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



The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to a sweeping trade deal that pressures Canada to accept the new terms on autos trade, dispute settlement and agriculture to keep a trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Supply management has been a contentious issue in previous negotiations. | File photo

Trump: NAFTA threatened, Mexico deal made

(Reuters) – The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to a sweeping trade deal that pressures Canada to accept the new terms on autos trade, dispute settlement and agriculture to keep a trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the White House is ready to notify the U.S. […] Read more



A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. | File photo

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world’s first Roundup cancer trial

(Reuters) – A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate […] Read more

Plant breeding companies like BASF have reacted to a ruling from the European Court of Justice that gene-editing methods such as CRISPR/Cas9 fall under rules that apply to genetic modification.  | REUTERS/Ina Fassbender File Photo

Plant breeders abandon EU

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Bayer and BASF all but ruled out pursuing new genetic plant breeding methods at home after the European Union ruled the technology should be regulated like genetically modified organisms. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said July 25 that gene-editing methods such as CRISPR/Cas9, which can rearrange targeted bits of DNA, […] Read more

Saudi agency stops buying Canadian wheat, barley

HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia’s main state wheat buying agency has told grains exporters it will no longer buy Canadian wheat and barley in its international tenders, European traders said yesterday as a diplomatic dispute between the two countries escalates. Traders said they had received an official notice from the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) […] Read more


A Brazilian judge has suspended the use of products containing the agrochemical glyphosate. | File photo

Brazil judge suspends use of glyphosate

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) — A Brazilian judge has suspended the use of products containing the agrochemical glyphosate, a herbicide widely employed for soybeans and other crops in the country. The federal judge ruled Aug. 3 that new products containing the chemical could not be registered in the country and existing registrations would be suspended […] Read more

Informa raises U.S. 2018 soy yield forecast; corn unchanged

CHICAGO, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Private analytics firm Informa Economics raised its forecast for the 2018 U.S. soybean yield to 50.0 bushels per acre (bpa), from 49.8 previously, and left its U.S. corn yield forecast unchanged at 176.0 bpa, trade sources said on Friday. Informa projected U.S. 2018 corn production at 14.392 billion bushels and […] Read more