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NAVARRO: CHINA HAS MORE TO LOSE – Top Trump adviser Peter Navarro Tuesday insisted that China had more to lose than the U.S. in the event of a full-fledged trade war. “President Trump has given China every chance to change its aggressive behavior,” Navarro said. “China does have much more to lose than we do.” Markets Tuesday dropped on the news that the Trump administration planned to impose an additional $200 billion in duties on Chinese imports. (New York Times)


U.S. WITHDRAWING FROM HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – The U.S. Tuesday said it was withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, criticizing the council for allowing ‘some of the world’s worst offenders’ to remain on the panel. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the “Council has failed in its stated objective,” and called the group an “exercise in shameless hypocrisy.” (Wall Street Journal)


EU TARIFFS TAKE EFFECT FRIDAY – The EU will begin charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of U.S. products Friday in response to U.S. tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminum earlier this month. The move could signal the beginning of a tit-for-tat escalation in trade tensions between the U.S. and the EU, especially if President Donald Trump carries out his threat to penalize European cars. (Reuters)


CROPS OFF TO A GOOD START – According to USDA’s Mark Schleusener, 81 percent of Illinois’ corn crop is in good or excellent condition; 77 percent of beans are rated the same. Still, overall conditions are variable across the state. “There are some places, that if you go southeast of Springfield, that are probably suffering from too much rain,” Schleusener said. “And because Illinois is a big state, there are areas on the western side of the state that don’t have enough moisture in the soil.” (Illinois News Network)


SHEDDING LIGHT ON SOLAR LAND – According to the national Farm Service Agency, land with solar energy panels is nonagricultural land and not eligible to be part of a farm’s crop acreage base. Land enrolled under Ag Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage contract or ARC-IC (individual) contract must be used for an agricultural activity. (


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