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A marker will be placed at a site in the Metro East where the state's first soybeans were planted.

Officials of the Illinois State Historical Society will join Lewis and Clark Community College representatives when the marker is dedicated August 23 in Alton.

Midwestern fish farmers grow a variety of species, such as tilapia, salmon, barramundi and shrimp, all of which require a high-protein diet. The region grows copious amounts of soybeans, which have a lot of protein, but these two facts have yet to converge.

The details of the federal government’s $12 billion aid package for farmers affected by trade disputes are out — and soybean farmers are the major beneficiaries.

Illinois’ agriculture sector has been through trade disruptions in the past …  but what they’re dealing with right NOW ... is different.  

Mark Gebhards is Executive Director of Government Affairs & Commodities with the Illinois Farm Bureau … he says corn and soybean farmers have weathered other trade disagreements … like the tariffs they’re currently facing from China. 

Farmers are entering their 5th year of low crop prices ... and now soybeans have reached a 10-year low, in part due to Chinese tariffs.

Economists say this could be a pivotal year for Illinois farmers.

After reports last year that the popular weed–killer Dicamba had damaged  soybeans in Missouri and other states, its manufacturer, Monsanto, revised their use guidelines.