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Mountain West farmers fare well despite trade war

by Madelyn Beck 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

by Erika Beras and Associated Press 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

by Marielle Segarra 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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Canadian farmers caught in the middle of U.S.-China disputes

by Emma Jacobs Sep 30, 2019
Since Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou late last year, Chinese imports of several agricultural crops have slowed or stopped altogether.
Soybeans growing on a farm in Canada.
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For farmers, it's about more than just China

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Sep 11, 2019
Apple and hops harvest season is underway for farmer Patrick Smith, who welcomes the distraction from trade war news.
A farm hand carries freshly-picked apples in Germany in 2016.
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After the flood comes the enormous pile of burning soybeans

by Peggy Lowe Aug 22, 2019
Following severe flodding in the Midwest, a pile of 650,000 bushels of soybeans in rural Missouri spontaneously combusted and have been burning for a month.
This pile of soybeans, once 650,000 bushels, has been burning since mid-July.
(Peggy Lowe for Marketplace
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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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USDA report to show the impact of wet weather and trade tensions on farmers

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 11, 2019
An Ag report to be released on Tuesday is expected to show the effects of weather and trade tensions on farm supply and demand.
Floodwater from the Mississippi River covers a farmer's field on May 30, 2019 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
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In the flooded farm belt, a race against the clock for planting

by Renata Sago Jun 7, 2019
Growers are racing to plant corn, soybeans and wheat before it's too late.
Water pools in rain-soaked farm fields on May 29 near Gardner, Illinois.
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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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