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President Trump fulfills campaign promise on E15

Jun 14, 2019 | 3 min

President Trump has made promises to help rural America. He has followed through with aid to counter markets lost to tariffs and opened doors to the increased use of ethanol. Biofuels are a hot...

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Economic Outlook: June 14, 2019

Jun 14, 2019

Country legend Willie Nelson’s “Worry B Gone” may best reflect current concerns about the U.S. economy. --- The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.5 percent in May and revised April’s...

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State and Local Officials Fight Population Loss in Rural Kansas

Jun 14, 2019 | 6 min

The federal government is moving some USDA operations out of Washington, D.C. and into the Heartland. More than 500 economists and researchers will be transferred to the Kansas City metro area. Every...

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Tariff war with Mexico averted

Jun 9, 2019 | 3 min

Another tariff tiff was avoided Friday. The United States and Mexico issued a statement of agreement Friday night that suspended threatened tariffs between the two countries. Marcelo Ebrard, Mexican...

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Wettest 12 Month Period Punctuated With Near-Record May Rainfall

Jun 7, 2019 | 2 min

The president signed the Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on Thursday. The $19 billion bill will help deal with many of the recent weather disasters. More severe storms broke out in Oklahoma late this...

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Economic Outlook: June 7, 2019

Jun 7, 2019

Fighting a trade war on multiple fronts has started to weigh on the overall economy. - Only 75,000 jobs were created in May and the Labor Department has cut numbers previously reported for March and...

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UPDATE A new front opens in the tariff war

Jun 7, 2019 | 2 min

Update: Late Friday, after Market to Market was recorded, plans for imposing a tariff on Mexico were put on hold. President Trump stated “Mexico has agreed to take strong measures” on migrants. The...

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Ranchers, Cyclists Reach Compromise Over Western Colorado Trail

Jun 7, 2019 | 7 min

It is a recurring conflict in the West where relaxing in the great outdoors comes up against those who use the land as part of their livelihood. Our Josh Buettner discovered a place where conflict...

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New Tariffs on Mexico

May 31, 2019 | 2 min

Thursday evening, the president took his well-worn tariff hammer and used it on the nation’s number three trading partner. Just days after dropping steel and aluminum tariffs, and hours after...

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Economic Outlook: May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

Consumer spending slowed last month, rising only 0.3 percent. Despite the decline, the inflation rate moved 1.5 percent higher. And consumer confidence moved higher on positive feelings about jobs,...

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Flood Water Wash Over Corn Belt As Tornadoes Twist Across U.S.

May 31, 2019 | 2 min

Currently, 83 domestic U.S. river gauges are reporting major flooding. Some of those same areas had to deal with severe weather as tornadoes touched down from Idaho to Pennsylvania. Paul Yeager...

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Farmers Eye Coming CRP Changes

May 31, 2019 | 7 min

In the three decades since the conservation reserve program began, millions of environmentally sensitive acres have been kept out of production. While the program has done wonders for preserving the...

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Tornadoes Rip Middle America, Rain Further Delays Planting

May 24, 2019 | 2 min

Congress failed to pass a $19 billion disaster relief package by one vote. Texas Republican Chip Roy was a ‘nay’ because the bill didn’t included money for a border wall. Another round of wild...

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Another Round of Tariff Relief

May 24, 2019 | 3 min

Stalled trade talks between the United States and China signaled a deal may be farther away than rural America had hoped. The impasse triggered a second round of Market Facilitation Payments. Farmers...

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The Smithsonian Celebrates the Year of the Tractor

May 24, 2019 | 5 min

The transition from horses to tractors had farmers trading leather reigns for steering wheels. The Smithsonian has acknowledged the switch by America’s farmers from hay powered beasts of burden to...

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Economic Outlook: May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019

Record low unemployment, lower mortgage rates and a solid job market wasn’t enough to inspire more home buyers to take the plunge. New home sales sank 6.9 percent in April. Despite the decline, sales...

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Rain Continues to Dampen Planting Progress

May 17, 2019 | 1 min

Usually the saying is “if you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it will change.” Except this year, it hasn’t. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the continental United...

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Economic Outlook: May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019

The phrase “it’s the economy, stupid,” entered our lexicon during the 1992 campaign for the White House. If a president’s success is tied to the economy, the current administration got mixed returns...

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Keeping Rural Businesses Open

May 17, 2019 | 6 min

Whether it is a Fortune 500 company or an office employing five people – succession planning to the next operator is key to the business surviving the transition. A program in the Heartland is aimed...

China Reacts to Additional Tariffs

China Reacts to Additional Tariffs

May 17, 2019 | 2 min

Bloomberg reported Friday morning the U.S. will lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico. This could clear the way for Congress to ratify the USMCA. In other trade news, USDA hinted...

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