Throughout U.S. farm country tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are boosting costs for equipment and infrastructure and causing some farmers and agricultural firms to scrap purchases and expansion plans.
Agriculture on the Great Plains in the coming decades may be adversely affected by a shifting of the climate boundary due to global warming, says Richard Seager, a climate scientist at Columbia University.
A weather pattern known as La Nina created drought conditions, and subsequent wildfires, across the U.S. Great Plains has faded, But its weather cousin, El Nino, may develop, according to the Climate Prediction Center.
Kansas is currently has 81.77% of land classified as D1 Moderate by the U.S. Drought Monitor. The recent dry-spell has led Governor Jeff Colyer to declare a drought designation to aid farmers and ranchers.
Chinese state media on Monday praised a significant dialing back of trade tension with the United States, saying China had stood its ground and the two countries had huge potential for win-win business cooperation.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement would result in the “best deal” to revamp the 24-year-old trade pact with Canada & Mexico in favor of U.S. interests.