The United States and Canada forged a last-gasp deal on Sunday to salvage NAFTA as a trilateral pact with Mexico, rescuing a three-country, $1.2 trillion open-trade zone that had been about to collapse after nearly a quarter century. | Twitter/@JustinTrudeau photo

View from the U.S.: analysts discuss trade deal

(Reuters) — The United States and Canada forged a last-gasp deal on Sunday to salvage NAFTA as a trilateral pact with Mexico, rescuing a three-country, $1.2 trillion open-trade zone that had been about to collapse after nearly a quarter century. Here’s what analysts think of the new deal: John Bode, president & CEO, U.S. Corn […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking about the new

Trump cites ‘historic’ trade pact with Canada, Mexico

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday took credit for salvaging a trilateral free trade accord with Canada and Mexico, marking it as a victory in his campaign to reshape global commerce as financial markets breathed a sigh of relief. The deal, announced on Sunday, is a reworking of the 1994 […] Read more

Canada, U.S. reach deal to update NAFTA

OTTAWA/WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The United States and Canada reached a deal to update NAFTA and keep it a trilateral pact with Mexico, beating a midnight deadline with agreements to boost U.S. access to Canada’s dairy market and protect Canada from possible U.S. autos tariffs, two Canadian sources with direct knowledge of the talks […] Read more


Germany to become net grain importer after drought – USDA

HAMBURG, (Reuters) – Germany, in most years one of the EU’s largest grain exporters, is expected to become a net importer after a hot, dry summer damaged crops, said a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN). “The drought has heavily affected grain, rapeseed and forage production in Germany,” said the […] Read more

Canada wheat production up, according to new Stascan survey

(Reuters) – Wheat production in Canada grew by 3.5 percent in 2018 compared to 2017, according to a Statistics Canada survey based in part on satellite and agroclimate data. The survey, released on Wednesday, also said that barley production grew by 4.3 percent while oat production fell by 9.4 percent. Canola production was also forecast […] Read more


Bayer AG's Monsanto unit has urged a California judge to toss the $289-million verdict a jury awarded to a man who said the company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including the widely-used Roundup brand, caused his cancer. | File photo

Bayer’s Monsanto faces broad U.S. glyphosate litigation

(Reuters) – Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit has urged a California judge to toss the $289-million verdict a jury awarded to a man who said the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including the widely-used Roundup brand, caused his cancer. The company filed a post-trial motion on Tuesday for California Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos in San Francisco to […] Read more

U.S. food companies kept slaughter plants shut down in southeastern states swamped by Hurricane Florence as catastrophic flooding killed nearly 2 million chickens, collapsed the walls of at least two hog manure pits, and made stretches of major roads impassable. | Steve Helber / AP photo

Millions of chickens drown in Florence floodwaters, manure pits damaged

CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – U.S. food companies kept slaughter plants shut down in southeastern states swamped by Hurricane Florence as catastrophic flooding killed nearly 2 million chickens, collapsed the walls of at least two hog manure pits, and made stretches of major roads impassable. Florence, which has dumped up to 91 cm of rain on […] Read more

Bayer says agriculture trade flows may change amid tariffs dispute

MONHEIM, Germany, (Reuters) – Bayer said this week it would be difficult to predict 2019 earnings at its agriculture business, which now includes Monsanto, because a U.S.-Chinese trade dispute could reroute global trade flows in farming commodities. The head of Bayer’s crop science division told Reuters his company could even benefit if U.S. farmers switched […] Read more


China’s low-soy pig diet and the impact on soybean use

BEIJING, (Reuters) – China’s agriculture industry and government are aiming to put the nation’s vast pig herd on a low-soymeal diet to reduce the country’s reliance on U.S. soybean imports, a move that would send shudders across the U.S. farmbelt and beyond. China’s typical feed recipe contains about 20 percent soymeal and 70 to 75 […] Read more

WTO members clamour for more clarity on U.S. farm spending

GENEVA, (Reuters) – Trading partners will demand more details from the United States at the World Trade Organization next week about its planned $12 billion aid package for U.S. farmers hurt by the Trump administration’s tariff wars. The U.S. aid package, announced in July, is intended to shield U.S. farmers from the repercussions of trade […] Read more