Three Canadian exporters have recently been banned from selling to China and Beijing has called for all Canadian meat imports to be suspended.  |  Jason Lee photo

China warns meat exporters to comply

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s customs administration warned meat exporting nations this week to comply with its rules on imports, following a series of problems it identified in Canadian pork shipments. Representatives from around 30 countries attended a meeting on Monday afternoon in Beijing hosted by Bi Kexin, Director General of the Import and Export Food […] Read more

U.S. farmers planted more corn than expected despite heavy rains and flooding that market watchers had said kept farmers out of the fields for much of the spring, the U.S. government said on Friday. | File photo

U.S. farmers plant more corn despite floods; prices sink

CHICAGO, June 28 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers planted more corn than expected despite heavy rains and flooding that market watchers had said kept farmers out of the fields for much of the spring, the U.S. government said on Friday. Soybean acreage came in below forecasts, however. Analysts had expected the data to show farmers had […] Read more


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Bayer looks for new herbicides

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Germany’s Bayer seeks to repair its reputation after damage caused by litigation in United States over claims its glyphosate pesticide causes cancer. It has promised to invest five billion euros (C$7.5 billion) in weed killer research. Bayer’s shares hit seven-year lows after a California couple was last month awarded more than […] Read more

China's decision to block imports of Canadian meat has set off a global chain reaction in pork trading but it will do little to curb overall demand as a disease ravaging the Chinese hog herd elevates prices, industry experts say. | File photo

China’s shutout of Canadian meat scrambles global pork flow

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 26 (Reuters) – China’s decision to block imports of Canadian meat has set off a global chain reaction in pork trading but it will do little to curb overall demand as a disease ravaging the Chinese hog herd elevates prices, industry experts say. China said on Tuesday it wants the Canadian government […] Read more



The justification for the total block is that China said it had found a number of fake veterinary health certificates for meat products imported from Canada because of poor supervision, the newspaper said. | File photo

China to halt all meat imports from Canada – media report

OTTAWA, June 25 (Reuters) – China will turn away any “meat products” shipped from Canada starting on Wednesday, according to a report in Le Journal de Montreal, citing an official in the office of the Chinese consulate general in Montreal. The justification for the total block is that China said it had found a number […] Read more

After what many grain shippers have called the worst river flooding ever in terms of timing, breadth and duration, the vessels may finally be able to reach elevators in the heart of the U.S. farm belt to haul away export-bound corn and soybeans. | Twitter/@stltoday photo

Mississippi re-opens to barge traffic following floods

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – The upper Mississippi River reopened to barge traffic on Friday as vessels were cleared to ship through St. Louis harbour, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said, and the situation quickly became a logistics nightmare as dozens of towboats and hundreds of delayed barges tried to maneuver upriver. After what many grain shippers […] Read more


Monsoon covers half of India, to accelerate crop sowing

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – India’s annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country and conditions are favourable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, a weather department official said on Monday. The monsoon’s progress will help farmers to accelerate sowing of summer-sown crops, which has been lagging due to a […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump announces a $16 billion assistance package for farmers and ranchers May 23 while ag secretary Sonny Perdue looks on. | Twitter/@WhiteHouse photo

Trump and Modi’s lavish farm payouts prompt questions at WTO

GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) – Massive farm-support plans in the United States and India are being scrutinized by other World Trade Organization members, questions submitted to the WTO’s quarterly agriculture committee meeting showed on Monday. The WTO has strict rules about the size and nature of payments, and member governments keep a close watch for […] Read more