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Episode 119: How did CEO pay get so bloated?

Jun 25, 2019

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Trade showdown

President Trump's tariffs are good for U.S. garlic growers

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jun 20, 2019
"This is a really exciting time for the garlic capital of the world," says Ken Christopher of Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, California.
Executive Vice President Ken Christopher holds garlic cloves at Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, California.
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Alan Haight, 62, prunes apple trees at Riverhill Farm in Nevada City.
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Rising demand for plant protein feeds growth of the humble pea

by Renata Sago May 1, 2019
The versatile legume can be found in pasta, milk, pet food and the “Beyond Burger.”
Ryan Klassen inspects pea seeds on his farm in Belgrade, Minnesota. Those peas are the base of the protein being used in a range of products, including energy bars, cereals and milks.
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Popcorn producers are feeling the heat of the U.S.-China trade war

by Danielle Chiriguayo Apr 24, 2019
Sales have dropped and exports are down as trade tensions drag on.
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Bad weather and trade complicate planting for Midwest farmers

by Peggy Lowe Apr 22, 2019
Flood damage has made things extremely difficult.
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More hurdles in place for America's farmers

by Kai Ryssdal and Liz Sanchez Apr 15, 2019
Growers in the Midwest are coping with the trade war and bad weather.
Soybeans are harvested in 2018.
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Late potato planting could affect french fry supply

by Anna King Apr 2, 2019
Availability of french fries depends on the weather in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this spring.
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Midwest suffers extensive flooding and damage

by Peggy Lowe Mar 27, 2019
There's been catastrophic flooding across the Midwest, thanks to a "bomb cyclone" weather event that hit mid-month.
An aerial shot of Hamburg, Iowa, on March 22, days after mass flooding forced evacuations, closed Interstate 29 and racked up losses in the billions.
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As loans come due, farmers feel the financial squeeze

by Peggy Lowe Mar 25, 2019
Some farmers are “quietly exiting” because they can’t make a profit.
Farmer Tom Giessel stands in front of a corn pile near Larned, Kansas. The corn was grown in 2017 and because of a market glut, it still hasn’t sold.
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"It's a mess": Midwest flooding leaves small businesses reeling

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Mar 18, 2019
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