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'Very stressful': COVID-19 surge slices U.S. demand for big Thanksgiving turkeys

23 Nov 2020

CHICAGO All summer, Greg Gunthorp slaughtered and froze 15- to 24-pound turkeys on his northeastern Indiana farm for Thanksgiving sales to retailers, restaurants and families across the Midwest.

Food workers, rural Americans go hungry despite U.S. government farm aid

27 Oct 2020

GREEN BAY, Wis. Yessenia Cendejas pulled up to a moving truck filled with donated food in northeastern Wisconsin, arriving at the mobile food bank straight from her job at a pizza-crust factory, to get sustenance for herself and five children.

Time’s up: After a reprieve, a wave of evictions expected across U.S.

19 Oct 2020

On Sept. 1, U.S. health officials announced they would suspend evictions across the United States to help stem further spread of the novel coronavirus.

GRAINS-Soybeans rebound from prior day's plunge as farmer sales slow

13 Oct 2020

* Corn up on exports to Mexico (New throughout; updates byline, dateline previously SINGAPORE/PARIS)

U.S. agriculture secretary says unsure if China will meet Phase 1 farm commitment

02 Oct 2020

CEDAR GROVE, Wisc. China may fall short of annual agricultural product purchasing commitments made in its Phase 1 trade deal with the United States due to "non-agricultural trade issues," U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Friday.

Trump trade aid payments benefited large, Southern farms: watchdog report

14 Sep 2020

CHICAGO Farmers from the U.S. Southeast, primarily those growing crops like cotton or sorghum, received larger trade aid payments from the federal government in 2019 than those in other parts of the country, a government watchdog agency said on Monday.

LIVESTOCK-Live cattle slide ahead of cattle on feed report

21 Aug 2020

CHICAGO, Aug 21 Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell on Friday on profit-taking and positioning ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cattle on Feed report, released after the markets closed.

GRAINS-Corn steady as Iowa yields falter on storm damage

21 Aug 2020

* Soybeans trade even near 7-mth high on weather, China demand

LIVESTOCK-Lean hog futures rise as slaughter pace reaches pre-COVID levels

20 Aug 2020

CHICAGO, Aug 20 Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures gained on Thursday as slaughter rates returned to levels not seen since processing plants closed from COVID-19 outbreaks among workers this spring.

LIVESTOCK-Live cattle futures firm on wholesale strength

19 Aug 2020

CHICAGO, Aug 19 Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures gained on Wednesday as boxed beef prices offered support ahead of the upcoming holiday weekend, traders said.

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