internet, with 73 percent of farms having access to a desktop or laptop computer,” said the USDA’s Farm Computer Usage and Ownership report, compiled every two years. The new report was based on a survey of more than 20,000 operators in June. (Successful Farming)


HARVEST SEASON PERMIT APPLICATIONS START SEPT. 1 – Farmers statewide may apply for a special permit that allows up to a maximum 10 percent over their gross vehicle weight, axle weight and registered weight limits. For permits on state routes, farmers must obtain a permit from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Harvest Season Permits are required for any county, municipal and/or township road farmers will haul on. Those permits must be obtained from each road jurisdiction. (FarmWeekNow)


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