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

Owens Valley prepares for potential flooding

California

A trade war is brewing inside the White House between rival camps

Soon after President Trump took office, an executive order was quietly drafted to suspend talks with China on an obscure but potentially far-reaching treaty about bilateral investment.<p>After eight years and two dozen rounds of negotiations, the treaty terms were almost in final form. Pulling out …

Foreign Policy

Will McDonald's be relegated to managing its own decline?

Flickr/Frederic Bisson<p>You can't please all of the people all of the time.<p>Plate<p>Two weeks ago, we learned that the beleaguered McDonald’s has decided …

Black Market

The First 40 Acres - #140.5

We've done 40 MtoM podcasts. Now is your chance to catch up and find out what's next in the series from Paul Yeager.<p>ABOUT MARKET TO MARKET<p>For more …

Agriculture

Whatever Happened to Free Trade?

After World War II, the global economy rose on a wave of trade and finance, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in developing countries and providing rich countries with cheaper goods, lucrative investments and hopes for a more peaceful planet.<p>That tide is now receding.<p>Nine years …

Globalization

Farm Groups Ask for Tweaks to Commodity Programs in Next Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Farmers who lead commodity groups asked the House Agriculture General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee on …

California Doubles Down On Efforts To Slow Climate Change

The Trump administration said it would review tail pipe emissions and fuel standards. But the state of California is doing more to curb emissions from cars.

Climate Change

Which States Account for Our Trade Deficit with Mexico?

Trade between the U.S. and Mexico is currently a hot topic for discussion among policymakers.1 In 2015, the U.S. ran a $60.7 billion trade deficit …

Economics

Judge Dismisses Controversial Iowa Nitrate Lawsuit

Late last week, a federal judge dismissed an historic lawsuit between Iowa’s largest drinking water provider and 10 farm drainage districts in 3 …

Long Awaited Hearing For Ag Secretary Nominee

Sonny Perdue finally had his day in the committee room.<p>Committee members wanted to hear from the former governor how he plans to show rural …

Former Secretary of Agriculture Campaigns for Trade to Benefit U.S. Producers

Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited with Mike Pearson about the importance of trade policy for U.S. producers. Vilsack, now the …

Keystone XL Pipeline Approved by President Trump in Reversal From Obama

Calling it a "historic moment for North America," President Donald Trump announced the federal government's approval Friday of the Keystone XL oil pipeline — setting in motion a controversial project opposed by environmental groups, landowners and some Native American tribes.<p>"It's gonna be an …

Pipelines

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.<p>One problem with framing the goal this way, …

Climate Change

City of Des Moines Plans Wetland Water Filter to Protect Farm Runoff

×<p>City of Des Moines Plans Wetland Water Filter to Protect Farm Runoff<p>AMES, Iowa- The Iowa Water Conference wrapped up a two-day run here Thursday …

Water

Canada suspends meat imports from 2 Brazil plants in food scandal

Investigators allege producers sold rotten meat and paid officials to turn a blind eye<p>The Canadian government has suspended imports from two …

Meat

TransCanada gets Presidential Permit to build the Keystone oil pipeline, ends bankruptcy claim

TransCanada Corp. TRP, +0.58% TRP, -0.75% said Friday it has received a Presidential Permit from the U.S. Department of State to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline. As a result, TransCanada said it will discontinue its bankruptcy claim and end its constitutional challenge. The company said it will …

S&P 500

In China, dairy companies are training chefs to bring on the butter, cheese, and cream

It’s well documented that a vast proportion of the Chinese population is lactose intolerant, but that’s not stopping China’s consumers from spending more of their disposable incomes on dairy, particularly as more of them are lifted into the middle class.<p>The Chinese aren’t expected to embrace dairy …

China

U.S. State Department Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

<b>Updated at 11 a.m. ET Friday</b><p>The U.S. State Department has signed and issued a presidential permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. That reverses former President Barack Obama's 2015 decision to reject the controversial pipeline.<p>Pipeline company TransCanada says that in conjunction with the …

Corporate Sustainability

The U.S. Can't Really Know If Farmers Are Cutting Back On Antibiotics, GAO Says

When the Food and Drug Administration created controls in January on how farmers can give antibiotics to livestock, scientists concerned about antibiotic resistance and advocates for animal welfare called it a historic shift in how meat animals are raised.<p>But a new federal report, released last …

Public Health

New Japanese solar cell is closest to reaching maximum efficiency

Solar energy is the hottest thing in eco-living, and everybody wants in on it. People are installing solar panels in their homes, governments are creating smart grids and companies like Google want to run completely on renewable energy and help people do the same.<p>However, the more we start to …

Solar Power

Who Is Sonny Perdue? 10 Things You Need to Know About Trump's Pick for Agriculture Secretary.

Here's why his confirmation hearing has been delayed for so long.<p>Donald Trump's nominee for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, was announced Jan. 19 but not formally nominated until March 9. After a prolonged nomination process, Perdue's confirmation hearing took place on March 23.<p>Although Perdue …

Agriculture

BASF, on the sidelines of merger wave, eyes generic pesticides

* BASF looked into acquiring FMC Corp last year - sources<p>* Focus for now on antitrust-related selloffs - sources<p>* Off-patent crop protection still on BASF radar - sources<p>By Patricia Weiss and Ludwig Burger<p>FRANKFURT, March 22 With rivals joining forces all around, Germany's BASF has been eyeing a …

21st Century

California's Central Valley Farmers Bemoan Water Allocation

SAN FRANCISCO—Farmers in a vast stretch of California’s Central Valley—the nation’s fruit and vegetable basket—will receive only 65% of the imported water they need to irrigate their crops, despite one of the wettest winters in state history.<p>Federal water regulators announced the allotment …

Water

Fearful Farmers Rush To Find 'Guest Workers'

Dan Fazio says his phone is "ringing off the hook" these days.<p>He's executive director of WAFLA, an organization that helps fruit growers in Washington state find workers — and specifically, foreign workers who are allowed to enter the U.S. specifically as seasonal workers on farms.<p>WAFLA takes care …

Agriculture

Cargill Strengthens Non-GMO Traceability

At March's Natural Products Expo West trade show, Cargill (Minneapolis) announced major moves aimed to demonstrate the company’s growing commitment …

Agriculture

Gulf of Mexico waters are freakishly warm, which could mean explosive springtime storms

Water temperatures at the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and near South Florida are on fire. They spurred a historically warm winter from Houston to Miami and could fuel intense thunderstorms in the spring from the South to the Plains.<p>In the Gulf, the average sea surface temperature never fell below …

Climate

As Trump targets energy rules, oil companies downplay their impact

BOSTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s White House has said his plans to slash environmental regulations will trigger a new energy boom and help the United States drill its way to independence from foreign oil.<p>But the top U.S. oil and gas companies have been telling their shareholders that …

Oil

Dairy Farmers Say Someone Is Stealing Their Milk Money - Bloomberg

As far as staples go, dairy is pretty central to the American diet. After all, knowing the cost of a gallon of milk remains a campaign-trail test for …

Agriculture

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