U.S. farm groups, Monsanto sue over glyphosate warning

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Monsanto and U.S. farm groups sued California in mid-November to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate. The government of the most populous U.S. state added glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, to its list of cancer-causing chemicals in July[...]

Invasive weed causes alarm in Alberta

It’s tall. It’s nasty. It’s invasive. “It scares the crap out of us,” said Todd Green, director of agricultural services for the County of Newell. Green was speaking about Phragmites australis, a member of the reed family that was found in the county last year and has since been found in 13 other Alberta locations.[...]


EU sticks with glyphosate

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — Germany defeated its key European Union ally France in a very tight vote Nov. 27 to clear the use of glyphosate for the next five years after a heated debate over whether it causes cancer. After months of indecisive votes among the 28 member states in Brussels, Germany, where Chancellor Angela[...]

Grain sellers enjoying easy export sales pitch

Canada’s international wheat marketers are enjoying making their sales calls this year.
“It’s a much better story that we’re telling customers,” said Cam Dahl, Cereals Canada president, after arriving at an airport in South Korea.
“This year is really one of the best crops from a quality perspective that I have ever seen.”
As usual for this time[...]


Germany's Merkel scolds ally in glyphosate row

Berlin | Reuters -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel scolded a minister on Tuesday in a bid to shield talks on forming a coalition government from a dispute between cabinet colleagues over an EU herbicide licence. Conservative Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt angered the centre-left SPD on Monday by breaking protocol to back a European Union proposal[...]

Germany swings EU vote in favour of glyphosate

Brussels | Reuters -- Germany defeated its key EU ally France in a very tight vote on Monday to clear the use of glyphosate herbicide for the next five years after a heated debate over whether it causes cancer. After months of indecisive votes among the 28 member states in Brussels, Germany, whose Chancellor Angela[...]


Germany swings EU vote in favour of glyphosate

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — Germany defeated its key European Union ally France in a very tight vote today to clear the use of glyphosate for the next five years after a heated debate over whether it causes cancer. After months of indecisive votes among the 28 member states in Brussels, Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel[...]

French court suspends pesticides over potential harm to bees

Paris | Reuters -- A French court suspended on Friday the licence for two pesticides made by Dow Chemical, citing uncertainty over environmental risks including their effects on bees. The preliminary ruling by an administrative court in the city of Nice overturned a decision by France's health and environment agency ANSES in September to grant[...]


Straight-cut canola’s storage impact studied

Straight cutting of canola has gone from a fringe activity to a common practice on the Prairies over the last five years. Agronomists and growers have many theories on swathing versus straight cutting and how the harvest methods affect things like seed size, yield and oil content. Another factor to consider is storage. Does straight[...]

U.S. farm study finds no firm cancer link to glyphosate

LONDON, U.K. (Reuters) — A large long-term study on the use of glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer. Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the study found there was no association between glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s[...]