Farmers For Trump Survey and California Beekeepers in Wildfires
**Three-quarters of U.S. farmers say they’ll vote for President Trump in the upcoming November presidential election, despite trade disruptions, tumbling grain prices and rising farm bankruptcies.
agrimarketing.com reports, the poll by Farm Futures asked, "If the presidential election was held today, would you vote for President Trump?"
Some 75% said yes, significantly higher than the 60% who said yes to the same question in 2018 just after the China trade war began, and 66% in 2019.
The nationwide poll was conducted in late July with 1,044 responses.
**Beekeepers in the region around Vacaville, California say the LNU Lightning Complex fire caused severe losses that threaten their businesses and their ability to provide pollination services to almonds and other crops.
In part, that's because the fires hit at a time of year when beekeepers repopulate their colonies for almond pollination the following February.
The fires also damaged or destroyed bee habitat and forage.
**Despite COVID-19 lower commodity prices and trade issues, USDA researchers are calling for farm sector profits to rise this year in its latest 2020 Farm Sector Income Forecast.
According to agweb.com, net cash-farm income is forecast to increase $4.9 billion to $115.2 billion in 2020.
Inflation-adjusted net cash farm income is forecast to increase $4.0 billion from 2019, which would be 5.7 percent above its 2000-19 average of $109.0 billion.