Tyson had announced Aug. 3 that all U.S. employees would have to be vaccinated by Nov. 1, though the requirement for unionized plant workers was subject to negotiations with labour unions. | Screencap via tysonfoods.com

Tyson reaches vaccine deal

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — North America’s largest meat packing union has agreed to support Tyson Foods Inc.’s requirement that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. It also secured paid sick leave for workers in negotiations. The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents Tyson plant workers, said the deal is the first national U.S. agreement […] Read more

Under a recent agreement, Chevron would have the right of first refusal for the soybean oil crushed by Bunge.  | Reuters/Lucy Nicholson photo

Chevron to invest in Bunge crushers

(Reuters) — Chevron plans to invest $600 million in two soybean crushing facilities owned by Bunge Ltd., securing future feedstock for renewable fuels, the two companies said Sept. 2. The investment will result in a 50-50 joint venture. Oil companies in the United States have been building their production of renewable fuels, spurred by federal […] Read more

Kansas City Southern said it would enter into a merger agreement with CP because it found the bid to be superior. | Screencap via kcsouthern.com

CN scraps Kansas City Southern bid; paves way for CP

(Reuters) — Canadian National Railway said today it would not proceed with its $29.6 billion offer for Kansas City Southern, citing regulatory hurdles and paving the way for the U.S. railroad to be bought by rival Canadian Pacific Railway. “There have been significant changes to the U.S. regulatory landscape since CN launched its initial proposal […] Read more

The Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based company also said it would ensure its ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70 percent compared to gasoline by 2030, up from about 46 percent today, the company said. | Screencap via poet.com

Largest U.S. biofuels producer pledges carbon neutrality by 2050

NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) – POET, the largest biofuels producer in the United States, said on Wednesday it is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions at its bioprocessing facilities by 2050, making it the latest company to pledge to reduce its carbon footprint to fight climate change. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based company also […] Read more

Record-hot summer temperatures in Canada's western crop belt, combined with sparse rain, sharply reduced farm yields of the world's biggest canola-growing nation. | Michael Robin photo

Canada cuts canola, wheat estimates further due to drought

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept 14 – A drought has damaged Canada’s canola and wheat harvests even more than it appeared weeks ago, according to a Statistics Canada report. Record-hot summer temperatures in Canada’s western crop belt, combined with sparse rain, sharply reduced farm yields of the world’s biggest canola-growing nation. Canada is also a major wheat […] Read more

Uncertainty about when the plant will reopen rattled cattle futures because the industry does not have extra capacity to process livestock at other plants, analysts said. | Grand Island Fire Department photo

CME cattle futures drop as fire closes JBS beef plant

CHICAGO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Chicago Mercantile Exchange cattle futures fell to their lowest prices since June on Monday on concerns that U.S. ranchers could temporarily lose a place to deliver their livestock for slaughter after a fire damaged a JBS USA beef plant. JBS, owned by Brazilian firm JBS SA, halted production at the […] Read more

The project is among a string of  recent environmentally focused  initiatives by agriculture companies tapping market-based approaches to conservation and carbon capture on the farm. | File photo

Companies focus on carbon

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Seed and farm chemical company Corteva Inc. will partner with farm technology and services provider Indigo Ag to broaden its U.S. agricultural carbon credits program for the 2022 season, Corteva announced Aug. 26. The Corteva Carbon Initiative will initially pay farmers around US$15 an acre for shifting to practices that pollute […] Read more

For more than eight months, tens of thousands of farmers have camped on major highways to New Delhi to oppose the farm laws that they say will hurt their livelihoods and favour large corporations, in India's longest-running growers' protest. | pressenza.com/Mr. Randeep Maddoke photo

India raises wheat purchase price by 2 percent, farmers disappointed

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Indian farmers, who have been protesting for months against three new agricultural laws, said on Wednesday the government’s move to raise state-mandated price for new season wheat is not enough to cover the cost of cultivation. For more than eight months, tens of thousands of farmers have camped on […] Read more