The ruling would allow evidence of Monsanto’s alleged misconduct, including internal documents, only if glyphosate was found to have caused the plaintiff’s cancer and the trial proceeded to a second phase to determine liability.  | REUTERS/Zachary Prong photo

U.S. judge limits evidence in Roundup cancer trial

(Reuters) — A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer’s glyphosate-based herbicide causes cancer has issued a ruling that could severely restrict evidence that the plaintiffs consider crucial to their cases. In a Jan. 3 order, U.S. district judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco granted Bayer unit Monsanto’s request to split an upcoming trial into two […] Read more

U.S. farmers and global seed companies have long complained about Beijing's slow and unpredictable process for approving GM crops for import, stoking trade tensions between the world's two largest economies. | File photo

China gives long-awaited GM crop approvals amid U.S. trade talks

BEIJING, Jan 8 (Reuters) – China approved five genetically modified (GM) crops for import on Tuesday, the first in about 18 months in a move that could boost its overseas grains purchases and ease pressure from the United States to open its markets to more farm goods. The United States is the world’s biggest producer […] Read more

Disrupted agricultural trade hurt both sides particularly hard because China is the world's biggest soybean importer and last year relied on the United States for $12 billion worth of the oilseed. | USDA photo

Trade wars cost U.S., China billions of dollars each in 2018

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — The U.S.-China trade war resulted in billions of dollars of losses for both sides in 2018, hitting industries including autos, technology and above all, agriculture. Broad pain from trade tariffs outlined by several economists shows that, while specialized industries including U.S. soybean crushing benefited from the dispute, it had an overall […] Read more

Brazil soy seen threatened in early 2019 by below-average rains

SAO PAULO – The first days of 2019 will be marked by below-normal rainfall in Brazil’s main soybean producing areas, with farmers bracing for losses as December’s dry conditions and high temperatures continue to ruin fields. According to Refinitiv Eikon’s Agriculture Weather Dashboard data, rains will be below the historical average through Jan. 10 in […] Read more

The prototype of an autonomous weeding machine by Swiss start-up ecoRobotix is tested on a sugar beet field near Bavois, Switzerland.  |  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse photo

Robots join the war on weeds

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO (Reuters) — In a field of sugar beets in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles. Undergoing final tests before the liquid is replaced with herbicide, the […] Read more

Addressing the hearing U.S. Grains Council Director of Trade Policy Floyd Gaibler said,

Farm, food groups press U.S. officials to push for more EU access

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. farmer, rancher and food and beverage groups pressed the Trump administration on Friday to ensure that any new trade talks with the European Union boost their market access and decrease regulatory hurdles to that access. At a hearing on U.S. negotiating objectives for trade talks with the European Union, groups representing […] Read more

China’s new animal feed standards set to lower soybean consumption

BEIJING, Oct 28 (Reuters) – New standards of protein content in animal feed that China announced on Friday will cut the country’s annual soymeal consumption by 11 million tonnes and soybeans by 14 million tonnes, according to a statement from the agricultural ministry seen on Sunday. China is entering what is typically its top buying […] Read more

The case was brought by groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson and the August 10 verdict included an additional $39 million in compensatory damages. Johnson, whose doctors say he is likely to die within the next two years, attended Wednesday's hearing. | Reuters photo

Bayer lifted by likely new trial in $289 million glyphosate case

SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The prospect of a fresh trial that could overturn $289 million damages against Bayer’s Monsanto unit lifted the German company’s shares, after an August ruling that it failed to warn users of the alleged cancer risks of its weedkillers. The original verdict wiped 10 percent off the value of […] Read more