USDA Graph of farm income.
Courtesy of US Dept. of Agr
February 12, 2018

2018 Forecast: US Farm Income To Sink To 12-Year Low

Farm income will likely drop nearly 7 percent from last year to $59.5 billion, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Wednesday. The drop is due to continued low prices for crops like corn and soybeans, as well as higher fuel and labor costs.

Todd Maisch, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
January 26, 2018

State Of Trump: Good For Business

After one year of Donald Trump’s presidency, the business community is largely pleased with the results: reductions in tax rates and a rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations. But there are concerns about the president's positions on immigration, and the general chaos of the White House.

Corn harvest in Illinois.
Bill Wheelhouse/NPR Illinois
January 24, 2018

State Of Trump: NAFTA Talks Worry Agriculture Community

Rural America was an important demographic in the last election cycle, helping Donald Trump advance to the White House over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Even though Illinois was an electoral victory for Clinton, only twelve of Illinois’ 102 counties went blue, and more than half of those were located in Chicagoland. 

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