Markets

Growers' New Clout Tilts Farm Economy

Across the U.S. Farm Belt, the balance of power is swinging away from multibillion- dollar agribusinesses. For over a century, companies such as Cargill Inc. held sway over markets for U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat, quoting prices to farmers who trucked their crops to company grain elevators.
 Cargill and its peers would then market crops to food and beverage makers across the country. Now farmers are increasingly calling the shots. Running expanded, consolidated farms, big farm operators are pushing grain giants for better prices or striking their own deals

Cranberry Industry Bit by Tariffs

Cars and steel may be grabbing all the headlines as trade tensions mount, but countries that really want to needle the U.S. are springing retaliatory tariffs on the cranberry.
 A quintessentially American export, cranberries are nearly all grown in the U.S. and Canada. It is a trade duopoly, and most of the cranberry bogs in the U.S. happen to be in House Speaker Paul Ryan's home state of Wisconsin.
 “If cranberries get too expensive, they start using raisins or