WTO members clamour for more clarity on U.S. farm spending

GENEVA, (Reuters) – Trading partners will demand more details from the United States at the World Trade Organization next week about its planned $12 billion aid package for U.S. farmers hurt by the Trump administration’s tariff wars. The U.S. aid package, announced in July, is intended to shield U.S. farmers from the repercussions of trade […] Read more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he wanted to see flexibility from the United States if the two sides are to reach a deal on renewing NAFTA, which Washington insists must be finished by the end of the month. | File photo

Trudeau urges some U.S. flexibility in NAFTA

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he wanted to see flexibility from the United States if the two sides are to reach a deal on renewing NAFTA, which Washington insists must be finished by the end of the month. Ottawa is pushing back against increasing pressure by the administration of U.S. […] Read more

A Brazilian court overturned an injunction Sept. 3 that banned products containing glyphosate.
 The decision knocked down a previous ruling that had been set to disrupt the soybean planting season set to begin this month.
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Brazil court overturns earlier ban on glyphosate

BRASÍLIA, Brazil (Reuters) — A Brazilian court overturned an injunction Sept. 3 that banned products containing glyphosate. The decision knocked down a previous ruling that had been set to disrupt the soybean planting season set to begin this month. A Brazilian judge ruled last month to halt the registration of new glyphosate-based products in the country and […] Read more


Farmer Julimar Pansera inspects plants during the soy harvest near the town of Campos Lindos.  |  Ueslei Marcelino photo

Soy boom devours Brazil’s tropical savanna

Permissive land-use policies and cheap farm acreage have helped catapult Brazil into an agricultural superpower


CAMPOS LINDOS, Brazil, (Reuters) — When farmer Julimar Pansera bought land in Brazil’s interior seven years ago, it was blanketed in tiers of fruit trees, twisted shrubs and the occasional palm standing tall in a thicket of undergrowth. He mowed down most of that vegetation, set it ablaze and started planting soybeans. Over the past […] Read more

The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday issued a surprise increase to its corn harvest forecast due to expectations of record yields in key production areas such as Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. | File photo

USDA shocks with record U.S. corn, soy yields outlook

CHICAGO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday issued a surprise increase to its corn harvest forecast due to expectations of record yields in key production areas such as Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. Soybean yields were seen at an all-time high, with the production outlook raised above its already record-high forecast. […] Read more


Brazil raises soy export projection, end-stocks lowest on record

SAO PAULO – Brazil’s government on Tuesday raised by two million tonnes its projection for soybean exports in the 2017/18 crop to 76 million tonnes amid strong Chinese demand, reducing the crop’s end-stocks to the lowest on record. Agricultural statistics agency Conab raised by 300,000 tonnes its projection for the country’s 2017/18 soybean crop from […] Read more

With drugs pipeline in focus, Bayer considers job cuts – source

FRANKFURT, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Bayer is considering job cuts and outsourcing as part of a wide-ranging review of drug research and development that will last until at least November, a person familiar with the company told Reuters. The prospect of “very tangible changes” contributed to a decision by key board members to extend the […] Read more

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland held a press conference Friday afternoon after NAFTA negotiations broke off without an agreement. Negotiations will resume Wednesday. Freeland said she will continue to work toward a deal that is beneficial for Canadians. | Screencap via CNBC.com

U.S. to move ahead with Mexico trade pact, keep talking to Canada

WASHINGTON/TORONTO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday of his intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico after talks with Canada broke up on Friday with no immediate deal to revamp the tri-nation North American Free Trade Agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said U.S. officials would resume talks with their […] Read more


U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland were unable to clinch a deal despite meeting late into the evening on Thursday. The Toronto Star is reporting this morning that Trump has said he isn't making any compromises at all in NAFTA talks with Canada. | Twitter/@realDonaldTrump photo

U.S., Canada slug it out as deadline looms to clinch NAFTA deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Canada and the United States will make a final push to iron out differences on a pact to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by a Friday deadline set by President Donald Trump, but the atmosphere soured late on Thursday according to a media report. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer […] Read more

Russia’s Steppe to boost grain exports, seek Egypt opportunity

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian agriculture holding company Steppe plans to ramp up grain exports sharply this season, part of its bid to become one of top five traders of Russian grain by 2020, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Steppe, part of Russian business conglomerate Sistema , will also seek to join the […] Read more