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 Commodities BasketSPRINGFIELD – A proposal to let farmers use a recycled coal byproduct as a fertilizer was signed into law last week.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the new law that allows farmers to use synthetic gypsum on their fields.

“This benefits farmers, the coal industry and the environment. Farmers can use synthetic gypsum for fertilizer to cut down on erosion and conserve water. This law capitalizes on the growing clean-coal industry by finding a new environmentally friendly use for a byproduct,” Sullivan said.

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