The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of tick-borne diseases is increasing at a record pace while the geographic range of ticks continues to expand. Lyme disease is the most commonly-known tick-borne disease, but other diseases, such as ehrlichiosis and STARI, have been discovered and the list of tick-related illnesses continues to grow. Tick bites have even been found to cause allergic reactions to red meat in some people.
STORM LAKE, Iowa - President Donald Trump's trade war with China is doing plenty of damage to farmers in this region, but it is also shining a harsh light on an agriculture industry that has been heading for a reckoning since the early 1970s. President Richard Nixon's detente with China started U.S. farmers on the path to becoming Beijing's agribusiness partners, ripping up the countryside and radically expanding pork operations to feed millions on the other side of the world.
Springtime on the prairie is loud. Streams splish and splash. Frogs peep and sing. Prairie dogs chirp. Greater sage-grouse and other birds such as short-eared owls and northern harriers return from their migrations, then claim their territories with bubbling, booming noises at dawn. "It's amazingly immersive in terms of sound," says conservation ecologist Andy Boyce.
PENDER, Neb. — Kurt Kaser had no time to consider his options. The 63-year-old farmer had stepped into a grain auger, the blade violently twisting and twirling to carry corn to a storage bin on his farm in northeastern Nebraska - and, in an instant, his left foot was sucked into the machine. He scrambled as the corkscrew-style blade inside cut off his foot and continued to pull at him, leaving him to wonder when or whether it would stop, he said.
Any hopes of getting corn and soybean planting back on track in the U.S. may be washed away starting Friday as a pair of storms threaten to deliver a "one-two punch" of soaking rain and tornadoes across the Great Plains and Midwest through next week. As much as 3 to 5 inches of rain will soak soils from South Dakota and Minnesota south to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is telling advisers and close allies that he has no intention of pulling back on his escalating trade war with China, arguing that clashing with Beijing is highly popular with his political base and will help him win reelection in 2020 regardless of any immediate economic pain. Administration officials and outside Trump advisers said Tuesday that they do not expect him to shift his position significantly in coming days, saying he is determined to endure an intensifying showdown with Chinese President Xi Jinping despite turbulence in global markets and frus
To hear President Donald Trump tell it, the calculus is simple. Yes, farmers are feeling the pain of Trump's trade war. China retaliated against tariffs imposed by the U.S. by adding tariffs of their own to American-made products, including crops. On Monday, soybean futures hit their lowest price in a decade.
DES MOINES, Iowa - J.D. Scholten has gotten phone calls from former Rep. Beto O'Rourke. He's campaigned with Sen. Cory Booker. He held a town hall with entrepreneur Andrew Yang and toured an ethanol plant with Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The presidential candidates are eager to meet with Scholten, hoping he holds the key to a secret that increasingly bedevils Democrats: how to win rural voters, who seem to be firmly in President Trump's camp. Scholten, a former minor-league baseball star, challenged GOP Rep. Steve King in Iowa last year, driving around in a beat-up motor home.
ST. LOUIS - Soybean farmer Robb Ewoldt was already suffering from the floods and low commodity prices that have plagued the Midwest this year, when Mother Nature delivered another punch. With the Mississippi River rising to the highest level since 1993, the U.S. Coast Guard shut down a 5-mile stretch in St. Louis on Friday - cutting off a major commercial artery for Midwest farmers and other industries. Ewoldt has about $75,000 in soybeans sitting in grain bins with nowhere to go. "We have no barge traffic coming, and we won't be able to move whatever is at St.
What started with a few dozen dead pigs in northeastern China is sending shock waves through the global food chain. Last August, a farm with fewer than 400 hogs on the outskirts of Shenyang was found to harbor African swine fever, the first ever occurrence of the contagious viral disease in the country with half the world's pigs. Forty-seven head had died, triggering emergency measures including mass culling and a blockade to stop the transportation of livestock. Within days, a government notice proclaimed the outbreak "effectively controlled."