China has canceled major Canadian agribusiness Richardson International Ltd's registration to ship canola to China. | File photo

China blocks canola shipments from Canada’s Richardson: customs document

UPDATED – March 5, 2019 – 1400 CST – BEIJING/KABUL, March 5 (Reuters) – China has canceled Canadian agribusiness Richardson International Ltd’s registration to ship canola to China, the company said on Tuesday, the latest sign of tensions between Ottawa and Beijing. It was not immediately clear why exports to China by Richardson, the world’s […] Read more

GMO certificates required to import canola into China have been used as a non-tarrif trade barrier in the past. | Robin Booker photo

China may have rejected applications for GMO certificates

China rapeseed meal futures jump 4 pct on fears of tighter cargo checks

BEIJING, March 1 (Reuters) – China’s rapeseed meal futures on Friday jumped more than 4 percent on worries that supplies would tighten as cargoes from major supplier Canada were said to be receiving higher scrutiny at ports. The most active rapeseed meal futures on Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE) for delivery in May rose 4.2 percent […] Read more

Russia has 4-5 million tonnes of old-crop wheat to export – trader

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) – Russia, the world’s biggest wheat exporter, still has a surplus of 4 million to 5 million tonnes of old-crop of the grain for exports, a leading exporter of Black Sea grain cargoes said on Wednesday. The market has been expecting the Black Sea Region suppliers, mainly Russia and Ukraine, to run out […] Read more


In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision to extend its use for five years after a heated debate over whether the weed-killer, developed by Bayer-owned Monsanto, can cause cancer. | Screencap via Twitter/@EmmanuelMacron

France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned

PARIS, (Reuters) – Only half of France’s farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country’s farm minister suggested recently, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision […] Read more

Bayer AG on Monday faced a second U.S. jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company's share price was rocked by a $289 million verdict in California state court. | File photo

U.S. trial tests claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer

REUTERS – Bayer AG on Monday faced a second U.S. jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a $289 million verdict in California state court. The lawsuit by California resident Edwin Hardeman against the company began on Monday morning in […] Read more




Bayer's $63 billion purchase of U.S. seeds maker Monsanto made its mark on the German company's fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, lifting profit and boding well for the peak season of its enlarged agriculture business. | Bayer photo

Bayer reaps profit lift from Monsanto seeds, consumer health

LEVERKUSEN, Germany, (Reuters) – Bayer’s $63 billion purchase of U.S. seeds maker Monsanto made its mark on the German company’s fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, lifting profit and boding well for the peak season of its enlarged agriculture business. However, mounting litigation risks related to Monsanto still cast a pall over an adjusted core earnings […] Read more


Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Vedomosti daily quoted trade sources and unnamed officials as saying that Russia had set informal grain export quotas to prevent traders shipping out an amount above the ministry's export forecast. | Twitter/@vedomosti photo

Russia says no grain export curbs planned

MOSCOW/HAMBURG (Reuters) – Russia, the world’s largest wheat exporter, does not plan to impose restrictions on grain exports, the Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday, dismissing as untrue media reports that it had set quotas on exports for traders. Speculation that Russia could limit exports in the 2018/19 season, which lasts until June 30, has periodically […] Read more

Analysts at Brazilian health agency Anvisa have determined that the weedkiller glyphosate does not cause cancer while recommending exposure limits as international pressure to reduce use of the chemical grows. | File photo

Brazil health officials find weedkiller glyphosate non-cancerous

BRASILIA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Analysts at Brazilian health agency Anvisa have determined that the weedkiller glyphosate does not cause cancer while recommending exposure limits as international pressure to reduce use of the chemical grows. Companies such as Bayer AG and its unit Monsanto, which produces glyphosate-based weedkillers, have faced legal challenges over allegations that […] Read more