Kane Farabaugh is the Midwest Correspondent for Voice of America, where since 2008 he has established Voice of America's presence in the heartland of America.
Farabaugh is an Emmy® award-winning television and radio news journalist, documentary producer and filmmaker, writer, digital content provider, and is a proficient "one-man band" videographer. He has reported from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has traveled to more than 50 countries covering a wide range of important news events from riots in Ferguson, Missouri, to global warming in the Arctic, to Muslim extremism in Pakistan.
He has covered many of the world's major sporting events including the World Series, Super Bowl, and Olympics, and has interviewed world leaders including Polish President Lech Walesa and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Farabaugh's awards include several RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards, several AP Awards including Best Enterprise Reporter and Outstanding One Man Band Videographer, the New York Festivals Award, and numerous others.
China has announced a tariff exemption on U.S.-produced pork, withdrawing duties as high as 72%, one of many tariffs Beijing imposed on American agricultural products amid a protracted trade war with Washington. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports from the Midwest state of Illinois, farmers feel the economic pinch even as China's need to import pork is growing.
Increased costs for aluminum and steel, and lower prices for crops, mostly attributable to tariffs, are forcing many American farmers to hold off purchasing large, expensive equipment. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports from this year's Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, farmers want new equipment that uses the latest technology but are struggling to afford it and encounter obstacles getting loans from banks.
In 2018, the United States reached an agreement with Mexico and Canada — two of its biggest trading partners — to replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. The new USMCA Trade Agreement is billed as "more balanced and reciprocal," but as VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, the lack of a vote in the U.S. Congress to ratify the agreement is a source of frustration for U.S. farmers.
U.S. farmers, currently caught in the middle of a trade dispute between the Trump Administration and China, are also facing one of the most erratic years of weather variations, leaving many fields unplanted. Although prices for U.S. corn and soybeans have stabilized despite the weather, new tariffs imposed by China and the uncertain fate of the US, Canada, Mexico Trade Agreement is creating a perfect storm in a season already filled with uncertainty for farmers. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.