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Dairy farms in Wisconsin are on the brink of vanishing as they struggle to survive falling prices, overproduction and President Trump's trade war, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: President Trump is managing a delicate balancing act, as he seeks to force concessions through his global trade war without losing the support of farm districts he won in 2016. Many dairy farmers are being forced to turn to beef or vegetables to make a living.

By the numbers: Nearly 1,200 Wisconsin dairy farms have stopped milking cows since 2016, with 212 folding this year.

  • Wisconsin herds are below 8,000, or half compared to 15 years ago, the Times reports.
  • 49 Wisconsin farms filed for bankruptcy in 2018 — more than any other state, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
  • Milk prices have declined within the last five years from $26 to $17 per 100 pounds, according to the USDA. Increased efficiencies in milking and corporate farming have also led to overproduction, especially as U.S. consumer tastes shift away from dairy.

What to watch: Trump's approval rating for heartland voters is underwater as farmers continue to struggle.

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Hurricane Zeta makes landfall on Louisiana coast as Category 2 storm

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Hurricane Zeta made landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana as a Category 2 storm on Wednesday, bringing with it "life-threatening storm surge and strong winds," per the National Hurricane Center.

What's happening: The hurricane was producing maximum sustained winds of nearly 110 mph and stronger gusts.

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  2. Health: Surge "is real" and not just caused by more tests, Trump's testing czar saysMask mandates help control rise in hospitalizations Some coronavirus survivors have "autoantibodies."
  3. Business: Surge is sinking consumer confidence Testing is a windfall.
  4. World: Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave France imposes lockdown as Macron warns of overwhelming second COVID wave Germany to close bars and restaurants for a month.
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What the 2020 election means for science

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The 2020 presidential election presents two stark paths for the direction of future-focused scientific research.

Why it matters: Science is a long game, with today's breakthroughs often stemming from research carried out decades ago, often with government help. That means the person who occupies the White House over the next four years will help shape the state of technology for decades into the future.

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