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"It's a mess": Midwest flooding leaves small businesses reeling

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Mar 18, 2019
Heavy rain and melting snow have brought historic flooding to parts of the Midwest. Around 200 miles of Missouri River levees in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas have been compromised, according to the Associated Press, and flood warnings are still…
Floodwater covers a famer's field near Plattsmouth, Nebraska.  Damage estimates from flooding in Nebraska top $1 billion. Midwest states are battling some of the worst flooding they have experienced in decades as rain and snow melt from the recent "bomb cyclone" has inundated rivers and streams. At least three deaths have been linked to the flooding.
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The government dropped grazing fees again. Are ranchers getting a good deal?

by Amanda Peacher Mar 5, 2019
Grazing fees on public lands were dropped to the lowest amount allowed under federal law.
Grazing fees on public lands were dropped to the lowest amount allowed under federal law.
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Rookie farmers in California are turning to nonprofit groups to boost their business savvy

by Julia Mitric Jan 29, 2019
“Beginning” farmers operate a quarter of U.S. farms, according to the USDA.
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Government shutdown 2019

Farming during a government shutdown

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 7, 2019
Between unresolved tariffs and a partial government shutdown, it's a tough moment for American farmers.
A hog is prepared for showing at the Iowa County Fair in July in Marengo, Iowa.
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Pacific Rim nations ring in new year with a trade deal shutting out U.S. farmers

by Justin Ho Jan 2, 2019
As of this week, there are some tariffs around the world that are falling. Six Pacific Rim nations, including Japan, Australia and Mexico, are lowering tariffs for a number of products and services, with five other countries set to join…
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In the age of climate change, farmers weigh their options for the future

by Peggy Lowe Dec 27, 2018
National climate change report says the business of farming could dramatically change if global warming isn’t addressed.
A pasture of pure blue stem prairie grass, never touched by a plow during the 150 years the Teske family has owned this piece of northeast Kansas.
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As cider market grows, a push to appeal to higher-end consumers

by Britta Greene Dec 12, 2018
Cider sales in the U.S. have grown over the past decade. But some cider makers say the the market still isn’t valuing their product for what it’s worth.
Orchards in Lebanon, New Hampshire belonging to Steve Wood, of Farnum Hill Ciders, where he grows apples specifically for cider making.  
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Romaine contamination is making other lettuces more expensive

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 4, 2018
Consumers are paying more for iceberg lettuce and other leafy greens.
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Hurricane means fewer North Carolina sweet potatoes

by Andy Uhler Nov 22, 2018
The state provides most of the nation's fresh supply; Florence wiped out 20 percent of the crop.
Jimmy Burch, owner of Burch Farms in North Carolina, said he lost about a third of this year's sweet potato crop because of rain from Hurricane Florence.
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Trade war means more donations to food banks

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Nov 22, 2018
To blunt the pain of tariffs, the government is buying more than $1 billion in surplus food. Much of that will go to food banks.
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