Phase 1 commodity targets likely more than China can chew – analysts

BEIJING/SINGAPORE,  (Reuters) – Commodity traders and analysts are struggling to map out how China will reach the eye-popping amounts it is committing to buy from the United States under Phase 1 of their trade deal. China has pledged to buy $50 billion more in U.S. energy supplies, and will raise U.S. agriculture purchases by some $32 billion […] Read more


The two new GM crops approved were Corteva Agriscience's DAS-81419-2 soybean and 55-1 papaya, jointly developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Hawaii University. | File photo

China approves two more GMO crops

BEIJING (Reuters) — China approved two new genetically modified (GM) crops for import on Dec. 30 that could boost agricultural purchases from the United States, while renewing permits for 10 others, the Chinese agriculture ministry said. In December, Beijing and Washington announced a Phase 1 trade deal, under which China has agreed to import more […] Read more


China plans to issue biosafety certificates to domestic GM soybean, corn

BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s agriculture ministry said Dec. 30 it plans to issue biosafety certificates to a domestically grown, genetically modified (GM) soybean crop and two corn crops, in a move towards commercializing GM grain production in the world’s top market. China will grant the certificate to SHZD32-01 soybean developed by Shanghai Jiaotong University, provided […] Read more

The two new GM crops approved were Corteva Agriscience's DAS-81419-2 soybean and 55-1 papaya, jointly developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Hawaii University. | File photo

China approves two new GM crops from U.S. for import, renews 10 others

BEIJING, (Reuters) – China approved two new genetically modified (GM) crops for import earlier this week that could boost agricultural purchases from the United States, while renewing permits for 10 others, the Chinese agriculture ministry said. Earlier this month, Beijing and Washington announced a Phase 1 trade deal, under which China has agreed to import […] Read more


China plans to issue biosafety certificates to domestic GM soybean, corn

BEIJING – China’s agriculture ministry said earlier this week it plans to issue biosafety certificates to a domestically grown, genetically modified (GM) soybean crop and two corn crops, in a move towards commercializing GM grain production in the world’s top market. China will grant the certificate to SHZD32-01 soybean developed by Shanghai Jiaotong University, provided […] Read more

Crop invaders: China’s small farmers struggle to defeat armyworm

MENGHAI, China (Reuters) – Yan Wenliu leans on the side of his cart as he prepares to leave his sugarcane field in Southwest China, bewildered by the formidable new pest that has ambushed his crops this year. “I don’t know what it is,” says Yan, a 36-year-old farmer from Menghai county in Yunnan province. “But […] Read more

Since January, Chinese port soybean inspections that routinely take a few days now require three weeks, causing Chinese buyers to avoid Canadian products, said Dwight Gerling, president of Canadian exporter DG Global. | File photo

Canadian farm exports run into Chinese wall amid diplomatic dispute

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/BEIJING, April 29 (Reuters) – An expanding list of Canadian farm exports is hitting obstacles at Chinese ports, leaving sellers of soybeans, peas and pork scrambling amid a bitter diplomatic dispute. China has already blocked Canadian canola from Richardson International and Viterra, two of Canada’s biggest farm exporters, saying that shipments had pests. Other […] Read more