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U.S. plans more aid for farmers amid China trade spat

Reading Time: 3 minutes Chicago/Washington | Reuters — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday that President Donald Trump had asked him to create a plan to help U.S. farmers cope with the heavy impact of the U.S.-China trade war on agriculture. A new aid program would be the second round of assistance for farmers, after the Department […] Read more

The AltEn ethanol plant at Mead, Neb. on March 21, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Humeyra Pamuk)

Floods shut nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mead, Neb./New York | Reuters — Massive flooding in the U.S. Midwest has knocked out roughly 13 per cent of the nation’s ethanol production capacity, as plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota have been forced to shut down or scale back production following the devastation. Production facilities owned by large companies like Archer Daniels […] Read more

Tom Geisler surveys damage to his farm, following flooding at Winslow, Neb., northwest of Omaha, on March 20, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Humeyra Pamuk)

U.S. farmers face devastation following Midwest floods

Reading Time: 4 minutes Winslow, Neb./Chicago | Reuters — Midwestern farmers have been gambling they could ride out the U.S.-China trade war by storing their corn and soybeans anywhere they could — in bins, plastic tubes, in barns or even outside. Now, the unthinkable has happened. Record floods have devastated a wide swath of the Farm Belt across Iowa, […] Read more

Valero Energy’s ethanol plant at Aurora, S.D., about 90 km north of Sioux Falls. (

Trump’s EPA unveils plan to pump up ethanol as Big Oil cries foul

Reading Time: 3 minutes Reuters — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its proposed rule lifting a summer ban on higher-ethanol blends of gasoline to help farmers, putting the agency on a collision course with Big Oil which has called the move illegal. The proposal to broaden sales of the so-called E15 rule marks the latest flashpoint […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump survey damage and are briefed by a FEMA official on March 8, 2019 in Beauregard, Alabama, where 23 people in Lee County were killed by tornadoes earlier in the week. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Theiler)

Trump budget proposes steep subsidy cuts to U.S. farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters — U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget on Monday proposed a 15 per cent cut for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, calling its subsidies to farmers “overly generous” at a time when they are going through the worst crisis in decades because of depressed commodity prices and Trump’s trade tariffs. The Republican […] Read more

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U.S. EPA sends proposed new E15 rule to White House

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday it had sent a draft of its proposed rule allowing year-round sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline to the White House Office of Budget for review. The rule expanding sales of so-called E15 was promised by President Donald Trump late last year […] Read more

USDA’s main home page on Jan. 11, 2019. (GFM Staff photo)

USDA extends deadline for aid after shutdown

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters — U.S. farmers now have until Feb. 14 to apply for federal aid designed to offset the impact of retaliatory Chinese tariffs on American crops, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday, after delays caused by the month-long government shutdown. The previous deadline for the aid program, officially known as the […] Read more

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U.S. confirms China soybean purchase, but no clarity over more sales

Reading Time: 3 minutes Chicago/Washington | Reuters — U.S. government officials on Thursday hailed China’s first meager purchase of U.S. soybeans since its trade war with the United States began in July and said they hoped for, but could not guarantee, more to come. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced private sales of 1.13 million tonnes of U.S. […] Read more

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Stalled farm bill could move fast after Democrat House win

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters – Congress may swiftly resolve a drawn-out impasse on the U.S. Farm Bill now that Democrats are poised to retake control of the legislative body, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee said on Wednesday. Collin Peterson, ranking member and presumptive new chair of committee, said passing the crucial agricultural legislation was going […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a cap reading “Make Our Farmers Great Again” while delivering remarks at a showcase of U.S.-made products at the White House in Washington on July 23, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria)

Trump’s trade war looms over divided U.S. farm belt ahead of vote

Reading Time: 4 minutes Reuters – Chuck Wirtz voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, inspired by the then-political outsider, but the veteran Iowa hog farmer now has buyer’s remorse as the U.S. Republican president’s trade policy exacts a heavy toll on his business. Wirtz, 56, estimates the tariffs resulting from the U.S. trade war with China and […] Read more