Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Clarifies Terms for Ag Haulers, Farmers

Livestock hauler A livestock hauler on an Indiana interstate. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published an interim final rule clarifying some definitions associated with agricultural goods.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2020
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

Harvesters Struggle to Recruit Foreign Crews During Pandemic

Winter wheat is harvested in a field near McCracken, Kan., in June 2018. Winter wheat is harvested in a field near McCracken, Kan., in June 2018. (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)

Kansas harvester Mike Keimig is growing increasingly anxious about whether the foreign seasonal workers he needs to run his nine combines and drive his grain trucks will arrive in time for the start of the winter wheat harvest, which is just weeks away.

Roxana Hegeman | Associated Press
May 11, 2020
Government, Business

Trump to Sign US-Japan Trade Deal That Benefits Farmers

Donald Trump United States President Donald Trump by Evan Vucci/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign a limited trade agreement Oct. 7 with Japan, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
October 7, 2019
Government, Business

American Farmers Benefit from US-Japan Trade Agreement

Farmer Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

U.S. farmers — reeling from trade wars, low commodity prices and bad weather — are set to be the main winners from President Donald Trump’s initial accord with Japan.

Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
September 25, 2019
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, Logistics

Farmers Struggle but Rally Support for Trump

Farmers Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg News

On one hand, farmers have never been this critical of the Trump administration and the trade war with China. On the other, their love for the president seems to be growing.

Isis Almeida | Bloomberg News
August 29, 2019

Agribusiness Giant Cargill Lifts Bet on Plant-Protein Craze

Cargill peas Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg News

Cargill Inc., one of the world’s biggest agricultural companies, plans to spend an additional $75 million to expand in pea protein in the U.S. as traditional meat producers continue a shift to alternatives.

Patrick McKiernan | Bloomberg News
August 28, 2019
Government, Business

Crazy Midwest Weather Contributes to Farmers’ Stress

Midwest farm Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

A survey conducted by Farm Futures showed that 53% of respondents said 2019 is the most difficult year they’ve faced as farmers — that includes 49% of baby boomers and mature growers, who lived through the 1980s farm crisis, according to the poll of 711 growers carried out from July 21 to Aug. 3.

Isis Almeida | Bloomberg News
August 28, 2019
Government, Business

China Trade War Means US Dairy is Missing Out

Dairy Cows James MacDonald/Bloomberg News

America’s dairy farmers, already struggling with falling milk consumption and low prices, are missing out on a rare demand boom thanks to Donald Trump’s trade war with China.

August 27, 2019