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Brazil farmers stuck in hard place

posted: 07/22/2018 2:08 a.m. Discuss

These should be jubilant times across the sprawling savanna of southeastern Brazil. Soybean is king there. And with the China-U.S. trade war pushing Chinese buyers to frantically search the globe for alternatives to American soy, Brazil is the most logical first stop.

Scientists alter dairy cattle DNA

posted: 07/21/2018 2:05 a.m. Discuss

For nine nerve-racking months beginning in the summer of 2014, Dan Carlson waited for his lab experiments to be born.

Farmers fret, but support Trump

posted: 07/18/2018 2 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China, Mexico and Canada are already eroding the value of American agricultural production, with soybean growers alone expected to lose at least $3.2 billion during the next crop season.

USDA rule sets up race for data

posted: 07/12/2018 2:06 a.m. Discuss

It's the sort of edge any trader would covet -- and one the authorities were actually hoping to prevent.

Meat glut in U.S. a fear in trade war

posted: 07/06/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas farmers, ranchers and producers have been hedging their bets and bracing for the fallout from a potential U.S. trade war with China.

Rain, drought vexing farmers

posted: 07/06/2018 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Agronomist William Birdsong cannot recall a growing season where farmers in southeastern Alabama have worked as hard as they have in this one -- and it's all because of inconsistent weather.

Soybeans key point in U.S., China fray; tariffs set to begin Friday

posted: 07/04/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

China said Tuesday it's "fully prepared" for a trade war with the United States as hopes dwindle for a breakthrough in tensions this week between the world's two biggest economies.

EU emerges as key buyer of soybeans

posted: 06/29/2018 1:58 a.m. Discuss

It's not all bad news for U.S. soybean farmers when it comes to the trade spat with China.

Split U.S. House approves farm bill

updated: 06/22/2018 4:01 a.m. Discuss

A deeply polarizing farm bill passed the House on party lines Thursday, a month after the legislation went down to stunning defeat after getting ensnared in the toxic politics of immigration.

Arkansas congressman calls tariffs a boon for farmers, cites soy exports

posted: 06/21/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

In a tweet this week, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford portrayed trade barriers as good for U.S. farmers, a claim his Democratic opponent quickly dismissed.

Eastern Oklahoma seeing a resurgence in poultry farming

posted: 06/21/2018 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Northwest Arkansas poultry companies in recent years have been looking elsewhere to raise their chickens, mostly in east Oklahoma.

Tariff talk hits soybean prices; will be 'very difficult for a farmer to make a profit,' Arkansas Farm Bureau president says

updated: 06/20/2018 10:31 a.m. Comments 13

A bad situation for Arkansas farmers, especially soybean producers, got worse after President Donald Trump announced Monday night that he'd place 10 percent tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods bought in America, farmers and others said Tuesday.

Farmers protest EPA's ethanol policy

posted: 06/16/2018 2:02 a.m. Discuss

As he visits the Midwest, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is being met with protests by farmers and ethanol producers concerned that he is undermining the industry with his strong support of oil and gas.

Exotic Asian tick species confirmed in Arkansas

posted: 06/12/2018 9:53 a.m. Comments 7

As if all the ticks we knew about weren’t loathsome enough, a different, invasive species has been found on an unfortunate dog from Benton County. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Veterinary Services Laboratory on Tuesday confirmed that a tick taken from the Arkansas dog and submitted to a research program at Oklahoma State University was a Longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis).

Plane used to spot dicamba scofflaws in eastern Arkansas

posted: 06/12/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The state Plant Board has taken to the air -- with a single-engine Cessna above the fertile fields of eastern Arkansas -- to help enforce a ban on the use of dicamba and monitor other herbicide usage.

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