FarmLink Marketing Solutions estimated the Canadian wheat harvest including durum looks to reach nearly 39 million tonnes, surpassing the current record of 37.6 million, set in 2013. | file photo

Canada heading for record-large wheat crop, bigger canola harvest

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Canadian farmers are on track to harvest a record-large all-wheat crop, and more canola than last year, due mainly to favorable crop conditions, farmer advisory service FarmLink Marketing Solutions estimated on Wednesday. The Winnipeg, Manitoba-based company’s staff toured Western Canadian fields during the last two weeks of July. Canada […] Read more

The German company said that lawyers representing those preparing a class action had withdrawn a request for court approval of the $1.25 billion future claims scheme, part of a broader $10.9 billion agreement to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits related to Roundup. | Bayer photo

Future claims portion of Bayer Roundup settlement on hold

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bayer was forced on Wednesday to delay part of a proposed settlement of allegations that its widely used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer after a U.S. judge questioned its plan to deal with future claims. The German company said that lawyers representing those preparing a class action had withdrawn a request for […] Read more

The company said it will make a payment of $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to resolve the current Roundup litigation - including an allowance expected to cover unresolved claims - and $1.25 billion to support a separate class agreement to address potential future litigation. Bayer did not admit liability or wrongdoing. | File photo

Bayer agrees to pay to settle Roundup lawsuits

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bayer AG, after more than a year of talks, agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion (USD) to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits claiming that its widely-used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer, resolving litigation that has pummeled the company’s share price. The German drugs and pesticides maker has come to […] Read more


A three-judge panel ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency substantially understated the risks related to the use of dicamba, which is found in herbicides made by Bayer and its rivals. | File photo

U.S. court blocks dicamba; says EPA understated risks

(Reuters) — Bayer has been blocked from selling its dicamba-based herbicide in the United States, the latest setback for a business that is already fighting an expensive legal battle over another of its products. A three-judge panel ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency substantially understated the risks related to the use of dicamba, which […] Read more

The European Commission wants to cut the use of chemical pesticides by 50 percent, reduce fertilizer use by 20 percent and cut sales of antimicrobials — a category of substances that includes antibiotics — for animal and fish farming by 50 percent by 2030. | File photo

EU intends to halve pesticide use

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — The European Commission unveiled a plan last week to increase organic farming and cut agricultural chemical use to protect the environment. The proposals were welcomed by environmental groups, but farmers said they would make them less flexible. Agriculture is a contributor to climate change, producing around 10 percent of European Union […] Read more


Trump made the comments at a White House event held to discuss $19 billion in agricultural relief approved by Congress. He did not mention specific trade deals or countries when talking about cattle. | Screencap via YouTube/The White House

U.S. president muses about ban on foreign cattle imports

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is monitoring last week’s musings from U.S. President Donald Trump about terminating trade deals that allow cattle to enter that country as a way to help the American beef industry. CCA executive vice-president Dennis Laycraft said the association made quick contact with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in the U.S. to […] Read more

With the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which has killed more than 70,000 Americans, a number of large meat-processing plants have shut down because of infected workers. The result has been fewer markets to which to sell livestock and higher prices for meat. | File photo

Trump asks for meat price probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump said today he had urged the justice department to look into allegations that the meat-packing industry broke antitrust law because the price that slaughterhouses pay farmers for animals had dropped even as meat prices rose. “I’ve asked the justice department to look into it…. I’ve asked them to take […] Read more

The U.S. imports cattle from Mexico and Canada to supplement domestic supplies at lower prices and to slaughter in American plants run by companies like Tyson Foods Inc. and JBS USA. Bans could reignite trade disputes. | File photo

Trump proposes foreign cattle ban

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday the United States should consider terminating trade deals under which it imports cattle as he looks to help U.S. ranchers hit hard by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The U.S. imports cattle from Mexico and Canada to supplement domestic supplies at lower prices and to slaughter in […] Read more


There is no room on the range for cattle as slaughterhouses across North America close because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving farmers nowhere to ship their animals. | File photo

Packing crisis tightens grip on ranchers, retailers

WINNIPEG/LONDON (Reuters) — There is no room on the range for cattle as slaughterhouses across North America close because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving farmers nowhere to ship their animals. Now fast-food chain Wendy’s says it is running out of beef, while Kroger and Costco limit sales of some meat items, underlining the growing dislocation […] Read more

US$19 billion in American federal emergency payments to agricultural industries injured by COVID-19 were announced April 17.  |  Michael Raine photo

US$19 billion agricultural aid program for COVID-19

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Friday announced a US$19 billion relief program to help U.S. farmers cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, including $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers and mass purchases of produce, meat and other products. “American agriculture has been hard-hit, like most of America, with […] Read more