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By Paul Yeager | Covering rural America for more than 40 years with stories of agriculture, trading, markets, futures and technology.

Can cranberries conquer the world? A US industry depends on it

Name all the billion-dollar crops grown in the U.S. Midwest. The answer: Corn, soybeans and cranberries. Wait, what?<p>Roughly 60 percent of the U.S. …

Agriculture

INSIGHT-Bakers, farmers struggle to make any dough on poor wheat crop

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chicago's iconic sandwiches - Italian beef heroes dripping with gravy, and hot dogs loaded with …

Agriculture

Oil prices drop on increased U.S. drilling activity

Oil prices fell on Monday, pulled down as the latest rise in the U.S. rig count pointed to a further increase in American production, potentially undermining efforts led by OPEC to tighten markets.<p>U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $57.05 a barrel at 0219 GMT, down 31 cents, …

Oil

Farm-to-Table Is a Great Deal for Farmers—If They Can Get It

For too many sandwiches, the bread is a bit actor, a mere vector for the cheese, meat, and vegetables nestled between the slices. Though supermarket …

Farming

The beast of Bentonville battles Amazon, the king of the e-commerce jungle

A BOA constrictor swallowing capitalism. A cyclone dragging the economy into its vortex. If you look back at how people described Walmart a decade …

eCommerce

The disturbing reality of poultry production

I hope the Dec. 7 Metro article “10 poultry-farm workers fired after video surfaces” wakes up readers to the reality of modern chicken farms. The video from Compassion Over Killing depicts standard industry behavior. The cruelty to the chickens in the video is business as usual.<p>Some people believe …

Agriculture

Loving And Hating Dollar General In Rural America

Dollar General stores thrive in low-income rural towns, and the deep-discount chain has opened hundreds of new shops in the past year.

NPR

Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.<p>The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, …

Agriculture

Police wait for snake to cross the road, and nope

Welp, this is a long snake.<p>Two policemen in Australia have come across probably the longest snake you'll see in a while, during a night patrol north …

Australian Universities

The dollar’s days as the world’s most important currency are numbered

For at least 70 years, the US dollar has been the world’s dominant currency. Central banks around the world hold a large portion of their reserves in the US currency, while private companies use it for international transactions. The trade in US Treasury bonds is the world’s deepest, most liquid …

Economics

Massive California wildfire now the fifth-largest in state's history

The Thomas fire, the worst of five wildfires currently burning in California, grew by more than 50,000 acres on Sunday, making it the fifth-largest …

Santa Barbara County

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help<p>It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in patches through the windows. Cobwebs coat the wrenches, the cans of spray …

Agriculture

This $2,600 Wagyu Beef Bento Box Is the Ultimate Gift for Meat Lovers

The two-foot-wide wooden box weighs 33 pounds in total including nearly nine pounds of meat.<p>Japanese wagyu beef is some of the most coveted meat in …

Japan

Those Obama era methane regulations? Nevermind

It’s a subject which has been dragging on in the courts for several years now, but it may finally be coming to a close. While the Obama …

Climate

Trump doesn't care about climate change. But a new study explains why the business community should.

guruXOOX/Getty<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> HuffPost <i>and appears here as</i> …

Climate

Forget Brexit, Poland Risks Being the EU's Real Rogue State

Behind the noise of Brexit negotiations, the talk in the European Union this year has been that there’s potentially a bigger problem in the east. And …

Brexit

Biologists With Drones And Peanut Butter Pellets Are On A Mission To Help Ferrets

In central Montana, drones are dropping peanut butter pellets on prairie dog colonies. It's part of an effort by biologists to save North America's most endangered mammal — the black-footed ferret (or as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls it, the BFF).<p>Prairie dogs make up the vast majority of …

Biological Species

6 Ideas For A Truly Radical Tax System Instead Of Trump's Tax Plan For The Wealthy

What else could be taxed? From pollution to robots.<p>It was billed as radical tax reform ― reducing taxes for the middle class and closing loopholes for the rich ― but the Republicans have come under serious fire for offering the biggest breaks to companies and the wealthy.<p>The Trump administration …

Climate

Wildfires scorch a hole through Southern California's mythology of paradise

Southern California is the landscape of dreams, or so the mythology goes. Newcomers arrive. They raise the roof beam high over the simplest foundations and pass on to a new generation the hope that they too might believe in this sun-drenched paradise.<p>Time, however, has cast a shadow on this pact, …

California

Farming crickets: a protein source with a fraction of the environmental impact of beef

In Jarrod Goldin's kitchen, there is a jar of protein powder sitting on the counter next to the salt, pepper and sugar. He likes to dip into it and sprinkle a generous helping on a variety of the food he prepares, be it a smoothie, chili or soup.<p>"It tastes terrific and does wonders for your health …

Farming

The conference committee has barely started, and the GOP tax bill already has some big problems

• <b>The GOP tax bill is headed to a conference committee to hash out differences between the Senate and House plans.</b>• <b><br>There are already issues forming, as Senate and House members have begun requesting various pet projects be included in the final bill.</b><p>Republicans are closer than ever to turning their …

Marco Rubio

Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to strengthen

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again.<p>Forecasters predict wind …

Santa Barbara County

Trump administration facing lawsuit for allowing fracking companies to dump waste in Gulf of Mexico

Donald Trump's administration is facing a lawsuit for permitting oil companies to dump fracking waste into the Gulf of Mexico.<p>The Centre for …

Environment

After bitcoin’s wild week, traders brace for futures launch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin, the cyptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by storm with its stratospheric price rise and wild daily gyrations, will arrive on Sunday when bitcoin futures start trading.<p>The first bitcoin future (0#XBT:) trades are set to kick off at 6 p.m. …

Cryptocurrency

The Best Steakhouses in Every U.S. State, Mapped

We all have that one guilty pleasure when it comes to food and drink. For some, it's gooey, creamy and oh-so-delicious mac and cheese, and for …

Restaurants

Bitcoin Could Cost Us Our Clean-Energy Future

Simply put, bitcoin is slowing the effort to achieve a rapid transition away from fossil fuels. What’s more, this is just the beginning.<p><i>This story</i> …

Renewable Energy

Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — The highway billboard at the entrance to town still displays a giant campaign photograph of President Trump, who handily won the election across industrial Ohio. But a revolt is brewing here in East Liverpool over Mr. Trump’s move to slow down the federal government’s …

North Dakota

GOP lawmakers reconsider proposal to shrink corporate tax cut

Now that the Senate and the House have passed two tax bills, there are some crucial differences they need to resolve in conference before they can send the bill to President Trump's desk. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)Republicans negotiating a final GOP tax bill are reconsidering proposals to …

U.S. Congress

The Dirty Secret of the Global Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

In 2014 Henrik Karlsson, a Swedish entrepreneur whose startup was failing, was lying in bed with a bankruptcy notice when the BBC called. The …

Climate