On Tiananmen anniversary, Canada says it has real concerns over China’s human rights

OTTAWA, June 4 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing on Tuesday by expressing what he called “real concern” about China’s human rights record. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have badly deteriorated since December when police in Vancouver detained Huawei Technologies Co Ltd […] Read more

China, Brazil's largest beef importer by sales, spent $1.5 billion on Brazilian beef last year, totaling 322,400 tonnes or almost 20% of all shipments, according to local beef exporters association Abiec. | File photo

BSE halts Brazilian beef exports to China

SAO PAULO, June 3 (Reuters) – Brazil has temporarily halted beef exports to China following an atypical case of mad cow disease in leading farm state Mato Grosso, the agriculture ministry said on Monday. China, Brazil’s largest beef importer by sales, spent $1.5 billion on Brazilian beef last year, totaling 322,400 tonnes or almost 20% […] Read more

Trump lifts curbs on E15 gasoline to help farmers, angering Big Oil

WASHINGTON, May 31 (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Friday lifted restrictions on the sale of higher ethanol blends of gasoline, keeping a campaign promise to farmers suffering from the trade war with China but inviting a legal challenge from the oil industry. The announcement will allow gasoline stations to sell blends containing up to […] Read more

U.S. disaster aid bill blocked again as Republican objects

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – A U.S. Republican lawmaker on Thursday blocked a $19.1 billion package to help Americans recover from a string of natural disasters, delaying passage for at least a few more days until the full House of Representatives can vote on it next week. President Donald Trump supports the bill and the […] Read more

Workers locked out at Canada’s Port of Vancouver in labor dispute

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA, May 30 (Reuters) – Longshore workers at Canada’s biggest port, the Port of Vancouver, were locked out on Thursday in a labor dispute over technology changes, potentially grinding most shipping there to a halt. Jim Thompson, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, said the lockout had started in at […] Read more

Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana face flood of ‘historic magnitude’

May 29 (Reuters) – Thousands of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana residents braced for more flooding on Wednesday, and some evacuated their homes, as forecasts of further rain drove fears that decades-old levees girding the Arkansas River may not hold. More than a week of violent weather, including downpours and deadly tornadoes, has lashed the central […] Read more

IGC cuts forecast for 2019/20 world corn production

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – The International Grains Council (IGC) on Thursday cut its forecast for world corn production in the 2019/2020 season, driven by a diminished outlook for the U.S. crop. The inter-governmental body, in a monthly update, reduced its global corn (maize) crop forecast by 7 million tonnes to 1.118 billion tonnes. The […] Read more

Australian farmers face more hot, dry weather

SYDNEY, May 30 (Reuters) – Hot, dry weather will persist across Australia’s east coast for at least another three months, the country’s weather bureau said on Thursday, in a forecast that threatens to severely crimp agricultural production. There is just a 30% chance that Australia’s east coast will receive average rainfalls between June 1 and […] Read more

China has been struggling to control the African swine fever epidemic, which some analysts predict could see up to 200 million pigs die or be culled this year, causing a huge shortage of pork locally and have economic impact on the meat and feed industry globally. | File photo

China faces long struggle to tackle African swine fever

PARIS (Reuters) – It will take years for China to contain the deadly African swine fever virus that has spread throughout the country, which is the world’s biggest pork producer, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday. China has been struggling to control the epidemic, which some analysts predict could see up […] Read more