Trump had threatened to cancel NAFTA outright unless Congress acted to approve the replacement deal. | File photo

U.S. Senate passes North America trade deal, Canada still to approve

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a revamp of the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement that includes tougher rules on labor and automotive content but leaves $1.2 trillion in annual U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade flows largely unchanged. The legislation to implement the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement passed on an 89-10 bipartisan vote, sending […] Read more

EU Commission bans Bayer thiacloprid pesticide linked to harming bees

BRUSSELS,  (Reuters) – The European Commission decided on Monday not to renew approval for a pesticide linked to harming bees, effectively banning Bayer’s insecticide known as thiacloprid. The decision follows approval by a majority of EU governments in October last year, based on a proposal from the Commission, the bloc’s executive. “There are environmental concerns […] Read more

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

China to ramp up U.S. ag purchases in trade deal

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – China has pledged to buy almost $80 billion of additional manufactured goods from the United States over the next two years as part of a trade war truce, according to a source, a target that could provide a much-needed boost for planemaker Boeing but is being questioned by U.S. trade experts. Under […] Read more

Cargill, Bunge lead Brazil grain shipments in 2019 – shipping data

SAO PAULO, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Cargill was the largest exporter of soybean and corn from Brazil last year, with combined shipments totaling more than 17 million tonnes for the U.S.-based merchant, according to data released on Thursday by maritime agency Cargonave. Cargill was followed closely by rival by Bunge, which shipped almost 15 million […] 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

From Jan. 1, there must be a five-metre gap between sprayed fields and housing for shorter crops like cereals and a 10-metre zone for taller crops like fruit trees, the agriculture, environment and health ministries said in a joint statement. | File photo

New pesticide use zones anger French farmers

PARIS, France (Reuters) — The French government has established safe distances for pesticide spreading on crops near homes in an attempt to settle a heated debate between farmers and environmentalists but managing to anger both groups at once. From Jan. 1, there must be a five-metre gap between sprayed fields and housing for shorter crops […] 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