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WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is boasting that he's made farmers "really happy." He's not wrong, but it's not just the trade deal that's left farmers optimistic for 2020. Analysts are saying the accord signed this week mostly just takes trade back to normal for American agriculture. China has committed to $32 billion in additional purchases over two years, but that buying will be market dependent ...

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — David Daniken, a fifth-generation southern Illinois farmer, is good at managing his mixed farm operation, including Christmas trees, pumpkins, a corn maze and row crops. However, he says he’s not as good at telling his farm’s story to the public.

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Doug Schmale's family farm straddles the Great Plains in two parts: 4,500 acres in western Nebraska and a separate 160-acre plot in eastern Colorado. Schmale pays wildly different property taxes on either side of the border. "The last time I ran the numbers, I was paying somewhere close to five or six times as much in Nebraska than I was paying in eastern Colorado," said Schmale, a ...

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Federal health authorities have declared an end to three E. coli outbreaks traced to romaine lettuce grown in California's Salinas Valley. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted its nationwide consumer advisory Wednesday, saying no more new illnesses have been traced to outbreaks linked to Fresh Express romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas Valley. Together, the ...

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that consumers no longer have to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, though it continues to investigate the cause of three E. coli outbreaks that sickened nearly 200 people last fall. The agency lifted the consumer advisory it issued Nov. 22 because the region's growing season is over and potentially contaminated product is no ...

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The outlook for corn and soybean farmers in Wisconsin and nationwide remains foggy even after the release Jan. 10 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Crop Report.” Moreover the USDA will be re-surveying estimates and reporting again in March.

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Dear Joan: My dog, Wanda, is taking chemo for lymphoma and fortunately, she's doing great. I'm trying to get her on nice trail walks several times a week, and this raises a question. My habit is to walk on the left side of the trail, with Wanda on leash to my left. This way I'm between Wanda and other oncoming dogs and their people as we pass. Wanda loves everyone and wants to jump up on them ...

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Bernie Sanders sonó torpemente gringo alnombrar al político latino al que le agradeció su presentación, y estropeó eltítulo en español de su propio evento, dejando de nombrar el "con" dela frase "Unidos con Bernie". Sin embargo, solo pareció hacer que el"Tío Bernie" le agradara más al público latino al que se dirigía eneste poblado de Iowa. En un estado a menudo criticado por ...

Many producers put grain into their storage bins last fall at higher moisture contents than normal due to late crop maturity and less in-field drying in 2019.

For grain stored wetter than recommended through the winter months (above 15% for corn and 13% for soybeans), it is especially vital to monitor grain to get ahead of situations that could cause a loss in condition.

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OPINION  We need accountability and transparency regarding the “Phase One” agreement. Farmers for Free Trade is asking that the administration provide details about the promised $40 billion in agricultural purchases – whether that commitment is contingent on any actions by the United States – and for details on how China will meet that commitment if it’s actually been made.

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GOLETA, California — Todos los días, CésarFlores, un piloto de la Fuerza Aérea, piensa en su madre. Ella apoyó su decisión de enlistarse a los 19 años y estuvoallí para celebrarle cuando se graduó de la capacitación básica en septiembrede 2016. Ahora, mientras realiza su trabajo diario como técnicomédico, la mente de este joven de 22 años se ve agobiada por el hecho de queJuana Flores, quien ...