The Wall Street Journal has created a series of data visualizations showing how bad weather and the United States-China trade war have created significant challenges for U.S. farmers. The visualizations show that the months between July 2018 and June 2019 were the wettest in the United States since record-keeping began in 1895, resulting in soggy fields that farmers could not plant in. In addition, U.S. exports for crops such as soybeans have declined due to the trade war with China. This combined strain has accelerated the decline of the number of farms in the United States, which will fall below two million for the first time in over a century.
Visualizing the Effects of Bad Weather and the Trade War on Farmers
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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