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    As harvest wraps up across the region, winter preparation and planning for next year begins.

    Trying to choose the right variety to plant can be overwhelming, but keep in mind a few key characteristics to look for.

      The good news is USDA’s Economic Research Service is forecasting U.S. net farm income will total $102.7 billion in 2020, up 23% from $83.7 billion in 2019. The not-so-good news is federal government farm program payments are projected to rise by 66% to $37.2 billion.

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