Farmers grapple with stress and depression as they try to keep their operations afloat

Jun 11, 2020
One Minnesota program offers free mental health care through the state agriculture department.
A farmer looks over his field in Texas. COVID-19 is adding stress to already strained farmers.
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COVID-19 is likely leading more U.S. farmers to file for bankruptcy

May 20, 2020
American farmers were struggling because of the U.S.-China trade war long before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
A farmer walks through his soy fields in Illinois. Eighty percent of farm assets are tied up in land values, which have been declining for the past few years.
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Northwest growers grapple with COVID-19 as spring harvests start to come in

May 15, 2020
Workers can stay distanced in the fields, but they work in close quarters in areas where the harvest is processed.
Jim Middleton farms asparagus north of Pasco, Wash. He says he’s worried about keeping his workers healthy, especially ones in tighter quarters in his operation’s vegetable packing shed.
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USDA announces food distribution program, but will it help farmers?

May 11, 2020
The Farmers to Families Food Box Program will begin distributing $1.2 billion in surplus food to communities across the country.
A food bank worker distributes goods. A Marketplace-Edison poll found that 44% of Americans over 18 fear being unable to afford food.
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Land O'Lakes CEO on why some farmers are dumping milk

May 6, 2020
With a disrupted supply chain and drops in agriculture prices, Land O'Lakes CEO said it's a tough time for dairy farmers.
Cows eat before being milked on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Cows still produce despite farmers having fewer buyers.
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The future of agriculture may rest with the American consumer

Apr 10, 2020
Many farmers are facing reduced demand for their products as well as falling prices.
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These are the states benefiting the most from the $28 billion farm bailout

Dec 12, 2019
A government program has given billions in subsidies to farmers affected by the U.S.-China trade war.
A view of a combine being used to harvest soybeans in a field at a farm in Iowa.
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Mountain West farmers fare well despite trade war

Nov 6, 2019
Diverse crops and uncomplicated export markets have helped defend farmers' fortunes.
Recently-retired farmer Drew Eggers looks at a bunch of mint that was still growing at the edge of his field.
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New U.S.-Japan trade deal benefits some farmers and e-commerce

Oct 8, 2019
The deal comes at a time when other parts of the Trump administration’s trade agenda have stalled.
President Trump shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in August 2019.
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China's farm tariffs are having real effects in rural America

Oct 7, 2019
Car sales in rural areas most affected by China's retaliatory tariffs aren't growing as quickly as other areas.
Soybeans are harvested in Worthington, Minnesota.
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