The agreement, if finalized, would cool a trade dispute between the two allies just as a trade war between the United States and China escalates. | Twitter/@Whitehouse screencap

Trump, Abe say U.S. and Japan have agreed in principle on trade deal

BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – The United States and Japan agreed in principle on Sunday to core elements of a trade deal that U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said they hoped to sign in New York next month. The agreement, if finalized, would cool a trade dispute between the two allies just […] Read more

A Tinder-inspired app called Tudder helps farmers match up potential genetic lines for their cattle.  |   REUTERS/Matthew Stock photo

British cattle producers swipe right on new app

PETERSFIELD, England (Reuters) – A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Called Tudder – a mix of Tinder and udder – the app lets farmers ‘swipe right’ on cattle they like the look of. They’ll then be directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock (SML) website where they can […] Read more



The soybean industry here in North Dakota - on the far northwestern edge of the U.S. farm belt, close to Pacific ports - spent millions on grain storage and rail-loading infrastructure while boosting plantings by five-fold in 20 years. | File photo

Trade war sinks North Dakota soybean farmers

COLFAX, North Dakota (Reuters) – North Dakota bet bigger on Chinese soybean demand than any other U.S. state. The industry here – on the far northwestern edge of the U.S. farm belt, close to Pacific ports – spent millions on grain storage and rail-loading infrastructure while boosting plantings by five-fold in 20 years. Now, as […] Read more

Corn yield potential averaged 173 bushels per acre (bpa) through 10 stops in the Iowa counties of Iowa, Poweshiek, Marshall, Tama, Grundy and Butler counties. That is down from last year's crop tour average in those areas of 193.55 bpa and the three-year tour average of 185.23 bpa. | File photo

U.S. corn yields improving as crop tour reaches west-central Iowa

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa, (Reuters) – Corn yield potential showed signs of improvement across west-central Iowa, scouts on an annual crop tour said on Thursday, but the area was still expected to produce a below-average sized crop after extreme weather delayed planting this past spring. Soybeans were also looking better on the fourth and final day […] Read more


More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. | File photo

What are the obstacles to Bayer settling Roundup lawsuits?

(Reuters) – Bayer AG is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming that the company’s Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raises novel questions that may prevent an easy settlement. More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer to […] Read more

Shoppers at U.S. grocery stores have many plant-based options, with several companies planning to roll out meat alternatives by the end of this year. | File photo

Plant-based meat alternatives crowd U.S. grocery stores

(Reuters) – Plant-based meat alternatives have seen booming interest from consumers, prompting a growing number of companies to enter the space in hopes of carving out a spot for their products in the competitive supermarket aisle. Consumers increasingly want to reduce their meat consumption amid growing concerns over health risks, animal welfare and environmental hazards. […] Read more

Trudeau, speaking to an audience in Montreal just days after Beijing warned Ottawa not to meddle in Hong Kong's affairs, also repeated his call for restraint and respect for human rights as protests sweep the former British colony. | Screencap via Facebook/Justin Trudeau

Trudeau says he will not back down in dispute with China

OTTAWA, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would not escalate a deepening trade and diplomatic dispute with China but added his government had no intention of backing down as it defended its interests. Trudeau, speaking to an audience in Montreal just days after Beijing warned Ottawa not to […] Read more



Farmers have complained this month that a government crop report did not reflect damage from historic flooding this spring. They are also frustrated over unsold crops due to the trade war with China, falling farm income and tighter credit conditions. | File photo

Farmer’s threat prompts USDA to pull staff from crop tour

HENRY COUNTY, Ill./CHICAGO, Aug 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday it had pulled all staff from an annual crop tour after an employee was threatened, and three sources said the threat came over the phone from an angry farmer. Farmers have complained this month that a government crop report did not […] Read more