Supply chain woes now pose a threat to the U.S. food supply and farmers' ability to get crops out of fields. | File photo

‘Desperate for tires’ – Components shortage roils U.S. harvest

CHICAGO, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Dale Hadden cannot find any spare tires for his combine harvester. So the Illinois farmer told his harvest crew to avoid driving on the sides of roads this autumn to avoid metal scraps that could shred tires. New Ag Supply in Kansas is pleading with customers to order parts now […] Read more

Kazakhstan bets on construction, agriculture as growth drivers

NUR-SULTAN, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan hopes that foreign investment and a construction boom will help its economic growth accelerate to more than 5 percent by 2023, economy minister Aset Irgaliyev told Reuters. The oil-exporting Central Asian nation’s economy is expected to grow 3.7-4.0 percent this year, Irgaliyev said in an interview. Next year, the […] Read more

In the past, the Mexican government has approved some 90 GMO corn varieties for import, among nearly 170 total approvals for GMO seeds including cotton and soybeans. But under President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in late 2018, no GMO seeds have been approved by health regulator Cofepris. Here, a worker samples an imported load of corn at Tuxpan, in Veracruz. | Reuters/Henry Romero photo

Mexico nixes new GMO corn permit for first time, farm lobby says

MEXICO CITY, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Mexican health safety regulators have rejected a new variety of GMO corn for the first time, the head of the country’s top farm lobby told Reuters, in a sign the government is hardening its position against genetically-modified crops. Mexico, birthplace of modern corn, has never permitted the commercial-scale cultivation […] Read more

A robotic arm system named Ada lifts Genovese Basil plants for a root inspection at the Iron Ox greenhouse. The robot below the plants lifts and moves the growth tanks autonomously. | Reuters/Nathan Frandino photo

Bill Gates’ green tech fund bets on farming robots

Reuters — As many parts of North America struggle under a crippling drought, a California startup that believes robots can grow produce more sustainably has raised US$50 million in a funding round led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Iron Ox uses robots that are integrated with a hydroponic system consuming 90 percent less water […] Read more

The verdict is the fourth involving Roundup and the first in the company's favour. | File photo

Bayer wins its first Roundup jury verdict in case of child’s cancer

Oct 5 (Reuters) – Bayer AG won its first trial over claims its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer after a California jury found that the herbicide was not a substantial cause of a child’s rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the company said on Tuesday. Destiny Clark alleged that her son Ezra developed Burkitt’s lymphoma after he […] Read more

With the scant available Canadian canola fetching high prices, customers of the world's biggest canola exporter are leaning more heavily on smaller-producing countries or alternative vegetable oils such as palm and soybean oil, adding to global food inflation. | File photo

Canada’s drought forces canola importers to turn elsewhere

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Canada’s smallest canola harvest in 13 years, resulting from severe drought, is forcing importers like Japan and Mexico to pay more or scour other countries for the yellow-flowering oilseed. With the scant available Canadian canola fetching high prices, customers of the world’s biggest canola exporter are leaning more heavily […] Read more

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Monday will seek negotiations with China over its failure to keep promises made in the Phase 1 trade deal. China agreed to boost purchases of U.S. products such as farm goods including soybeans.  | File photo

Soybeans hit 9-month low on big U.S. stocks, low Chinese buying

HAMBURG, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Chicago soybeans fell on Monday, hitting their lowest in around nine months as larger-than-expected U.S. stocks and lack of Chinese buying weighed. Wheat fell after a rally last week, pulling down corn. Chicago Board of Trade most-active soybeans fell 0.7 percent to US$12.37-1/4 a bushel at 1044 GMT, after earlier […] Read more

The improved results further ease financial pressure on the company after it completed this month the sale of a stake to Abu Dhabi holding firm ADQ, heralding the first non-family shareholder in the agricultural commodity group’s 170-year history. | Screencap via Twitter/@WeAreLDC

Louis Dreyfus profit rises as new shareholder takes stake

Surge in commodity prices and strong grain demand from China have supported earnings for ag companies during COVID

PARIS, France (Reuters) — Louis Dreyfus Company has reported a sharp rise in first-half profit, another sign that mounting commodity prices and strong demand for staple crops are boosting earnings for international merchants. The improved results further ease financial pressure on the company after it completed this month the sale of a stake to Abu […] Read more

The market for alternative protein has soared in recent years, attracting major investment from global agrifood groups, including Nestle, PepsiCo and Archer Daniels Midland, hoping to capitalize on a trend towards healthier eating. | File photo

France’s Roquette warns of price rise in plant-based food market

PARIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) – A global surge in pea prices linked to low supplies and growing demand for plant protein will inevitably need to be passed on to customers, including makers of alternative food such as meat-free burgers, French producer Roquette said on Monday. The market for alternative protein has soared in recent years, […] Read more