U.S. food companies kept slaughter plants shut down in southeastern states swamped by Hurricane Florence as catastrophic flooding killed nearly 2 million chickens, collapsed the walls of at least two hog manure pits, and made stretches of major roads impassable. | Steve Helber / AP photo

Millions of chickens drown in Florence floodwaters, manure pits damaged

CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – U.S. food companies kept slaughter plants shut down in southeastern states swamped by Hurricane Florence as catastrophic flooding killed nearly 2 million chickens, collapsed the walls of at least two hog manure pits, and made stretches of major roads impassable. Florence, which has dumped up to 91 cm of rain on […] Read more

Bayer says agriculture trade flows may change amid tariffs dispute

MONHEIM, Germany, (Reuters) – Bayer said this week it would be difficult to predict 2019 earnings at its agriculture business, which now includes Monsanto, because a U.S.-Chinese trade dispute could reroute global trade flows in farming commodities. The head of Bayer’s crop science division told Reuters his company could even benefit if U.S. farmers switched […] Read more

China’s low-soy pig diet and the impact on soybean use

BEIJING, (Reuters) – China’s agriculture industry and government are aiming to put the nation’s vast pig herd on a low-soymeal diet to reduce the country’s reliance on U.S. soybean imports, a move that would send shudders across the U.S. farmbelt and beyond. China’s typical feed recipe contains about 20 percent soymeal and 70 to 75 […] Read more


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.
 | File photo

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