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

What happened to winter? Weather defies the calendar

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's 60 degrees at 8 a.m., and it already feels too hot for jeans. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, there is a noticeable layer of pollen on cars -- and it's still February!<p>This month continues to defy the calendar, with over 4,400 record highs stretching from the northern …

Climate

Deere CEO: "This is our home."

On the heels of Caterpillar's plans to move its Peoria headquarters to Chicago, a Deere & Co. shareholder wanted to know if Deere was considering a …

Immigration reform--now

Idaho Ag leaders call for Immigration reform<br>BOISE- Idaho Ag leaders are calling for meaningful immigration reform in Congress saying President …

Mexican Companies Craft Plan to Sidestep U.S. Grain Imports - Bloomberg

One of Mexico’s largest business groups is working on a bargaining chip ahead of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement: …

NAFTA

The Protaganist - Darin Newsom

Darin Newsom is known for offering little sugar when it comes to relaying information about the commodity markets. A well-documented protaganist on …

American League

Health Insurance Woes Add To The Risky Business Of Farming

There are many challenges to farming for a living: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored is the cost of health care.<p>A University of Vermont researcher found that nationally, most farmers cited …

Health Care

States See Value In Backing ‘Food Hubs’ for Farmers, Consumers

As demand rises for locally produced food, some states are investing in distribution centers to help small and midsize farmers meet the need and increase sales.<p>By Sarah Breitenbach<p>In New York City, where shoppers and diners can find delicacies from all over the world, there is hefty demand for food …

Calif. lawmaker's new bill: 100% clean energy

The World Economic Forum estimates solar and wind are now the same price or cheaper than fossil fuels in more than 30 countries. Video provided by Newsy Newslook<p>PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Kevin de León has promised to lead the resistance to President Trump. A new bill could make good on that …

Renewable Energy

North Carolina needed 6,500 farm workers. Only 7 Americans stuck it out.

When I talked to him about the economic effects of immigration last month, Center for Global Development migration expert Michael Clemens mentioned that he was working on research on agricultural migrant workers. That research is finally out, in the form of a report released by CGD and the …

China’s appetite for fresh chicken is making its bird flu epidemic worse

China has seen an alarming number of bird flu cases so far this year.<p>In January alone, the H7N9 avian flu virus has resulted in 79 deaths out of 192 reported cases in China, according to the country’s National Health and Planning Commission. It’s the worst bird-flu season since the virus first …

China

As Trump Vows To Grow Industry, Countries Move Away From Coal

In his campaign to become president, Donald Trump vowed to bring back coal jobs. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Rob Godby, director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming, about the outlook for the coal industry in the U.S.

Renewable Energy

Choteau beekeeper victim of California thieves

Choteau beekeeper Lloyd Cunniff on Tuesday morning discovered his bees had been stolen in California, packed up and trucked away into the fog …

California

Immigration Enforcement Warning Issued by Western Growers

Because President Donald Trump has issued a number of immigration-related executive orders, including the “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of …

Commodities Have Been Down So Long It May Be Time To Snap Them Up

The post-crisis years have not been good for real assets, the catchall term for commodities, energy, real estate and other investments based on selling real things instead of clever ideas. But with signs of inflation emerging and the Trump rally pushing stocks to levels not seen since the tech …

Stocks

Alan Greenspan just explained how 'productivity' caused Brexit and Trump, in 10 elegant sentences

Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve whose low-interest policies (some say) helped inflate the dot-com and mortgage bubbles of 2000 and 2008, did a fascinating interview with Gold Investor recently. In it, Greenspan produced an incredibly cogent explanation of the role that …

Economics

The first casualties of Trump's trade wars are Texas cattle ranchers | Commentary

KYLE, Tex. - If the first casualty of war is truth, then the first casualties of trade war are the working man and woman. And first among them is …

Texas

Why Ditching NAFTA Could Hurt America's Farmers More Than Mexico's

Garland Reiter is one of the people behind the rise in imported food from Mexico.<p>His family has been growing strawberries in California for generations and selling them under the name Driscoll's. Today, it's the biggest berry producer in the world.<p>In the early 1990s, the Reiter family started …

Agriculture

Northern California Residents Worry Over Weakened Dam

<i>Higher than normal rainfall has been a blessing and a curse for parts of the parched west. In California – just 70 miles north of the state capitol -</i> …

Future of Trade with U.S. NAFTA Partners Discussed

<i>Among the trade deals President Trump has targeted for dismissal or destruction is the North American Free Trade Agreement. Paul Yeager has our</i> …

Family Dairy Revives Home Delivery

<i>According to USDA, the number of dairy farms has steadily declined over the past 40 years. Rising costs forced many operators to cash-in their</i> …

CFWC Statement on Oroville Dam Operations

“This winter’s record-breaking storms have tested our state and its infrastructure in ways no one could have predicted.<p>The past week has been …

Drought

How Fancy Cheese May Save Some Small-Scale Dairies

On a clear, cold winter evening, the sun begins to set at Lost Lake Farm near Jewell, Iowa, and Kevin Dietzel calls his 15 dairy cows to come home.<p>"Come on!" he hollers in a singsong voice. "Come on!"<p>Brown Swiss cows and black Normandy cows trot across the frozen field and, in groups of four, are …

Dairy

Keystone XL developer renews effort to build in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline said Thursday that it is once again seeking state approval for a route through Nebraska.<p>TransCanada said it has filed an application with the state commission that regulates oil pipelines.<p>The Canadian company's previous attempts to …

Government

California's Climate Change

When it rains in California, it pours. Five years of drought have given way to floods, mudslides and now a massive failure at the state’s second biggest reservoir. While spending billions annually to fight climate change, Democrats in Sacramento have left the state ill-prepared for local weather …

Water

A Bee Mogul Confronts the Crisis in His Field

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — A soft light was just beginning to outline the Tejon Hills as Bret Adee counted rows of wizened almond trees under his breath.<p>He placed a small white flag at the end of every 16th row to show his employees where they should place his beehives. Every so often, he fingered the …

Bees

Farmers Supported Trump. His Proposals Have Them Thinking Again

Farmworkers, employers and trade groups are all concerned with Trump's plans on immigration and trade.<p>When President Donald Trump was elected last fall, it was with an apparent majority of the nation’s farmers behind him.<p>But now, three weeks since Trump’s inauguration, some of those farmers appear …

Agriculture

For Food Manufacturers, 'Sell By' Labels May Have Reached Their Expiration Date

Two of the most influential groups in the food industry are asking companies to change those pesky "expiration" or "sell by" labels on packaged food.<p>The labels, you see, don't mean what they appear to mean. Foods don't "expire." Most foods are safe to eat even after that "sell by" date has passed. …

Agriculture

Mediation program can save struggling farmers

Low commodity prices are causing lots of financial pain on Minnesota farms. That means mediation can be crucial as farmers face the possibility as …

U.S. retail sales rise; inflation posts largest gain in four years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose more than expected in January and consumer prices recorded their biggest gain in nearly four years, boosting prospects of an interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve next month.<p>The economy's strengthening outlook was also bolstered by other data …

Inflation