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Wet spring delays California crops, snow elsewhere in West

May. 21, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California growers are frustrated by an unusually wet spring that has delayed the planting of some crops like rice and damaged others including strawberries and wine grapes. The state's wet conditions come as much of the West is experiencing weird weather. Colorado and Wyoming got an...

Trump's 'great patriot' farmers follow him into a trade war

May. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MADRID, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump's trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used up any...

Flooding disrupts farm shipments on the Mississippi River

May. 18, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there's not much barge traffic this year. That's because...

Trade war, heavy rains weigh on Deere & Co.

May. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

Deere cut its profit and sales expectations for the year as a trade war between the U.S. and China escalates and farmers try to recover from a planting season besieged by heavy rains. Prices of soybeans targeted by Chinese tariffs last year fell to a 10-year low this week as the countries traded jabs . "Ongoing...

Perdue says farmer aid package still a work in progress

May. 15, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday his agency is still "in the throes of constructing" an aid package for farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs, but he is not prepared to say when it will be ready. Perdue said the Agriculture Department is reviewing feedback from producers...

Nebraska farmer cuts off trapped leg using pocket knife

May. 15, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A farmer says he had to cut off his own mangled leg with a pocket knife after it became trapped in a grain hopper in northeastern Nebraska. KETV reports that 63-year-old Kurt Kaser, of Pender, was unloading corn last month when he accidentally stepped on the opening of the hopper and his...

GOP scrambles to ease blow from Trump's trade war

May. 14, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's allies on Capitol Hill are scrambling to soften the blow from his trade war with China amid mounting anxiety from farm-state lawmakers that the protracted battle and escalating tariffs could irreparably damage their local economies. Vice President Mike Pence met...

Escalating trade war causing anxiety in America's heartland

May. 14, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — When President Donald Trump began talking about tariffs in 2017, Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer suspected that her crop could become a weapon. Two years later, she and her family are watching the commodity markets on an hourly basis as an escalating trade war between the...

China retaliates on tariffs, stock markets go into a slide

May. 13, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Sending Wall Street into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest penalties on Chinese products. Duties of 5% to 25% will take effect on June 1 on about 5,200 American products, including...

The Latest: Trump threatens more action in China trade fight

May. 13, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the tariffs battle between China and the United States (all times local): 2:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's going to take further action to help the nation's farmers in the midst of an escalating trade war with China. Trump is telling reporters that China has been...