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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.
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Rising Great Lakes water levels benefit some, but cost others

by Dan Kraker Aug 15, 2019
The shipping industry is profiting from rising water levels in the Great Lakes, but homeowners and city parks are struggling.
The city of Duluth, Minnesota’s construction projects supervisor Mike LeBeau looks down at the rebuilding of a section of the popular Lakewalk pedestrian and bike trail. The trail was damaged by a series of huge storms, compounded by high water levels on Lake Superior. The rebuild is costing about $3 million.
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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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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

Florida's new governor brings a new approach to climate change

by Amy Green May 24, 2019
Under former governor Rick Scott, Florida state employees said — and documents confirmed — there was a ban on using the term "climate change." Instead of "sea level rise," employees were instructed to say "nuisance flooding."
A woman walks through flooded streets in the rural migrant worker town of Immokalee, which was especially hard hit by Hurricane Irma on September 13, 2017 in Immokalee, Florida.
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My Economy: How the Pine Ridge reservation regroups after floods

by Liz Sanchez and Sean McHenry May 13, 2019
A South Dakota tour business prepares for its busiest season in the wake of Midwestern flooding.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota.
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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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Midwest suffers extensive flooding and damage

by Peggy Lowe Mar 27, 2019
There's been catastrophic flooding across the Midwest, thanks to a "bomb cyclone" weather event that hit mid-month.
An aerial shot of Hamburg, Iowa, on March 22, days after mass flooding forced evacuations, closed Interstate 29 and racked up losses in the billions.
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Repairing Nebraska will take money and time

by Erika Beras Mar 22, 2019
Nebraska officials report that the flooding in the wake of the recent "bomb cyclone" has caused more than $550 million in damage.
Floodwaters in Fremont, Nebraska, on March 16.
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