By JOSH FUNK, PAUL WISEMAN and JOE McDONALD, AP Business
President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world's two largest economies. But will they really?
The Farm Service Agency is expanding its payment options, debit cards and Automated Clearing House debit will both be allowed as paperless payment options to pay farm loans, measurement service fees, farm program debt repayments, and administrative fees.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told nervous Midwestern farmers on Wednesday that he's confident that they'll eventually regain the markets they've lost in the Trump administration's trade war with China.
By STEVE KARNOWSKI and BALINT SZALAI, Associated Press
The Trump administration's Market Facilitation Program is meant to compensate farmers for income they've lost due to the U.S. trade war with China. Data provided to The Associated Press from the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Freedom of Information Act gives some insights into where the money goes.
An Iowa-based community activist organization and a Washington-based environmental group have filed a lawsuit against the state of Iowa and several state agencies alleging they have deprived residents of their right to clean water by failing to adequately regulate pollution from hog operations and crop farms.