USDA starting payments for 2018-2019 disasters

IARN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin to issue over $1 billion in payments over the next several weeks starting June 15. The funds are for producers with approved Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program applications and producers who have already received payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). Read more

U.S. and E.U. agree to end trade dispute over subsidies

IARN — President Biden reached an agreement with European Union leaders to stop the long-running trade dispute over subsidies for Boeing and Airbus. The announcement comes while President Biden participates in an EU-U.S. summit in Brussels as part of his first overseas trip as president. Both the U.S. and Europe are trying to counter the rising power of China, so the two powers hope this will improve their relations with each other. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the announcement ends a long-standing “irritant” in the relationship between the U.S. and the European Union. Read more

Crops Showing Stress From Lack Of Moisture

Northwest Iowa — Iowa State University Extension crop specialist, Joel DeJong, says northwest Iowa crops are showing signs of stress from the dry conditions. He says they need around 25 inches of moisture during the crop development stage. Read more