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USA | 25 March 2019
‘A punch in the gut’: Farmers hit by tariffs see crops swept away by flood

His farm is still cut off by floodwaters, so Iowa soybean farmer Pat Sheldon had to view the damage from the air. On a helicopter ride over what seemed like an endless stretch of water, he came to a p...


USA | 22 March 2019
American farmers confront a mental health crisis

The worst agricultural downturn since the 1980s is taking its toll on the emotional well-being of American farmers. In Kentucky, Montana and Florida, operators at Farm Aid’s hotline have seen a dou...


USA | 21 March 2019
U.S. farmers face devastation following Midwest floods

Midwestern farmers have been gambling they could ride out the U.S.-China trade war by storing their corn and soybeans anywhere they could - in bins, plastic tubes, in barns or even outside. Now, th...


USA | 20 March 2019
Meet the farmers who welcome Trump's border wall

For decades, Texas farmers Randy and Kathy Reavis have been blessed by the Rio Grande River. In lands often savaged by drought, the river — which is also the border with Mexico — is the life blood ...


USA | 19 March 2019
China could triple buying of US farm products, Perdue says

China could as much as triple its purchases of American farm goods as part of a trade deal between the nations, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said. When compared with the nation’s buying ...


USA | 14 March 2019
Farmers slam Trump 2020 budget plan that includes deep cuts to subsidies

President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget plan to slash federal funding for farm subsidies and other safety net programs for agricultural producers is getting criticized by farmers who say they are already...


USA | 8 March 2019
China’s shopping list in America has these farm goods at the top

President Donald Trump says he’s asked China to immediately remove all tariffs on U.S. agricultural products in what could be a huge blessing for American farmers. But how will global trade flows chan...


USA | 7 March 2019
'We need it now': U.S. farm country pins hopes on China trade deal

Corn and soybean farmer Lorenda Overman from North Carolina has been selling her crops at a loss and delaying paychecks to her workers since the U.S. trade war with China tanked agriculture prices, an...


USA | 4 March 2019
China reportedly offering to lower tariffs on US farm products

China is offering to lower tariffs on U.S. farm, chemical, auto and other products as part of a trade deal that is nearing completion, a new report says. The Wall Street Journal in that report Sund...


USA | 27 February 2019
Does the U.S. have record bankruptcies in farm country?

President Donald Trump’s re-election prospects for 2020 may depend on how well the economy is performing a year from now. A former Democratic senator from North Dakota says warning signs from farm cou...


USA | 23 February 2019
American agriculture companies are sounding the alarm on Trump’s trade war

Seven months into a trade war between Washington and Beijing, the US agriculture sector is in jeopardy. Tit-for-tat tariffs between the largest economies have lowered commodity prices and handed ma...


USA | 21 February 2019
These American presidents were farmers and ranchers at heart

The men who have held the country's highest office have hailed from backgrounds as diverse as the country they governed. Occupations held by U.S. presidents include school teacher, lawyer, soldier, ta...


USA | 4 February 2019
US farmer: 'We need things to get back to normal'

American farmers, having felt the brunt of the Trump administration’s aggressive trade policies, are eager for a positive result of U.S. trade negotiations with China and the implementation of the Uni...


USA | 31 January 2019
Struggling US dairy farmers look to Canada for advice

After four years of low milk prices, dairy farmers in both California and throughout the nation are looking to ease their industry’s depressed economy by taking a cue from their neighbors up north. ...


USA | 30 January 2019
2020 presidential candidates court Iowa farmers by blasting US-China trade war

Aaron Lehman said he's seen his soybean prices drop by 20 percent in the past six months. And he’s not the only farmer feeling the squeeze. ​​​​​ "Like all farmers, we’ve been tightening our belts ...


USA | 25 January 2019
Tariffs force tough choices in Louisiana as farmers leave soybeans in fields to rot

Daniel Richard stands in a 250-acre field, surveying the ruins of his hard work: Rotting soybeans as far as the eye can see. “We’re in unchartered waters,” says the fourth-generation Louisiana grai...


USA | 24 January 2019
First came the trade war, then the shutdown, but Iowa farmers still back Trump

Like most Iowa farmers, Kate Edwards loves the rhythm of the seasons: planting in the spring, harvesting in the fall, planning it all over again each winter. But thanks to an ongoing trade war and ...


USA | 18 January 2019
More family dairy farms fold: the reason why one local farm called it quits

Kara O’Connor, the governmental relations director for the Wisconsin Farmers Union, said in 2017 the state lost around 500 dairy farms and are on track to have lost over 600 in 2018. “The big trend...


USA | 17 January 2019
As Trump touts achievements, farmers feel the strain during government shutdown

South Georgia farmer Bill Brim has been in business more than 30 years. He told ABC News that farmers in his area were hit hard by Hurricane Michael in October and are now facing even more challeng...


USA | 12 January 2019
Shutdown hits American farmers already hurt by China trade war

Just as American farmers thought Donald Trump had rescued them from the economic consequences of his trade war with China, along came the government shutdown. The National Farmers Union said the cl...


USA | 11 January 2019
Farm Country stood by Trump, but the shutdown is pushing it to breaking point

In Georgia, a pecan farmer lost out on his chance to buy his first orchard. The local Farm Service Agency office that would have processed his loan application was shut down. In Wisconsin’s dairy c...


USA | 7 January 2019
Idaho farm income declined in 2018, dairy is struggling

Idaho farm income fell for a second straight year in 2018 largely due to overproduction by dairy farmers, according to a recent economic report. The University of Idaho Extension report estimates t...


USA | 31 December 2018
'It’s God’s plan': the man who dreams of bringing intensive chicken farming to Africa

On the evening of 7 August 2018, a KLM charter flight left Amsterdam, landing 11 hours later at Kilimanjaro airport in northern Tanzania. Its young occupants were nodded through immigration and driven...


USA | 20 December 2018
Trump approves second round of aid payments for trade war stricken farmers

President Donald Trump on Monday said he authorized a second round of payments from an aid package of up to $12 billion designed to help farmers stung by the U.S. trade war with China, billing it as a...


USA | 17 December 2018
Hemp industry expected to blossom under new Farm Bill

The U.S. hemp industry is expecting business to expand and investors to beckon after Congress on Wednesday passed farm legislation that included a provision to legalize and regulate the plant under th...


USA | 14 December 2018
Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak traced to California farm

An outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce has been traced to at least one California farm, but it’s probably not the source of all the sicknesses, federal health officials said Thurs...


USA | 12 December 2018
Senate approves massive farm bill

The Senate on Tuesday approved a massive farm and agriculture bill, marking off one of the remaining crucial items on its to-do list. Senators voted 87-13 on the legislation, which was unveiled o...


USA | 9 December 2018
Hemp legalisation included in farm bill could 'open floodgates' on nascent industry

The final 2018 Farm Bill is expected to be voted on as early as next week. The bill would legalize hemp cultivation and could be a catalyst for explosive growth in a nascent industry that some forecas...


USA | 6 December 2018
Trump hails trade deal with China as one of the largest ever made

President Donald Trump has told reporters on Air Force One that a trade deal brokered with China is one of the largest ever made. After meeting at the G-20 summit in Argentina, Trump and Chinese Pr...


USA | 4 December 2018
US farmers' troubles over tariffs show the value in looking ahead

When you drive from Minneapolis to West Okoboji Lake, Iowa – as I did early last summer – you pretty much see just one thing: farmland. And those farms are pretty much just growing one thing too: soyb...



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