Donald Trump's trade wars are making pork a bargain. American production is poised to reach an all-time high this year, and output is forecast to surge again in 2019. The supply boom comes as tariffs from China and Mexico threaten to curb export demand, leaving Americans with a mountain of cheap meat.
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It's a picture-perfect summer day in the woods of central Minnesota: 71 degrees, humidity around 73 percent, sunshine dappling the trees and glinting off glimpses of the Mississippi River. But as five scientists pull on white painter suits and start duct-taping the cuffs to their hiking boots, no one is certain if the conditions will be ideal enough to complete their task for the day: catching about 300 ticks, both adults and 150 nymphs.
Dave Walton gave a deep sigh as he heard soybean prices just hit their lowest level in a decade. It happened hours after President Donald Trump took another step toward tariffs on even more Chinese goods - a move China would almost certainly answer with more tariffs of its own.
A group of black soybean farmers from the South say a company intentionally sold them defective seeds in an elaborate scheme to place them at a disadvantage because of their race.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday, July 11, sought to allay rising anxiety among farmers about the impact of his trade war with China, promising over Twitter to bolster sales of their products but acknowledging it could take a while. "I will open things up, better than ever before, but it can't go too quickly," Trump said in a pair of tweets sent from Brussels, where he is attending a gathering of NATO leaders. "I am fighting for a level playing field for our farmers, and will win!"
President Donald Trump on Tuesday granted pardons to father-and-son cattle ranchers in southeastern Oregon who were sentenced to serve prison time on two separate occasions for the same charges of arson on public lands. The return to prison of Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond helped spark the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in early 2016.
The trade war may have just started, but China has already been making moves in the soybean world as U.S. shipments originally destined for the nation have been canceled or rerouted. China lowered commitments to buy 366,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans in the season that ends Aug. 31 and cut purchases by 66,000 tons in the following year. That's according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data released Friday for the week ended June 28. About 60,000 tons originally slated for China this season will now go to Bangladesh and another 60,000 tons to Pakistan.
BEIJING - Three months of rhetoric just became reality. The United States imposed the first duties on $34 billion in Chinese goods early Friday and China immediately retaliated, launching a commercial battle that analysts fear could shake markets and cramp global business. As Beijing fired back with tariffs of its own, it accused the U.S. of violating WTO rules and setting off "the largest trade war in economic history to date."
WASHINGTON - Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who relentlessly pursued President Donald Trump's promises of deregulation at the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday after controversies over his lavish spending, ethical lapses and controversial management decisions eroded the president's confidence in one of his most ardent Cabinet members.
Roasted peppers are one of the most versatile ingredients around. Use them on a salad or pizza, puree them into soup or sauces, toss them in tacos or sandwiches, or lightly dress them and serve them as a side. Their sweet, slightly smoky flavor and tender texture are welcome additions to so many dishes.