Latest Grain farming News

The Latest: Billionaire gov says he wasn't aware of subsidy

Oct. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on The family of the billionaire governor of West Virginia getting a $125,000 taxpayer subsidy (all times local): 5:00 p.m. The billionaire governor of West Virginia says he didn't know one of his family businesses took in a $125,000 federal subsidy meant to help farmers...

APNewsBreak: Billionaire governor's family farms get subsidy

Oct. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A farming business owned by the family of West Virginia's billionaire governor has received $125,000 in soybean and corn subsidies, the maximum allowed from a federal program meant to help American farmers through the U.S. trade war with China. There is no evidence Gov. Jim Justice...

'Nothing-burger': US-China truce leaves big issues for later

Oct. 14, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump heralded a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks, and markets rallied in relief over a de-escalation in tensions between the world's two biggest economies. But closer inspection suggests there isn't much substance, at least not yet, to the temporary truce Trump...

'Flash drought' brings dust and dread to Southern farmers

Oct. 10, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A furnace-like "flash drought" is intensifying as it blasts away the little moisture left across a vast swath of the South, wilting garden plants and raising alarm among farmers, according to a weekly report updated Thursday. Nearly 56 million residents are now living in drought...

Potato, onion, sweet corn farmers rush amid early freeze

Oct. 10, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An early deep freeze has Idaho potato and onion farmers rushing to harvest crops or hoping the buried vegetables will survive the frozen nights this week. Travis Blacker with the Idaho Potato Commission says an estimated 15% to 20% of Idaho's potato crop remained in the ground...

140-year-old family farm in Utah staying close to its roots

Oct. 4, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

PAYSON, Utah (AP) — It's a cool, fall afternoon, and 87-year-old Payson resident, Ron Jensen, sits at his kitchen table inside a nearly 50-year-old home he designed and built himself. His wife of 60 years, Gerry Jensen, sits at the kitchen counter and looks on as her husband talks about their family's life...

Trump administration says plan would restore ethanol demand

Oct. 4, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries. The proposal follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol industry that...

Most of Mississippi corn crop in fair to good condition

Sep. 30, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Agriculture experts say most of this year's corn crop in Mississippi is in fair to good condition. The Mississippi State University Extension Service says in a news release that the state's farmers planted 35% more acres in corn this year compared to 2018. Corn planting was delayed...

In northern Alabama, farmers stalk solid corn yields

Sep. 29, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Corn farmers in northern Alabama are seeing some good yields in this year's harvest, agriculture experts said. Yields will depend on where the cornfields are located, according to Extension Service coordinators in Colbert and Lauderdale counties. Farmers have been out in the fields...

Hemp crop tanks, CBD producer sues hemp seed seller for $44M

Sep. 28, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Kentucky-based company that produces CBD has filed a $44 million lawsuit against an Oregon company it claims sold it nearly worthless hemp seeds that ruined a giant 2019 crop. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the crop was destined to help fulfill the country's booming demand for...