Michael Hirtzer and Dominic Carey

Government, Business, Logistics

American Farmers Can’t Wash Their Hands of All This Corn

A farmer uses a shovel to move corn inside a semi trailer during a harvest in Illinois. A farmer uses a shovel to move corn inside a semi trailer during a harvest in Illinois in November 2019. (Bloomberg News)

American corn farmers are feeling better about their prospects with billions more in government aid and optimal growing conditions. There’s only one downer — demand.

June 2, 2020
Government, Business

US Soy Shippers Get Small Perk From Otherwise Horrid Trade War

Employee moves soybeans in Brazil An employee gathers soybeans into a transportation bin at the Tiplam terminal in Santos, Brazil, on May 25, 2017. (Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg News)

The trade war between the U.S. and China continues to surprise agricultural markets, even delivering an unexpected reprieve for American farmers who have otherwise been roiled by the conflict.

September 3, 2019
Government, Business

Data Show China Lags in Purchase of US Soybeans

Soybeans are loaded from a grain bin onto a truck Soybeans are loaded from a grain bin onto a truck. (Getty Images)

In a tweet July 30, President Donald Trump scolded China for what he said was a failure to follow through on promises to boost agriculture trade.

July 30, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

As Trade War Simmers, US Soybean Shipments Hit One-Year Low

Soybeans Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

Shipments of American soybeans are at the lowest level since before the U.S.-China trade war in what could be a worrying sign for growers hoping for the Asian giant to accelerate purchases ahead of a trade deal.

April 15, 2019