New figures from the Department of Agriculture show an increase in tractor tires rolling in the last week, but a number of them are either sitting still or stuck in the mud as wet conditions hinder planting progress across the country.
Democratic presidential candidates are trying to make agribusiness consolidation into a campaign issue, and some Republicans as well as farmers also worry that recent mergers are increasingly making it harder for growers to make a profit.
Agricultural sources often get blamed for polluting waterways, but this spring's flooding prompted several Midwestern cities and other sources to discharge a "witch’s brew" of pollutants into rivers and streams.
The United Nations report concluding that 1 million species are at risk of extinction included some familiar advice for agriculture: Adopt more sustainable practices, preserve genetic diversity in seeds and animals, and involve more sectors, including the public, in the food system.
When President Donald Trump fired off a pair of tweets on Sunday, he set the stage for a market shakeup at home and abroad as politicos and producers alike tried to determine where global trade talks stood.