Articles by Mark Weinraub and P.J. Huffstutter

Despite China Deal, U.S. Farmers Still Dependent on Government Aid: Analysis

As U.S. President Donald Trump touted the signing of a U.S.-China trade deal in January, he told cash-strapped farmers they would soon need bigger tractors and “a little more land” to meet additional Chinese demand for U.S. agricultural goods. His …

Republican Farm Bill Calls for Changes to Food Stamps, Renewal of Crop Insurance

Republicans on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Thursday called for changes to the government’s food assistance program for the poor, in a package of long-awaited proposals for the next U.S. Farm Bill that could complicate its passage through Congress. …

Farmers Balk as Trump Budget Caps Crop Insurance Subsidies

U.S. farm groups on Tuesday pushed back against President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash agriculture spending, viewing it as a fresh threat to a struggling farm economy. The White House on Monday proposed $46.54 billion in cuts to federal government …

Crop Insurance Payments for Drought More Than for Flooding

Farmers are reaping higher yields and ranchers’ feed costs have fallen sharply since flooding swept across the southern U.S. Plains in May, with the record rains providing tangible benefits to agriculture despite causing damage that will likely cost billions of …

Crop Insurance Payments for Drought More Than for Flooding

Farmers are reaping higher yields and ranchers’ feed costs have fallen sharply since flooding swept across the southern U.S. Plains in May, with the record rains providing tangible benefits to agriculture despite causing damage that will likely cost billions of …

Midwest Wheat Farmers Reap Preventive Planting Insurance Money

U.S. farmers struggling to seed their wheat crop will likely reap an insurance check rather than sow in less-than-ideal conditions, analysts and agronomists said. Farmers with prevented planting insurance can receive up to 60 percent of their expected revenue if …