Wisconsin is known for its milk and cheese industries, which have been hard hit by both the White House’s trade policies and the COVID-19 pandemic, but the amount of assistance to farmers weeks before the vote was unexpected. | Screencap via Twitter/@TeamTrump

U.S. announces another $13 billion in farm aid

MOSINEE, Wis., (Reuters) — United States President Donald Trump announced a new round of pandemic assistance to farmers of about US$13 billion at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Sept. 17, delivering aid to an important sector in a crucial battleground state. Wisconsin is known for its milk and cheese industries, which have been hard […] Read more

Bayer kicked off a massive lobbying effort last year after Thailand announced plans to ban glyphosate.  | REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay photo

In the weeds

BANGKOK, Thailand (Reuters) — Chemical giant Bayer and the United States government co-operated last year to lobby Thailand to reverse its ban on glyphosate, documents obtained by an environmental group and reviewed by Reuters show. The lobbying, including U.S. trade officials asking Bayer for information on Thailand’s deputy agriculture minister, is detailed in more than […] Read more

Refiners say the waivers are crucial for reducing regulatory costs for small fuel producers and keeping them in business, but the corn lobby argues the exemp-tions undermine demand for corn-based ethanol at a time farmers are already suffering from the impacts of a trade war with China. | File photo

U.S. farmers win on biofuel waiver

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Reuters) — United States President Donald Trump’s administration rejected scores of requests from U.S. oil refiners for waivers that would have retroactively spared them from their obligation to blend biofuels like ethanol into their fuel, delivering a win for farmers and a blow to the oil industry just ahead of the November […] Read more


The explosion that destroyed much of Beirut, including its major grain silo, has damaged the port’s handling capacity, but the World Food Program does not think Lebanon is heading toward a food crisis.  |  Reuters/Mohamed Azakir photo

Beirut port explosion hammers Lebanon’s grain import capacity

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuters) — Beirut port’s capacity to handle wheat and other bulk cereal imports has collapsed to about a fifth or less of its level before a massive blast smashed its grain silos and other facilities, a senior United Nations official said. But Abdallah Alwardat, the country director for the World Food Program, told […] Read more

Australia’s recent troubles with China appeared to begin with a call for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins, but those inside the Australian government says worries have been building for some time over what’s perceived to be China’s threat to Australia’s democracy and national sovereignty.  | Reuters/Jason Lee photo

How to stand up to a superpower

Canada is not alone as it feels China’s wrath, but Australia is facing down the Asian giant in a high-stakes strategy

CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) — Australia is standing up to China. Watch closely: it may be a harbinger of things to come, as the world’s smaller countries respond to the increasingly coercive Asian economic superpower. For years, the Australian political and business establishment had a paramount goal: protect and expand this country’s booming exports to fast-growing […] Read more


China expects a bumper 2020-21 corn crop at around 266.5 million tonnes, but that’s still not enough to meet demand from the country’s livestock industry.  |   REUTERS/Ryan Woo photo

China’s looming corn shortage causes unease

Food prices have risen as the country heads for its first real shortfall in years and faces a deficit of up to 30 million tonnes

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — Soaring corn prices are stoking food security jitters in China, where food inflation has climbed to the highest in over a decade and President Xi Jinping made a recent high-profile plea for an end to waste. The price surge in corn — critical for China’s mammoth hog, dairy and poultry sectors […] Read more

Bayer has asked California’s Supreme Court to review a decision awarding US$20.5 million to a groundskeeper who claimed the company’s Roundup herbicide caused his cancer, arguing the ruling was at odds with federal law and settled legal principles.
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Bayer appeals Roundup ruling

(Reuters) — Bayer has asked California’s Supreme Court to review a decision awarding US$20.5 million to a groundskeeper who claimed the company’s Roundup herbicide caused his cancer, arguing the ruling was at odds with federal law and settled legal principles. Bayer, which acquired Roundup with its purchase of Monsanto for $63 billion in 2018, said […] Read more

China’s commerce ministry said in an online statement it would now investigate some 37 Australian wine subsidy schemes following a request from the China Wine Industry Association.
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China doubles down on Australian dumping with wine investigation

SHANGHAI/SYDNEY (Reuters) — China launched an investigation Aug. 31 into alleged government subsidies of some Australian wine imports, a widely expected follow-up to an anti-dumping probe that Australian representatives said they would oppose. The investigations come against a backdrop of increasing tensions between the countries after Canberra called for an international inquiry into the origins […] Read more


The suspected case concerned a wild boar carcass found near the German-Polish border. A sample of the carcass was being taken for tests at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut laboratory, the ministry said in a statement. | File photo

Germany says has suspected case of African swine fever

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture said on Wednesday it had a suspected case of African swine fever (ASF) in a wild boar in the eastern state of Brandenburg. The suspected case concerned a wild boar carcass found near the German-Polish border. A sample of the carcass was being taken for tests […] Read more