'It can't get any worse': Iowa farmers suffer as U.S. trade war with China escalates
Battling rain and cold, crumbling trade talks with China, and slumping commodity markets, northern Iowa farmer Brent Renner says it's a struggle to feel optimistic about the corn and soybeans he's planting. "It's a physical and mental challenge," said Renner, a 43-year-old who farms near Klemme, a town of about 500 people west of Clear Lake. "A lot of us think it can't get any worse, that it can only go up from here. But that's probably not a safe bet," he said.