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.
"Agriculture around here really, really focuses on livestock and the biofuels," says April Hemmes, above on her farm in Hampton, Iowa, in 2019.
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Smaller gatherings. Smaller Thanksgiving. Smaller turkeys?

Oct 23, 2020
Making last-minute pivots in farming isn't too easy. "We only have so much control over their rate of growth," one farmer says.
John Peterson, a third-generation turkey farmer, is slaughtering birds earlier to meet consumer demand for smaller turkeys.
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Coronavirus is driving people to one family farm

Oct 15, 2020
"I guess, thanks in large part to COVID, we had a lot of people looking for outdoor picking and being outside at farms," says Red Apple Farm owner Al Rose.
Al Rose says in New England, people associate fall with going apple-picking.
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Farmers' outlook improves amid pandemic woes

Sep 3, 2020
Farmers have had a hard year with the pandemic, trade war and natural disasters.
Farmers repair a grain drill while planting soybeans in April in Illinois. China is reportedly buying more soybeans, and that's one reason farmers are feeling better about the future.
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Iowa farmers struggling after storms "flattened all of our crops"

Aug 27, 2020
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes says that for many farmers, "it's like they lost their job and their house all in one day."
Damaged grain bins in Luther, Iowa, on Aug. 11. The state is also suffering a drought.
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A family farm's quandary: small kids, no school and harvest around the corner

Jul 9, 2020
Soon the Schwagerls of Browns Valley, Minnesota, will need "all hands on deck." But they are facing fall with without child care or school.
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Is this controversial weedkiller helping or hurting our food supply?

Jun 22, 2020
Critics say the herbicide dicamba cannot keep its agricultural social distance.
The label on the herbicide Engenia, containing dicamba. This and two other dicamba herbicides were declared illegal by a federal appeals court June 3.
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Times may be tough for Iowa farmers, but planting was "gorgeous"

May 28, 2020
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal checked in with Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes.
"Agriculture around here really, really focuses on livestock and the biofuels," says April Hemmes, above on her farm in Hampton, Iowa, in 2019.
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Times aren't rose-colored for America's flower farmers

May 6, 2020
Flower farmers are hurting as events like weddings are canceled during the global pandemic.
A New York bodega with a bright display of flowers for sale. Flower farmers have lost much of their markets during the lockdown.
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Running a farm in the coronavirus economy

Apr 7, 2020
"We're doing everything we can to continue the critical activities that we need to do,with a lot of added precautions for the sake of our employees," said Patrick Smith of Loftus Ranches in Washington.
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