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Who's planting? Who's not? Who wants to know?

by Sabri Ben-Achour Aug 12, 2019
Getting a grasp on acreage planted by farmers was harder this year because of bad weather.
A farmer walks through his soy fields in 2018, in Harvard, Illinois.
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Trade showdown

U.S. farmer on worsening trade dispute: "It's like a knife in my heart"

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Aug 6, 2019
Farmers hoped for a resolution to the trade war, then everything got worse.
American hogs are selling for higher prices, but to a smaller market as trade war worsens.
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Mounting investor interest in agricultural technology

by Carole Zimmer Jul 31, 2019
The sector has to balance a spike in investor interest with the cost of labor and infrastructure.
Arugula micro greens at AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey. AeroFarms, founded in 2004, is the one of the largest vertical farms in the world.
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Navigating the new patchwork of hemp laws

by Jim Kent Jul 10, 2019
It's a lingering question for Alex White Plume on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Alex White Plume surveys his property on the Pine Ridge Reservation in preparation for planting his hemp crop.
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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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As farmers age, they face the challenge of finding successors to take over

by Julia Mitric May 21, 2019
Farmers across America are getting older and weighing the fate of their farms.
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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Trade showdown

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.
Farmer Richard Oswald, standing on U.S. 136 near Rock Port, Missouri. In the background is a flooded grain elevator, where millions of bushels of corn and soybeans are rotting in the water.
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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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