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Agriculture Dept. launches 2nd round of payments to farmers

Dec. 17, 2018 6:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has authorized the Agriculture Department to launch the second and final round of $11 billion in trade mitigation payments to farmers hard hit by tariffs. In a tweet on Monday, Trump said he is fulfilling a promise to protect farmers against "unjustified trade...

Farmers buoyed but cautious as China resumes buying soybeans

Dec. 14, 2018 4:00 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world's second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid. Private exporters...

Lost girls of Indonesia among 61k dead and missing migrants

Dec. 13, 2018 5:00 PM EST

FATUKOKO, Indonesia (AP) — The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future. It was a chance for 16-year-old Marselina Neonbota to leave her isolated village in one of the poorest parts of Indonesia for neighboring Malaysia,...

AP Interview: Jones says farmers scared by Trump's tariffs

Dec. 12, 2018 11:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Doug Jones said Alabama's soybean farmers and automobile manufacturers are "scared to death" over President Donald Trump's tariff wars, but he cautioned Democrats from spending too much time attacking the president as the party tries to win back heartland voters ahead of the 2020...

Tennessee corn producers increasing promotion of crop

Dec. 12, 2018 5:24 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's corn producers have agreed to raise money to help increase the consumption and sale of corn grown in the state. State agriculture officials say corn farmers and landowners have voted to add an assessment of 1 cent per bushel of corn sold. Officials say the funds will be...

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

Dec. 9, 2018 9:32 PM EST

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90. Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near the...

White House intensifies confusion and fear on US-China deal

Dec. 4, 2018 7:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration raised doubts Tuesday about the substance of a U.S.-China trade cease-fire, contributing to a broad stock market plunge and intensifying fears of a global economic slowdown.  Investors had initially welcomed the truce that the administration said was reached...

China's Uighurs told to share beds, meals with party members

Nov. 30, 2018 4:13 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The two women in the photograph were smiling, but Halmurat Idris knew something was terribly wrong. One was his 39-year-old sister; standing at her side was an elderly woman Idris did not know. Their grins were tight-lipped, mirthless. Her sister had posted the picture on a social media...

Robots in the field: farms embracing autonomous technology

Nov. 30, 2018 10:33 AM EST

EAST MEON, England (AP) — Faced with seesawing commodity prices and the pressure to be more efficient and environmentally friendly, farmer Jamie Butler is trying out a new worker on his 450-acre farm in England's Hampshire countryside. Methodically inspecting Butler's winter wheat crop for weeds and pests,...

US farmers store record soybean crop as China dispute weighs

Nov. 27, 2018 12:08 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — American farmers still working to get out their remaining soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are struggling to figure out what to do with a record crop now their traditionally dominant export market is largely closed. Usually by this point in the year, 100-car trains...