A constituency that helped carry Republican President Donald Trump to victory in 2016, U.S. farmers have been among the hardest hit from his trade policies that led to tariffs with key trading partners such as China, Canada and Mexico. | File photo

Many U.S. farmers fume at Washington, not Trump, over biofuel, trade policies

ROCHESTER, Minn./CHICAGO (Reuters) – American farmers helped elect President Donald Trump in 2016 on hopes he would shake up Washington and turn around a struggling agricultural economy, but many of his policies have actually stung farmers, notably his trade war with China and biofuel waivers for oil refiners. Many farmers are angry, and some are directing their anger […] Read more

At Trump's direction, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has rolled out $28 billion in trade aid for farmers over the past two years - $12 billion last year and another $16 billion announced this July and being disbursed now. |  REUTERS/Carlos Barria photo

Trump trade-war aid sows frustration in farm country

ROCHESTER, Minn., (Reuters) – The U.S. government is paying Texas cotton farmer J. Walt Hagood $145 an acre for losses related to U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. But Minnesota soybean farmer Betsy Jensen will get just $35 an acre. Both farmers’ sales have taken heavy blows in Trump’s trade war with China. Neither understands […] Read more

Corn yield potential averaged 173 bushels per acre (bpa) through 10 stops in the Iowa counties of Iowa, Poweshiek, Marshall, Tama, Grundy and Butler counties. That is down from last year's crop tour average in those areas of 193.55 bpa and the three-year tour average of 185.23 bpa. | File photo

U.S. corn yields improving as crop tour reaches west-central Iowa

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa, (Reuters) – Corn yield potential showed signs of improvement across west-central Iowa, scouts on an annual crop tour said on Thursday, but the area was still expected to produce a below-average sized crop after extreme weather delayed planting this past spring. Soybeans were also looking better on the fourth and final day […] Read more

Farmers have complained this month that a government crop report did not reflect damage from historic flooding this spring. They are also frustrated over unsold crops due to the trade war with China, falling farm income and tighter credit conditions. | File photo

Farmer’s threat prompts USDA to pull staff from crop tour

HENRY COUNTY, Ill./CHICAGO, Aug 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday it had pulled all staff from an annual crop tour after an employee was threatened, and three sources said the threat came over the phone from an angry farmer. Farmers have complained this month that a government crop report did not […] Read more

On Tuesday, corn yield potential averaged 166 bushels per acre (bpa) through nine stops in the Indiana counties of Benton, Cass, Howard, Jasper, Miami, Tipton and White. That is down from last year's crop tour average in those areas of 178.7 bpa and those counties' three-year tour average of 173 bpa. | File photo

North-Central Indiana could face smaller corn yields

DE WITT COUNTY, Ill., (Reuters) – Corn farmers in north-central Indiana could be facing smaller corn yield potential this year, after extreme weather and heavy rains delayed plantings across wide swaths of the U.S. Midwest, scouts on an annual tour said Tuesday. Many of the soy fields surveyed in Indiana on the second day of […] Read more

China trade row sows confusion in farmer planting plans

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Tom Giessel is cutting back on plantings this year on his farm in central Kansas as he reckons with a drought, a glut in global grains supply and trade tensions between the United States and China. About 200 miles away in the northwestern part of the state, farmer Janet Bear swapped the […] Read more

Cargill has ‘significant concerns’ over U.S.-China trade strategy

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Cargill Inc. is concerned the White House’s strategy to address unfair trade practices with China will not work and could lead to an escalating trade war, according to prepared comments the global grain merchant sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The five-page letter, submitted on Friday and made public on Monday, […] Read more

South America, Europe footprint gives Bunge edge – CEO

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bunge Ltd is able to withstand any global agricultural trade disruptions arising from U.S.-China tensions, thanks to its massive soybean processing capacity in South America and expansion in Europe, Chief Executive Soren Schroder said at an investor event in New York on Wednesday. While ongoing trade tensions are not good for […] Read more

Taking advantage of market gyrations could be a salve for ADM and its rivals Bunge Ltd and Cargill Inc, as they cope with the risks to exports posed by the wave of trade protectionism, analysts said. | Twitter/@XHNews photo

Trade rows spell gain, and pain, for U.S. grain exporters

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Global grain marketers have seized upon trade tensions between the United States and several of its top export markets, including China, to turn around struggling trading units following one of the toughest years ever for the industry. After five years of bumper harvests worldwide that depressed crop prices, trading margins are on […] Read more