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The Big Iron Farm Show draws thousands of farmers and farm equipment-makers to a fairground in West Fargo, N.D. For many this year, concerns about crop yields have been eclipsed by worries about President Trump's trade policies. Jim Zarroli/NPR hide caption

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Farmers Hope For China Trade Deal, But For Now They Worry About Tariffs' Impact

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Farmer Terry Davidson walks through his soy fields in Harvard, Ill. Soybean prices have fallen this summer — a process that started even before the U.S. and China hit each other with tariffs in early July. Nova Safo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An engineer shows a sample of biodiesel at an industrial complex in General Lagos, Santa Fe province, Argentina. The United States recently imposed duties on Argentine biodiesel, blocking it from the U.S. market. Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Soybean plants, with pods ready for harvest, in Boonsboro, Maryland. Edwin Remsburg/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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The Soybean Is King, Yet Remains Invisible

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Soybeans are sprayed in Iowa in 2013. Enlist Duo is a mixture of two chemicals that farmers have used separately for many years: glyphosate (also known as Roundup) and 2,4-D. The new formulation is intended to work hand-in-hand with a new generation of corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to tolerate sprays of both herbicides. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Sunlight streams into a corn storage building at a Michlig Grain storage facility in Sheffield, Illinois, U.S., on Oct. 31, 2014. The price of corn has been falling for months. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest

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Empty shelves where eggs should be at a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C. The store blames increased demand for organic eggs. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It's Pricey

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A corn field is shrouded in mist at sunrise in rural Springfield, Neb. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (second from right) inspect drought-damaged corn on the McIntosh farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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