Aug 30, 2019

Nebraska's corn farmers are "outraged" at Trump

A corn farmer in Polk, Nebraska. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Corn farmers in Nebraska are "outraged by the Trump administration's lack of support for the American farmer," according to a Thursday press release by the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association.

The big picture: Farmers across the U.S. have had to cut costs, take up side gigs and go without health insurance to stay afloat during the U.S.-China trade war. The Trump administration has promised billions in aid to affected farmers, though an analysis showed that most paid so far went to the country's largest and wealthiest farmers.

What they're saying: Nebraskan farmers blasted the Trump administration's decision to grant oil refineries waivers for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates that transportation fuel sold in the U.S. must contain a minimum amount of renewables, like corn-based ethanol.

  • They branded the RFS waivers as moves "to bail out the oil industry rather than helping American farmers."
  • The farmers also criticized the lack of movement on the USMCA trade deal for North America, as well as a continued stalemate in the China trade dispute.

Go deeper: U.S. farm equipment purchases drop $900 million amid trade wars

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Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

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The latest: Virginia's Arlington County Police Department said in a statement it withdrew officers from D.C. Monday night after being "put in a compromising position" after they were seen assisting military police and park rangers who used tear gas on peaceful protesters so Trump could walk to St John’s Episcopal Church, near the White House.

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Screenshot of an image some Facebook employees used as part of their virtual walkout on Monday.

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Why it matters: While Twitter has flagged two of the president's Tweets, one for being potentially misleading about mail-in ballot procedures and another for glorifying violence, Facebook has left those and other posts up, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying he doesn't want to be the "arbiter of truth."

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Why it matters: Cisco joins Sony, Electronic Arts and Google in delaying tech events planned for this week.