U.S. authorities have started active preparations in response to the rising threat of an outbreak of African swine fever, the deadly disease that has decimated the Chinese pig population and is spreading across Asia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service led a series of functional exercises and drills late last month, working off a scenario of an outbreak of the virus in Mississippi, which traveled across state lines before it was discovered. Fourteen states participated in the drill.
President Donald Trump said Friday, Oct. 11, that the U.S. and China had "agreed in principle" on a preliminary trade deal, marking the first tangible achievement in their 18-month trade war while leaving all of the toughest issues that divide them to future talks.
WASHINGTON — U.S. and Chinese negotiators met Thursday, Oct. 10, amid rising hopes for a partial trade deal that would mark the first step back from a worsening dispute, but would leave the thorniest issues for future talks continuing deep into a presidential election year.
For the second time in two weeks, a powerful early-season winter storm is set to unleash double-digit snowfall totals across a wide swath of the northern Plains and Rockies through Friday. Along with heavy snow comes strong winds and near-blizzard conditions. Winter storm warnings stretch from Wyoming and Montana through western Nebraska, then eastward into the Dakotas to the Canadian border. This is ahead of the sprawling storm system, an atmospheric mixer combining a shot of wintry air with a tongue of tropical moisture.
A large snowfall is set to sweep out of the Rocky Mountains later this week, bringing snow by the foot across the Dakotas, slowing wheat harvests and ending any chance for still-maturing corn crops to flourish. A foot (30 centimeters) or more will fall from southwestern South Dakota across central North Dakota Thursday into Friday, said Don Keeney, a meteorologist with Maxar in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The storm will eventually push into southern Manitoba in Canada, where it could affect canola harvests.
Two potent storm systems are set to spin up in the coming days, one blanketing the Northern Rockies and High Plains in snow, the other lashing eastern New England with rain and wind. The stormy duo is tangled up within a highly energized jet stream, the roaring zone of high altitude winds at the divide between cold and warm air. The snowstorm aimed at the Northern Tier and Dakota comes barely a week and a half after parts of Montana were buried by four feet of snow.
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — On a typical day, about 80 tractor-trailers full of corn line up to dump their loads at Siouxland Energy Cooperative, the ethanol plant just outside of town. The air throbs with the noise and vibration of this industrial moonshine operation, which distills nature's harvest into a cleaner-burning fuel. But today, the warm Iowa sun shines on an almost empty parking lot, and the machinery sits idle.
If you spot a pair of beekeepers in the elevator of the Radisson Blu Mall of America hotel, don't be alarmed. There's no infestation; it's just business as usual for this Bloomington, Minnesota, hotel and a growing number of properties around the globe.
About a half-million students could lose access to free school meals under a Trump administration proposal to limit the number of people who qualify for food stamps, drawing protests from congressional Democrats who say it could harm needy schoolchildren. The change, proposed over the summer, would cut an estimated 3 million people from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. It is intended to eliminate eligibility for people who get food stamps because they have qualified for other forms of government aid, even though they may have savings or other assets.
WASHINGTON - The outlook for a near-term trade deal between the White House and China darkened on Friday, as President Donald Trump called China a "threat to the world" and dismissed the idea of an interim agreement the same day Chinese officials canceled a planned visits with farmers in Montana and Nebraska. The combined news spooked investors, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average quickly lost 100 points, or around 0.4%. Negotiations are set to continue, but the twin events on Friday suggested there is not an urgency on either side to complete an agreement.