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Tariff pain: Will the U.S. or China hurt the most?

by Jennifer Pak Aug 27, 2018
Chinese state-run media commentaries suggest that people in China can weather the trade tariffs for the sake of national pride.
Li Dapeng says her consumption of American brands and imported products is modest compared to her four-year-old son.
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Trade showdown

Trump's trade announcements barely ease treacherous path farmers face

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman Jul 26, 2018
Plans to negotiate with the European Union and aid plan fall short for farmers.
Soybeans loading onto a truck on their way to a grain elevator in Dwight, Illinois. U.S. soybean futures plunged when China announced retaliatory tariffs on them in June.
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Midwestern farmers are tied to a Gulf dead zone

by Annie Baxter Oct 9, 2017
Minnesota is trying to limit runoff carried by the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.
Soybeans are harvested near Worthington, Minnesota.
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Amid Trump’s immigration crackdown, farmers look for reform

by Marketplace Contributor Sep 26, 2017
Farmers want to see reform to the H-2A visas program, that allows foreign agricultural laborers to work legally in the U.S.
Gary Paulk, a muscadine and berry farmer in Irwin County, said he lost about $200,000 in 2011 due to a labor shortage.
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Chicken processing plants want to speed up operations

by Dan Gorenstein Sep 13, 2017
They'll need the USDA to roll back protections first. Critics say that will compromise worker safety.
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Brexit

Britain's farmers have second thoughts on Brexit

by Stephen Beard Aug 22, 2017
They face U.S. competition and the loss of EU subsidies.
A dairy farmer looks out of the milking parlor at Newlands Farm in Bozeat, England.
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Way of life

As fewer farmers work the land, the small town way of life fades

by Marketplace Contributor Jul 10, 2017
Average farms are growing and adopting new technologies to make ends meet.
Farmer Brandon Biesemeier stands on his herbicide sprayer on his family's land near Haxtun, Colorado.
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Foreign earnings bolster Monsanto results

by Jed Kim Jun 28, 2017
Monsanto’s earning reports beat expectations today. The agricultural giant has enjoyed solid growth over the first half of the year, with operating earnings up more than 50 percent year on year. The company’s planned acquisition by German agricultural giant Bayer…

This dairy farm's best worker is a robot

by Annie Baxter Jun 26, 2017
Facing labor shortages, some farms are increasingly using automation to get work done.
Dairy farmer Vickie Baker stands in the holding area in her barn, where cows wait to be milked by a robot. They go through the gate behind her to stand in a cow-sized chamber where the robot attaches milkers to them.
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Where’d you get that beef? Rancher groups sue USDA over labels

by Annie Baxter Jun 23, 2017
Two industry groups that represent cattle ranchers have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They want the USDA to reinstate country-of-origin labeling for beef, because they say consumers want to purchase meat from animals born, raised and…