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The Top 10 Stories From in 2018

It comes as no surprise that the top stories from this year included updates on the U.S.-China trade war as well as announcements on the USDA’s trade aid package. But there are a few surprising articles that made the top 10 list for 2018. Peruse them to make sure you’ve read all of our top stories.

This list is based on traffic numbers to each story during 2018.

1. What North Carolina Farms Need After Hurricane Florence

Posted on: September 24, 2018

North Carolina and other states on the East Coast were hit by Hurricane Florence. The storm’s winds battered crops and its rainfall, more than 30 inches in some areas, caused flooding that closed major interstates and shut down entire towns. Agriculture, the No. 1 industry in the state, took a hard hit, the full extent of which won’t be known for months. The needs of the agriculture community are great and may not be as obvious as you think. Read the full article here.

2. Confusion as China Ports Delay U.S. Cargoes, Disrupting Trade

Posted on: July 6, 2018

Some major Chinese ports delayed clearing goods from the U.S. on Friday, four sources said, potentially disrupting imports worth billions of dollars as the world’s top two economies head toward an outright trade war. Read the full article here.

3. Original Bi-Rotor Combine to Sell at Auction

Posted on: October 12, 2018

Mark Underwood and Ralph Lagergren’s XBR-2 Combine – the first Bi-Rotor combine – will sell at auction on the Underwood farm in north-central Kansas October 29. Read the full article here.

4. 7 Ag Tech Start-Ups to Watch in 2018

Posted on: January 15, 2018

There is a wealth of technological breakthroughs being made today in areas like robotics and drones, data collection and predictive analysis, disease prevention, and alternative farming methods. Read the full article here.

5. Trump to Cut Soybean Farmers a Check for Up to $1.65 per Bushel

Posted on: August 27, 2018

The Trump administration will spend up to $6.2 billion this fall to shield crop and livestock producers from retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and other trading partners, said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Read the full article here.

6. Prototype Bi-Rotor Combine Sells for $22,000

Posted on: October 29, 2018

After bidding between three potential buyers, the original Bi-Rotor prototype combine sold for $22,000 at Underwood’s estate auction held near Burr Oak, Kansas, on October 29. Read the full article here.

7. USDA Prepares to Unveil Massive Trade Aid Package

Posted on: August 21, 2018

The USDA appears to be on track to unveil on Friday details of a $12 billion assistance plan for farmers hurt by the international blowback from President Donald Trump’s trade battles. Read the full article here.

8. Goodbye, Kansas Wheat?

Posted on: March 26, 2018

Because of low prices due, in part, to increased world production, the number of acres of winter wheat varieties grown in the U.S. is the lowest in 99 years. Reduced profitability is driving farmers out or leading them to plant more lucrative row crops such as corn or sorghum. It’s a trend that economists, analysts, and growers don’t see reversing anytime soon – if ever. Read the full article here.

9. China May Have to Resume U.S. Soybean Purchases in Weeks

Posted on: August 7, 2018

China may have to start buying U.S. soybeans again in coming weeks despite the trade war between the two countries as other regions cannot supply enough soybeans to meet China’s needs. Read the full article here.

10. Second Round of Trump Tariff Payments Is Coming, USDA Says

Posted on: October 29, 2018

The Trump administration will begin a second, multibillion-dollar round of payments to soybean, cotton, pork, dairy, sorghum, wheat, and corn producers by December, said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Read the full article here.

Bonus: 10 Predictions for Farmers in 2019

This could be another rough year – or it could be the turnaround we need. Let’s get out the crystal ball. Read the full article here.

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