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Mississippi farmers forced to leave thousands of acres unplanted this season

by Sasa Woodruff Jun 6, 2019
Victoria Darden and her family have been forced to leave their soybean and corn fields unplanted because of flooding.
Flood waters covering farmland in the Mississippi Delta means thousands of acres of crops
Victoria Darden

Tariffs on Mexican imports may increase the price you pay for apples

by Liz Sanchez and Kai Ryssdal May 31, 2019
One apple farmer in Washington state shares his concerns about the trade war with Mexico.
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A rice by any other name...

by Laine Kaplan-Levenson May 23, 2019
Lawmakers in the state of Louisiana are debating when food products can be called “rice.”
Jeff Durand on his rice farm in St. Martinville, Louisiana.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

As farmers age, they face the challenge of finding successors to take over

by Julia Mitric May 21, 2019
Farmers across America are getting older and weighing the fate of their farms.
Alan Haight, 62, prunes apple trees at Riverhill Farm in Nevada City.
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Stalled federal storm relief hurts communities of southwest Georgia

by Emma Hurt May 13, 2019
An impasse in Congress has life difficult for farmers and businesses serving them.
Seminole County, Georgia, Nov. 2018.
Emma Hurt

Why it's the "nonfarm" payrolls report

by Mitchell Hartman May 1, 2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly report doesn't count jobs down on the farm. We explain why.
Farmworkers pull weeds in a spinach field near El Centro, California, in January.
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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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Bad weather and trade complicate planting for Midwest farmers

by Peggy Lowe Apr 22, 2019
Flood damage has made things extremely difficult.
Farmer Richard Oswald, standing on U.S. 136 near Rock Port, Missouri. In the background is a flooded grain elevator, where millions of bushels of corn and soybeans are rotting in the water.
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More hurdles in place for America's farmers

by Kai Ryssdal and Liz Sanchez Apr 15, 2019
Growers in the Midwest are coping with the trade war and bad weather.
Soybeans are harvested in 2018.
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Late potato planting could affect french fry supply

by Anna King Apr 2, 2019
Availability of french fries depends on the weather in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this spring.
Potatoes scoot by on belts at Balcom and Moe, Inc. in Pasco. The potatoes are rinsed, sized and put in bags destined for America’s supermarkets. The potato farmer and packer-shipper has been in business since the 1920s.
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