America has lost millions of acres of farmland over nearly three decades to urban and rural development. Despite conservation efforts by state and local governments and increased financial incentives for farmers, urban development and the expansion of rural residential real estate over the last 25 years has eliminated farmland across the country at levels not seen since the early 1970s. Since 1992, nearly 31 million acres of farmland have been developed for residential use around urban centers and rural communities, according American Farmland Trust's latest report, "Farms Under Threat." And as residential development mingles with agricultural production on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas, the tension between the two increases. --- The nonprofit news outlet Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting provided this article to The Associated Press through a collaboration with Institute for Nonprofit News. --- Recent clashes include lawsuits in North Carolina over odor and … [Read more...] about Despite value, little protection exists for Midwest farmland
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Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE MIDTERM MADNESS: Trump’s approval sags in three key Midwest states One of us(!) on the latest NBC/Marist polls: “In three politically important Midwest states — including two that were key in deciding the 2016 election — President Donald Trump’s job approval rating is below 40 percent, and Democrats hold a sizable lead for the upcoming congressional midterms, according to a trio of new NBC News/Marist polls.” And anxiety over trade war worries is giving Republicans headaches as the president preps a Midwest swing, POLITICO reports. House leaders are getting ready for a fundraising sprint. Democrats are preparing to spend big on Senate races in red states, writes the New York Times. AK-GOV: Third party groups are weighing in hard on Alaska’s gubernatorial race, writes the AP. CA: Another poll has Dianne Feinstein and Gavin … [Read more...] about First Read’s Morning Clips: Trump troubles in the Midwest
China’s proposed tariffs on soybeans would hit hard in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota and other states with highly competitive House and Senate races. By JONATHAN MARTINAPRIL 18, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story CASSELTON, N.D. — Here in the largest soybean-producing county in the country, a snowy winter has left North Dakota farmers like Robert Runck with time on their hands before spring planting — time they have spent stewing over how much they stand to lose if President Trump starts a trade war with China.“If he doesn’t understand what he’s doing to the nation by doing what he’s doing, he’s going to be a one-term president, plain and simple,” said Mr. Runck, a fourth-generation farmer who voted for Mr. Trump. Pausing outside the post office in this town of 2,300, Mr. Runck said the repercussions could be more immediate for Representative Kevin Cramer, a … [Read more...] about Across Midwest, Farmers Warn of G.O.P. Losses Over Trump’s Trade Policy
WASHINGTON — Farm country knew trade retaliation was inevitable, but that doesn’t make a round of Chinese tariffs sting any less.In response to the Trump administration’s new U.S. taxes on Chinese steel and aluminum, China counterpunched Monday with tariffs on $3 billion in U.S. products, from aluminum to apples and walnuts.Pork was among U.S. exports targeted, bringing fresh pain to producers across the country, including those in Nebraska and Iowa. Expectations of Chinese action had already driven pork prices down.“The market just doesn’t like uncertainty,” said Mark McHargue, a pork producer from Central City, Nebraska. “These kinds of things are very disruptive.”On Wall Street, the stock market buckled on the prospect of an all-out trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. But it hasn’t come to that — not yet, anyway.“We’re in a trade slap-fight right now,” not a trade war, said Derek … [Read more...] about Chinese tariffs are expected to be tough for Midwest ag states
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