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A $12 billion program to help farmers stung by trade war has aided few

Harvesting soybeans near a wind farm south of Luverne, N.D., Oct. 29, 2018. Voters in red states largely shrugged off concerns about the economic effect of President Trump’s global trade war, throwing their support behind Republican candidates who embraced the administration’s protectionist agenda despite attempts by Democrats to turn it into a wedge issue. (Dan Koeck/The New York Times) XNYT257 XNYT257

Just $838 million has been paid out to farmers since the first $6 billion pot of bailout money was made available in September. The program’s limitations are beginning to test farmers’ patience.

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The curse of the Honeycrisp apple

Everyone’s favorite apple is leaving Northeastern orchards out on a limb. For the massive West Coast orchards, this isn’t much of a problem.