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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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Trade showdown

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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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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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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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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Talkin' trade war at the Minnesota State Fair

by Elizabeth Dunbar Aug 29, 2018
Nearly two million people visit the 12-day Minnesota State Fair every year. Visitors can take in live music, eat a lot of fried food and sweets, hop on carnival rides, and take in exhibits that celebrate the state’s agriculture industry.…
A Ferris Wheel turns as people check out John Deere tractors on Machinery Hill at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.
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Trump administration details aid for farmers hurt by tariffs

by Amy Scott Aug 27, 2018
The Trump administration announced details today of a $12 billion aid package for farmers hurt by the trade war. Retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and other countries have hit soybean producers especially hard, with prices falling about $2 a bushel…
Farmer Terry Davidson walks through his soy fields July 6, 2018, in Harvard, Illinois.
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