From phone makers to farmers, the toll of Trump’s trade wars

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would impose a 10 percent tariff on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese imports as tensions with China spiked again, the latest salvo in a yearlong trade war between the world’s two largest economies. The levies, due to begin on Sept. 1, would hit a […] Read more

ICE canola futures rise on short covering, halt skid

Manitoba (Reuters) – ICE canola futures rose on Friday, halting a four-day skid on short-covering and strength in soyoil. Funds covered part of their short position after the November contract bounced off the support level of $440 on Thursday, a trader said. Lack of export demand, with China not buying Canadian canola, overhangs the market, […] Read more

Energy prices, trade tensions weigh on Canada producer prices

OTTAWA – Canadian producer prices fell by 1.4 percent in June, the biggest decline in nearly two years, on lower prices for energy and petroleum goods, Statistics Canada data showed on Wednesday. Analysts in a Reuters poll had predicted a decline of 0.1 percent in June following an initially reported boost of 0.1 percent in […] Read more

Sun sets on a wheat field Northeast of White Fox.  |  Taryn Riemer photo

IGC cuts forecasts for 2019/2020 world wheat, corn crops

LONDON,  (Reuters) – The International Grains Council (IGC) cut its forecast on Thursday for world wheat production in the 2019/2020 season, reflecting diminished crop outlooks in Russia, the European Union and Canada. The inter-governmental body lowered its 2019/20 global wheat crop forecast by 6 million tonnes to 763 million tonnes. Top wheat exporter Russia was […] Read more

France triggers disaster fund for drought-hit farmers

France, Europe’s biggest grain producer, announced aid on Friday for farmers hit by the severe drought that has afflicted the country since the summer, along with much of northern Europe. The government will tap an agricultural disaster fund for farmers as part of a broader aid package unveiled by Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume during a […] Read more

Indonesia’s 2018 food wheat imports to rise 6% despite cost hike

JAKARTA, (Reuters) – Indonesia’s imports of wheat for flour are expected to reach 8.5 million tonnes this year, an industry body said, up from 8 million tonnes in 2017, despite increasing prices of the grain. Indonesian demand for noodles, biscuits and snacks like martabak, a local version of a pancake, has climbed steadily in recent […] Read more

Louis Dreyfus CEO, finance chief quit in latest shake-up

PARIS, (Reuters) – Louis Dreyfus Company announced the surprise departures of its chief executive and head of finance on Tuesday, triggering another reshuffle at the commodities giant as it strives to recover from weak agricultural markets. The group said in a statement that Gonzalo Ramirez Martiarena had resigned as CEO after three years in the […] Read more

Brazil to import 1 mln tonnes of soy from U.S., says trader

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazil, the world’s No 1 soy exporter, is expected to import around 1 million tonnes of the oilseed in coming months from its largest global competitor, the United States, as local supplies dwindle, according to Sao Paulo-based grain trader Agribrasil. It would be the first time that the South American nation, […] Read more

Brazil’s Gavilon aims to be top non-traditional soybean exporter to China

SAO PAULO – Grains origination company Gavilon do Brasil could become Brazil’s largest non-traditional, “asset-light” soybean exporter to China in three years despite being a relatively new player here, a top executive said. Brazil general manager Fabrício Mazaia said in an interview the firm could reach that goal without immediately investing in assets such as […] Read more

European Commission approves Canadian canola for new biodiesel standard

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The European Commission has approved Canadian canola for use in producing biodiesel in the European Union under its tougher environmental standard, the Canadian government said on Tuesday. The EU currently requires feedstocks used to produce biodiesel to emit 35 percent less greenhouse gases over their life cycle than fossil […] Read more