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.
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.
12:39 p.m. April 24, 2020
- By William Watts
Meat shortage looms as coronavirus shuts packing plants, leaving farmers with tough choices Producers alter rations to slow growth, ponder euthanizing hogsWhile consumers face the prospect of meat shortages as coronavirus-ravaged packing plants shut down across the country, farmers are bracing for tough choices about what to do with livestock they can’t move to market.
7:01 a.m. April 18, 2020
- By Joy Wiltermuth
Shuttered schools, plunging milk demand led to race among dairy farmers to tap small-business rescue program before funding ran out Compeer Financial, a Farm Credit Lender, secured about $125 million of Paycheck Protection Program funds for clientsDairy farmers raced to secure aid under the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program before it ran out of money Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools across the nation and gutted demand for milk.
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.