As prices at the grocery store rise, farmers' costs are up too

Jan 20, 2022
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes paid double for nitrogen this year. Consumers shouldn’t blame growers for inflation, she said.
“Of all years the world needs our commodities, this was not the year to have late planting,” says April Hemmes, a corn and soybean farmer in Iowa.
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"A lot of crap has gone down" for Iowa farmer, but it's finally harvest time

Sep 30, 2021
April Hemmes had to replant her soybeans after a frost killed them. But they're coming out better than expected, she says.
"I had 8 inches of rain the whole growing season when I was supposed to have 22 normally," says farmer April Hemmes.
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How some farmers are feeling about Biden's election

Nov 10, 2020
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes says farmers are wondering how quickly Biden will undo some of Trump's policies.
"I had 8 inches of rain the whole growing season when I was supposed to have 22 normally," says farmer April Hemmes.
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Farming during a trade war

Oct 21, 2019
The loss of soybean sales to China have created a lot of stress, says farmer Blake Hurst.
Blake Hurst on his farm in Atchinson County, MO.
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Making the perfect tortilla

Sep 23, 2019
At this LA-based tortilleria, there's only one way to make a tortilla: with organic corn.
Rick Ortega, left, and Omar Ahmed are the owners of Kernel of Truth Organics.
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Limit eased on summer ethanol sales

May 31, 2019
Farmers love it. Environmentalists and gasoline refiners? Not so much.
A field of corn sits next to an ethanol plant in Palestine, Illinois.
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Waiter, there's corn syrup in my beer!

Feb 4, 2019
Bud Light's Super Bowl ad called out Miller and Coors for using the sweet syrup.
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In the age of climate change, farmers weigh their options for the future

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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Government aid is coming to U.S. farmers hit by tariff losses, but it probably won’t be enough

Aug 27, 2018
U.S. farmers who are caught up in the wider U.S., China and Mexico trade disputes are expected to get details today on a $12 billion aid package to help offset the effects of retaliatory tariffs. Farmers have been watching prices drop for milk, wheat, soybeans and more, and they don’t even know how to calculate […]
A farmer collects stray ears of corn while harvesting the crop in 2014 in Polk, Nebraska.
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Farmers are "excited" by the prospect re-entering the TPP

Apr 13, 2018
Keith Alverson says farmers like him are after the 95 precent of consumers outside the U.S.
The photographer holds an ear of corn he found on the ground next to a corn field during harvest on September 13, 2012 near Teltow, Germany. 
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