Government, Business, Logistics

Grain Markets Dive to 42-Year Low After Trump’s Trade Tweets

Corn Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Soybean and corn futures slumped after tweets from Donald Trump that threaten an escalation of the U.S.-China trade war, frustrating battered American producers hoping for a quick resolution.

May 7, 2019
Government, Business

Farmer Income Drops Most Since First Quarter of 2016

Farmers Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Personal income for farmers fell by the most in three years in the first quarter, as losses to U.S. agriculture mount from President Donald Trump’s trade wars.

April 29, 2019
Government, Business

Farmers Fear China Trade Deal Will Fail to Erase Retaliatory Tariffs

Sergio Flores/Bloomberg News

Some U.S. farm groups fear that President Donald Trump’s terms for easing his trade war with China risk leaving large swaths of American agriculture worse off than before the conflict began.

Mike Dorning | Bloomberg News
April 15, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

More Women See Roles Expanding on Family Farms

Farmers Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

As the average U.S. farmer ages, more women are stepping up as decision makers to help feed a booming global population.

April 12, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Florida Farmers Push Protection as Trump Seeks USMCA Approval

Farmers (Eve Edelheit/Bloomberg News)

Manatee County, Fla., tomato farmer Gary Reeder says he has seen the county’s tomato industry “basically cut in half” during his lifetime. Reeder says Florida tomato farmers struggle to compete with their counterparts in Mexico.

Zac Anderson | The Sarasota, Fla., Herald Tribune
March 21, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Rail Closures Disrupt Livestock Feed Supplies for California Farms

Union Pacific Train TT File Photo

Some farms, dairies and feed companies in the San Joaquin Valley of California are facing shortages of livestock feed supplies after deadly river flooding in the Midwest closed major railroad shipping corridors in recent days.

Tim Sheehan | The Fresno, Calif. Bee
March 20, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

America’s Farmers Call for Help as Debts Climb to 1980s Levels

Farmers (Pamphlets offered by during meetings at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Loganville, Wis. (Lauren Justice/Bloomberg News)

The worst agricultural downturn since the 1980s is taking its toll on the emotional well-being of American farmers. In Kentucky, Montana and Florida, operators at Farm Aid’s hotline have seen a doubling of contacts for everything from financial counseling to crisis assistance.

Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
March 20, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

China Is Said to Plan to Buy US Corn as Soon as January

Corn Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Chinese officials are preparing to restart purchases of American corn as soon as January, another sign that the Asian nation is working on a lasting detente with the U.S.

December 14, 2018
Government, Business

No Rejoicing at US Farms Until Trump Trade Truce Pays Off

Soybean Harvest Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

U.S. farmers are pleased that President Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to a trade truce, but they’re not rejoicing just yet. That won’t come until they see ships full of their soybeans headed to China.

December 4, 2018
Government, Business

Farmers Have Little to Cheer From China Trade Truce, So Far

Soybean Field Soybean field. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

For a soybean farmer in Iowa or Illinois, it may be premature to celebrate the ceasefire in the trade war between the U.S. and China.

Alfred Cang | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2018