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Trump's tariffs: What they are and how China is responding

Jun. 15, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump just imposed tariffs on hundreds of Chinese products — from X-ray tubes to incinerators. And Beijing is striking back by targeting U.S. soybeans, beef, seafood and other products. The punch-and-counterpunch announced Friday in Washington and Beijing moved the...

A trade war looms as Trump slaps tariffs on Chinese imports

Jun. 15, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump brought the world's two biggest economies to the brink of a trade war Friday by announcing a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese imports to take effect July 6. Beijing quickly responded that it would retaliate with penalties of the same scale on...

Farmers in Trump country protest Pruitt's ethanol policies

Jun. 15, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Deep in the heart of Trump country, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is being met with protests by farmers and ethanol producers concerned that he is undermining the industry with his strong support of oil and gas. Their unhappiness is being broadcast on billboards, at...

Trump approves plan to impose tough China tariffs

Jun. 14, 2018 9:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a plan to impose punishing tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods as early as Friday, a move that could put his trade policies on a collision course with his push to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. Trump has long vowed to...

Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

Jun. 14, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Farmers and ethanol producers gave Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a rough reception in South Dakota, accusing him of undermining the industry that's a key part of the state's economy. About 200 people rallied in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, urging Pruitt to...

AP PHOTOS: North Korea farmers focus on fields, not summit

Jun. 13, 2018 9:17 PM EDT

SARIWON, North Korea (AP) — Away from the political developments that have rocketed their country into international headlines, North Korean farmers are preparing for summer with hopes the relatively good growing conditions they have had so far this year will hold until the fall harvest. "The situation...

Senate panel OKs farm bill, but House wants work provisions

Jun. 13, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs on Wednesday, sidestepping a fight for now but setting up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps. The legislation, approved by a bipartisan 20-1 vote,...

Send in the goats: Portugal goes low-tech to beat wildfires

Jun. 13, 2018 8:12 AM EDT

MOITA DA GUERRA, Portugal (AP) — Unaware that time is short, more than 200 brown-and-white goats slowly munch their way through the thick undergrowth that covers the hills of southern Portugal. Squinting against the sun's glare, Daniel Fernandes, a 61-year-old goatherd, whistles and makes clicking noises...

Sen. Mitch McConnell pushes hemp legalization in farm bill

Jun. 12, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Declaring he has "won the argument" on hemp, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate is on track for a vote to legalize the crop that comes from the same plant that produces marijuana. The Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to consider the farm bill...

No. 2 hog state moves to greatly help agribusiness in suits

Jun. 12, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Blankets of black flies spawned by a nearby industrial hog farm's uncovered cesspools can be so thick, Elvis Williams told jurors Tuesday, he built a screened front porch for his mobile home so that he could continue grilling dinners as he's loved doing for decades. The 60-year-old...