4:22 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020
- By Rachel Koning Beals
Trump now backs higher-ethanol gas at pumps in move to court farm votes before November At least one farm group says gesture doesn’t wipe out a pro-Big Oil presidency to datePresident Donald Trump on Saturday offered a boost to the ethanol industry as he courts farmers and biofuel producers in Midwestern swing states.
11:18 a.m. Aug. 22, 2020
- By Kirk Maltais
Even with a strong crop this year, U.S. farmers are suffering Many Midwestern states are recording abundant crop yields, but the economic picture for U.S. farmers remains fragileFollowing a growing season last year filled with battering rainfall and bitter trade wars, U.S. farmers hoped 2020 would provide them an opportunity to make up some ground. Instead, the situation has grown worse for many as prices remain depressed.
11:20 a.m. July 15, 2020
- By Greg Robb
Fed’s Beige Book sees increase in economic activity but nothing near pre-pandemic levels New layoffs are reported across the countryEconomic activity increased across the U.S. but remains well below pre-pandemic levels, according to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book survey, released on Wednesday.
6:47 a.m. June 23, 2020
- By Cristina Roca
Nestlé’s KitKat to drop Fairtrade cocoa certification for Rainforest Alliance The news comes at a particularly vulnerable time for the 16,000 small cocoa farmers in Ivory CoastNestlé SA drew criticism on Tuesday after saying it will drop the Fairtrade certification that its famous KitKat candy bars carry in the U.K. and Ireland.
6:38 a.m. April 29, 2020
- Associated Press
Battered by floods, U.S. river communities try new remedies Floods in the Missouri, Mississippi and Arkansas river basins caused $20 billion in damage in 2019, the second-wettest year on recordHollywood Beach Road was once such prime real estate that the neighborhood had its own airstrip, enabling well-heeled residents to zip back and forth between homes in nearby St. Louis and weekend cottages on the Meramec River in suburban Arnold, Missouri.
6:55 a.m. April 28, 2020
- Associated Press
Germany hopes for rain to avoid 3rd straight summer drought 2018 drought required an aid package for farmers worth hundreds of millions eurosGermany’s farmers, foresters, and firefighters are eagerly awaiting widespread rain forecast for later this week, as a warm, dry spring has raised fears of a third summer drought in as many years.
6:59 a.m. April 18, 2020
- By Myra P. Saefong
Farmers find ways to cope with milk prices down nearly 40% this year Pandemic forces changes in the dairy marketMilk prices this year have more than erased the gains they scored for all of 2019, as the closure of restaurants and schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 forced changes in the dairy market and in consumer buying behavior.